This otherworldly landscape wins the 2021 Epson International Pano Awards

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© Joshua Hermann, Eternal Triangle/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021

The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards has just announced its winners, and just as always, it’s a stunning collection of panoramic photos. The 2021 winner is Joshua Hermann with a series of landscapes that look like they were captured on another planet. But the shortlisted photos are nothing less impressive, awaking our longing for traveling and exploring the world.

In this article, we bring you more information about this year’s contest, category winners, and of course – a selection of photos that will leave you in awe.

This year the competition received 5,378 entries from 1,245 photographers in 97 countries. They were competing for thousands of dollars cash, as well as prizes from Epson.

As I mentioned, the overall winner of the 2021 Open Competition was Joshua Hermann from the USA. He won the award with three entries, titled “Eternal Triangle,” “Morning Burn,” and “Ancient Backwaters.”

© Joshua Hermann, Morning Burn/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021

“Growing up in south Louisiana and coming to know the swamp and marshlands from an early age, the unique beauty and interesting ecology of the area has stuck with me throughout my life,” Hermann said. “I hope to share the beauty of these places through my imagery, allow people to get a closer look into the uniqueness of these areas and ultimately to inform them of the importance of protecting these wetlands.”

© Joshua Hermann, Ancient Backwaters/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021

The contest is open for both professionals and amateurs, and the overall winner of the 2021 Amateur Competition was Daniel Trippolt from Austria. His winning images are titled “Shining Night,” “Legendary Peaks” and “Shining Heart.”

“I discovered my passion for photography when I was 12 years old when my father gave me my first camera,” Trippolt said. “Every free second of my free time was used to take photos of everything and everyone. From animal photography to sports, architecture, and portrait photography, I tried everything and found my greatest passion and hobby in landscape photography.”

© Daniel Trippolt, Shining Night/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021

© Daniel Trippolt, Legendary Peaks/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021

© Daniel Trippolt, Shining Heart/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021

The contest also awards photographers in the EPSON Digital Art Prize. This year’s winner is Manuel Enrique González Carmona from Spain. His image “Anatomy Lesson” shows minerals, water, and water currents forming a trippy, surreal landscape. “With each rainy period the canvas is transformed,” the photographer explained. “This canvas is actually a raft of toxic waste from a copper mine, located in the province of Huelva, Spain, which was captured by aerial shooting.”

© Manuel Enrique González Carmona, Anatomy Lesson/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021

And now, let’s late a look at a selection of category winners from the 2021 Epson International Pano Awards. The contest shares the top fifty images in each category, so make sure to check them out on the Awards’ website. And if you’d like to enjoy some of the last year’s winners as well, you can do that here.

© Mark Brierley, Tonal Intersection/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021, Open – Built Environment/Architecture

© Florian Kriechbaumer, City In The Clouds/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021, Amateur – Built Environment/Architecture

© Marsel van Oosten, Hidden lake/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021, Raw Planet Award

© Max Rive, The Mountain Dreamer/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021, Curators Award

© Ray Jennings, Don’t Fence Me In/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021, Nikon Australia Award

© Gheorghe Popa, Poison Madness/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021, Highest Scoring Aerial Image 

© Andrew Dickman, Torres del Paine/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021, Highest Scoring Smartphone Image

© Oliver Wehrli, Gastlosen/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021, Highest Scoring Film Capture 

© Tom Sheckels, Gentoo Penguin Colony/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021, Highest Scoring IAPP Member

© Peter Harrison, Serpentine/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021, Highest Scoring Vertical Image

© Yaz Loukhal, Sunset over Kyrgyzs Mountains, Kyrgyzstan/The EPSON International Pano Awards 2021, Highest Scoring Gigapixel Image 

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