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Professional and amateur photographers worldwide were invited to enter the third International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition for a chance to share in the US$10,000 cash prize pool.

The competition is run with the aim of finding the best 101 landscape images from the past year and publishing them in a beautiful coffee table book which will be available for sale in a variety of formats, including a free e-book.

The top prize winners (mentioned below) receive a copy of the coffee table book as part of their prize, courtesy of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year sponsor Momento Pro, a bespoke photo book printer in Sydney, Australia, and some of the winners receive a large print of their work from Created For Life, a professional photo lab and framer just north of Sydney, Australia.

The top 101 is the result of expert opinions collaborating to curate a wonderful exhibit of the world's best contemporary landscape photography. Our thanks go to:

- David Burnett, USA, co-founder of Contact Press Images and himself a Magazine Photographer of the Year.

- Jim M. Goldstein, a professional and fine art photographer and regular photography magazine contributor and writer.

- Luke Austin, the winner of the 2015 International Landscape Photographer of the Year.

- Kaye Davis, NZIPP Grand Master of Photography, professional photographer and senior lecturer.

- Tim Parkin, UK-based landscape photographer and editor of On Landscape magazine.

Chairman of Judges, Peter Eastway said:

“Landscape photographers are passionate about their art. For some, it's the time spent in the landscape, waiting for the perfect light or an amazing sky. For others, it's what they can conjure from their imagination without the restrictions of the natural world."

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year Award celebrates all genres of and approaches to landscape photography, presenting 101 of the very best contemporary landscape images, submitted by photographers working all over the world.

In keeping with previous years, while the first place International Landscape Photograph of the Year is breathtaking, to be named International Landscape PhotographER of the Year requires more than a single shot. The PhotographER of the Year was chosen from a portfolio of four images, representing consistency as well as that spark of landscape brilliance.

From 2394 entries, the winner of the third International Landscape Photographer of the Year (based on a folio submission of at least 4 images) is Alex Noriega from the USA.Cash prize is US $5,000, trophy, inclusion and feature in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Book, and a printed copy of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Book.

Alex Noriega shoots landscapes and nature. He works from home and on the road, often making extended trips around the western USA in search of new images.

"I'm a professional photographer in that this is how I make my living, but I am self-employed and run a small business. I do not shoot on assignment, I simply pursue the images I want to and teach other photographers how I do it."

In 2016, Alex also won the USA Landscape Photographer of the Year competition and the Epson Pano Awards Photographer of the Year. He uses a Nikon D600 with Nikkor 16-35mm f4, 50mm f1.8, and 70-200mm f4 VR lenses.

"I want to continue finding my own unique images that represent my love of certain landscapes and moods, and to continue exploring North America. As long as I'm making new images that excite me, business and career advancements will follow."

 

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 - Second Place

Kath Salier, Australia


Cash prize of US $1,000, trophy, inclusion in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Book, and a printed copy of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Book.

 

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 - Third Place

Peter Poppe, Belgium

Cash prize of US $500, trophy, inclusion in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Book, and a printed copy of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Book.

The winner of the third International Landscape Photograph of the Year (awarded for a single image) is Hougaard Malan, from South Africa. Cash prize is US $2,000, trophy, inclusion and feature in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Book, and a printed copy of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Book.

Hougaard Malin is a professional landscape photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa.

"I’m fortunate to have two of the world’s most amazing landscapes on my doorstep; the Namibian Desert and South Africa’s Drakensberg mountain range. I try to visit both these iconic areas each year, as well as exploring something new."

In terms of shooting technique, Hougaard tries not to be too dependent on a wide-angle lens and red skies, as he says this is just an excuse to neglect composition.

"I’m always searching for striking lines and shapes and when I find them, then I will try to wait for complimentary light. What I really love about the Drakensberg is that you can get as many great shots in midday light as you can at sunrise and sunset."

The International Landscape Photograph of the Year 2016 - Second Place

Simone Cmoon, Switzerland

Cash prize of US $1,000, trophy, inclusion in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Book, and a printed copy of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Book.

The International Landscape Photograph of the Year 2016 - Third Place

Eberhard Ehmke, Germany

Cash prize of US $500, trophy, inclusion in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Book, and a printed copy of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Book.

 

There are also some special awards which change each year to keep things interesting. Each of these photographers will have their images produced as a one metre wide print, presented on aluminium or behind acrylic as they choose, a trophy, inclusion in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Book, and a printed copy of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2016 Book. The 2016 winners are:

The Black & White Award 2016

Guy Havell, Australia

The Dominant Sky Award 2016

Leonardo Papèra, Italy

The South America Award 2016

Kalan Robb, Australia

The Squarial (square aerial) Award 2016

Ignacio Palacios, Australia

The Waterfall Award 2016

Hougaard Malan, South Africa

 

The mark of a true landscape photographer is someone who has strong views for his or her own art, but is accepting and appreciative of other approaches as well. After all, it is only through education and experience that we can expand and improve our own practice.

Please enjoy the best landscape photographs of 2016.

To view the 2016 prize winners, please click here.

To view the Top 101 landscape photographs for 2016, click here.

Entrants can log into their account and find their scores. The cut-off to make the Top 101 was 429 or an average of 85.8%. There were a few entries that scored 85.8%, but not all could fit into the Top 101, so the judges were sent these images for a final opinion. There were also three images that scored higher, but they were very similar to other images by the same photographer and so were, in accordance with the rules, withdrawn from the Top 101.