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About The 2018 Awards

Our 5th Year of the World's Best Landscape Photography!

Well done to everyone who entered our fifth International Landscape Photographer of the Year Award! I've had a quick look at some of the entries while organising the images for judging and there is some amazing work in there! Congratulations!

We realise everyone will be keen to learn the results - and so are we. But first things first! The files have been prepared and are now allocated to our five judges, using our online judging system. Our judges will use calibrated computer monitors to judge each photograph, giving it a score out of 100. Judges can open each and every entry and view it pixel for pixel on their monitor if required - and this is invariably done before they give their higher scores - technique is just as important as creativity for the top awards.

Once the first round of judging is completed, we have a score for each entry out of 500. The top 115 odd photos are selected and checked to ensure they comply with the rules (not taken before 1 January 2017, for example) and that there are not two or more photographs that are very similar (we are looking for variety). There is also a limit on the number of photographs a single entrant can have in the top 101 this year - no more than four, just to share the experience around. In the past, we've found that selecting the top 115 allows us to end up with the top 101, allowing for these adjustments.

We then move into the second round of judging, as outlined in our rules. The judges are engaged a second time to determine the photographer of the year (1st, 2nd, 3rd), the photograph of the year (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and five special subject awards. This can take two or even three rounds of scoring and comment before the judges come up with their final result.

Once we have the results, we'll contact all the top prize winners, but we won't be telling them if they won the big prize or just one of the special prizes. We need a little background information about the winners for the book. If you don't hear from us by mid January, it doesn't mean you're not in the Top 101, it just means you didn't win one of the prizes.

At this stage, we have then everything we need and so it's into production. Our art director is given the photographs and the text and she weaves her magic to produce the book. We aim to have all this ready so we can announce the winners on 15 February 2019.

So, that's the road map! We hope you enjoyed getting your entries ready for our Awards and the best of luck to each and every one of you!

Peter Eastway and David Evans

International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards

International Judging Panel

We believe where possible in maintaining a consistent judging panel from year to year. However, we also invite the previous year's winner to be a judge.

Burnett
Goldstein
Davis
Parkin
Rive
 


DAVID BURNETT

CO-FOUNDER CONTACT PRESS IMAGES

 
DAVID BURNETT (born Salt Lake City, Utah 1946) He learned photography at the Olympus High yearbook, and later shot pictures (mostly sports) at Colorado College (BA Poli Sci ‘68.) He began working as a freelancer for Time, and later Life magazine in the late 1960s spending two years covering the war in Vietnam. Following the demise of Life Magazine weekly, he joined the French photo agency Gamma and subsequently, in 1975 he co-founded Contact Press Images, in New York. His work for news magazines in Europe and the US has included politics, sports, and portraiture as well as the news. He has covered every Summer Olympic Games since 1984, including the 2018 Korea Winter Olympics, and photographed every American President since John F Kennedy. His awards include ‘Magazine Photographer of the Year’ from the Pictures of the Year Competition, the ‘World Press Photo of the Year’, and the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club. He has produced photographic essays for Time, Fortune, GEO, Paris-Match and ESPN Magazine. He served on the World Press Jury in 1997, 1999, and chaired the jury in 2011. He also taught the World Press “Joop Swart Master Class” in 2007. He is the author of two photographic books: “Soul Rebel - An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley,” and “44 Days : Iran and the Remaking of the World,” picture taken during the 1979 Iranian Revolution. He calls New York home, but is at home anywhere there is a good story.

www.davidburnett.com

 


JIM M GOLDSTEIN

PROFESSIONAL AND FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHER

 
Jim M. Goldstein is professional photographer, author, and educator based in San Francisco, California. Passionate about nature and the environment, Jim infuses elements of the natural world into his commercial and editorial work. A member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), Jim produces the highest quality photography for both commercial clients and fine art photography collectors. Jim is the author of the eBook “Photographing the 4th Dimension - Time” and has published numerous articles in Digital Photo Pro, Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography and several other publications & blogs. “How do you pursue getting an adrenaline rush? I’m not a skydiver, I haven’t joined a fight club, and I don’t extreme plank. I get an adrenaline rush being behind a camera, taking visually engaging and thought provoking images. “Specifically I love nature, color, minimalism and challenging convention. I strive to see and feel subtlety, while keeping an eye open for the bold. “If you like standing where the view takes your breath away take a step closer and I’ll show you something amazing.”

www.jmg-galleries.com

 


KAYE DAVIS

G.M. PHOTOG. (NZIPP), M.PHOTOG. II (AIPP)

Kaye has close to 20 years experience as a photographer, following many years immersed in the creative industry of fashion and design. It was during her time studying for the fashion industry that saw her first experience the wonders of the darkroom, a love she went back to when deciding to retrain in photography many years later.

Since then, she has worked as a freelance photographer, undertaking wedding, portrait and commercial photography. Now working as a full-time Senior Lecturer on the Bachelor of Applied Visual Imaging (UCOL, Palmerston North, New Zealand), she also gives back to the industry through writing a regular column for The Photographer’s Mail, as an international judge, a position on the NZIPP Board and as current Chair of the NZIPP Honours Council.

Kaye’s practice now revolves around photographic art and a love of landscape, still life, illustrative and portraiture.

Career highlights include Epson/NZIPP Professional Photographer of the Year 2013 (New Zealand), Illustrative Photographer of the Year 2013 (Australia), Creative Photographer of the Year 2014, 2013 and 2011 (New Zealand).

"I absolutely love being part of this amazing profession and I’m constantly amazed and inspired by the passion, creativity and talent that exists at all levels.

“As an artist, photography is my medium of choice for expressing and interpreting the wonders of nature and the world around me, and I love that I am constantly learning about the art of photography.”

 

TIM PARKIN

PHOTOGRAPHER, On Landscape EDITOR

Tim Parkin is On Landscape online photography magazine's editor and, along with Joe Cornish, co-founder. Originally a computer engineer with a PhD, he has worked extensively in publishing, the internet and the music industry, but today Tim is immersed in all aspects of the art and craft. While his background means he is completely comfortable with digital photography and post-production, he chooses to shoot a lot of his landscape work on film using large format cameras.  

"Our original goal for On Landscape was to create something dedicated to the people we both meet on a fairly regular basis. The amateurs who spend all of their spare time in the field, the semi-professionals trying to make a living from this misunderstood occupation and the full timers who have managed to build themselves a niche in a challenging business field.

"At the end of the day my photography is about learning; learning to see, learning to take pictures, learning about other photographers. This process also becomes a conversation with other photographers (who tend to be a nice bunch mostly) and this engagement is satisfying in itself."

https://www.onlandscape.co.uk/

http://www.timparkin.net/

 

MAX RIVE

2017 INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR WINNER

Born and raised in the flat country off the Netherlands, Max visited the high mountains of Switzerland for the first time at the age of 5. Looking at topographical maps, making hiking routes and running in front of his parents and brother, it was immediately obvious that Max had a true and deep passion for mountains and landscapes.

Many years passed by before Max would go back to the mountains for a hiking trip in the Swiss Alps. Even though Max ended up in the hospital after 3 days, he found his passion for the mountains again and returned many times to the European Alps.

As big as his passion was for mountains, photography and other hobbies - such as motorsport and cycling – so small was his passion and motivation for the countless studies he followed. The travels he made during his study made him realise that his current path and direction were only motivated by the expectations of his surroundings. After missing a deadline for his study, Max decided to end his life as a student and stepped only weeks later onto a plane bound for the Himalayas of Nepal. After almost losing his life in an airplane accident, and witnessing the major earthquake in April 2015, he continued traveling around the world to Chile, Argentina, Greenland, Sweden, Scotland, Norway and New Zealand.

“I gradually became more serious as a real landscape photographer when I started sharing photos on the internet and became inspired by the work of others – and by ‘real’ landscape photographer, I mean using tripods, filters, bigger cameras and waiting for days at a spot to get the shot.

“I have now called myself a professional for the past four years, although I always want to keep challenging myself. I don’t want to fall into a predictable routine or get comfortable with what I’m doing.” 

Max was the winner of the 2017 International Landscape Photographer of the Year and as such has been invited to be on the 2018 judging panel. Max was also the winner of the 2018 International Landscape Photograph of the Year - winning both the major awards.

https://www.maxrivephotography.com/index

THERE ARE 101 LANDSCAPE IMAGES IN THE BOOK, BUT ONLY ONE

INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPH

OF THE YEAR


Competitions are not perfect and with so many great landscape photographs (101 to be exact), being the overall winner, the top dog, the big prize winner, is going to need a little bit of luck. Nevertheless, that shouldn’t stop us from aspiring to be chosen by our panel of legendary and esteemed judges as the best of the best, the single most impressive landscape photograph of the past 12 months. Open to both amateurs and professionals!

EVERYONE SHOOTS GOOD PHOTOS,
BUT HOW ABOUT FOUR OF THEM?

INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER

OF THE YEAR

It takes a practised eye and skill in post-production to consistently produce good work. And while in no way demeaning the achievement of capturing the overall International Landscape Photograph of the Year, let’s take a closer look at who is creating the best body of work. The International Landscape Photographer of the Year, whether an enthusiast or a professional entrant, recognises the skill and discipline to create a portfolio of images that stands above the work of your peers.