Celebrate Our Tenth Awards! Will We See Your Photos In The Top 101 Book?
The competition closed on 15 November and we're into the judging phase - we aim to have the results by 15 December 2023!
Every 5th entry free closes 8 November 2023
No AI-generated images are allowed
Any questions? Check our our FAQ page!
The world is changing! Cameras create better quality, software enables greater imagination and the standard of landscape photography improves every year. How amazing will the landscape photos be in our tenth International Landscape Photographer of the Year awards!
So let's talk about the elephant in the room! How do we deal with photographs and content generated by AI? There are already photography competitions inviting AI generated images, but our competition is not one of them. For us, part of the skill and art of landscape photography is being able to find and capture it yourself, or imagine and create it yourself.
The key for this competition is that the landscape photographs are created by you and your inspirations, not software that works independently of you.
AI generated images (and for composite images, image components) are not permitted because you are not the author of the content. Minor AI retouching is acceptable as long as it is not creating new content. Early AI technology has been used in post-production for many years - like the Healing Tool. Using AI for e.g. noise reduction or minor retouching is acceptable. What is not acceptable is to use AI to generate new content.
For instance, you could use AI to retouch some small rocks in the foreground and cover them with grass like the surroundings (just like you can with the healing or clone stamp tool), but you couldn't use AI to replace the rocks with a pond or rose bushes. (Of course, you could use a camera to capture a pond or rose bushes and composite them into the photo yourself - that's okay because the content wasn't generated by AI, it was generated by you.)
This is our tenth year of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards and the main aim of our Award is for you to present one of the Top 101 landscape photographs of the year. This gives you a place in our exclusive book which is published online and can be purchased as a 'real' hard-cover paper publication as well (it's proudly printed by Momento Pro in Australia and we have options for readers outside of Australia as well).
There is a total of US$10,000 in cash prizes, printed copies of the book from Momento Pro for the major prize winners and NiSi filter outfits and tripods (see the rules for full details). And there are five special subject prizes winning a print from Created For Life!
So, what's the process? Your job is to impress our five judges, including last year's winner Benjamin Briones Grandi. And the entry process is easy - just size your file to 4000-5000 pixels on the longest side, save it as a JPEG and upload it. The entry fee remains unchanged at US$25 per image, and if you enter by 8 November 2023, every fifth entry is free. Final entries are accepted until 15 November 2023.
When the competition closes, our judges will use calibrated 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 and craft are just as important as creativity for the top awards.
Once the first round of judging is completed, the top 115 odd photos are selected and checked to ensure they comply with the rules (not taken before 1 January 2019, for example) and that there are not two or more photographs by the same photographer 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 - no more than four, just to share the experience around. In the past, we've found that selecting the top 115 to 120 allows us to end up with the top 101, taking into account these adjustments. We then move into the next 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.
We hope you enjoy getting your entries ready for our special tenth Awards and the best of luck!
Peter Eastway and David Evans
International Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards
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