About The 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