Panoramic photography has never been the easiest form of photography to master. Even in this day and age. Though if one manages to do so, they gain the means to create truly breathtaking masterpieces and to capture our everyday world in ways that are totally unique. Every year, the unbelievably talented participants of The EPSON International Pano Awards prove it beyond perfectly. The EPSON International Pano Awards is a contest dedicated "to the craft and art" of panoramic photography and it's the world's largest competition devoted to this genre of photography. This year, the organizers of the contest received 5,859 entries from 1,452 photographers in 96 countries. With that being said, Bored Panda invites you to take a look at some of the most spectacular shots from the 11th EPSON International Panoramic Photography Awards.

More info: thepanoawards.com

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Kevin Donegan
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5 months ago

Magical!

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Kevin Donegan
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5 months ago

What is this? Is this the eye of an alligator?

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ML
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5 months ago

Scotland?

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The EPSON International Pano Awards is divided between the Open Competition, reserved for professionals, and the Amateur Competition. This year's overall winner of the 2020 Open Competition was Matt Jackisch from Canada with his creation named "Spring Hibernation."

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ML
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5 months ago

Wow. Just wow. I bet being there was even more awesome.

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ML
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5 months ago

That makes me dizzy

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ML
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5 months ago

When in stress, just look out of the window

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"I was snowshoeing alone in the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia. I was surrounded by white mountains in all directions, but the light was not very interesting so I tried to focus my creative attention on smaller scenes. The entire day was given to the contemplative process. Eventually, on my return I noticed this little tree. I was reluctant to stop and pull out my camera again, as I was tired and my drinking water had frozen. But it was too special to bypass. I decided to use a zoom lens to compress and simplify this scene. I enjoyed how the textures in the snow gave a sense of motion despite the stillness, but I never imagined that this photo would win any awards in that moment!" Matt told Bored Panda.

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Liz-ard
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5 months ago

What a wonderful effect!!!

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Zophra
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5 months ago

Surreal looking

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Liz-ard
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5 months ago

I have no idea how the real surroundings actually looks like, but the pic makes me more amazed that they managed to keep the lights functioning in spite of all the water.

"Of course it felt awesome [to win]. The winning image was not a typical entry, so I knew that it was a risk but that it may also stand out. I suppose there needs to be a bit of risk in art. It was great to have my creativity recognized," Matt told us. "To anyone reading this, I'd say that true creativity is an experimental process. Without vision or direction, creativity can quickly fall to back to habit. Keep your imagination active by seeking inspiration in other artists as well as having your own unique experiences."

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ML
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5 months ago

Almost like a photoshop, but insanely beautiful. Almost perfect symmetry.

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Carole Deem
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5 months ago

man made, God inspired

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Biana Vacker
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5 months ago

Fairy tale castle anyone?

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"I have a passion for experiencing and capturing powerful displays of the natural world. My aim is to depict untold beauty of our planet through creative imagery," the winner told us. "The harder I work for an image, the more it becomes a part of me. I answer the call of the wild whenever possible, and believe that the more time one spends mindfully in the outdoors, the less they identify with the limitations of their circumstances. In sharing my depictions, I hope to awaken in people new perspectives and appreciations of our precious Earth. I reside in Vancouver, Canada and sponsor my own creativity with a career in aviation."

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tofushoes
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5 months ago

I find this equal parts unsettling and beautiful. I think “eerie” is the word I’m looking for

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Kevin Donegan
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5 months ago

Now I understand the phrase "purple mountains majesty" in the song America the Beautiful.

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Linda HS
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Some rocks look like elephants

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"Actually, I don't set out with panoramic photography specifically in mind, rather I try adapt to whatever the conditions are offering. First, I isolate a subject and then I compose the scene around the subject. Sometimes a pano works best to get the job done. Photography in general seemed like a logical next step for me as I already loved exploration and story telling. I enjoy the challenge of trying to construct a unique story with a single image," Matt explained.

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ML
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5 months ago

Well that is just a magical postcard. Merry Christmas! Too soon? Nah

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Biana Vacker
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5 months ago

STARS

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tofushoes
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5 months ago

Holy s**t, the detail is amazing

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The overall winner of the 2020 Amateur Competition was Juan López Ruiz from Spain with his shot called "Light and Dark on the Towers." "This shot is a view of two of the four skyscrapers that make up the Cuatro Torres financial complex in Madrid. I really liked the composition of the towers along with one of the canopies in the area. I took the image thinking of doing digital black and white processing and enhancing the contrast by adding shadows and light to create a more impressive image," the winner describes his photo.

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Liz-ard
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5 months ago

Hm. It never occurred to me that panoramics can be done vertically too... this opens up for more experiments with my camera! Tank you!

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tofushoes
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5 months ago

Unreal

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Turns out, The EPSON International Pano Awards was founded back in 2009 by Australian landscape photographer David Evans with support from EPSON Australia. The aim of the competition is "to give the genre of panoramic photography its day in the sun, especially via the showcase of winning and top-scoring entries to media around the world."

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Carole Deem
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5 months ago

shouldn't someone be tilting at this

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ML
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5 months ago

Looks like nature morte

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tofushoes
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5 months ago

These grayscale images are amazing

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Robin DJW
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5 months ago

What are we seeing here?

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The Best Panoramic Pics Of The 2020 Epson International Pano Awards Have Been Announced, And They’re Truly Mesmerizing

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Note: this post originally had 227 images. It’s been shortened to the top 30 images based on user votes.