Just in case you ever needed a reminder that our planet is a stunningly beautiful place, the fifth annual Landscape Photographer of the Year competition winners have been announced, and they don't disappoint.

Selected from a field of nearly 3000 beautiful pictures taken by 863 photographers, the judges had the difficult task of narrowing them down to eventual winners. The overall photographer of the year, based on a folio submission of at least four nature images, was Adam Gibbs, from Canada.

But what makes great landscape photography? Is it persistence? Experience? Luck? Passion?

“Looking at Adam Gibbs’ winning nature photography portfolio, we can see a diversity of views, an understanding of light and the expert use of framing and composition,” the judges explained. “From sandy aerials to icy mountain locations, Adam’s portfolio demonstrates a range of topics, an essential component when it comes to convincing our judges that you are the International Landscape Photographer of the Year.”

Adam's skill was perfectly complimented by the rich beauty of his native country, in particular, his local area of Vancouver Island. “It is an exceptional place,” he said. “The natural landscape is rugged, but not in your face and extremely challenging, especially the forests. I love it. However, other than the popular Canadian Rockies, the rest of British Columbia and Canada itself is highly underrated, in my opinion, as prime photo destinations for those seeking raw wilderness experiences.”

Winner of the prize for Landscape Photograph Of The Year, based on a single image, is Paul Marcellini, from the USA. Specializing in the beautiful nature views of Florida, Paul's artistic shot of tree trunks creating an optical illusion in a swamp was simply stunning in its composition. “I seem to love every place I spend some time in, but it is the swamps of Florida that will always be my favorite habitat to explore,” Paul said. “I enjoy the challenge of trying to organize the chaos. It is also a pretty strong bet that I will be the only one out there and the solitude is great!”

Scroll down below to check out other selected wonders from the photo contest, and bask in the magnificence of Mother Nature. Do you agree with the winning choices? Which ones are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!

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#1

Appenzell, Switzerland, Simone Cmoon

Appenzell, Switzerland, Simone Cmoon

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Hope Floats 5 months ago (edited)

This is absolutely beautiful.The light on the mountains and flowers and the angle it was taken at is stunning... What a beautiful painting this would make.... My definite favourite...

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Landscape Photographer: Winner, Botanical Bay, Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, Brittish Columbia, Canada, Adam Gibbs

Landscape Photographer: Winner, Botanical Bay, Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island, Brittish Columbia, Canada, Adam Gibbs

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Withnail 5 months ago

Leaving the Shire...

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#3

South East Coast Of Australia, Warren Keelan

South East Coast Of Australia, Warren Keelan

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Withnail 5 months ago

Perfect capture. Reminiscent of The Great Wave.

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Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Indonesia, Weimin Chu

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, Indonesia, Weimin Chu

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justine fabian 5 months ago

My country looks so good from upside

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#5

Between Waynoka And Enid, Oklahoma, Usa, John Finney

Between Waynoka And Enid, Oklahoma, Usa, John Finney

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Kioh81 5 months ago

Welcome to our wonderful Tornado Alley! We have 6 seasons here in Oklahoma! Spring, Tornado, Summer, Tornado, Autumn, and our usually poor confused Winter!! The weather can change up to 30-40 degrees within 12-24 hours, make dressing properly a challenging feat!! Lol The tornadoes are beautiful, fascinating, yet can be extremely devastating. You learn to live with it and also learn when they might be a serious concern. Half the time the sirens go off and everyone goes outside to watch. 😂 If you live out in rural areas however the tornadoes can be seriously scary and destructive.

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Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile, Weimin Chu

Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile, Weimin Chu

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Lingon 5 months ago

Anyone know what flowers those are?

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#7

Nockberge Mountains, Austria, Daniel Trippolt

Nockberge Mountains, Austria, Daniel Trippolt

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Rowlie 5 months ago

Almost unreal

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Solbjørnvatnet, Lofoten, Norway, Daniel Laan

Solbjørnvatnet, Lofoten, Norway, Daniel Laan

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Laugh Fan 5 months ago

The sparkling snow and the northern lights - gorgeous.

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2018 International Landscape Photograph Of The Year 2nd Place, Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, Usa, Miles Morgan

2018 International Landscape Photograph Of The Year 2nd Place, Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, Usa, Miles Morgan

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Dani 5 months ago

WoW

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#10

2018 The Snow & Ice Award, Lapland, Finland, Ignacio Palacios

2018 The Snow & Ice Award, Lapland, Finland, Ignacio Palacios

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Withnail 5 months ago

The office party that no-one really wants to be at.

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Paria, Utah, Usa, Dylan Fox

Paria, Utah, Usa, Dylan Fox

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diane a 5 months ago (edited)

Amazing when you think of all the millions of years geological history in those rock strata

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#12

White Mountains National Forest, New Hampshire, Usa, Matt Macpherson

White Mountains National Forest, New Hampshire, Usa, Matt Macpherson

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Laugh Fan 5 months ago

Wow! Simply stunning.

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#13

Southern Usa, Thorsten Scheuermann

Southern Usa, Thorsten Scheuermann

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Rowlie 5 months ago

Wanderlust- reactivated

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Grosser Rachel, National Park Bayerischer Wald, Bavaria, Germany, Lukáš Veselý

Grosser Rachel, National Park Bayerischer Wald, Bavaria, Germany, Lukáš Veselý

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OI Loi 5 months ago

Beautiful ❤️

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#15

Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Ignacio Palacios

Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Ignacio Palacios

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Kjorn 5 months ago

looks like a cinema studios logo

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Oregon, Usa, Nico Rinaldi

Oregon, Usa, Nico Rinaldi

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Elisabeth Bergbom 5 months ago

This is so perfect it almost can't be real

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Sheffield, Tasmania, Australia, Mieke Boynton

Sheffield, Tasmania, Australia, Mieke Boynton

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Laugh Fan 5 months ago

Lonely little cloud!

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2018 International Landscape Photograph Of The Year Winner, South Eastern Usa, Paul Marcellini

2018 International Landscape Photograph Of The Year Winner, South Eastern Usa, Paul Marcellini

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Withnail 5 months ago

Wow, this is an amazing shot. Doi, obviously, because it won. I will admit that it took me quite a while to figure out what I was looking at. Spider knees in hell, was my first thought, tbh.

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#19

Sződliget, Hungary, Gabor Dvornik

Sződliget, Hungary, Gabor Dvornik

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Alib 5 months ago

Hungary is a beautiful, wonderful place.

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#20

2018 The Sunrise / Sunset Award, Monte Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina, Xiao Zhu

2018 The Sunrise / Sunset Award, Monte Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina, Xiao Zhu

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Rowlie 5 months ago

This is not a good post to read while stuck in the office for the next 4 hours and 30 years

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#21

San Antonio Pass, Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru, Matt Jackisch

San Antonio Pass, Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru, Matt Jackisch

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diane a 5 months ago

Spectacular - must have been extremely difficult just to even get to that height.

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2018 The Exemplary Tree Award, Oslo, Norway, Ann Kristin Lindaas

2018 The Exemplary Tree Award, Oslo, Norway, Ann Kristin Lindaas

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SunflowersAreGold 5 months ago

Woah! How? It's gorgeous!

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#23

Newhaven Harbour, East Sussex, England, Edward Hyde

Newhaven Harbour, East Sussex, England, Edward Hyde

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Laugh Fan 5 months ago

Bad weather can be so beautiful!

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#24

Southern Iceland, Tommy Clarke

Southern Iceland, Tommy Clarke

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diane a 5 months ago (edited)

Would love to know what these are - amazing colours

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Washougal, Washington, Usa, Miles Morgan

Washougal, Washington, Usa, Miles Morgan

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switchman82 5 months ago

its like closed eye of mother nature

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Landscape Photographer: 3rd Place, Dolomites, Italy, Peter Svoboda

Landscape Photographer: 3rd Place, Dolomites, Italy, Peter Svoboda

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Monika Soffronow 5 months ago

He managed to capture a dream in a photo. It is definitely from a dream.

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#27

Veadeiros Tablelands National Park, Brazil, Marcio Esteves Cabral

Veadeiros Tablelands National Park, Brazil, Marcio Esteves Cabral

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Bluebell Rizzi 5 months ago

Fireworks

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2018 International Landscape Photograph Of The Year 3rd Place, Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana, Usa, Roberto Marchegiani

2018 International Landscape Photograph Of The Year 3rd Place, Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana, Usa, Roberto Marchegiani

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SunflowersAreGold 5 months ago

Happy little lone tree.

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Landscape Photographer: 3rd Place, Peter Svoboda

Landscape Photographer: 3rd Place, Peter Svoboda

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Laugh Fan 5 months ago

Dramatic and beautiful! Must have been amazing to be there.

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#30

Trango Towers, Northern Pakistan, Weimin Chu

Trango Towers, Northern Pakistan, Weimin Chu

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Tim Gearing 5 months ago

This looks more like Los Cuernos in the Torre del Paine National Park,Chile

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