The International Landscape Photographer of the Year contest has just announced its 2019 winners, and their pics are the perfect reminders of just how diverse and beautiful our Mother Earth really is.
This year, the competition had 3,403 entries from 840 participants. The cut-off score this year was 85.2%, but the organizers said there were hundreds of images scoring above 80% which could happily sit alongside the photographs in the book they're publishing this year.
After carefully reviewing all of the submitted pictures, the six judges, including last year’s winner, Adam Gibbs, determined that Oleg Ershov from Russia was to be named the International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019 while Magali Chesnel from France took home The International Landscape Photograph of the Year award.
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"There is $10,000 in cash prizes for the best Photograph of the Year (single shot, 1st, 2nd, 3rd) and best Photographer of the Year (portfolio of four photographs, 1st, 2nd, 3rd), and there are five special subject awards (Wildlife in Landscape, Abstract Aerial, Snow & Ice, Lone Tree, Heavenly Cloud) which receive a one-meter print from the high-end photo lab and framer, Created For Life," the organizers explained. "All 11 winners receive a physical copy of the annual Awards book, proudly printed by Momento Pro."
The entries presented for judging had to be photographic in origin (taken with a camera) but there were no limits on post-production. This means the participants were allowed to use HDR, tone mapping, cloning, composites, stitching, focus-stacking, etc. The only rule was that all post-production must've been the work of that particular photographer. They couldn't have someone else edit or work on their images.