Warning: These photos will make you want to pack a bag and go on an adventure!
The #Landscape2019 competition was launched on October 25th by free-to-use photography app Agora, the digital channel where people create, vote and curate the best images made worldwide.
Over the past month, more than 25,138 photos have been submitted to the competition but only 50 made it to the finals! The voting phase is now open to decide who will be the #Landscape2019 hero who will win a prize of $1,000. Winner will be announced on Thursday 19th December 2019.
From Namibia's majestic dunes to Iceland's breathtaking volcanic eruptions, dive in the best #Landscapes2019 photos below and don't forget to upvote your favorite!
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In The Thunderstorm
By @dean_nguyen (Vietnam)
Hon Yen island is famous for the unspoiled beauty of its beaches, as well as the scenic views of its coral reefs. Vietnamese photographer @dean_nguyen believes that photography is one of the most powerful tools for marine conservation.
By @anskar (Germany)
This awe-inspiring photo was shot with a super tele lens in Sossusvlei, Namibia. @anskar is still amazed by the composition of his shot: "The massive dune with the tiny tree as scale made me realize how small we are, and how vast/great our landscapes can be."
By @leemumford8 (Hong Kong)
#Water2019 hero @leemumford8 struck again with a beautiful snapshot of the sunrise over the iconic 9 arch bridge in Sri Lanka: "Taking a train throughout this breathtaking country is a must. In order for me to take this shot, I ventured out for 3 sunrises in a row to capture some magic low. Eventually, I caught the shot that I had in mind. Sri Lanka has one of the most breathtaking landscapes I’ve ever seen. When this competition opened, it’s an image I knew I had to use to participate."
Tuyen Lam Lake
By @anhtrungqng (Vietnam)
Vietnamese photographer @anhtrungqng describes this enchanting shot of the Tuyen Lam Lake: "This is the largest freshwater lake in Da Lat, a place that tourists often visit. The ferryman carries passengers from the ferry terminal to the eco-tourism area, located further in the lake. In the early morning, the lake is often foggy, creating a shimmering and mysterious setting." If @anhtrungqng were to win the contest, he'd donate a part of his prize to the ferryman and would use the rest to take his family to a delicious meal.
Best Seats In The House, Like In The Middle Of The Storm
By @panvelvetora (Russia)
Russian photographer based in Shanghai @panvelvetora caught this spectacular sunset over Fenghuang, one of China's most famous old towns.
By @kveikjan (Germany)
German couple @kveikjan took this shot of the Arnisee Lake during a road trip through Switzerland: "We wanted to pass on exactly the emotions we had that day: the silence around us, the colors in the sky and the view of the mountains made us calm. We felt so close to heaven and nature. One gets drawn into the landscape through the picture and has a feeling of being there."
First Snow On The Castle
By @dreher.mj (Germany)
Germany's fairytale castle Neuschwanstein, nestled in the Bavarian Alps, is known as the famous palace that inspired Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. Photographer @dreher.mj said: "I wanted to transmit a mystical mood with the castle. The cloudy and dark day paired with the last snow of this year creates a kind of a magical mood where the castle is suddenly appearing out of the fog. I actually had some free time this day and wanted to take some drone shots of the castle but the front gate was still under construction. So I went to the other side where I found the trees framing the castle."
By @joncleave (UK)
In this shot taken at the Pulpit Rock, Preikestolen (Norway), London-based photographer @joncleave realised how insignificant we all are in this world, as the fjords towered around him side to side: "After a 9.5 hour drive from Oslo, we began the ascent - underestimating how ambitious our Easter weekend trip was, as we hiked right up to the top as soon as we got out of the car. Was it all worth it!? Every second! The four-day intense weekend consisted of two mates pushing one another to the limits in what we could achieve in the time we had - this single shot captures one of many epic moments that these nordic landscapes have to offer. Landscapes are what I focus my photography on the most. It inspires viewers to get out of the house and explore something that’s even potentially close to their own doorstep."
A Path Through The Red Sea
By @angiolomanetti (Italy)
Roman photographer @angiolomanetti joined the competition with an outstanding aerial shot of Salin de Giraud near the city of Arles, southern France. The fascinating shades of pink and red are due to the presence of microscopic algae (Dunaliella Salina), rich in beta carotene and antioxidant activity: "I would say that it is a fascinating landscape that, thanks to a different point of view, expresses all its beauty. That red streak immediately reminded me of a vein, as if the planet laid bare its vital lymph".
Lost In The Maze
By @emxpi (France)
With this photo, drone pilot @empxpi conveyed the message that life is simply a maze of possibilities waiting on decisions.
Bagan's Golden Hour
By @naingtunwinbagan (Myanmar)
Burmese photographer @naingtunwinbagan managed to snap Bagan's magical view from the top of his local pagoda on a sunny winter morning.
The Incredible Antelope Canyon
By @nicoprg (France)
With its glowing, red canyon walls and beams of light shining through the dusty air, the Antelope Canyon is a breathtaking destination that @nicoprg has crossed off his bucket list.
Morning Reflection Of The Red Sky, With The Amazing Pattern Of Terrace Rice Fields In North Bengkulu
By @rahmadhimawan (Indonesia)
@rahmadhimawan captured this dramatic shot of rice fields and mountains in Kemumu, Indonesia: "The sky was really burning with red from the top east above the mountains, and the sun rose to the northwest: I wanted to transmit the beauty of the morning and the tranquility of the rural areas."
By @donaldhyip (Australia)
Melbourne-based photographer @donaldhyip entered the competition with an eerie shot of Mt Bromo, an active volcano in East Java, Indonesia. The small light trails we can see in the distant mountain are hikers making their way up for sunrise. "I wanted to convey the same sense of awe I experienced when I first saw this view. This was my 4th attempt at this location - I arrived extra early by hiking and was incredibly lucky with the conditions. This image represents one of the most unique and epic landscapes I’ve ever seen - combined with the rolling cloud, mist and light trails, it is my own take on it."
Phenomenal Colors Of Bali
By @thedronelad (UK)
In order to take this colorful shot, London-based photographer @thedronelad flew his drone over Bali's most famous rice terrace: "I was waiting for the right moment to make this shot different than those taken before and then these blue patches seen in my image started appearing on the water parts of the terrace, making this shot quite unique."
By @franciscopaez (Argentina)
Argentinian photographer @franciscopaez experienced one of the most incredible natural phenomenon - the Northern Lights in Iceland: "With this photo, I wanted to transmit how big and beautiful our world can be. We are just small grains in a big place. The best landscape photos should always include people to contrast the immensity of the view with a human being."
An Oasis In The Utah Desert
By @joelfriend (UK)
These evaporations ponds spotted by @joelfriend in the middle of the Utah desert are only the most visible tip of a long and elaborate mining operation for potash, or salts that contain potassium used for fertilizer.
By @saavedraphotography (Spain)
@saavedraphotography remembers the moment when he took this splendid panorama of the Bled Lake in Slovenia: "It was a cold autumn morning in Slovenia when the sun came timidly behind the mountain, lighting up a part of the island of the lake. I took advantage of the moment to make a panorama and create a special memory of this magical place."
Autumn In The Dolomites
By @tom.bridges (UK)
British photographer @tom.bridges stitched 3 drone shots together to frame the 'Lago di Braies' around the autumn trees and encapsulate the whole environment: "For me, there’s something about getting out in nature before the sunrises and taking on the challenge of capturing something new. Lago Di Braies allows for so many different compositions: I love the way the stream acts as a leading line and takes you up through the photo into the reflections and onto the peaks. This landscape captures what it means to be outside and explore. The towering peaks and mirror lake make a perfect place to photograph. I’d spent the last 6 days on the road, traveling the Dolomites. So dispute the freezing temperatures I had a quick dip in the lake to freshen up!"
Don’t Look Down!
By @borsch (Russia)
It's when confronted with the immensity of nature that we can realize how little we are. Russian photographer @borsch took a sublime aerial shot of his girlfriend sitting on the edge of this massive cliff in the north of Norway, back in July 2019.
By @above_and_beyond_visuals (UK)
UK-based photographer @above_and_beyond_visuals entered the competition with a majestic aerial shot of the Mont Saint-Michel, one of France's most visited landmark that welcomes approximately 2.5 million guests a year.
Dawn In Nam Cuong Sand Dunes
By @Tuanngocphoto (Vietnam)
Nha Trang-based photographer @Tuanngocphoto spotted a group of Cham women transporting goods across the Nam Cuong Dunes and waited for the perfect moment to snap this dreamy shot. If @Tuanngocphoto were to become the #Landscape2019 hero, he will "transfer some money to the Vietnam heritage conservation fund, contributing to the conservation of Nam Cuong sand dunes".
By @javito80 (Spain)
During his visit to the Faroe Islands, a North Atlantic archipelago located 320 kilometers northwest of Scotland, Spanish photographer @javito80 got struck by the immensity of the island's landscapes: "The height of the cliffs was really impressive, so I waited for the strong wind to calm down before taking this shot of my partner."
By @froirivera (Philippines)
@froirivera participated with a magical shot of a vegetable farm near the Benguet mountains, Northern Philippines: "Landscape isn't always about capturing a vast scenery, but it is also capturing a dynamic scene". Through his shot, @froirivera wants to show the world how serene country living can be.
By @wunderbilder (Germany)
This winter wonderland shot was taken by German photographer @wunderbuilder in Bad Brambach, a village next to the Czech-german border: "It was a very cold morning (minus 18 degrees cold), only a few days during the year it gets foggy and mystical like this."
Tara National Park
By @djollebate (Serbia)
Belgrade-based @djollebate went hiking the Tara Mountain National Park in West Serbia and caught this amazing snapshot looking over Perucac Lake: "I want to show to the world that Serbia is an incredibly beautiful small country with a lot of spots like this one. I was up there with my 3-year-old daughter on my shoulders - we had to go through a bear area and I spent a lot of energy holding her close to me. While I waited for the right moment to take a photo because it was cloudy and the light was bad, suddenly I saw this beautiful ray of light just at the right place..."
The Power Of Nature
By @thenorthernfeel (Spain)
The immensity and beauty of Iceland were perfectly captured by Barcelona-based photographer @thenorthernfeel.
By @maky&matt (Czech Republic)
This aerial shot of the Siargao Island, Philippines was taken back in May 2019 by travelers @maky&matt: "During our travels, we love to explore the unbeaten path, places people usually don't go. That's why we decided to rent a private local boat and explore little inhabited islands around Siargao Island. We saw this slice of paradise and were blown away by its untouched beauty! It was just hundreds of palm trees, our boat and the most crystal clear water we have ever seen. This island doesn't have a name and it actually wasn't on the list to go to. But we ended up spending here most of the day, just running around, getting coconuts off the trees to have something to drink and wishing we could build a hut there and live there forever."
By @jprphotos (UK)
Mt Bromo is an Indonesian active volcano that attracts landscape-lovers from all over the world. One of them was British photographer @jprphotos who remembers the intensity of the magical moment he took this picture: "The surrounding landscape seemed incredibly hostile. It was incredibly hot: the surrounding ash burned when you touched it. The air was incredibly thin and the winds were harsh, so harsh they whipped up dust devils around us. It is simply the most insane landscape I've ever been to."
By @carlesalonsophotography (Spain)
@carlesalonsophotography snapped Italy's prettiest mountain region, a spot for passionate mountaineers and outdoor aficionados. On June 26th, 2009, Italy's stunning Dolomite mountains have been declared a United Nations World Heritage Site.
Sunrise Over Padar Island
By @olsson.adventures (Australia)
Brisbane photographer @olsson.adventures remembers his trip to Indonesia's Komodo National Park: "We woke up at 2:00 am, and went on 3 hours on a small motorboat through rough weather for an unforgettable sunrise on the Padar island that is just breathtaking. With this photo, I want to transmit the emotion of pure wonder: this earth has some incredible places and landscapes."
Hoops In The Woods
By @i.ride.to.drone (Singapore)
Although the city-state may be better known for its skyscrapers, Singapore aims to become the World's Greenest City. When drone pilot @i.ride.to.drone spotted these basketball courts in the middle of the forest, he knew it would make a great entry to the #Landscape2019 Contest.
By @superthijs (Germany)
For @superthijs, a volcano, a lake, and a reflection make a perfect landscape picture: "I took this shot during a 2-day hike around Mount Taranaki. I wanted to show the pure nature of New Zealand. Also, I almost destroyed my equipment on my way to the spot because I fell in a swamp with my camera!"
The Dutch Tulips
By @cunodebruin (Netherlands)
Dutch photographer @cunodebruin shares a cliché of one of his country's greatest pride: the immense tulip fields. Before the shooting, @cunodebruin asked the farmer if he could walk-in between the flowers, as this isn't normally allowed. Through his photography, @cunodebruin wants to show "how beautiful a country without any mountains or heights can be".
Ijen Blue Crater
By @pokokemoto (Indonesia)
Mount Ijen is a quiet, but active volcano located in East Java, Indonesia. Set amidst a stunning landscape of volcanic cones, the beautiful turquoise colored sulphur lake that resides at its heart is the largest acidic lake in the world. @pokokemoto said: "As my friends and I were on our way there, it started pouring rain and I became less eager to photograph the scenery. Then, we kept walking for about two hours on hard terrain. Once on the top, the rain stopped and we were presented with a magnificent sight, even though it was still overcast."
By @joeshelly (UK)
@joeshelly took this aerial shot during a trip to Namibia, home to some of the world's largest dunes that were created by the sand being carried by the wind from the coast.
Fiery Night Landscape
By @oliviervandeginste (Belgium)
During his trip to Iceland, Belgian photographer @oliviervandeginste captured this once in a lifetime photo: "I arrived at Skogafoss in the afternoon of April 8th, 2010. It was too late to go up walking: the only option to get near the volcano as quickly as possible was to gather all the money I had left, and pay for a helicopter ride that would get me there in 5 minutes. I stayed up there to take photos and videos until 4 AM and then decided to walk down to Skogafoss again. What took the helicopter 5 minutes, took me 6 hours in freezing cold and high snow. As humans, we are only a little vapor in front of the immeasurable forces of nature."
By @pixsas (Germany)
To produce this image, photographer @pixsas used Photoshop to stitch together three of his favorite german landscapes.
The Vertical Visions
By @patriciasoon (Malaysia)
@patriciasoon shot an amazing and scenic snapshot of Shanghai's Pudong district from the other side of the Huangpu river:"With an idea to stop the movement of motions around, and giving an emphasis to the long-standing buildings, long exposure helped me to give an impression of the ephemeral world around it and their long-standing reigns."
By @jordisark (Spain)
Waterfall Into The Woods
By @daniel_nebreda (Spain)
There’s a certain feeling you get when standing in front of a waterfall that can only be vaguely described. With this photo, @daniel_nebreda managed to pull the viewers into this magical scene and convey a mood of tranquility.
By @ptkhanhhvnh (Vietnam)
@ptkhanhhvnh shows the contrast between the melting ice and the warm colors of this Icelandic beach.
By @frankseltmann (Germany)
@frankseltmann entered the competition with an aerial shot of Seljalandsfoss, a 65 meters tall waterfall on the southeast coast of Iceland. Majestic and picturesque, it is one of the most photographed features in all of the country.
Horseshoe Bend, USA
By @zwemarntun (Norway)
Norwegian photographer @zwemarntun relates how he snapped such a scenic photo of the horseshoe-shaped section of the Colorado River: "My brother and I drove from San Diego to Page, and arrived at Page before sunset. We went out to shoot for sunset at Horseshoe Bend but unfortunately it was a very cloudy on that day. Many photographers have left around us while my brother and I were still waiting. Then the magical happened, suddenly. The sky was on fire and I got this shot. Don’t give up, because the magic can happen anytime!"
By @thecrowface (Italy)
While road-tripping through Germany, @thecrowface stopped to fly his drone above this snowy road which resulted in an aerial accident: "Right after taking that shot, the drone crashed into a tree!"
Play Of Nature
By @aliawais (Pakistan)
Lahore-based photographer @aliawais submitted a majestic shot of the Mahodand Lake in Kalam, taken during a road-trip with his wife: "When I got closer to the lake, I saw some horses grazing in a peaceful side with the lake in the background. I ran towards them as soon as got out of the car. I was lucky enough to find the perfect light that highlighted the primary as well as the secondary subject."
By @furstset (Germany)
14-year-old photographer @furstset found the perfect height to snap one of the most photographed tourist sites in the world.
By @hardingmicha (Austria)
Austrian photographer @hardingmicha narrates the behind-the-scenes of this shot taken in the Italian Dolomites: "I wanted to transmit the happiness to be outside in nature on to be a little wild sometimes. To take this photo, we slept in the car overnight, got up before sunset to walk up to this rock formation and my friend free-climbed the top of this little peak. It was around zero degrees and still pretty wet because it rained during the night."
By @wmr.valdez (Dominican Republic)
@wmr.valdez shot this photo in Teide, Tenerife during a trip to a protected and natural reserve area: "It is a landscape that includes the human element, as well as a fairly symmetrical composition with all the elements, included conscientiously. Both the diagonal of the fallen pine that splits the image into two triangles: one of them forming a natural frame that encloses the subject thus giving the sensation of a photo nail inside another photo."
New England Peace Pagoda
By @benskaar (USA)
To take this outstanding shot, 16-year-old @benskaar flew his drone over United States' first peace pagoda, a volunteer-built temple located in Massachusetts: "I wanted a very serene setting while also demonstrating the fiery skies from that night. My hope is that the viewer of the photo will get a motivational boost after taking a look at the ignited sky. I launched the drone just as the sun was setting and captured these magnificent skies with some luck, where you can see for miles! What I love about drone photography is that you get such a grandeur perspective of what’s around you, and can get an incredible grasp on the landscape."