Thursday, August 4th, 2011 - The International Pano Awards
The EPSON International Pano Awards 2011 - Winners

Professional and amateur photographers around the world were again invited to enter The
EPSON International Pano Awards to compete for over $25,000 in cash and prizes.

The 2011 EPSON International Pano Awards is dedicated to the art of panoramic
photography. Advances in digital photography and software such as PTGui and Adobe
Photoshop has resulted in an explosion in the popularity of image stitching, especially in the
panoramic format. Panoramic film photography also remains alive and well.

The competition, in its second year, was again very well supported with 3,586 entries from
985 photographers in 62 countries. It is now well established as the world’s largest
competition for panoramic photography.

The overall winner of the Open competition was Oleg Gaponyuk of Russia.

Oleg’s winning image, an aerial of Kuala Lumpur, was taken whilst photographing as part of
the Airpano Project. Airpano.ru is a team of panoramic photography enthusiasts focusing on
3D high resolution aerial panoramas. The project is non-commercial and in the next 2-3
years they plan to create virtual tours of the most attractive cities and places of our planet.
Airpano have already have created more than 150 aerial panoramas which show more than
40 places around the world.

Of the winning image, Oleg says, ‘In April 2009 I chartered a helicopter and in the early
morning departed to Kuala Lumpur to shoot several 3D spherical panoramas with AirPano.ru
project. Coming closer to the downtown, I saw an amazing view... the skyscrapers
overlooked the city in the mist throwing the fanciful shadows in the beams of morning sun.
Although traditional photo-shooting was not in my plans, I couldn’t deny myself and quickly
shot several panoramas right on the fly. This panorama stitched from 6 shots. Shooting took
4 seconds which allowed me minimize the parallax affected by the moving helicopter.’


Oleg was born in 1970 and lives in Moscow, Russia. He graduated from the Moscow
Engineering and Physical Institute as engineer-mathematician. His interests include
photography (especially panoramic), alpine skiing, windsurfing, kiting, diving, guitar and
keyboard musical instruments, PocketPC, computer, jokes, tequila and traveling.
Oleg says, ‘To get a good photo I can go to another end of the Earth, the sense of humor
helps me to see unordinary and curious things in the most unexpected situations and tequila's
effect can scarcely be overestimated! I have several personal exhibitions and many
publications in Russian photo magazines. I am also the winner and runner-up of International
and Russian photo contests.’

The winner of the Amateur competition was Christian Baeuchle of Germany.

Christian was born in 1992 and still attends school, making his achievement even more
remarkable. Christian started in photography when he was 15 years old. After experimenting
in different genres his passion for fine art landscape photography, both in colour and back
and white, started to grow. These days he works with long exposures and mainly in 1:1 and
panoramic formats. His uses a Nikon D700 in combination with a Nikkor 24-70mm/2.8 or a
Nikkor 70-200mm/2.8. Christian has also won numerous awards and his work featured in
numerous publications.

Of his winning image, Christian says, ‘When I stood in front of that stunning waterfall, which
rushed into that natural pool, it was very difficult to capture due to the strong wind, which blew
the spray directly to my lens. So I had to wait until the wind changed its direction. When that
happened the cloud cover broke up partially. The light in this moment was nearly magical.
Now I was able to capture the longed for single long exposures, which were stitched together
in Photomerge later. The result is one of my favourite images of the whole trip through the
west fjords of Iceland.’

This year a new category was introduced for the genre of VR photography, also known as
360 degree or ‘immersive’ photography. The winner of this inaugural category was Ignacio
Ferrando of Spain. The winning image of mountain rescue training can be viewed in it’s
‘immersive’ form on the competition website www.thepanoawards.com

Ignacio recalls, ‘It was the last of a series of works about the mountain rescue team of the
Guardia Civil. We did a lot of research to get there... It was necessary to find a good place
and then to study all the possible problems that could appear. Security was the most
important part to consider, for me and for the gear. Everything was attached with ropes and
climbing gear. I used a monopod to place the camera and to turn it. The most difficult part
was that we had made some indoor test but in the reality things were different and there was
some problems with the camera setup and also because everything was moving a lot. But
the pilots and all the crew were really good and I could take enough pictures to get a good
panorama.’

An exhibition of the winning and top scoring images was also displayed for the first time at
the PMA Photo Imaging trade show, held in Sydney at the end of June. The display was part
of The Epson Gallery, and was one of the most popular on show, with thousands of people
viewing the images over the 3 days.

The competition is proudly supported by Epson Australia, Lonely Planet, Apollo
Motorhome Holidays, Nodal Ninja, PTGui, Panoramic Images, Gigapan Systems, Kayell
Australia, Kata, Garden Gnome, IAPP, IVRPA, Genius Printing, Kolor and Easypano.

The judging panel includes some of the world's top panoramic photographers and industry
professionals, including members of the International Association of Panoramic
Photographers, and the International VR Photography Association.

For enquiries and more information, or to become a media partner, contact;
David Evans, Curator
[email protected]

**Winning and top scoring images are available for
publication on request (no charge, photo credits only)

www.thepanoawards.com

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The International Pano Awards


About The EPSON International Pano Awards 2011

The Epson International Pano Awards was founded in 2009.

It is a collaboration between professional photographers, industry professionals and sponsors.

Our aim is to give the genre of panoramic photography its day in the sun.

We would like to acknowledge our headline sponsor Epson Australia, and all our sponsors, for their invaluable support.

The International Pano Awards ABN: 48 314 982 488

PO Box 459
Fullarton
SA 5063 Australia
David Evans, curator
P: 0412574380
W: www.thepanoawards.com

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