Winners announced - The EPSON International Pano Awards 2014
Professional and amateur photographers around the world were invited to enter The EPSON International Pano Awards to compete for approximately $40,000 in cash and prizes.
This year the competition received 3971 entries from 870 photographers in 54 countries.
The fifth Epson International Pano Awards is dedicated to the art of panoramic photography. Advances in digital photography and editing software has resulted in a surge in the popularity of image stitching, especially in the panoramic format. Panoramic film photography also remains alive and well.?
The Epson International Pano Awards showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest competition for panoramic photography.
The overall winner of the 2014 Open competition is Dennis Ramos from the USA. His winning image is also first in the Open – Built Environment category.
The Sunshine Skyway Bridge, St. Petersburg, Florida (Dennis Ramos, overall Open winner)
Dennis says, ‘It was a beautiful cloudless day with some patches of rolling fog over the bridge. My friend and I decided to go fishing that mid afternoon. I found out that my reel wasn't working so I grabbed my camera gear instead. I took a lot of shots around including this long exposure panoramic shot of the bridge. It took me a lot of time waiting and shooting in between the fog to get a good exposure. While waiting during long exposure times, I wished I had my fishing rod as well.’
Other place-getters in the Open competition are;
Marcio Cabral – Open/Nature 2nd place
Timo Lieber – Open/Nature 3rd place (Timo was also the 2013 Photographer of the Year)
Will Dielenberg – Open/Nature 4th place
Denis Gadbois – Open/Built Environment 2nd place, Highest Scoring Spherical/360 Image,
Highest Scoring IAPP Member
Marco Castelli – Open/Built Environment 3rd place
Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji - Open/Built Environment 4th place, Highest Scoring HDR Image
Douglas Peebles – Highest Scoring Image from Film Capture
Alexander Vershinin – Highest Scoring Gigapixel Image
The overall winner of the 2014 Amateur competition is Ben Neale (galleryearth.com.au) from Australia. His winning image was first in the Amateur – Nature category, and remarkably also the winner of the Open – Nature category and overall Open runner-up! In addition, Ben is runner-up in Amateur – Nature, with a second stunning aerial image, and also wins Highest Scoring Aerial Image!‘Light’ (Ben Neale, overall Amateur winner and Open – Nature winner) galleryearth.com.au
Ben says, ‘This was captured in Arnhem Land, Australia. The birds are Australian Brolgas, it was taken from a powered paraglider and is a 3 image stitch. 5d mark2. I submitted this image because I found the abstract nature of the clay lake and the contrasting subtle interplay between the Brolgas very compelling. It was a tricky shot as I was out shooting landscapes that day at 35mm and knew I would have to get very low to capture the Brolgas in great detail, with a lot of sharp turns and some near misses it all came together in just 3 frames out of 200.’
Ben’s technique of using a paraglider to go ‘above and beyond’ the normal perspective has resulted in an incredible performance in the competition this year. Below is ‘Herds of Linyati’ which placed second in the Amateur – Nature category.
Other place-getters in the Amateur competition are;
Jesus M. Garcia – overall Amateur runner-up and Amateur/Built Environment 1st place
Anna Gibiskys - Amateur/Built Environment 2nd place
Pietro Madaschi - Amateur/Built Environment 3rd place
Julien Bastide - Amateur/Built Environment 4th place
Javier de la Torre – Amateur/Nature 3rd place
Philip Huddy – Amateur/Nature 4th place
The winner of the VR competition this year is none other than Dmitiy Moiseenko of Russia. His incredible image 'Kamchatka, bears, Kurille Lake' proves, however, that his skills are not only in aerial photography as part of the Airpano Team, but also much closer to the ground.....and hungry bears!! To see his winning immersive panorama, visit the website.
Other place-getters in the VR competition are;
2nd place – Lewis Whyld
3rd place – Christoph Simon
4th place – Dmitiy Moiseenko
5th place – Stanislav Sedov
"Without a doubt this world-class photographic competition represents an ever increasing standard of quality in both image capture and print. Each year we are seeing more and more captivating entries and the outstanding quality continues to impress me," said Craig Heckenberg, Business Unit Manager for Epson Australia.
"Epson is very proud to continue our support of this global competition," said Craig.
Prizes include an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer, an Epson Stylus Pro 4900 printer, and an Epson EB-1775 Ultra-Slim Projector.
The judging panel includes some of the world's top panoramic photographers and industry professionals, including Jeff Mitchum, Andris Apse, William Long, Helmut Hirler, Michelle Novak, Dylan Toh, Chris Collacott, Stefan Hefele, Timothy Poulton, Hans Gasser, Aaron Spence, Scott Highton, Thomas Erh, Carlos Chegado and Bill Bailey.
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David Evans, Curator
Images are available for publication on request
The EPSON International Pano Awards