If you’re looking for a different – or simply wider – perspective on the world, then check out the winners of this year’s Epson International Pano Awards. Focused solely on panoramic photography, more than 1250 professional and amateur photographers from 74 countries entered the awards, which is the largest competition of its kind.
The overall winner of the 2018 open competition is Veselin Atanasov from Bulgaria, whose photograph shows the light shining over the Tuscan countryside, showing a silhouette of the region’s iconic Italian cypress trees.
In second place was Daniel Eisele from Germany with an image that captures the incredibly colourful pattern in a housing complex in Gifu, in central Japan.
When it comes to amateur photography, the overall winner was Nathaniel Merz from South Korea. The image shows a beautiful snow-draped tree. According to Merz: “ever since first exploring the mountains here in Korea I have fallen in love with the bonsai-like pine trees clinging to the rocky peaks. This particular tree was always one of my favorites for its tall, regal shape and the fact that it stood alone right on the edge of a cliff”.
The runner-up in the amateur category was Peter Li from the UK, who took a photograph of the blue whale at the Natural History Museum in London. The skeleton hangs over the Hintze Hall, making a striking and dramatic centrepiece at the world famous museum.
More than US$50,000 in cash and prizes were up for grabs.