Breathtaking images from the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition

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A set of four images by Russian photographer Oleg Ershov has been awarded first place in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.

A photo showing a stone on an undulating groundImage source, Oleg Ershov
Image caption,
Fleswick Bay, England

Mr Ershov beat 3,400 rival entries by 840 photographers from around the world. His images, above and below, show landscapes in England and Iceland.

"My passion for landscape photography is based on a love of nature, especially in places where human intervention is not yet visible," he said.

Image source, Oleg Ershov
Image caption,
Blafellsa, Iceland

"Just being in location at dawn and watching the start of a new day gives me tremendous vitality."

Mr Ershov is an amateur photographer and funds his passion by working for a food distribution company.

He says his favourite destinations for shooting landscapes are Iceland, Scotland and the south-west of the US.

Image source, Oleg Ershov
Image caption,
Kerlingarfjoll, Iceland

"My interest in photography began in 2007 when I bought my first DSLR camera and signed up for a photo tour to the south-west USA.

"I was struck by the tremendous variety of landscapes, colours and textures found in nature."

Image source, Oleg Ershov
Image caption,
Haifoss, Iceland

French photographer Magali Chesnel won the competition for a single image, with her photo entitled The Harvest of Road Salt.

Her image, below, shows the Salin de l'ile Saint Martin; a saltworks in Gruissan, France.

Image source, Magali Chesnel
Image caption,
Le Salin de l'Île Saint-Martin, Gruissan, France

Here are other award winners:

Second place, single image: Sander Grefte, Netherlands

Image source, Sander Grefte
Image caption,
Bonaire, Dutch Carribean

Third place, single image: Adam Hoszang, Hungary

Image source, Peter Adam Hoszang
Image caption,
Sharqiya Sands Desert, Oman

The competition created special award categories, unique to this year's awards.

The Lone Tree Award: Anke Butawitsch, Germany

Image source, Anke Butawitsch
Image caption,
Madeira, Portugal

The Heavenly Cloud Award: Brandon Yoshizawa, US

Image source, Brandon Yoshizawa
Image caption,
SpaceX rocket exhaust plume, Sierra Nevada, California, US

The Abstract Aerial Award: Ignacio Palacios, Australia

Image source, Ignacio Palacios
Image caption,
Lencois Maranhenses, Brazil

The Wildlife in Landscape Award: Ricardo Da Cunha, Australia

Image source, Ricardo Da Cunha
Image caption,
West Mongolia

The Snow and Ice Award: Veselin Atanasov, Bulgaria

Image source, Veselin Atanasov
Image caption,
Central Balkan, Bulgaria

The competition also produced a selection of the best 101 photo entries, including the images below.

Image source, Armand Sarlangue
Image caption,
North Cainevlle Mesa, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, US
Image source, Greg Stokesbury
Image caption,
Sierras, California, US
Image source, Benjamin Maze
Image caption,
Lincoln's Rock, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
Image source, Daniel Mirlea
Image caption,
Cozia National Park, Romania
Image source, Craig Bill
Image caption,
Page, Arizona, US
Image source, Helder Silva
Image caption,
Yosemite National Park, California, US
Image source, Stanislao Basileo
Image caption,
Turin, Italy
Image source, Jaka Ivancic
Image caption,
Image source, Mat Beetson
Image caption,
Pink Salt Lake, Kalbarri, Western Australia
Image source, Patrick Hertzog
Image caption,
Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland

More winning photos can be found on the competition website.