Breathtaking images from the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition


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.

image copyrightOleg Ershov
image captionFleswick 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 copyrightOleg Ershov
image captionBlafellsa, 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 copyrightOleg Ershov
image captionKerlingarfjoll, 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 copyrightOleg Ershov
image captionHaifoss, 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 copyrightMagali Chesnel
image captionLe Salin de l'Île Saint-Martin, Gruissan, France

Here are other award winners:

Second place, single image: Sander Grefte, Netherlands

image copyrightSander Grefte
image captionBonaire, Dutch Carribean

Third place, single image: Adam Hoszang, Hungary

image copyrightPeter Adam Hoszang
image captionSharqiya Sands Desert, Oman

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

The Lone Tree Award: Anke Butawitsch, Germany

image copyrightAnke Butawitsch
image captionMadeira, Portugal

The Heavenly Cloud Award: Brandon Yoshizawa, US

image copyrightBrandon Yoshizawa
image captionSpaceX rocket exhaust plume, Sierra Nevada, California, US

The Abstract Aerial Award: Ignacio Palacios, Australia

image copyrightIgnacio Palacios
image captionLencois Maranhenses, Brazil

The Wildlife in Landscape Award: Ricardo Da Cunha, Australia

image copyrightRicardo Da Cunha
image captionWest Mongolia

The Snow and Ice Award: Veselin Atanasov, Bulgaria

image copyrightVeselin Atanasov
image captionCentral Balkan, Bulgaria

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

image copyrightArmand Sarlangue
image captionNorth Cainevlle Mesa, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, US
image copyrightGreg Stokesbury
image captionSierras, California, US
image copyrightBenjamin Maze
image captionLincoln's Rock, Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
image copyrightDaniel Mirlea
image captionCozia National Park, Romania
image copyrightCraig Bill
image captionPage, Arizona, US
image copyrightHelder Silva
image captionYosemite National Park, California, US
image copyrightStanislao Basileo
image captionTurin, Italy
image copyrightJaka Ivancic
image captionCroatia
image copyrightMat Beetson
image captionPink Salt Lake, Kalbarri, Western Australia
image copyrightPatrick Hertzog
image captionVatnajokull National Park, Iceland

More winning photos can be found on the competition website.

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