Epson International Pano Awards has announced the winners of its 2022 competition. And just like the images they shared back in April to inspire you, the winning images are just as powerful and beautiful.
This year the winner is Jinyi He from China with three entries in the Open Awards. his picture the vein is the overall winner, followed by two more breathtaking landscapes.
The Epson International Pano Awards showcase the work of panorama photographers worldwide and is the largest competition for panorama photography. This year the competition received 4,129 entries from 1,197 professional and amateur photographers from 98 countries. The winner, Jinyi He, said he was very honored to win the 2022 first prize.
“It is very special for me to be recognized for the work shot in my hometown of Xinjiang, China.” As a landscape photographer, Jinyi is passionate about exploring the majestic Chinese landscapes that are little known to Western photographers. “I dedicate myself to capturing her precious but hidden beauty,” said the photographer. “I think the strongest photos come from the heart, not the head.”
Describe the veinsaid Jinyi:
“I traveled to Xinjiang last year and took this photo in Dushanzi Grand Canyon, a geological wonder. For millions of years, the melting snow water of Tianshan Glacier has ripped open the chest of the giant Gobi like a lobster, sculpting this natural landscape under the movement of the earth’s crust and the erosion of wind and rain. “The Vein” consists of 40 photos. I operated my drone to take these 90 degree aerial photos at 40 appropriate points (5 rows and 8 columns) of the canyon to get an aerial view of the entire canyon. Nature is an artist and reminds me of an abstract painting.”
Two other photos by Jinyi won the Open category: purple world and rainbow canyon. These, like the overall winner, were recorded in China.
The competition also recognizes the amateur category. The overall winner of this year’s amateur competition was Florian Kriechbaumer from the United Arab Emirates. His entries information, the confrontation, and sunrise in the clouds won him first prize.
The Epson Digital Art Prize was won by Juan Lopez Ruiz from Spain for his image poison flow. “This is an aerial photograph of the area surrounding the Riotinto mine in Huelva, Spain,” the photographer explained. “This is a reservoir near the mine where all mine waste accumulates. It is an area of polymetallic massive sulphide concentration where copper, lead and zinc as well as gold and silver are mined, contributing to a great variety of textures and colors in constant change, making it a unique site, perfect for aerial photography.”
Last but not least, Judith Kuhn from Germany won the Curator’s Award for her contribution Bernese Oberland. Judith said of her photo:
“Alps in the Bernese Oberland. It is known among wildlife photographers for its ibex. There lives a larger colony that has gotten used to the numerous strays and shows little shyness. So I followed the call of the ibex to the Niederhorn. The area is also not uninteresting in terms of landscape (the triumvirate Mönch Eiger Jungfrau is directly opposite), but it is not a photographic hotspot. Therefore, for weight reasons, I set out early in the morning for my photo tour armed only with a camera, telephoto lens and a few spare batteries. Landscape photography was not planned. At the Burgfeldstand, a neighboring summit, the view opened up to the north-east, hills and valleys swayed in the light haze in the backlight of the rising sun. A perspective that creates spatial depth and, fortunately for me, could only be photographed effectively with a telephoto lens. So I unexpectedly came across a wonderful landscape photo on my wildlife tour.”
Epson has published Puff Galleries for each of the competition categories, including the Immersive VR/360 Award. So be sure to visit the International Pano Awards website and enjoy more wonderful panoramic images.