Winners of the International Pano Awards 2018 announced
The best panoramic photography in the world has been recognised, with professional and amateur photographers competing for more than $50,000 in cash and prizes in the ninth-edition of the EPSON International Pano Awards.
The Pano Awards are the largest competition for panoramic photography in the world, with the 2018 edition attracting 4937 entries from 1251 photographers in 74 countries.
The overall winner of the 2018 Open competition is Veselin Atanasov from Bulgaria, with his shot ‘Combing the Sunlight’, captured in Tuscany, Italy.
‘I shot this picture during one spring morning in 2017 in Tuscany. I remember that I had a 70-200mm lens attached to my camera, and the scene in front of me required a wide-angle lens. The sun was quickly rising upward and I decided not to miss this moment while replacing a lens, so I shot the scene through the panorama of several frames from my hand without tripod.’
The runner-up in the 2018 Open competition is Daniel Eisele from Germany, with his image ‘Life in Complex’, captured in Gifu, Japan.
The overall winner of the 2018 Amateur competition is Nathaniel Merz from South Korea.
‘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. While it is beautiful year round, it looks particularly beautiful covered in just the right amount of frost and snow like I was luckily able to capture on this morning.
At first, I was greeted by almost total white out conditions, but as I waited near this tree the fog began to move in and out just enough that the light was able to pour in and illuminate the tree and the surrounding fog in beautiful warm light. It was one of those moments where, thankfully, everything came together.’
The runner-up in the 2018 Amateur competition is Peter Li from Great Britain.
The winner of the Carolyn Mitchum Award is Anastasia Woolmington from Australia.
The aim of this award in this age of accelerating digital progression is to reward photography that conveys ‘feeling’ and tells a story…to encourage images that elicit emotive responses, in addition to being well crafted through photographic technique. The award honours the late wife of judge and patron, Jeff Mitchum.
‘Meoto Iwa or Wedded Rocks is a pair of sacred rocks in the sea off Futami in Japan. The two rocks are joined together in matrimony by a sacred Shinto straw rope called a shimenawa. The larger of the two rocks represents a husband, while the smaller rock represents the wife. Many couples from Japan travel there to ask for blessing for their marriage.
The winner of the EPSON Digital Art Prize is Colin Sillerud from the USA. This award aims to reward excellence in modern digital post-processing.
The winner of the Curator’s Award is Stefan Thaler from Austria. This prize is awarded by competition curator, David Evans.
Prizes for 2018 include US$20,000 cash, an Epson SureColor P-7070 and P-5070 printer, and an Epson EB-1776W Ultra-SlimProjector.
The judging panel includes some of the world's top panoramic photographers and industry professionals, including Jeff Mitchum, Karl Strand, Mark Handy, Mel Sinclair, Abe Blair, Juan Pablo de Miguel, Adam Williams, Anna Gibiskys, Isabella Tabacchi, Darren Moore, Thomas Erh, Aaron Spence and Bill Bailey.
You can see a selection of some of our favourite finalists in the gallery above.