International Landscape Photographer of the Year crowned – Australian Photography

2 February 2022

The winners of the 8th International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition have been announced, with the winner, Turkey’s Aytek Çetin, taking out top honours from more than 4,500 entries in the global competition.

Aytek shares in a prize pool valued at US$18,000, including $10,000 cash. 

2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year, Aytek Cetin, Turkey.
2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year, Aytek Cetin, Turkey.

According to Aytek, Cappadocia in Turkey, where his portfolio was captured, is a truly magnificent place. 

“The 60-million-year-old story of fairy chimneys and the fact they have been home to different civilizations for tens of thousands of years, makes Cappadocia extremely mysterious for me.

2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year, Aytek Cetin, Turkey.
2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year, Aytek Cetin, Turkey.

If you are lucky, you can visit there during hazy, atmospheric conditions with a soft light pushing through at sunrise or sunset.” 

“The reason I chose this location is because I love the excitement inside me when the sun first hits the fairy chimneys and how it makes me feel like I’m living in the bronze age.”

2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year, Aytek Cetin, Turkey.
2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year, Aytek Cetin, Turkey.
2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year, Aytek Cetin, Turkey.
2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year, Aytek Cetin, Turkey.

Second place in the competition was awarded to photographer Max Rive of the Netherlands.

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021 - Second Place, Max Rive, Netherlands
The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021 – Second Place, Max Rive, Netherlands
The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021 - Second Place, Max Rive, Netherlands
The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021 – Second Place, Max Rive, Netherlands
The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021 - Second Place, Max Rive, Netherlands
The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021 – Second Place, Max Rive, Netherlands
The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021 - Second Place, Max Rive, Netherlands
The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021 – Second Place, Max Rive, Netherlands

The 2021 International Landscape Photograph of the Year award (for the best single image) was taken on Mt. Tamalpais, located in Marin country, just north of San Francisco by photographer Tanmay Sapkal.

Landscape photograph of the Year 2021, Tanmay Sapkal, USA.
Landscape photograph of the Year 2021, Tanmay Sapkal, USA.

“It is quite a special place for photographers as it stands above the local landscape which is engulfed in low coastal fog almost every summer evening. After shooting there tens of times over the last four years, I realised that I really liked the way fog looks when it is lit from underneath. I also realised that the comet would become visible in the north west sky, so I started planning this shot.

“It wasn’t possible to line up the comet exactly above the foreground I wanted, so I decided to take two separate exposures. It took a couple of visits to get just the right amount of fog on the hills to create the dreamy setting and then I waited patiently for some cars to drive by and create a blanket of light under the fog.

“After shooting for more than a few hours that night, my friend and I hurried back down to the car. Little did we know that parking on the mountain after sunset meant getting a parking ticket! But now, in my opinion, it’s the best $80 I have ever spent on parking! Ha ha!” 

The International Landscape Photograph of the Year 2021 - Second Place, Cedric Tamani, Switzerland
The International Landscape Photograph of the Year 2021 – Second Place, Cedric Tamani, Switzerland
The International Landscape Photograph of the Year 2021 - Third Place,
Ben Goode, Australia
The International Landscape Photograph of the Year 2021 – Third Place, Ben Goode, Australia

As in previous years, a number of special awards were given, with Adelaide’s Chris Kirby taking out the ‘Hand of Man’ category.

The Monochrome Award, 2021, Heiner Machalett, Germany
The Monochrome Award, 2021, Heiner Machalett, Germany
The Amazing Aerial Award 2021, Chris Byrne, USA
The Amazing Aerial Award 2021, Chris Byrne, USA
The Night Sky Award 2021, Hans Gunnar Aslaksen, Norway
The Night Sky Award 2021, Hans Gunnar Aslaksen, Norway
The Hand of Man Award 2021, Chris Kirby, Australia
The Hand of Man Award 2021, Chris Kirby, Australia
The Snow & Ice Award 2021, Mimmo Salierno, Italy
The Snow & Ice Award 2021, Mimmo Salierno, Italy

The competition was judged by David Burnett, Tim Parkin, Kelvin Yuen, Kaye Davis, Jim M Goldstein, and Peter Eastway, who said the strength of the competition is that it recognised all types of landscape photography.

“Our philosophy is that all approaches to landscape photography are valid. It is not up to us to say whether an image is a landscape or not. As a result, on the pages of the awards book you will see exponents of many different styles presenting their rare and carefully considered compositions. Some of the landscapes are straight out of camera, others are from the photographer’s imagination.

“I find it quite compelling that what drives one landscape photographer can be so different to another. For some, the capture of nature at its most wonderful is reward enough. In fact, these are the moments photographers live for and being out in the landscape is often as enjoyable as capturing it with a camera,” he said.

All 11 winners receive a physical copy of the annual Awards book, printed by Momento Pro. You can see all the finalists on the ILPOTY website here. 

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