These are the best photographs of 2023, from across the top photo contests

Epson Pano Awards 2023
(Image credit: Krzysztof Browko)

One of the perks of my job is that I regularly get to write about photography competitions. I love flicking through the winner's galleries to see what beautiful, thought-provoking images have captured the judge's eye and of course, whether I agree. 

There is honestly a photography competition for every genre you can imagine; from aerial and underwater, to portraits, pets, action and architecture, it doesn't matter what your preferred style is, you'll find a competition to enter. While some competitions such as the Sony World Photo Awards (which is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious competitions in the world) are vast and varied, other competitions such as Capture the Atlas' Northern Lights Photographer of the Year are very subject-specific. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.