Breathtaking panoramic photos win 2020 Epson International Pano Awards

11th EPSON International Pano Awards
(Image credit: Manish Mamtani/11th EPSON International Pano Awards)

The winners of the 2020 Epson International Panon Awards have been announce. Now in its 11th year, the competition celebrates the best panoramic photography from around the world and this year received a record-beaging 5,859 entries from 1,452 professional and amateur photographers in 96 countries.  

The overall winner was Matt Jackisch from Canada for a snow swept landscape shot in the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia. The best professional award in the Built Environment category went to Colin Leonhardt from Australia.

The top amateur entries were submitted both submitted by Spanish photographers –  Carlos F. Turienz, in the Natural Landscapes category, and by Juan Lopez Ruiz in the Built Environment category.

Juan López Ruiz Amateur winner in Built Environment category ‘Light and Dark on the Towers’, Madrid,  Spain “This shot is a view of two of the four skyscrapers that  make up the Cuatro Torres financial complex in Madrid. I really liked the composition of the towers along with one of the canopies in the area. I took  the image thinking of doing digital black and white processing and enhancing  the contrast by adding shadows and light to create a more impressive image.”   (Image credit: Juan López Ruiz/11th EPSON International Pano Awards)

11th EPSON International Pano Awards

Carlos F. Turienzo Amateur winner in Nature Landscapes category ‘Janela’, Madeira Island, Portugal (Image credit: Carlos F. Turienzo/11th EPSON International Pano Awards)

Colin Leonhardt Open winner in Built Environment category ‘Mine Waste’, Collie, Western Australia (Image credit: Colin Leonhardt/11th EPSON International Pano Awards)

Matt Jackisch, Open Photographer of the Year Spring Hibernation, Squamish, Canada “I spent a  blissful day snowshoeing in the BC Coastal Mountains in March. With such a  deep snowpack, it was still very wintery up high. I find the more time I spend  alone in nature, the quieter my mind gets. The quieter my mind gets, the more subtleties I notice in my surroundings. I only saw this tree because of that  state of being. This image was a product of solitude and mindfulness.’   (Image credit: Matt Jackisch/11th EPSON International Pano Awards)

Jason Denning The HDB, Singapore` Award for best gigapixel panoramic image (Image credit: Jason Denning/11th EPSON International Pano Awards)

Mohammad Rahman Award for best vertical panoramic image Quiet In The Riverbank, Bangladesh (Image credit: Mohammad Rahman/11th EPSON International Pano Awards)

Manish Mamtani Dragon Eye, Iceland Award for best aerial panoramic image (Image credit: Manish Mamtani/11th EPSON International Pano Awards)

Competition Curator, David Evans said, “Needless to say this is a year to  remember. We thought new entry and judging systems would keep us busy  enough, then the world changed. We doubled down and got to work, and the  upshot is a record year for the Pano Awards…We’re overwhelmed with the  level of support from entrants and sponsors, especially Epson and we thank  you all so very much and also congratulate the winners and highest scoring entrants for 2020 - the year that changed us all.”  

Craig Heckenberg, Managing Director, Epson Australia said, "Epson has been  a proud sponsor of the Pano Awards for the past 11 years and is delighted  with the ongoing growth of its popularity each year, particularly in 2020 given the unprecedented year it's been. The competition continues to attract more  aspiring photographers as well as repeat entrants as the bar is raised every  year and the images submitted are nothing short of spectacular. Epson is  proud that our technology helps the photographers realise their passion and  bring these amazing images to life. This was another tough year to judge the incredible entries and Epson congratulates all of the winners and entrants for  their interest and incredible passion.” 

To view all the winning and top image galleries go to the Pano Awards website. 

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.