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Discover the amazing winners of this landscape photography competition

Discover the amazing winners of this landscape photography competition
(Image credit: Blake Randall)

Landscape photography is one of the most popular photographic genres – and there's good reason for that. Sweeping vistas and dramatic landscapes create the perfect subjects for nature-loving photographers. There are many photography competitions that celebrate the unique allure of landscape photography, but one of our favorites so far this year is the International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019 competition.

With over 3,400 entries from over 1,000 professional and amateur photographers, the judges for the International Landscape Photographer of the Year managed to whittle down the entrants until they found their winners. 

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光 杨 (Yang Guang) won second place for their incredible landscape photography

光 杨 (Yang Guang) won second place for their incredible landscape photography (Image credit: Yang Guang)

Landscape photography enthusiast Oleg Ershov pipped the competition to win the overall title of International Landscape Photographer of the Year. Based in Moscow, Russia, Ershov said: "My passion for landscape photography is based on a love of nature, especially in places where human intervention is not yet visible. Just being in location at dawn and watching the start of a new day gives me tremendous vitality."

Ershov's love affair with landscape photography began in 2007 when he bought himself his first DSLR and signed up for a photo tour of Southwest USA. Having been officially bitten by the photographic bug, he now spends up to six weeks per year on photo trips. 

Meanwhile, second place in the ILPOTY competition goes to Yang Guang from China and third place is awarded to Blake Randall from Canada. 

Chairman of Judges, Peter Eastway, says: "While humanity concerns itself with the challenges of climate change, landscape photographers are doing their part, revealing and showcasing just how amazing and worth saving our planet is…

"Each year, the awards have two main prizes. The Photograph of the Year is awarded to the best single landscape photograph, while to be named International Landscape Photographer of the Year requires a set of four images. This is our main prize, acknowledging the additional skill and artistry required to produce a portfolio of landscape photographs."

To discover more information on this landscape photography competition and to download a copy of the 2019 book, check out the ILPOTY website (opens in new tab) here. In the meantime, check out our favorite photos from the competition below.

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Louise Carey
Louise Carey

With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab) and  Digital Photographer (opens in new tab). Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.