Recently the winners and runners up were announced for the 2021 Natural Landscape Photography Awards. 1,300 photographers from 47 countries submitted 13,368 images to this year’s competition. A panel of 8 judges, including well-known landscape photographers Joe Cornish and William Neill, selected Utah, USA-based Eric Bennett as the overall winner.
This competition set out some particular standards, mainly that images containing ‘deceptive digital editing techniques’ would not qualify. ‘As a photographer who strives to show people the value of wilderness, I have always enjoyed seeing and creating more subtle and personal photographs that portray nature in a realistic manner.
As these kinds of images tend to have a quieter impact, they often end up being largely ignored in most photography competitions….I decided to submit my photographs for the Natural Landscape Awards because I liked that the competition was focused on awarding images based on composition, lighting, and originality as opposed to post-processing techniques or outlandish compositing,’ Bennett explains.
$20,000 in prizes, including Canon cameras and printers, will be distributed to the winners. The entire 2021 Competition Gallery can be viewed on the Nautral Landscape Awards website.