Spain's José D. Riquelme was named the overall winner of the 2023 EPSON International Pano Awards for a series of stunning panoramic photographs. His photo The Bridge also topped the Open Nature/Landscape category for its breathtaking look at Iceland's landscape.
“After over a dozen visits to Iceland, exploring its majestic lands, during a rest stop, I decided to change my perspective and launch my drone,” he shared. “To my amazement, I captured this incredible image. From above, lines form a bridge extending from left to right, while on the ground, abstract shapes emerge from the flowing river water originating from the glacier.”
This unique perspective is exactly what makes panoramic photography so special. And the EPSON International Pano Awards does an excellent job of rewarding the top amateur and professional photographers in the field. Whether capturing an underwater school of fish or a well-known piece of architecture, these photographers know how to use panoramas to push their creative limits effectively.
This year's competition received 4,414 entries from photographers across 102 countries. All of the entrants vied for thousands of dollars in cash prizes, as well as top-notch equipment from the competition's sponsor, EPSON Australia.
Another big winner this year is Merche Llobera, also from Spain. Llobera was named Amateur Photographer of the Year thanks to a strong collection of underwater photography. Special awards were also given to the top-scoring aerial and smartphone panoramas. In addition, competition curator David Evans handed out a special award to Poland's Krzysztof Browko for his incredible image of a church in Slovenia popping out among the fog.
“2023 represents a diverse collection of images, demonstrating new boundaries being pushed—such as Merche Llobera's striking underwater panoramas,” says Evans. “Also notable is the strong performance of entrants from Southeast Asia and Europe this year, mirrored in the entry statistics with an increase in new entrants from those regions in particular. It's always exciting to see the competition evolve year-on-year, and without doubt, 2023 is no exception.”
See our favorite winning images from the 2023 EPSON International Pano Awards.
Amateur and professional photographers from 102 countries entered the competition.
View the full winner's gallery on the official website.