Independent Photographer Magazine Awards Best Landscape Imagery

The Independent Photographer Landscape Photo Awards

“Watery Shapes” by Phillip Glombik. First Place.

Photos of sweeping scenic landscapes from all corners of the earth were entered into The Independent Photographer‘s Landscape Photography Awards and the winners of the November 2023 contest have just been announced. Judged by renowned National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson, the winners and finalists are a beautiful look at the natural world.

Photographer Phillip Glombik took home the top prize for his evocative aerial photo of a river in Iceland. Taken with a drone at the end of the Ölfus River, the image has a calm, hypnotic composition that won over Richardson. 

“This was the image that always pulled me back, always invited me to get lost in wonder,” says Richardson, who is the co-founder of the educational collaborative Eyes On Earth. “I know what it is: river sediments in Iceland. But in places, it echoes the forces of creation we see in space telescope images of galactic nebula where stars are born. In other places, it echoes the desert dunes, or perhaps arctic blizzard drifts. The patterns are primordial. But what struck me most is how this image was elevated over similar images by the pattern or ripples that lay over the whole image like a veil. Just wonderful.”

The celebrated photographer also appreciated Ed Smith's look at a cloud inversion sweeping across the Scottish Highlands, which came in second place. He was particularly drawn to the mystery of the image and the way it bucks the traditional manner in which landscapes are often portrayed.

See more of the powerful winners and finalists below in this contest that honors one of photography's oldest and most beloved genres. And then stay tuned to see who will win December's monthly contest, which is currently taking submissions and is centered around the theme People.

Here are the winners of The Independent Photographer Landscape Photography Awards.

The Independent Photographer Landscape Photo Awards

“Fringes of Abernethy” by Ed Smith. Second Place.

The Independent Photographer Landscape Photo Awards

“Morning Freeze” by Remi Bergougnoux. Third Place.

The Independent Photographer Landscape Photo Awards

“Mystical Driftwood Drift” by Jacqueline Anders. Finalist.

The Independent Photographer Landscape Photo Awards

“Misty-rious Hill” by Ian Asprey. Finalist.

The Independent Photographer Landscape Photo Awards

“Offshore” by Michael Jurek. Finalist.

The Independent Photographer Landscape Photo Awards

“Frozen Migration” by Nicolas Castermans. Finalist.

The Independent Photographer Landscape Photo Awards

“Into the Mist” by Brandon Yoshizawa. Finalist.

The Independent Photographer Landscape Photo Awards

“Inversion” by Kyle Barden. Finalist.

The Independent Photographer Landscape Photo Awards

“Untitled” by William Holderfield. Finalist.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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