Landscape Photography Awards Rewards Authenticity in Photography

Award-winning winter landscape photography by Blake Randall

“Untitled” by Blake Randall. Photographer of the Year, Winner.

In a time when the public is increasingly skeptical about the veracity of what they see online, the Natural Landscape Photography Awards is a breath of fresh air. Thanks to a stringent set of requirements, you can rest assured that, in the case of this exceptional landscape photography, what you see is what you get.

Entrants are not allowed to add, remove, or distort significant elements from their images. They also can't combine images taken at different focal lengths or during different times of day. In order to verify the accuracy of the images, judges require that each photographer also submit their RAW files.

Even though the competition is only in its third year, it still received 11,176 entries from professional and amateur landscape photographers in 54 different countries. And the winners clearly demonstrate that heavy editing is not necessary to produce breathtaking images. Canadian landscape and nature photographer Blake Randall was named Photographer of the Year for his exceptional portfolio of work. From snowy rolling hills to detailed photos of the icy environment, Randall's photos rose to the top of the field.

“Since its inception, the NLPA awards have set the gold standard for landscape photography—preserving the authentic experience of capturing our planet’s unaltered natural beauty in contrast to the growing popularity of AI and computer-generated imagery,” Randall shared. “The images presented in the competition reflect the kind of photography I aspire to achieve, making this award extra special and something I will be proud of for the rest of my life.”

Proving that you don't need to be a professional photographer to win an award, Gabriel Stankiewicz‘s image of snow-hugged trees in Norway was named Photograph of the Year. Stankiewicz is a doctoral researcher in computational mechanics by day, and he came across the scene while snowshoeing in Norway.

While winter appears to dominate the top awards, there's also plenty of greenery to be seen across the contest's 10 categories. From stunning star trails to lush moss-covered forests, the winners showed off a wide range of landscapes. The winners shared in a prize pool that included $13,000 in cash prizes, as well as FLM tripods. Scroll down to see more winners and get inspired to know that AI has nothing on these talented photographers.

The 2023 Natural Landscape Photography Awards announced their winners.

Fallen tree in the forest

“Untitled” by Tiago Mateus. Project of the Year, Winner.

Black and white photo of a storm in a canyon

“A storm in crayon” by Björn Nehrhoff von Holderberg. Grand Scenic, Winner.

Aerial view of Lake Frome / Munda, South Australia

“Lake Frome / Munda, South Australia” by Peter Eastway. Aerial, Winner.

2023 Natural Landscape Photography Awards

“Gogh With The Flow” by Matt Redfern. Abstract and Details, Runner Up.

Winter landscape by Blake Randall

“Untitled” by Blake Randall. Photographer of the Year, Winner.

The contest has strict rules about photo manipulation and retouching in order to ensure the integrity of the contest.

Trees in the snow

“Arctic Tenacity” by Gabriel Stankiewicz. Photograph of the Year, Winner.

2023 Natural Landscape Photography Awards

“Untitled” by Benjamin Maze. Photographer of the Year, Runner Up.

Scenic landscape photography

“Untitled” by Xavier Lequarre. Grand Scenic, Runner Up.

Night landscape photography

“Eyeing the stars” by Prajit Ravindran. Night, Runner Up.

Black and white photo of dry river bed with cracked mud

“Disturbed” by Peter Coskun. Black and White, Runner Up.

All finalists were required to submit their RAW files so that the judging panel could guarantee the authenticity of the entries.

2023 Natural Landscape Photography Awards

“Ice calligraphy” by Pål Hermansen. Aerial,Runner Up.

Minimalist photo of leaves

“Little Leaves” by Mieke Boynton. Common Places,Runner Up.

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“Empty” by Jay Tayag. Environmental,Runner Up.

Winter landscape in New Hampshire

“Tempest – Crawford Notch NH” by Harry Lichtman. Black and White, Winner.

Waterfall on a tree-covered cliff

“Early Morning at Piemans Falls” by James Hider. Water, Winner.

Over 11,000 images from photographers in 54 countries were entered into the competition.

Icy Winterscape

“Winter Story” by Takahashi Hiroto. Intimate Landscape, Winner.

Waterfall photograph

“Lightpainting” by Barbara Seiberl-Stark. Water,Runner Up.

Star trails in winter night sky

“Solstice Marker & Star Trails” by David Hunter. Night, Winner.

2023 Natural Landscape Photography Awards

“Ephemeral distortion” by Alexandre Deschaumes. Mountains, Winner.

Aerial view of mountain landscape

“Winter Light – Mt Geryon – Du Cane Range” by Grant Dixon. Mountains,Runner Up.

2023 Natural Landscape Photography Awards

“Untitled” by Eric Bennett. Abstract and Details, Winner.

Ferns in an autumn forest

“A little piece of autumn” by César Llaneza. Intimate Landscape, Runner Up.

2023 Natural Landscape Photography Awards

“Once Upon a Time” by Matt Redfern. Common Places, Winner.

Small fire in the forest

“Fuse” by Martin Bürner. Environmental, Winner.

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My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by the Natural Landscape Photography Awards.

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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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