International Landscape Photographer of the Year Winners

The International Landscape Photograph of the Year, by Max Rive, the Netherlands.
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A beautiful image of a misty valley in Patagonia has been chosen as the International Landscape Photograph of the Year. Dutch photographer Max Rive captured the winning image in southern Argentina at the end of a six-week trip through the area. 

His photograph makes the most of a misty morning with some breaks in the cloud, allowing the early sunlight to illuminate some of Patagonia’s most stunning peaks in the background. He recalls: “I was literally running around to make the most of the continuously changing conditions.”

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Rive says he started taking photos with a small compact camera in 2008, just to document a mountain trip he did between studies. "I took photos to remember the trip, to show others how cool it was and to have something more to do than only hike—so I was just like many travel photographers, I would say.

“I gradually became more serious as a real landscape photographer when I started sharing photos on the internet and became inspired by the work of others—and by ‘real’ landscape photographer, I mean using tripods, filters, bigger cameras and waiting for days at a spot to get the shot."

The winning image is just one example of Max’s approach to landscape photography, darkening down the image overall, but ensuring that key subjects and areas within the composition are lighter and hence attract the viewer’s attention. The judges also named him International Landscape Photographer of the Year, a title awarded for a body of work, rather than a single image. You can see more of his stunning photos towards the end of this slideshow. 

The contest received 3,518 entries from 866 photographers from around the world. In addition to the prizes for best single shot and best portfolio, there were also five special subject awards (Snow & Ice, Abstract Aerial, Long Exposure, Tree and Mountains).

Newsweek presents the winning images and a selection of the judges' favorites. See the International Landscape Photographer of the Year website for more beautiful images and for details on how to enter.