International Landscape Photographer of the Year Winners

01 1st-Max Rive 8013
The International Landscape Photograph of the Year, by Max Rive, the Netherlands. Max Rive/International Landscape Photographer of the Year

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.”

01 1st-Max Rive 8013 The International Landscape Photograph of the Year, by Max Rive, the Netherlands. Max Rive/International Landscape Photographer of the Year

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.

02 2nd-Zsolt Andras Szabo 4196
The International Landscape Photograph of the Year - Second Place: Zsolt Andras Szabo, Romania. Zsolt Andras Szabo/International Landscape Photographer of the Year
03 3rd-Theo Bosboom 3833
The International Landscape Photograph of the Year - Third Place: Theo Bosboom, Netherlands. Theo Bosboom/International Landscape Photographer of the Year
04 Aerial-Cristiano Xavier 6480
The Abstract Aerial Award: Cristiano Xavier, Brazil. Cristiano Xavier/International Landscape Photographer of the Year
05 Snow-Cosmin Stan 3392
The Snow & Ice Award: Cosmin Stan, Romania. Cosmin Stan/International Landscape Photographer of the Year
06 LongExp-Marcio Cabral 5617
The Long Exposure Award: Marcio Cabral, Brazil. Marcio Cabral/International Landscape Photographer of the Year
07 Mount-Alex Nail 5933
The Mountainous Award: Alex Nail, United Kingdom. Alex Nail/International Landscape Photographer of the Year
08 Tree-Stephen King 5902
The Exemplary Tree Award: Stephen King, Hong Kong. Stephen King/International Landscape Photographer of the Year
09 Wojciech Kruczynski 3673
Among the judges' favorites was this image of Kalsoy Island in the Faroe Islands, by Wojciech Kruczynski of Poland. Wojciech Kruczynski/International Landscape Photographer of the Year
10 Anton Agarkov 4421
Anton Agarkov, Russian Federation: East shore of Olkhon Island, Baikal Lake, Pribaikalsky Nature Reserve, Russia. Anton Agarkov/International Landscape Photographer of the Year
10 aPeter Svoboda 4007
Peter Svoboda, Slovakia: Alpe di Siusi area, Italy. Peter Svoboda/International Landscape Photographer of the Year
11 Stefan Thaler 5948
Stefan Thaler, Austria: Thiersee, Tyrol, Austria. Stefan Thaler/International Landscape Photographer of the Year