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Pure Panorama Photographer of the 12 months 2023

The Pure Panorama Images Awards 2023 completed it’s judging simply over per week in the past and I’m actually pleased with how every part went. <chatgpt: insert superlative about panorama images> Exquisitely captured, this gorgeous assortment of panorama images transports viewers on an awe-inspiring journey via nature’s most breathtaking vistas, evoking an unparalleled sense of surprise and serenity.</chatgpt>

<chatgpt: insert sentence about how nice the organisers and judges have been> I’m completely elated and overjoyed by the seamless and profitable judging of the competitors! Witnessing the meticulous and truthful analysis course of unfold was immensely gratifying, and I could not be prouder of the judges’ unwavering dedication and experience. Their dedication to equity and excellence really shone via, guaranteeing that every participant’s work was given the utmost consideration and consideration.</chatgpt>

Ahem, sorry – I’ve been enjoying with ChatGPT and I couldn’t assist giving it a shot at serving to write my intro. Don’t fear, it’s type of ‘on subject’ as one of many challenges images competitions are dealing with is the best way that picture generative AI is getting so bloody good (similar to it could write schmoozy PR content material higher than me!).

I’ve beforehand written an article on AI (at first of this 12 months) however even within the quick time since then, the power to information the software program and the accuracy and element of the outcomes has made it much more superb/scary.

On the NLPA, our defence in opposition to this course of (and people who chase related creations via Photoshop processed work) is the checking of RAW recordsdata, and so long as these are very tough to faux, I’m hoping we’ll nonetheless be capable to use them to display screen photographs and to have the ability to current our entrants work as ‘not misleading’. Not misleading is a troublesome factor to quantify however the judges and organisers have a pure sense of the place ‘too far’ is and we speak about this overtly.

So, what have been the winners like? The next article presents a few of my favorite photographs and collections (initiatives/portfolios) from the competitors. However first I wished to clarify a bit bit in regards to the course of that I haven’t talked about earlier than (you’ll be able to learn extra in regards to the total course of in this text from final 12 months).

Almost all competitions choose work utilizing a numerical system and NLPA isn’t any exception. We ask every choose to attain photographs from 0 to five, the place a 5 worth is the judges favorite and the 1 worth remains to be a very good picture however, in that judges opinion, it would not stand an opportunity of profitable.

Now that is the place most competitions finish. The averaged scores are calculated and the highest 5 or 10 in every class are chosen after which the judges vote first, second and third place. The image with essentially the most factors wins.

Nevertheless, our course of diverges from most competitions right here. As soon as now we have our judges scores, we take all the pictures that the judges scored a 5 for (indicating a private favorite) plus a choice of photographs that rated effectively throughout all judges however weren’t fairly favourites (particularly photographs that weren’t ‘rapid’ pleasers however is perhaps growers). This finally ends up with roughly 60 photographs for every class.

Our judges are then given these photographs and requested to dwell with them for some time till the finals (roughly two weeks) after which choose their three favourites from every class. This closing choice is then introduced to the judges in the course of the dwell voting.

Over the six hours of dwell voting, we in all probability spend an hour on every class. We ask the judges to vote for his or her 1st via 4th selection on our new ‘dwell voting’ panel (see beneath) and the judges are then requested in the event that they need to advocate for a picture they appreciated that isn’t doing effectively. As soon as this suggestions course of is full, the pictures are diminished to a high six and a closing vote is held and we speak about whether or not we’re pleased with the outcomes of this (we normally are however generally judges wish to change their votes or we’ll have a closing vote on 1st or 2nd and so forth).

So the judges have a substantial period of time to have a look at and to develop into a picture past the scoring course of.

The attention-grabbing end result of that is that, within the closing judging course of, photographs that scored effectively within the first rounds could effectively place decrease than photographs that scored much less.

This adjustments the result of competitions greater than you’ll assume. Photographs which might be typically immediately applauded, can typically grow to be tiring or simply not have lots of depth. Whereas photographs which will look much less attention-grabbing at first can intrigue a viewer later. A jugdes private relationship with an image may develop as they discover completely different components that resonate with them (or different judges level out issues that they missed).

We had an awesome instance of this in our most important class finalists. In our case, the general winner of {photograph} of the 12 months scored a decrease mixture rating than winner of the Intimate class from which it was chosen.

Within the photographs beneath, the caption exhibits the rating distribution as a 5 determine quantity much like this 55331. This rating could be two most 5* scores, two 3* and one 1* rating.

M1 R3.7 V3.80

Gabriel Stankiewicz, Total Winner (53310 avg = 2.4)

M2 R4.0 V0.80

Takahashi Hiroto, Intimate Landscapes Winner (54333 avg = 3.6)

Additionally, the Grand Scenic winner scored much less the the Grand Scenic runner up.

M3 R4.0 V5.30

Björn Nehrhoff von Holderberg, Grand Scenic, Winner (55210 avg = 2.6)

M6 R5.0 V0.30

Xavier Lequarre, Grand Scenic, Runner Up (55544 avg = 4.6)

On this case, Xavier’s picture was joing highest within the competitors for the preliminary score throughout all photographs. We should always add a remark that a lot of the individuals seeing Xavier’s picture questioned the birds, they have been simply too good to be true. However true they’re and what a tremendous picture.

As a final instance, the winner of the Summary and Particulars class scored lower than the second place picture

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Eric Bennett, Summary and Particulars, Winner (55332 avg = 3.6)

M2 R4.3 V1.20

Matt Redfern, Summary and Particulars, Runner Up (54442 avg = 3.8)

Removed from being a flaw with our competitors, that is vital proof that the method by which we slowly carry units of photographs ahead within the closing levels of the competitors permits the judges to choose photographs that transcend an instantaneous response. We hope that individuals who spend a while with the pictures in our compilation books can have the identical response.

Nevertheless, sufficient discuss! Listed here are the winners of the 2023 Pure Panorama Images Awards. We have proven you the general winner and the winners of the three most important classes. This is a choice of photographs from the Particular Awards and from my private favourites. After a fast conclusion from Mr AI …


In the timeless artistry of landscape photography, competitions serve as a vibrant showcase of creativity, skill, and the sheer beauty of our world. As long as there are mesmerizing vistas to capture, changing seasons to witness, and diverse landscapes to explore, there will forever be a place for these competitions. They not only celebrate the passion and dedication of photographers but also inspire a deeper appreciation for the awe-inspiring wonders of our planet. Through these competitions, the art of landscape photography continues to flourish, inviting us to see the world through the lens of boundless imagination and unwavering admiration for the breathtaking landscapes that surround us.

Particular Class Winners

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Martin Bürner, Environmental, Winner

M0 R3.0 V1.70

Matt Redfern, Widespread Locations, Winner

M0 R1.7 V1.20

James Hider, Water Worlds, Winner

M3 R4.3 V1.20

Alexandre Deschaumes, Mountains, Winner

M2 R4.0 V2.20

Peter Eastway. Aerial, Winner

M0 R3.0 V2.00

David Hunter, Nightscape, Winner

M0 R2.7 V2.20

Harry Lichtman, Black and White, Winner

A Choice of Private Favourites

M0 R3.0 V1.70

Jackie Matear

M0 R2.7 V1.50

Martin Maier

M0 R3.3 V2.30

Jan Erik Waider

M0 R3.3 V0.20

Andrew Mielzynski

M0 R3.3 V2.80

Kurt Lawson

M2 R4.3 V2.30

Kyle Goetsch

Competitors Gallery



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