Best landscape photos of 2016 announced

By AG Staff Writer 9 January 2017
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The winners of the 2016 International Landscape Photographer of the Year have been announced, with a number of Aussie photographers taking out top spots.

THE 2016 WINNERS of the International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition have been announced, with the stunning winning shots ranging from dramatic aerial desert landscapes to Arctic snowscapes and slow-exposure rainforest waterfalls.

The panel of judges, chaired by renowned Australian photographer Peter Eastway, selected 101 winning images from 2394 entries from around the world to be published in a hard-cover book.

Alex Noriega from the USA was named International Landscape Photographer of the Year for his folio submission, including the below aerial photo, called ‘Mother Brain’, taken over the Colorado Plateau, in southwestern USA.

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‘Mother Brain’ by Alex Noriega (USA), Overall Winner, International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016.

“Landscape photographers are passionate about their art. For some, it’s the time spent in the landscape, waiting for the perfect light or an amazing sky. For others, it’s what they can conjure from their imagination without the restrictions of the natural world,” said judge chairman Peter Eastway.

Second place went to Australian photographer Kath Salier for her folio of images, including the top image taken in Mount Field National Park, Tasmania, and the image below taken in Iceland.

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Ice cave near Jokulsarlon, Iceland by Kath Salier (Australia). Kath was awarded second place in the 2016 International Landscape Photographer of the Year for her folio submission.

The overall winning single image was taken by landscape photographer Hougaard Malan from Cape Town, South Africa, for the below dramatic capture of a waterfall in Namibia, which Hougaard says rarely flows.

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Overall winning single image by Hougaard Malan (South Africa), International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016.

More notable Australian accolades include winner of the Black and White Award 2016, which went to Australian photographer Guy Havell for the below image taken a long way from home on Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland.

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Ingjaldsholl Church, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland. Winner, Black and White Award, Guy Havell (Australia), International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016.

Sydney-based Australian photographer Ignacio Palacios took out the ‘Squarial’ (square aerial) Award for his digitally manufactured image of a flock of flamingoes over coastal marshes in Spain.

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Winner, Squarial Award, Ignacio Palacios (Australia), International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016.

The South America Award also went to Kalan Robb, a Sydney-based photographer originally from Western Australia, for his photo below of La Paz, Bolivia.

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Winner, The South America Award 2016, Kalan Robb (Australia), International Landscape Photographer of the Year.

Here are a few more of our favourite Australian photos from the top 101:


Country NSW, Australia. (Credit: Adam Williams/International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016.)


A jelly-like wave curls in multiple layers over a shallow reef on the NSW South Coast, Australia. (Credit: Warren Keelan/International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016.)


Hawkesbury River, NSW Australia. (Credit: Glenn Mckimmin/International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016.)