(Pocket-lint) - The EPSON International Pano Awards is dedicated to panoramic photography with artwork from photographers from all over the world being submitted and judged each year.
The entries for the 2021 competition are now open, with entrants in with the hope of winning thousands of dollars in case prizes and printers and projectors from EPSON.
To give you an idea of the sort of quality photos being submitted, we've collected some of the best for your viewing pleasure. These are some truly breathtaking images with staggering views of our world.
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This magnificent photograph from Colin Leonhardt comes from Australia and shows the fascinating patterns created by mine waste in the Western part of the country. A wonderfully colourful panoramic view with an aerial twist.
The image was chosen as the runner-up in the Open Competition for 2020's EPSON International Pano Awards.
Taken in the wonderous region of Bled, Slovenia, this amazing image appears to show a magical island floating in peaceful bliss surrounded by mist and clouds.
Carsten Bachmeyer from Germany certainly has an eye for beautiful panoramic visions. Easy to see why it was selected as a runner up.
This photo from Sebastian Tontsch in entitled Desert Storm, but we see it more as a peaceful view of a man-made world.
With the towering skyscrapers of Dubai standing boldly above the mist below, as if stretching into clouds themselves. Another incredible vision for the Open Category.
Grant Hutchinson snapped an incredibly colourful view in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa. Yellow and red fronted houses contrast in a way that really strikes the eye.
This is certainly another different view of man made structures compared to the other photos in this category.
A peaceful view from an early morning Venice shows a panorama that includes a magnificent sunrise over the man-made landscape. We love the sunlight breaking through the nearby arches.
One of the most impressive images we've seen of Radio Telescopes. This colourful image shows the VLA Radio Telescopes at Soccoro, New Mexico, USA. With a swirling backdrop of stars, the photo alludes to the wonderful mysteries beyond our world.
This panoramic view from Madrid, Spain appears to show a magnificent palace at night, seemingly floating inexplicably on the water's surface.
"The Palace of Aranjuez reflected in the water under the stars, is one of the residences of the Spanish royal family, located in the Real Sitio and the Villa de Arnjuez, in the Community of Madrid."
A simpler black and white photograph taken in London shows a man-made surrounding but without pesky nature getting in the way. The angles of this one really draws the eye.
This basement level panorama might be entitled Light Saber, but our eye was drawn more to the symmetry of the barrels than the striking light in the middle of the room.
The Hall Of Buddha
Several of these entries have featured modern manmade features, but this one shows a much older statue of Buddha. And one that's impressive in its size as it is in its glory.
We never cease to be impressed by the awesome views the Northern Lights conjure up and this panoramic photo really makes the most of the colours in the sky.
This photo, entitled Apocalypse, seems to show the end times - with multiple lightning strikes sparking across the sky and hitting the landscape. Beautiful, eerie and dangerous. Certainly a fantastic view and well worth consideration as an entry to the competition.
Walkway to Light
Another incredible image with highlights of the Northern Lights but one that's visually pleasing thanks to the incredibly straight bridge striking through the middle.
A green eyed monster
Manish Mamttani won the 2020 EPSON Digital Art prize for this image titled Dragon Eye, that was taken in Iceland. He spoke about the photo to the awards team:
"This image was taken during one of my recent trips to Iceland and it shows the top-down view of an emerald geothermal pool in the Highlands. After enjoying a beautiful sunset on one of these days, I decided to continue driving to this geothermal area which was a couple of hours away. In July the sun goes below the horizon only for a couple of hours- so the golden hour is usually much longer followed by the blue hour/twilight. The drive was beautiful with no one around but the vast and rugged landscape of the Icelandic highlands. I reached this geothermal area sometime before sunrise. While my initial plan was to get there and rest for sometime, the early morning golden light tempted me to fly my drone and explore the area first. I am so glad I decided to do that because the steam from the geysers, combined with the beautiful morning light, was creating a perfect canvas for amazing drone shots. I stumbled across this pool while exploring the area and the morning light was hitting it at all the right places and highlighting not just the emerald color of the pool, but also the gazillion little streams that were coming out of it. To me, it appeared as though i was looking at the eye of a dragon – It was breathtaking!! I tried a couple of shots and finally settled on this one – which shows the true splendor of this place."
This photo of the Patagonia Peaks in Argentina was given the One of a Kind Award in this year's awards and shows an incredible view of the mountain tops. A breathtaking sight that not many will get to see in person in their lifetime.