USA-based landscape and nature photographer Brent Clark has won the 2022 Natural Landscape Photography
Awards. His images of sweeping sands and autumn forests wowed judges with their slightly abstract feel and cohesive umber color palette.
The award is the very first international photography competition of its kind. Now in its second year, the competition was created to promote the very best landscape photography by digital and film photographers who value realism and
authenticity in their work. The competition established a set of important rules to avoid the excessive digital
editing techniques that have become commonplace in landscape photography. Here are the rest of the winning images.
Photographer of the Year
Brent Clark, Wisconsin USA
“I am a nature photographer based in the Upper Midwestern region of the United States, and I also travel to protected public lands around the United States that inspire me. Since I began photographing the natural world in 2012, my motivations have continuously evolved and I’ve found it surprisingly difficult to answer the question “why do I keep doing this?”, despite spending untold hours and energy on it year after year. Recently, I finally found a simple yet satisfactory answer – nature photography continually pushes me to grow as a person and do challenging yet rewarding things.”
Photograph of the Year
Joint winner: Jim Lamont, Canada
“A shadow falls on the Lowell Glacier”
Philipp Jakesch, US
Project of the Year
Daniel Mirlea, Romania
“One of the beauties of Romania is the virgin forests spread in the Carpathian Mountains. It represents one of the country’s natural treasuries, and even though some are parts of different natural parks, they are still endangered.
The vision aims to get people closer to nature, raise awareness and help people not to see the forest just as an economic resource. Through this selected series of images, I wanted to highlight how well-adapted the conifers trees are to winter conditions and harsh landscapes. Nature is not as fragile as many thinks, but it’s raw and well-adapted. Even though for some people, this kind of forest in the alpine terrain or on a rocky ridge it’s not economically significant, it has enormous importance regarding biodiversity and the well-being of the ecosystem.
As a parenthesis, the majority of photos have been captured in the county I am currently living in and where I am now working on a project in which I am trying to raise awareness regarding the importance of nature in our lives and to show how diversity can be around us. Exploring and challenging myself with different themes helped me to understand how important it is to treasure the places near you – in this way, sometimes, you can find the story you want to tell near your house.”
Kevin Monahan, US
Spencer Cox, US
Abstract & Details
Mieke Boynton, Australia
Rivers, Lakes & Waterfalls
Tom Shapira, Israel
Samuel Markham, Australia
Trees, Forests, and Woodland
Stuart McGlennon, UK
Matt Jackisch, US
Peter Coskun, US
Marley Butler, Australia
Julie Kenny, Australia
Brian Pollock, Scotland
Andre Donawa, Barbados
All of the winning images plus runners-up can be viewed on the Natural Landscapes Awards website.