“Advances in digital photography and editing software have resulted in an ever-increasing rise in the popularity of image stitching, especially in the panoramic format. VR ‘immersive’ photography also continues to excite and develop at a rapid pace, and panoramic film photography remains alive and well,” the company writes in introducing the winners of the global contest.
Prizes include an Epson SureColor P-7070 printer; an Epson SureColor P-5070 printer; an Epson EB-1776W ultra-slim projector; and $22,000 in cash, with the top cash prize in one category being $5,000. In all, the contest awards more than $55,000 in cash and prizes.
The winners are:
Open Photographer of the Year: Jesus M. Garcia, Spain
Garcia won for his three entries in this category: “Toledo City Foggy Night, Spain;” “Good Morning Damian Shan, China;” and “Whuzi Hill, China”
Open Award Winner-Nature/Landscape: Jesus M. Garcia, Spain
Garcia won in this category for photo he titles “Good Morning Damian Shan, China”
Open Award Winner-Built Environment/Architecture: Javier De La Torre, Spain
2017 Major Amateur Winner–Darren Moore, UK
Moore won for his three entries in this category: “Sea Serpent, Scotland;” “Ten Huts, UK;” “Spine, Scotland”
Amateur Award Winner-Nature/Landscape: Ray Jennings, Australia
“Incoming, Lake Windamere New South Wales Australia”
2017 VR/360 Award Winner–Oleg Gaponyuk, Russia
“Split with the Sharks, Gardens of the Queen, Cuba”
2017 Carolyn Mitchum Award Winner–Wojciech Kruczynski, Poland
“Eye of Stokksnes, Iceland”
2017 Epson Digital Art Prize Winner–Mads Petere Iversen, Denmark
“Sand and Stars, Death Valley National Park, U.S.”
2017 Curator’s Award–Nate Merz, U.S.
“Stranger Things, Boeun, South Korea”
Seventy-one countries were represented by the 1,322 photographers who turned in a total of 5,377 entries.
To see galleries of the top 50 photos as chosen by the judges in each category, or to view the top 10 overall images, or to see the 2017 Special Awards, click HERE.