Epson Pano Awards


Winners Announced – Celebrating 10 Years
The First Female To Win Photographer Of the Year!

The EPSON International Pano Awards 2019

Publishers Note: Like many of you I love looking at amazing images.  This article is loaded with incredible images.  There are four galleries with 200 images at the bottom of this article.  Clicking on an image opens them up to a larger size which you can then navigate through.  I think you’ll find these images not only worthy of great photogra[hy but also inspirational for us photographers.  I hope you enjoy it.

Professional and amateur photographers around the world were invited to enter The EPSON International Pano Awards to compete for more than US$50,000 in cash and prizes.

This year the competition received 4913 entries from 1258 photographers in 72 countries.

The 10th Epson International Pano Awards showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest competition for panoramic photography. The overall winner of the 2019 Open competition is Mieke Boynton from Australia! Mieke also happens to be the first female to win the title.

‘Dragonfire’, Iceland – Mieke Boynton

‘I traveled to Iceland last year and chartered a Cessna 207 to photograph the spectacular “braided rivers”. As the mighty glaciers travel down the mountains, they grind up the rock underneath, and as the melted water fans out across the river deltas, these suspended rock particles cause a slight milkiness to the water. The colors alter according to the presence of different elements and minerals such as sulfur and iron, and the endless variations are absolutely breathtaking. It wasn’t until later that I saw the fire- breathing dragon in the photo, but now that I’ve seen it, I can’t see anything else! Nature is truly an artist.’

‘I absolutely love the raw thrill of flying, and to see the delicate intricacy of Nature’s Art from 1000-2000 feet above fills me with joy and delight. I travel to remote and inaccessible areas – many of which can’t be photographed by drone – and many of these places resemble giant abstract paintings. I am mesmerized and fascinated by Nature’s Abstract Art. I am inspired by the photography of Andre Ermolaev and the artistic styles of MC Escher, Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and the Papunya Tula artists.’

The runner-up in the 2019 Open competition is Abdulla Al-Mushaifri from Qatar.

‘National Museum’, Qatar – Abdulla Al-Mushaifri
‘National Museum’, Qatar – Abdulla Al-Mushaifri

The overall winner of the 2019 Amateur competition is Carlos F. Turienzo from Spain.

‘Waterfall’, Lofoten, Norway – Carlos F. Turienzo
‘Waterfall’, Lofoten, Norway – Carlos F. Turienzo

‘Photographed during a beautiful sunset – the result of 7 vertical stitched images. In my travels I always try to visit less known places like this beautiful waterfall and it really was worthwhile, in fact I went again one night and I managed to capture it with northern lights, but that is another story.’

The runner-up in the 2019 Amateur competition is Daniel Trippolt from Austria.

‘Milky Way’, Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria – Daniel Trippolt
‘Milky Way’, Grossglockner High Alpine Road, Austria – Daniel Trippolt

The winner of the VR/360 competition this year is Lukasz Czech from Poland. The interactive version can be viewed on the website (scroll down a bit on the page).

‘Tyniec Monastery’, Poland – Lukasz Czech
‘Tyniec Monastery’, Poland – Lukasz Czech

‘Founded in the 11th century, this is the oldest order in Poland – The Benedictine Abbey. The order is located in Tyniec, within easy reach of Cracow. It was built on a steep, calcic rock rising above a bank of the Vistula river. I the idea of this immersive panoramic picture two years earlier – I had just been waiting for convenient weather conditions. Sunrise is always a lottery. On that day I was incredibly lucky. I have been passionate about panoramic photography for 11 years. My favorite theme is mountain panoramas.’

Craig Heckenberg, Managing Director, Epson Australia said, ‘On behalf of Epson I would like to thank all of the entrants in this year’s Pano Awards. It amazes me how the standard of entries continues to go from strength to strength. We are proud to have been involved with this great competition for a decade now and congratulate all of the winners for their artistry and dedication.’

Prizes include US$12,000 cash, an Epson SureColor P-7070 printer, an Epson SureColor P-5070 printer, an Epson EB-1781W Ultra-Slim Projector, a Nikon D850 camera, and a One-of-a-Kind Himalayan Photography Adventure.

The judging panel includes some of the world’s top panoramic photographers and industry professionals, including Abe Blair, Juan Pablo de Miguel, Adam Williams, Anna Gibiskys, Isabella Tabacchi, Aaron Spence, Bill Bailey, Sean Davey, Chris Collacott, William Long, Timothy Poulton, Mark Gray and Ayrton Camargo.  (publishers Note: These links for photographers are well worth visiting for inspiration and just to see so many beautiful images)

To view all the winning and top image galleries, visit the website;


This gallery contains images from the Open Built Environment

Open Landscape Nature

Amateur Landscape Nature

Ametuer Built Environment

Kevin Raber
January 2020
Kevin Raber
Indianapolis, IN

Photography is my passion and has been for 50 plus years. My career in photography has allowed me to travel the world, meet some of the most interesting people on the planet and see things I could never have dreamed of. My goal is to share the passion of picture taking through photographs and teaching with as many people as I can, hoping it brings them as much joy and happiness as it has me. I do this through, this site, as well as Rockhopper Workshops, and other projects, as well as teaching as Artist In Residence at the Indianapolis Art Center.

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