The Best Panoramic Photos of 2021: Epson International Pano Awards

The Epson International Pano Awards is the largest competition for panoramic photography and has announced its 2021 winners, with a misty cypress tree panorama awarded the top prize. Founded in 2009 by Australian landscape photographer David Evans, the awards are run with the support of Epson Australia. Since then, the competition has grown into a […]

The Best Panoramic Photos of 2021: Epson International Pano Awards

The Epson International Pano Awards is the largest competition for panoramic photography and has announced its 2021 winners, with a misty cypress tree panorama awarded the top prize.

Founded in 2009 by Australian landscape photographer David Evans, the awards are run with the support of Epson Australia. Since then, the competition has grown into a collaboration between dedicated professional photographers, industry professionals, and sponsors.

The competition showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and this year it received 5,378 entries from 1,245 professional and amateur photographers in 97 countries. Out of these, 2,646 were open entries, 2,619 were amateur entries, and 113 were virtual reality or 360-degree entries.

All of the photographers competed for a prize pool worth $40,000, including $13,500 cash, with the first place awarded $3,000, a trophy, Epson Surecolor P7070 printer, and other prizes.

Open Photographer of the Year and Overall Winner

The overall winner of the 2021 Open Competition was photographer Joshua Hermann from the United States. His three entries — “Eternal Triangle,” “Morning Burn,” and “Ancient Backwaters” — impressed the judging panel enough to award him with the top prize.

“Eternal Triangle” by Joshua Hermann | Overall Winner of The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards
“Morning Burn” by Joshua Hermann | Overall Winner of The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards
“Ancient Backwaters” by Joshua Hermann | Overall Winner of The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

“It is an honor to have my images selected in the Open Category alongside so many wonderfully talented photographers,” says the top prize winner Hermann.

“Growing up in south Louisiana and coming to know the swamp and marshlands from an early age, the unique beauty and interesting ecology of the area has stuck with me throughout my life. I hope to share the beauty of these places through my imagery, allow people to get a closer look into the uniqueness of these areas, and ultimately to inform them of the importance of protecting these wetlands.”

Winner of “Built Environment/ Architecture” and the Overall Runner-Up in the Open Competition

Mark Brierley | Open Winner of “Built Environment/ Architecture” and overall runner-up in the Open Competition at The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

Amateur Photographer of the Year

Daniel Trippolt | Amateur Winner of “Landscape/ Nature” and overall winner of Amateur Photographer of the Year at The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

Epson Digital Art Prize

“Anatomy Lesson” by Manuel Enrique González Carmona | The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

Raw Planet Award

“Hidden Lake” by Marsel van Oosten | The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

Curators Award

“The Mountain Dreamer” by Max Rive | The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

Nikon Australia Award

“Don’t Fence Me In” by Ray Jennings | The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

Highest Scoring Aerial Image

“Poison Madness” by Gheorghe Popa | The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

Highest Scoring Smartphone Pano

“Torres del Paine” by Andrew Dickman | The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

Highest Scoring Film Capture

“Gastlosen” by Oliver Wehrli | The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

Highest Scoring IAPP Member

“Gentoo Penguin Colony” by Tom Sheckels | The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

Highest Scoring Vertical Image

“Serpentine” by Peter Harrison | The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

Highest Scoring Gigapixel Image

“Sunset over Kyrgyzs Mountains” by Yaz Loukhal | The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

“We thought 2020 was a challenging year but 2021 took things to a whole new level,” says David Evans, the Competition’s Curator. “That said, despite the pandemic and so many other challenges the entries this year were nothing short of amazing. We are, yet again, overwhelmed with the level of support from entrants and sponsors, especially Epson and we thank you all so very much and also congratulate all this year’s winners and entrants.”

The judging panel for the awards included some of the world’s top panoramic photographers and industry professionals, with a full list of the panel members available on The Epson International Pano Awards website.

All of the winners and runners-up can be viewed in the competition’s gallery.


Image credits: All photos individually credited and provided courtesy of The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards.

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Facebook to Rename Itself, Focus on Becoming a ‘Metaverse’ Company

Facebook is reportedly planning to change its company name next week as it focuses on becoming a metaverse company. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has gone on the record in the past about making Facebook about more than social media.

According to who spoke with a source with direct knowledge of the impending change, Zuckerberg has plans to more than just change the company name, but to reposition Facebook, Instagram, and its other entities under a new parent company much akin to how Google shifted under Alphabet in 2015.

What Facebook’s actual new company name will be is a closely-guarded secret according to The Verge, even among senior leadership. Facebook declined to comment about the publication’s coverage.

The reorganization of what is currently a social media company into something else follows Zuckerberg’s ambitions to create what he describes as a “metaverse” company. The metaverse as a concept was first described in a 1992 sci-fi novel and describes a virtual world where people interact through avatars. In some cases, the metaverse contains rules and societal norms that differed from the real world.

Zuckerberg has said that the metaverse is “going to be a big focus” for what he believes is the next chapter of the internet as it evolves and becomes more mobile. He has also said that he believes it’s a major step for Facebook as a company as well and was quoted as saying it would be “doubling down” in that area as a result.

“You can kind of think about this as an embodied internet that you’re inside of rather than just looking at,” Zuckerberg said earlier this year. “You’re basically gonna be able to do everything that you can on the internet today, as well as some things that don’t make sense on the internet today like dancing.”

From this perspective, Facebook’s acquisitions over the last several years — such as with VR platform Oculus and communications platform WhatsApp — make a lot of sense. Zuckerberg’s apparent vision for the future of his company is to untether users from the real world and instead supplant them into a fictional world of his company’s creation.


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