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Announcing the winners of USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016

USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 Winners

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Sunrise light illuminates Mount Rainier as it rises above low clouds, seen from high above Tipsoo Lake, Washington. Adult Overall Winner 2016. Photo by Alex Noriega

Nikon D600, 35mm, ISO 100, F11, shutter speed unknown

We’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 USA Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards! From thousands of entries, Oregon-based Alex Noriega’s photo of a misty Mount Rainier at sunrise was selected as the overall winner. Youth winners were also selected for the comptetitions categories, with Hawaii’s Raiatea Arcuri taking the overall Youth award for a stunning image of water flowing over coastal lava tubes.

We’re also excited to co-present a Special Award category, Life in Landscape. You can see the winner of that category and all of the other winning images by flipping through the slides above. For more information about the contest, visit their website. 

Press release:

The winners are announced
1st November 2016

A visually stunning and dramatic view of Mount Rainier has won the top prize in this year’s search for USA Landscape Photographer of the Year’s winning entry. Portland based photographer, Alex Noriega becomes the third person to win the overall title and the $15,000 prize. His picture of Mount Rainier as it rises above low clouds, seen from high above Tipsoo Lake was chosen, by the judges, from the thousands of entries received from over 40 countries across the globe, all celebrating the beauty and free spirit of the American landscape.

Charlie Waite, one of Britain’s leading landscape photographers and founder of the Awards spoke about this year’s competition:

“Apart from the pleasure I enjoy from my own landscape photography, there can be few experiences that come near the huge enjoyment and admiration that I have had from looking at photographs submitted to the USA Landscape Photographer of the Year.

I have been truly overwhelmed by the high quality, considered and finely crafted images that we have seen from so many talented photographers who have contributed for the third USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016.

From the start of the contest, the standard of landscape photography has been as high as it ever has been. The wonderful images that I have seen are testament to not only every photographer’s passion but for the obvious joy they receive from their creativity and indeed from fully engaging with some of the greatest landscapes on the planet.”

The Young Landscape Photographer of the Year title has been awarded to Raiatea Arcuri, who captured coastal lava tubes along the Kona coast on the Island of Hawaii. Raiatea said of his image “What makes the Big Island special is the presence of lava tubes around the island. Some of these lava tubes at the coast will make amazing water motion as the waves push water in and out. It can be quite an epic experience capturing it. The water can easily surge up to your waist level and quickly recede back into the tube, creating a nice waterfall.”

For the first time this year, the Awards are being held in association with DPReview and Amazon. Life in the Landscape, The Digital Photography Review Special Award was offered for the photograph judged to best convey how people interact with the American landscape. Michael Shainblum’s Endless which saw Michael endure extreme heat as it was about 105 degrees fahrenheit, certainly met the requirements for this Award and captures a truly magical moment.

Congratulations also goes to the winner of this year’s other Special Award. Wild Landscape, The Future Publishing Award was won by Terrence Bond for his photograph The Real Duck Dynasty which was taken on the Clarence Canon Wildlife Refuge, Annada, Mo on the migratory highway, on the west side of the Mississippi River.

2016 Results:

Adult Winner – Alex Noriega – Sunrise light illuminates Mount Rainier
Winner – Classic View – James Menzies – Main Strike, Grand Canyon National Park
Runner Up – Classic View – Long Nguyen – Lost, Boardman Farm, Oregon
Winner – Black and White – Terry Koyama – Waimea Bay Beast, Hawaii
Runner Up – Black and White – Michael Ryan – Waimea Bay Beast, California
Winner – My USA – Az Jackson – A lone figure of a man on Brooklyn Bridge, New York Runner Up – My USA – Michael Shainblum – Thunder Mountain, Eastern Sierra Mountains Winner – Urban – Souvik Dutta – Caged, Orlando, Florida
Runner Up – Urban – Jennifer Vahlbruch – 75 Stages of Life, Miami, Florida
Winner – Environmental Value – Terry Koyama – Mammatus Makers, Kansas
Runner Up – Environmental Value – Yoshiki Nakamura – Sunset flight in Fir Island, Mt Vernon
Winner – DPReview Special Award – Michael Shainblum – Endless, Fonts Point, Anza Borrego Desert
Runner Up – DPReview Special Award – Sapna Reddy – Escape the Ordinary, Mt Tamalpais, Marin County
Winner – Future Publishing Special Award – Terrence Bond – The real Duck Dynasty, Missouri
Runner Up – Future Publishing Special Award – Ashish Varma – Autumn fog over Grand Tetons, Wyoming

Youth Winner – Raiatea Arcuri – Coastal lava tubes in Kona, Hawaii
Winner – Classic View – Mark Rivera – Lamar Valley, Autumn Foliage, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Winner – Black and White – John Morris – Sunset Light Show, California
Winner – My USA – Raiatea Arcuri – Plume Cloud from the active Halemaumau Crater, Hawaii
Winner – Urban – Kyle Wolfe – The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from Fort Point, San Francisco, California
Winner – Environmental Value – Mark Basarab – Fiery Sunset Yosemite National Park, California
Winner – DPReview Special Award – Mark Basarab – Point Reyes Slanted Tree, California Winner – Future Publishing Special Award – Kyle Wolfe – Navajo Sandstone of Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Contact: info@usalpoty.com for images to accompany this release or to organize interviews with Awards founder, Charlie Waite, and/or Award winners.

Please note that all images and/or logos supplied by or on behalf of USA Landscape Photographer of the Year remain the copyright of their respective photographers. They may only be used for press/promotional purposes in direct connection with the USA Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards and must be credited.

More information: www.usalpoty.com

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Coastal lava tubes in Kona, HI cause the water to flow in and out creating beautiful water motion. Youth Winner 2016. Photo by Raiatea Arcuri 

Sony A6000, ISO 100, 0.4 sec, F11, 12mm (Rokinon 12mm)

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Waimea Bay Beast, Oahu, Hawaii. B&W Winner. Photo by Terry Koyama

Canon 5D Mark III with Canon EF200-400mm F4L lens 1/640 sec, F5.6, ISO 800

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Sunset Light Show. B&W Winner Youth. Photo by John Morris

Nikon D800, 1/250th, F9, ISO 160

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Main Strike. Grand Canyon National Park. Classic Winner. Photo by James Menzies

Canon EOS 5D Mark III. ISO 320, F10, focal length 26mm on a 17-40mm Wide lens. Bolt occurred during 19.9 second exposure

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Lamar Valley, Autumn Foliage, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Classic Winner Youth. Photo by Mark Rivera

Nikon D750, Nikkor 300mm lens, F6.7 for 1/640 second, ISO 250

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“Endless” This image is a self portrait taken at Fonts Point in the Anza Borrego Desert. DPReview Special Award. Photo by Michael Shainblum

Canon EOS 6D, Rokinon 14mm F2.8 25sec F2.8 ISO 3200

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Point Reyes Slanted Tree, California. DPReview Special Award Youth. Photo by Mark Basarab

Canon Rebel T3i 1/1000sec F3.5 ISO 800

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Mammatus Makers, Kansas. Environmental Value. Photo by Terry Koyama

Sony a7R II with Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS 1/4sec, F8.0, ISO 100

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Fiery Sunset Yosemite National Park, California. Environmental Value Youth Winner. Photo by Mark Basarab

Panasonic Lumix G5 1/400sec F3.5 ISO 160

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The real Duck Dynasty. Future Publishing Special Award Winner. Photo by Terrence Bond

Canon EOS 1D Mark IV, Canon EF 600mm F4L IS, 7.5 MB, JPEG, ISO 125 840mm, F7.1 1/400 sec

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A mysterious lone figure with an umbrella walking from the arches of the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. My USA Winner. Photo by Az Jackson

Canon 5D Mark II – ISO: 800, F5.6, 1/40 sec. – Focal Length: 24mm

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An interesting plume cloud from the active Halemaumau Crater with steam pluming from the vents below in Kilauea Iki Crater in Volcanoes National Park. My USA Youth Winner. Photo by Raiatea Arcuri

Sony A7S, ISO 500, 20 sec, F2.8, 24mm (Rokinon 24mm)

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Caged (Orlando). Urban Winner. Photo by Souvik Dutta

Canon EOS 70D 1/1328 sec, F8, ISO 200, Focal Length 10mm (16 mm – 35 mm equivalent)

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The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from Fort Point in San Francisco. The eye is led into this circular composition by the careful placement of a rustic metal chain. Urban Winner Youth. Photo by Kyle Wolfe 

Sony A7, Sony 28mm F2, B+W 10 stop ND filter Manual exposure, F22, 30 seconds, ISO 64, 28mm


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