Categories and Prizes
This page outlines the various categories, awards and prizes available.
Natural Landscape Photographer of the Year
The Natural Landscape Photographer of the Year is awarded to the photographer with the best collection of 6 images. In contrast to the Project Award, below, these images do not need to relate to one another and might display a variety of content, techniques and approaches. You will automatically be considered for the award if you enter 6 or more images in any category except Project Award entries, which are excluded. The winner and runner up will be precluded from winning other prizes.
First Place: Cash Prize of US $5,000 and a Shimoda Designs Action X Starter Kit.
Second Place: Cash Prize of US $1,000.
Natural Landscape Photograph of the Year
Awarded to the single best image entered into the competition, in any category. Winning this award precludes winning any of the category prizes.
Cash Prize of US $1,000 and a Shimoda Designs Action X Starter Kit.
Youth Photographer of the Year
Awarded to the single best image entered into the competition by a photographer 17 years old or younger. All youth photographers entering the competition are fully eligible for the other categories, they are full entrants and receive no special treatment other than the ability to enter at a significantly discounted rate. Winning the overall Youth Photographer of the Year precludes you from winning other categories.
Cash Prize of US $500 and a Shimoda Designs Action X Starter Kit.
Scenes which celebrate the wider landscape and its different moods that may be evocative of a place or moment in time. While many of these images are likely to be shot at wider focal lengths, telephoto images are equally acceptable.
Grand Landscape Award:
Cash Prize of US $500 and a Shimoda Designs Action X Starter Kit will be awarded for the winning Grand Landscape photograph.
Intimate and Abstract
Smaller more intimate scenes which might be abstracted from their context. This may show a subject in a new way, illustrate an unusual relationship between subjects, create mystery or transform the original subject into something unexpected.
Intimate & Abstract Award:
Cash Prize of US $500 and a Shimoda Designs Action X Starter Kit will be awarded for the winning Intimate & Abstract photograph.
Any images taken during the dark periods between and including astronomical twilight. These photos should be of the night sky and the landscape in combination. This may include celestial subjects, wide field starscapes or phenomena which are visible at night.
Cash Prize of US $500 and a Shimoda Designs Action X Starter Kit will be awarded for the winning Nightscape photograph.
Any image taken from a flying platform whether from a drone, plane, helicopter or balloon! These photographs should take advantage of this unusual perspective. Images taken from the air can only be entered into this category.
Cash Prize of US $500 and a Shimoda Designs Action X Starter Kit will be awarded for the winning Aerial photograph.
A collection of 6-10 images that relate to one another in a way that is entirely up to the photographer. For example the images might show a particular geographic region, or show abstract textures, or tell a story, or illuminate a concept, or any combination! Accompanying the photographs will be the photographer’s explanation of the theme which WILL be read by the judges when considering the project.
Please note – This award is totally separate from the other categories and judged in isolation.
Project of the Year:
Cash Prize of US $1,000 and a Shimoda Designs Action X Starter Kit will be awarded to the Project of the Year.
Cash Prize of US $500 will be awarded to the Project of the Year Runner-up.
We’ve included some examples of projects to show what we might expect.
Ballachulish Quarry by Tim Parkin
The Ballachulish Slate Quarry cuts into a large deposit of Ballachulish Slate Formation formed about 800 million years ago. Iron and sulphur deposits have imparted a bluish hue to the slate. Ballachulish Slate Quarry was established in 1692 and thrived during the 18th Century producing many of the slate roof tiles for surrounding areas and those destined for Edinburgh and Glasgow. I live just above the quarry and explore from time to time as the seasons change. There is so much variety in such a small space (about 1sq km) that it’s always an interesting visit.
Suilven by Alex Nail
Suilven is one of the best loved mountains in northern Scotland. Despite its deminuitive height (731m) it dominates a vast landscape of hills and lochans. Suilven is a glacial inselberg, a mountain left behind after glacial retreat. This ancient erosion has created a uniquely shaped mountain. Circumnavigating the peak reveals a number of distinct impressions.