Competition Galleries - 2022 - Natural Landscape Photography Awards

Competition Galleries 2022

These galleries showcase the highest rated photographs that were submitted to the 2022 NLPA.

2022 Galleries

Photograph of the Year (Tie)

Jim Lamont & Philipp Jakesch


Photographer of the Year, Winner

Brent Clark

Photographer of the Year, Runner Up

Antonio Fernandez

Photographer of the Year, Third Place

Alfredo Mora

Photographer of the Year, Fourth Place

Jason Pettit

Photographer of the Year, Fifth Place

Peter Coskun

Photographer of the Year, Sixth Place

Hans Gunnar Aslaksen

Grand Scenic

Intimate Landscapes

Abstracts and Details

Project Winner, Daniel Mîrlea


One of the beauties of Romania is the virgin forests spread in the Carpathian Mountains. It represents one of the country’s natural treasuries, and even though some are parts of different natural parks, they are still endangered. One of my focuses regarding forestry was the conifer forests.

This project’s vision aims to get people closer to nature, raise awareness and help people not to see the forest as an economic resource. From this series that I selected, I think it’s essential to understand how well adapted the conifers trees are to winter conditions and harsh landscapes. Nature is not as fragile as many thinks, and it’s raw and well adapted. Even for some people, this kind of forest in the alpine terrain or on a rocky ridge it’s not economically significant, it has enormous importance regarding biodiversity and wellbeing of the ecosystem.

Project, Runner Up – Luís Afonso

Dreaming in Red

The Rio Tinto, in Andaluzia, Spain, is a very unique stream of water. Its red color is due to the strong presence of dissolved iron, accentuated by a large quantity of heavy materials present in its bed. It’s not only to me that this place has a strong resemblance to the planet Mars. NASA’s astro-biologists decided to study it to see if, in a similar environment, life would be possible in the red planet. It’s hard to capture the obvious in Rio Tinto. For me, it’s a dreamlike journey everytime I am at its margins. A journey through the Cosmos. That was what I tried to show here: space, planets, comets, day and night, aliens, dreams. All in red.

Project, Third Place – David Southern

Coastal Stone

This project sets out to celebrate some of the extraordinary geological features found along the Northumbrian coastline. Many of the coastal rocks are sedimentary shales and sandstones that have been laid down over millennia. Exposed to the elements, they are eroded by time and tide to create wonderful textures, shapes and patterns and provide countless opportunities for discovery and photographic interpretation. My aim was to record these intimate landscapes in a way that fires the viewers imagination beyond the limited field of view shown in each image and invites us to let our creativity flow freely. While it has taken tens of thousands of years to create and sculpt these features their appearance can change over much shorter timescales depending on the season and fluctuations in the weather patterns. It took numerous repeated visits to specific locations to capture the rocks under the right conditions.

Project, Fourth Place – Tim Wrate

What Lies Beneath

The Kimberley region of North-Western Australia is home to the largest tidal movements in the Southern Hemisphere, with tides reaching a massive 12m. What Lies Beneath explores the transient inter-tidal zones what are exposed ever so briefly during significant tides.

When photographing this project, I aimed to emphasise the ephemeral nature of the region. Taking to the air in light aircraft allowed me to abstract the landscape and utilising a top-down perspective allowed me to focus on the delicate details, textures, patterns and shapes of the inter-tidal zone.

Project, Fifth Place – Nathan Mattinson

The Elder Land

Tasmania is one of the worlds most scenic locations. It’s rugged mountain ranges a giant stands of old growth rainforest are like nothing else found in Australia.

In this project, I hope to showcase the the significant natural landscape Tasmania has to offer. This is a landscape that is also under threat from logging, fossil fuel/mineral extraction and of course, climate change.

I hope to raise awareness by presenting its beauty to a wider audience. 

Special Awards




Frozen Worlds





Rivers, Lakes, and Waterfalls




Trees, Forest, and Woodland