This year the competition received 3971 entries from 870 photographers in 54 countries. The fifth Epson International Pano Awards is dedicated to the art of panoramic photography. Advances in digital photography and editing software has resulted in a surge in the popularity of image stitching, especially in the panoramic format. Panoramic film photography also remains alive and well. The Epson International Pano Awards showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest competition for panoramic photography.
The overall winner of the 2014 Open competition is Dennis Ramos from the USA. His winning image is also first in the Open – Built Environment category. Dennis says, ‘It was a beautiful cloudless day with some patches of rolling fog over the bridge. My friend and I decided to go fishing that mid afternoon. I found out that my reel wasn't working so I grabbed my camera gear instead. I took a lot of shots around including this long exposure panoramic shot of the bridge. It took me a lot of time waiting and shooting in between the fog to get a good exposure. While waiting during long exposure times, I wished I had my fishing rod as well.’
Other place-getters in the Open competition are; Marcio Cabral – Open/Nature 2nd place Timo Lieber – Open/Nature 3rd place (Timo was also the 2013 Photographer of the Year) Will Dielenberg – Open/Nature 4th place Denis Gadbois – Open/Built Environment 2nd place, Highest Scoring Spherical/360 Image, Highest Scoring IAPP Member Marco Castelli – Open/Built Environment 3rd place Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji - Open/Built Environment 4th place, Highest Scoring HDR Image Douglas Peebles – Highest Scoring Image from Film Capture Alexander Vershinin – Highest Scoring Gigapixel Image
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