Monday, 23 September 2019

This Landscape Photography Competition Shows How Beautiful Earth Really Is

This Landscape Photography Competition Shows How Beautiful Earth Really Is

For footie fans around the world, the Henningsvær Stadium is the stuff of legend. Nestled in rocky terrain at the edge of Norway’s Lofoten archipelago, it’s a pretty implausible thing: a football ground that seems to teeter on the edge of the planet. And as the Arctic sun sets tedious those towering mountains, the skies turning to one big rainbow, it’s frankly hard to imagine anywhere else quite so beautiful.
Oh, but of course it does actually have competition. Lots. Olivier Jarry-Lacombe’s sweeping aerial photograph of the stadium, above, was just one of ten insanely picturesque shots to make the final shortlist for The Independent Photographer’s most recent ‘landscape’ prize, with entries coming in from all over the world. And cor blimey, Planet Earth really is fit.

All of the finalists in fact serve as reminders of our humble planet’s enduring beauty – from the micro (lava, cessation up) to the macro (the looming Dolomites), from man-made icons (Giza, Great Wall) to Mother Nature’s simple doings (trees withstanding a storm). You’ll find them all below. Warning: your wanderlust may go into overdrive.

The winner: ‘Winter Wonderland’, Hokkaido, Japan

Photograph: Stephen King

Second prize: Pyramid of Khafre, Giza, Egypt

Photograph: Christopher Baker

Third prize: ‘Jinshanling, The Great Wall’, Chengde, China

Photograph: Joshua Cavalier

And the finalists...

‘Paradise Island’, Henningsvær, Norway

Photograph: Olivier Jarry-Lacombe

‘Density’, Macau

Photograph: John Kimwell Laluma

‘Balloons over Bagan’, Bagan, Myanmar

Photograph: Stefano Tomasetti
Photograph: Robin Christ

‘Solar Storm’, Ivanpah Solar Station, California, USA

Photograph: Eric Melzer

‘Sensual Curves’, Injidup Bay, Yallingup, western Australia

Photograph: Mark Boyle

‘Fall Colours in the Dolomites’, Dolomites, northern Italy

Photograph: Sid Ghosh
Want more pretty things to look at? We’ve rounded up the best street art inspired by these strange times and pulled together some beautiful photos of spring flowers around the world.
You can also tour these castles and palaces remotely.
And, by the way, it was the 60th anniversary of Brasília recently – here’s what Brazil’s modernist masterpiece looks like today.
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