Epson Pano Awards 2016 Winners Announced

November 2, 2016 at 11:10 am  •  Posted in News & Events by

Hibernation, Mount Rainier, Washington © Alex Noriega/The EPSON International Pano Awards/www.thepanoawards.com

Overall Winner of the 2016 Open competition: Hibernation, Mount Rainier, Washington © Alex Noriega/The EPSON International Pano Awards/www.thepanoawards.com

The Epson International Pano Awards recently announced the results of the 2016 competition. Alex Noriega from the U.S. was the Overall Winner of the Open competition for his image, Hibernation. Noriega said, “I’m honored that the judges appreciated these images as much as I enjoyed making them! We all, as nature photographers, have surely chased wide, grand vistas and colorful skies at some point or another. But the first and second-place images, Hibernation and Funnel Factory, are the most satisfying type of image for me to make. Almost abstract, in soft light, and isolated. They were made at a couple of my favorite places—Mount Rainier, Washington, and the middle of the desert in Utah.”

Funnel Factory © Alex Noriega/The EPSON International Pano Awards/www.thepanoawards.com

Funnel Factory © Alex Noriega/The EPSON International Pano Awards/www.thepanoawards.com

Simon Roppel was recognized as the winner of the One-of-a-Kind “Extreme Moment” Award for his image taken in the Canadian Rockies. Roppel said, “The day I took this panorama I spent about two hours exploring that area searching for a good composition without any satisfying results. I started to get kind of desperate when I saw that the light started to get quite amazing. I made the decision to grab my snowshoes and just walk into the woods, not knowing if I’ll find something good or probably miss one of the best conditions I might have during my stay there. I finally found that creek in the middle of all that snow. I knew this could be a unique composition with all the light hitting the ice cycles. So I got down in to the ice cold water and started to capture the scene. I made a panorama of 9 vertical shots at 14 mm to cover as much as possible. I really had to hurry up because my tripod started to made its way down the swampy bottom of the waterhole and the icecap all around the tripod was getting thicker and thicker. At the end of the shooting I was barely able to get out of the swampy waterhole. But when I checked my shots afterwards I knew it was worth it.”

Winner of the One-of-a-Kind "Extreme Moment" Award: From the Inside, Canadian Rockies © Simon Roppel/The EPSON International Pano Awards/www.thepanoawards.com

Winner of the One-of-a-Kind “Extreme Moment” Award: From the Inside, Canadian Rockies © Simon Roppel/The EPSON International Pano Awards/www.thepanoawards.com

Runner-up in the 2016 Amateur competition: Colored 14, Gelsenkirchen, Germany © Andreas Paehge/The EPSON International Pano Awards/www.thepanoawards.com

Runner-up in the 2016 Amateur competition: Colored 14, Gelsenkirchen, Germany © Andreas Paehge/The EPSON International Pano Awards/www.thepanoawards.com