The International Photography Awards, now in its 10th year, is a global competition that looks for the best photographers on a professional, non-professional and student level. Called one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions in the photography world today, it not only awards over $20,000 in cash prizes, it can bring a great level of exposure to its ultimate winner. Finalists in the main categories are invited to attend The Lucie Awards, an annual gala celebrating the masters of photography, and one professional photographer is announced as the International Photographer of the Year, earning the coveted Lucie statue and a cash prize of $10,000.
More than anything, the competition brings out some of the most interesting and awe-inspiring photos in a wide variety of categories. Similar to what we did last year, we put together our favorite 25 photos from this year's competition. While the list of winners is long, these are the ones that caught our eye, making us remember why we love this incredibly creative field called photography.
Advertising: 1st Category Winner Nadav Kander "Smoke Free"
Fine Art: Other 3rd Place Winner Karen Knorr "INDIA SONG "
Nature Finalist: 1st Category Winner Marsel van Oosten"The Valley Of Death"
Nature: Aerial 1st Place Winner Cristobal Serrano "Painting the Land"
Nature: Aerial 2nd Place Winner Fyodor Savintsev "Trees"
Nature: Flowers, 3rd Place Winner Robert Poll "flora//mechanica"
Nature: Landscapes, 1st Place Winner Rafael Rojas"Green Seas"
Nature: Landscapes, 2nd Place Winner Rafael Rojas "Receding Waters"
Nature: Landscapes, 3rd Place Winner Ed Cooley "Tenacity"
Nature: Trees, 2nd Place Winner Sanjitpaal Singh "Crown of Shyness"
Nature: Underwater, 2nd Place Winner Michael Muller "Dolphin"
People: Children, 3rd Place Winner Mihir Hardikar "Multiply Innocence"
People: Lifestyle, 1st Place Winner Alejandro Cartagena "Car Poolers"
Special: 1st Category Winner Martin Stavars "Nightscapes"
Special: Travel/Tourism 2nd Place Winner Marsel van Oosten "Iceland"
Book (Self-Published): Fine Art Non-Pro 2nd Place Winner Sim Chang "Flawless Love"
Editorial Non-Pro 1st Category Winner Adelin Petrisor "The Gigantic North Korean Parade"
Nature: Flowers Non-Pro 1st Place Winner Christian Slanec "Tulip Medley"
Nature: Seasons Non-Pro 2nd Place Winner Marina Chen "Miles Unlimited - Storm in Yosemite"
People: Other Non-Pro 3rd Place Winner Jozef Mician "Dreams"
People: Wedding Non-Pro 2nd Place Winner Ginia Liu "Don't Leave"
Night Photography Non-Pro 2nd Place Winner Jerry Cotten "West Texas Lightning"
Special: Pets Non-Pro 2nd Place Katherine Esser "After the Bath"
Special: Special Effects Non-Pro Nicholai Go "Super"