The International Photography Awards is recognized around the globe as one of the most influential and comprehensive events in the photography world today. The jury panel, made up of established experts in the photography field, judged over 13,000 entries to finally select the winners in each of the 13 Professional and Amateur/Student categories. These winners will compete for the Top 2 prizes-Photographer of the Year 2020 and Discovery of the Year 2020. The final winners will be revealed at a special online event in conjunction with the Lucie Awards, details to be announced soon, and will be awarded the Lucie Trophy at the 2021 Lucie Awards.
Frank Meo, esteemed jury member, commented the following about this year's works: "The quality and content of this year's entries were spectacular! This competition continues to showcase the best in our industry from around the world. It was an honor to judge this collection.”
These nature photographs show us the staggering power of the planet we live on, like the shot taken by the Professional photographer and 1st Place Winner in the Nature Category Ari Rex in Canberra, showing one of the greatest lightning storms ever to be recorded in Australia.
Black Mountain by Ari Rex
From scenes of caring love to deadly hunts, winners in the Nature category demonstrate the dynamic circle of life, like the pair of baby swans waddling up onshore and cuddling in the Lakefront Promenade of Toronto, Canada, or the two intertwined Blue Insularises, or endangered pit vipers feeding on their prey in Indonesia.
Photo credits: Maciej Karpinski, Paula Gomes Vianna, Karim Iliya, David G. Jones, Marlon Porter, Donald Van Horn, Chin Leong Teo
Through their camera lens, photographers shared their perspectives from the ground to the stars. Non-Professional photographer Babak Mehrafshar, the winner of 1st Place in the Nature category, took this photo of his friend walking in the silent Khara Desert, Isfahan Province, Iran. A true manifestation of just how small human beings are compared to the vast landscapes of the Earth.
The magnificence of Desert by Babak Mehrafshar
Gary Lopez, the Non-Professional photographer winner of 1st Place in the Astrophotography subcategory, transports the viewer out of this world, to be surrounded by the Heart Nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia and the islands of twisted dust silhouetted by a blue-green sea of glowing oxygen gas.
Islands in a Radiant Sea by Gary Lopez
The full list of this year’s winners can be viewed on the IPA website.