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1st classified

Blanketed in Fire Retardant
by Adrees Latif

In 2020, Oregon bore the brunt of nearly 100 major wildfires raging across Western United States, one of the most destructive on state record. On the morning of September 8, flames from a human caused fire started in nearby Ashland. Driven by over 40 mph winds, the Almeda fire quickly spread through retirement communities, trailer home parks, malls and businesses. In just a few hours, half of Talent was left in ashes. Experts call the fire an urban conflagration, one that burned through dry grasslands, riparian areas with dense fuel loads and through urban areas with densely packed residences. In apocalyptic scenes, the town of Talent was left blanketed in a red flame retardant dropped by aerial firefighting efforts in hopes of saving the town. Three fatalities were reported, 3000 residents were displaced and nearly 3000 structures over a nine mile area were destroyed.

Runner up

Abstract nature
by Manuel Enrique González Carmona

Minerals, water and water currents are the ingredients with which nature creates these abstract and ephemeral landscapes. This canvas is actually a pond of toxic waste from a copper mine, located in the province of Huelva. These ephemeral formations will disappear with the next torrential rains and new waste inputs. After an initial human intervention, it never ceases to amaze me how nature moulds and paints with the different minerals and colors to create these abstractions worthy of the best abstract painters.

Highly commended

Colorful terraces
by Tuan Nguyen Tan

Every year in May, during the pouring season in the terraced rice fields, the water pours from one field to another, merging with the color of the earth and the clouds in the sky. The light reflections that are created on the surface of the water mix together to create colorful images.

Highly commended

by Henrique Murta

This series is about human architecture rising up from the wild. Nature, on its finest shape, with a human touch that ends up adding balance to the scene. Places where humans live inside dream lands. I am essentially a nature photographer, and the search for pure nature’s beauty has been one of my main life goals for more than ten years. Along this search path, I got surprised a few times by getting driven into a deep state of joy when finding balance between the natural landscape and human elements. That is usually not very common, and when it happens, it is worth taking some time to contemplate. And that is the idea of this series: I would like to invite your eyes to perceive all the elements of these complex compositions, and the way they fit to one another.

Highly commended

Ice Anatomy
by Gheorghe Popa

Ice Anatomy is an aerial series of photos of Cuejdel Lake just before it froze completely. The fresh snow and the ice cracks created these shapes that resemble neurons or just cells. My project Ice Anatomy follows the transformations of the ice on the lake over several winters.


Covid self-isolation sucks
by Adas Vasiliauskas

People in self-isolation want to live life too. They dream about normal everyday activities which were possible before this COVID nightmare. When you're locked inside the 4 walls of your bedroom you feel that you could give everything to feel again what it is like to get back to normal. This project tells a story about beeing isolated, but still living a life.


Tiny Planets
by Ben Gunsberger

A series of 'Tiny Planet' circular panoramas showing the small worlds we all live in. Taken with a DJI Mavic 2 Pro and DJI Air 2S in Australia and Italy. The photos are created using a stereographic projection, which is a method of representing a spherical image on a 2D surface. Stereographic projections, also called planisphere projections were first used by the Greek astronomer Hipparchus between 162 and 127 BC.


Tidal flats, creeks, mangroves
by Stuart Chape

A series of aerial images showing the diversity and patterns of coastal tidal flats, waterways and mangroves along the vast coastline of the Northern Territory. These reflect the great diversity of coastal ecosystems in northern Australia that not only contain a huge array of species of plants and animals but reveal nature’s beauty in their patterns and designs that are best seen from the air in such a huge landscape.


by Juan Lucas (pixelecta)

The natural landscapes that emerge where man has sculpted minerals are unpredictable and therefore rich in beauty and novelty. The water models old coal mines, testimony to the legendary history of the mines of the Palentina Mountain, where the surviving vegetation takes root from the black soil, contrasting with its vivid autumnal colors.


Largest religious gathering
by Mominul Islam Momin

The four-day long Islamic congregation at Charmonai Darbar Sharif on the bank of Kirtonkhola river under the Barisal district in Bangladesh. Thousands of worshippers set up camp on the Darbar premises where they prayed together and listened to sermons from Islamic scholars. The large number of vessels and boats came from the different parts of the country.The congregation with attendances of about 3 million Muslim worshipers ended after Akheri Munajat (Special prayer).


by Sven Fennema

While photographing abandoned places is my main topic since more than 10 years, it made a whole new world for me capturing them from the air. The option to show them really in connection with the landscapes and in special viewpoint made me revisit many places. Photographing them in the most beautiful light settings is difficult but worthwhile always.


Synoptic abstraction
by Aurelien Villette

The main objective of my work as a photographer is to reflect the presence of Man on earth, dictated by his primary needs, beliefs and desires for existence. Although belonging to nature, Man has always maintained a duality with it. The landscapes of Rio Tinto de la Huelva presented here reflect these two aspects. First, there are the colours: from the red created by weathering and mining to the blue of azurite and the oxidation of copper in contact with the air. Then the mining infrastructures stand out: bridges, railways, extraction pits, chemical treatments. This mining landscape becomes abstract from the sky: we then question what is natural and what is not, it becomes a synoptic abstraction of this duality.


by Fuzzi Feinkorn

Series of arial view of the lagoon of Venice, on the other side of any touristic activity. Colourful, calm and impressive. Different waters merge and disperse at a very shallow depth. Scattered with small islets. Hard to imagine, if you look at is from land. A wildlife, perhaps marine fauna and flora, of hidden importance.


la fioritura di Castelluccio
by Lorenzo Sgalippa

Geometries and colors of the flowering of Castelluccio di Norcia seen from above. A unique spectacle in the world, the result of a perfect symbiosis between man and nature, which occurs every summer in the Castelluccio plateau. The view from the drone allows you to appreciate even more its extraordinary beauty, revealing the intertwining of shapes and colors.