Welcome to the ILPA 2021 Landscape and
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition
The ILPA annual landscape and wildlife photography contest happens each year in association with the ILPA annual conference, the ILPA Landscape Photography Summit. Submissions to the 2021 photography competition are due before the end of the day, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Judging will be done before the Summit and category winners will be named at the Summit, and the category winners will be on display at the Summit.
Contest category winners will receive their prizes at the wrap up awards ceremony on Sunday January 15, 2017. The overall winners of the ILPA 2021 Landscape Photographer of the Year, the ILPA 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the ILPA 2021 Overall Photographer of the Year Grand Prize Award will be announced at the Summit closing ceremonies and the awards will be given out on Sunday. If you won one of the category awards announced on Wednesday Jan. 11th, it might be a good idea for you to be present at the Summit wrap up ceremony in case you win one of the ILPA 2021 Landscape or Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards or the overall grand prize: the ILPA 2021 Overall Photographer of the Year Award.
Overall Grand Prize Winner:
ILPA Landscape Photograph of the Year – 1st place overall contest winner
All of the ILPA photography contest category winners will automatically be entered into the Overall Photographer of the Year Awards and the Grand Prize award and the overall contest winner and photographer of the year title. The winners of categories 1-14 will be equally eligible to become the “The ILPA 2021 Outdoor Photographer of the Year.”
The ILPA photography contest category winners will be chosen on November 25, 2021. The Grand Prize, the title of the ILPA Landscape Photographer of the year, will be chosen from the Category winners and be announced at The ILPA Summit wrap up presentation.
– A colorful glass trophy ~30 cm high with the following engraved on it:
2021 Outdoor Photographer
of the Year, 2021
“Your name here“
– A certificate commemorating the award
– $250 CDN dollars
ILPA Landscape Photographer of the Year category winners and honorable mentions – 2 prizes available
– One category winner will be selected in each contest category.
– Two honorable mentions will also be selected in each category
– The overall “ILPA 2021 Landscape Photographer of the Year” and the overall “ILPA 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year” will be selected from the category winners. Only the winning images from each of the categories will be considered for the two photographer of the year awards.
along with one winner in each category, will be selected from all of the contest entries. One of these two honorable mentions will be awarded the ILPA category winner. The 1st place overall 2021 ILPA Landscape Photographer of the Year winner, will be selected from one of the category winners.
– Contest awards will be handed out at the 2021 Summit. If the category(s) winner(s) is(are) not present, then the award(s) will be shipped to an address provided by the winning photographer at the award winning photographer’s expense. Shipping and handling charges will apply and will vary according to the shipping destination. Award(s) may also be picked up at the ILPA offices in Banff at a time arranged at the award winner’s, and the contest organizer’s discretion to avoid shipping and handling charges for the award.
1/ The Macro Landscape – Show us your interpretation of the macro world and what it’s like be there.
2/ Mountain Landscape – From the bold and the broad, to the soft and intimate. Let’s see your interpretation of the mountain landscape.
3/ Waterscapes – Oceans, lakes, ponds and rivers. Lets see the wet beauty in our world fro either above or below it’s surface.
4/ Sunrise/Sunset landscapes – Pretty much any landscape photograph goes here taken about an hour before and after sunrise and sunset. Show us the magic of the golden hour.
5/ Abstract landscape – Blur the lines of the familiar towards the unfamiliar. Lets see you best effort to communicate your emotion on a subliminal level using the natural landscape and advanced abstract techniques. The the photograph communicate your emotion to your viewers for you.
—6/ Aerial Landscape – usually taken from an aircraft but may include photographs taken from an oblique angle on a high vantage point above the landscape. An example of a location like this may include a camera position on top of a large cliff or mountainside looking down upon the landscape without any foreground picture elements included in the image. The main subject may include a landscape or waterscape.
7/ Black and White Landscape – From the mountains to the Prairies. From the mountaintop streams to the broad open ocean. Let’s see your monochrome art.
—8/ Cityscapes – The urban landscape, day or night. This is one category where man made structures can dominate the subject of the photograph.
9/ Time Lapse Landscape photograph – Let’s see your time lapse sequence of photographs blended of composited together into a single image.
10/ Time Lapse movie – Use a time lapse sequence, or sequences, blended together into a single time lapse film here. The completed film can be composed of a single time lapse or a number of time lapse sequences featured in a single film.
11/ Night Skyscapes – Let’s see your best nightscapes. This can be the aurora, star trails, meteor showers or astral photographs of the stars/galaxies etc… You get it. Turn your camera towards the night sky and show us the best of what you captured. The earthly landscape maybe be present in these photographs if it is not the dominant subject, ie: the bottom of the photograph may contain a prairie landscape, a mountain silhouette or something like that to give a point of reference..
12/ Daytime Skyscapes – Similar to “Nightscapes” above but taken during the day. Storms, tornados, crepuscular rays, or cool cloud formations.
13/ Motionscapes – AKA motion blur. Get your subject and/or your camera moving in this category.
14/ Panorama Landscapes – Think of a grand landscape photographed with an ultra wide lens and then cropped into a panoramic photograph. Or, use special techniques for that 180 to 360 degree look in a single photograph approaching 3D. Wildlife may be included in the photographs entered in this category as a picture element if they are not the main, dominant subject of the photograph. IE: a bear or a moose occupying a small portion of the frame walking in the broader landscape is permitted.
15/ Wildlife in the landscape – Yep, wildlife are an integral part of the natural landscape too. We challenge you to demonstrate that in this category. Lets see your wildlife subject interacting with the natural landscape. The animal may, or may not be the dominant subject in the photograph. The animal may be a smaller picture element in the overall landscape photograph, or the animal may be the dominant subject in the natural landscape. However, the animal must be readily identifiable to the judges upon viewing. Captive animals are not permitted in this category or in any other category in this contest.
16/ Wildlife Portrait – Your best full body or head and shoulders portrait of a wildlife subject photographed in it’s natural environment. The wild animal in the photograph must clearly be the main subject of the photograph. Captive animals are not permitted in this category, or in this contest.
1/ Photographs entered into the contest must be at least 5 MB in size when opened. Submission should be JPEGs saved at the lowest compression level. Photograph proportions may vary based on the photographer’s discretion except in in the panorama photograph category, category # 14, where the photograph proportion must be cropped as a panorama image. Suggested cropped ratios include 16×9 or wider, such as, 2×1, 16×7, etc…
2/ The cost to enter the contest is $10.00 per entry. Each entry must be designated to be entered into a single category. That is, the judges cannot guess which category your photograph is entered into. Photographs entered into the contest and not designated into which category, will be disqualified and the entry fee will not be returned.
3/ The photographer must designate which category he/she is entering the submitted photograph into. Each entry can be entered into only one category. The same photograph may be entered into more than one category if it is entered more than one time in more time using more than one email. For example; if you would like to enter the same wildlife photograph into
The entry process is a three step process. Photographers may enter as often as they would like.
Step 1 – Resize photographs to be between 5-10MB in size when opened.
Step 2 – Name each photograph in this format: Photograph title_Photographer’s name_The photograph number “of” the total number of entries submitted by the photographer.
For example: Billy Bob entered 3 photographs into the contest. He named the photographs: “Photo number one”, “Photograph number 2”, and “Photo number 3”.
The names of the files he entered into the contest are:
eg: The photographer Billy Bob submitted these three photographs into the contest in three separate emails to the email address: info(at)internationallandscapephotographers.com. Once he sent the photographs he immediately sent the total entry fee for the three photographs of $30.00 + GST = $31.50, in a bank electronic transfer using ILPA as the answer to the security question. and then he send an electronic bank transfer for $30.00 + gst = $31.50 to the same email address using the password “ILPA”, without the quotation marks.
2/ Usage rights. All contest category winners, and the Grand Prize winner, will grant Brian Merry, operating as the International Landscape Photographers Association, ILPA, usage rights to the winning photographs to promote ILPA at/in ILPA events, in ILPA print advertisements to promote the annual ILPA photography contest, to promote the ILPA 2018 Landscape Photography Summit and to promote ILPA in general. Resale rights and/or third party distribution rights of the winning photographs are not granted by the photographer entering the contest. A contract to grant ILPA resale and 3rd party distribution rights of the contest category winners, and the overall winner, may be negotiated at the mutual discretion of ILPA and the photographer owning the copyright of the photographs in question. One week after the 2018 ILPA Landscape Photography Summit
3/ Photographs submitted into the contest must be created by the photographer submitting them. Photographers submitting photographs into the contest must be the only editors of the photographs being submitted. Plagiarism is not tolerated. Breaking this rule will disqualify all entries the photographer has made into the contest. The photographer will also be disqualified from entering any ILPA photography contest for three years. The contest entry fees will not be refunded if a photographer has been disqualified for any reason. Integrity is a core value of the ILPA Code of Ethics.
Overall Grand Prize Winner:
All of the winning photographs in the individual classes will be considered for two overall grand prizes; The ILPA 2017 Landscape Photographer of the Year and the ILPA 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
The overall ILPA 2017 Grand Prize Master Landscape Photographer of the Year award will be awarded to either the of contest winner will earn the title “The ILPA 2017 Landscape Photographer of the Year.”
The overall ILPA 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year award will be awarded to one of the winners of Category One of the wildlife photography category winners, category will earn the title “The ILPA 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year”
– A glass ~30 cm high colourful glass trophy with the winner’s name engraved on it:
of the Year
“Your name here“
– A certificate commemorating the award
– $100 Canadian dollars
Landscape Photographer of the Year Honourable Mentions
– A certificate commemorating the category winner award
Category Honorable Mention
– A certificate commemorating up to three honorable mentions in each category