2017 Epson Pano Awards winner revealed

The 2017 Epson International Pano Awards has announced that Spanish photographer, Jesus Garcia, has won the Open Category for three photos, taken in China and Spain.

Jesus Garcia’s winning photo, Whuzi Hill, is six vertical stitched images: ‘During our trip to China, I saw several locations, that I was to discover for. This location is called Whuzi Hill or “Cuiping Mountains” called for natives, and it’s one of the most beautiful place, that I have ever visited before. We visited this place on sunset.

The eighth International Pano Awards, run by Epson Australia with South Australian curator David Evans, received 5377 from 1322 photographers in 71 countries – a new record for the contest.

Last year the contest received 4545 entries, indicating a growing interest in panoramic photography and the Pano Awards.

‘The Pano Awards go from strength to strength and the benchmark is raised each year’ said Craig Heckenberg, Epson Australia Business Division general manager. ‘They bring out the very best talent and perfectly complement Epson’s ethos of producing the best equipment in order to be able to create the very finest images. For this reason and many others, Epson is delighted to once again sponsor these excellent awards and salute all the entrants, winners and finalists.’

Along with the Open Category, awards are given for Nature/Landscape, Built Environment/Architecture, Amateur categories, VR/360, as well as a string of Special Awards and other categories.

The contest is supported primarily by the local industry, with Nikon Australia and Atkins Pro Lab also signed up as sponsors.

The judging panel included panoramic photographers and industry professionals, including Jeff Mitchum, Lucie Debelkova, Aaron Chang, Karl Strand, Christian Fleury, Mark Handy, Monish Mansharamani, Sean Davey, Perri K Schelat, Stefan Hefele, Marcio Cabral, Aaron Spence and Bill Bailey.

Read more about the locally-run contest, the Epson International Pano Awards, here.

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