From a sleeping baby chimpanzee to alien ‘Middle-earth’ mountains: twelve incredible images from a prestigious photo competition that will leave you in awe
Some photos can leave you in awe.
That is certainly the case with the winning images of the One Eyeland Awards 2022a photo competition that aims to recognize ‘exceptional photography from around the world’.
Based in India, the photo sharing site An Eyeland was founded in 2008 by photographer Sharad Haksar. For the awards, a jury of 29 ‘esteemed artists’ was tasked with choosing the overall winners from more than 3,600 photos from 54 countries.
A heartwarming photo of a sleeping baby chimpanzee, an epic photo of a colony of penguins dwarfed by a giant iceberg, and a mesmerizing image of a pair of elephants crossing an African plain are among the photos that have garnered much acclaim.
However, it is the work of Thai photographer Jatenipat Jkboy Ketpradit that won the jury over and earned him the Photographer of the Year award.
Below are 12 spectacular photos that were praised and awarded in the contest – scroll all the way down to see a breathtaking photo from overall winner Ketpradit’s portfolio…
This incredible shot shows a brown bear “overshadowed by the immense beauty of Katmai,” a volcano in southern Alaska. It is titled ‘Mists of Time’ and is from a series by British photographer Harry Skeggs, who receives the silver award in the ‘Nature – Wildlife’ category
This magnificent image – a second image from Harry Skeggs’ award-winning portfolio – shows a “colossal” iceberg in Antarctica looming over a colony of penguins. Skeggs notes that the deep crack in the iceberg “appears to be pouring tons of ice on it”
Spanish photographer Xavier Ortega captured this “tender” scene of a baby chimpanzee sleeping while walking through the forests of Mahale Mountains National Park in western Tanzania. It is part of a series that won the silver award in the category ‘Nature – Wildlife’
This shot from Xavier Ortega’s award-winning series shows elephants on the plains of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, “where the sunsets and sunrises are spectacular”
Italian photographer Valerio Sbriglione captured this otherworldly mountain scene. Although set in Europe, he notes that it reminds him of JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth. It is part of a larger series that won the bronze prize in the category ‘Nature – Landscapes’
American photographer Cheyne Walls captured this breathtaking shot of a ‘very unique’ Japanese maple. She says she took the photo on a day when “Mother Nature was at her best.” Walls notes, “The scene came to life when the sun appeared for a moment…it was as if the tree was on fire.” The image is part of a series that won the bronze award in the category ‘Nature – Trees’
This is one of several images that earned photographer Stue Rees the title of Photographer of the Year for New Zealand. Titled “Do Not Disturb Me at Lunchtime,” it features an Alaskan brown bear feeding on salmon. It is part of a series that won the bronze award in the category ‘Nature – Wildlife’
This mesmerizing photo by Stue Rees shows a storm rolling over the Southern Alps mountain range in New Zealand’s South Island. It belongs to a wider series that is a finalist in the category ‘Nature – Landscapes’
This incredible shot of a lenticular cloud above 2,000-meter Mount Yotei, a stratovolcano in Japan’s Shikotsu-Toya National Park, is the work of photographer Yuusei Nagahata. The amateur photographer notes that it was “a fantastic sight.” Nagahata’s work wins the bronze prize in the category ‘Nature – Landscapes’
This vibrant shot shows 200-year-old ficus trees on the small Australian island of Norfolk Island in the South Pacific. Captured by Australian photographer Stuart Chape, it is part of a wider portfolio that takes the bronze award in the ‘Nature – Trees’ category
Fog blankets the landscape around Jamnik, a small village in northern Slovenia, in this mesmerizing photo. It comes from a photo series by the Polish photographer Jaskula Jan, who wins the bronze prize in the category ‘Fine Art – Landscape’
This stunning shot of Seceda, a mountain in Italy’s Dolomites, is one of several that earned Jatenipat Jkboy Ketpradit the Photographer of the Year award. It is part of a wider series entitled ‘Mountains of the World’, which the photographer captured over a period of 10 years. The series takes the silver medal in the category ‘Nature – Landscapes’