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The winning photos from a landscape photography contest that shows the beauty of the Earth

Beautiful locations captured by the finalists of the 2020 Landscape Photography Contest showcase the beauty of the Earth in a unique series of images.

In Eric Melzer’s otherworldly ‘Solar Storm’, the water ripples in eerily perfect formation around the Ivanpah Solar Station in California. John Kimwell Laluma’s incredible ‘Density’ captures the courtyard of a Macau apartment building from a whole new point of view, and Olivier Jarry-Lacombe takes to the skies to capture ‘Paradise Island’ – an unusual Norwegian location.

The Landscape Photography Competition is organized by The Independent Photographer – an international network of photographers and photography enthusiasts that reaches over a million visitors annually.

Olivier Jarry-Lacombe made this incredible aerial view in Norway. He called the photo 'Paradise Island'

Olivier Jarry-Lacombe made this incredible aerial view in Norway. He called the photo ‘Paradise Island’

This image shows a winter scene in Utah's Arches National Park. The captivating photo was taken by Ben Riley and was named an editor's choice

This image shows a winter scene in Utah's Arches National Park. The captivating photo was taken by Ben Riley and was named an editor's choice

This image shows a winter scene in Utah’s Arches National Park. The captivating photo was taken by Ben Riley and was named an editor’s choice

Photographer Jay Kazen impressed the jury with this breathtaking view of a waterfall in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Photographer Jay Kazen impressed the jury with this breathtaking view of a waterfall in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Photographer Jay Kazen impressed the jury with this breathtaking view of a waterfall in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

This incredible scene was captured by Stefano Tomassetti in Bagan, Myanmar. The image is simply called 'Balloons over Bagan'

This incredible scene was captured by Stefano Tomassetti in Bagan, Myanmar. The image is simply called 'Balloons over Bagan'

This incredible scene was captured by Stefano Tomassetti in Bagan, Myanmar. The image is simply called ‘Balloons over Bagan’

The winning image - 'Winter Wonderland' - created by Stephen King. The photo was taken during a spring storm in Hokkaido, Japan

The winning image - 'Winter Wonderland' - created by Stephen King. The photo was taken during a spring storm in Hokkaido, Japan

This statue of Mark Boyle called 'Sensual Curves' was shortlisted. The photo was taken in Injidup Bay in Yallingup, Western Australia

This statue of Mark Boyle called 'Sensual Curves' was shortlisted. The photo was taken in Injidup Bay in Yallingup, Western Australia

On the left is the winning statue – ‘Winter Wonderland’. The photo was taken by Stephen King during a spring snow storm in Hokkaido, Japan. On the right is an image of Mark Boyle called ‘Sensual Curves’, which was shortlisted. The photo was taken in Injidup Bay in Yallingup, Western Australia

Photographer Stephen King also captured this serene scene above the Remarkables Mountains in the Otago region of New Zealand's South Island

Photographer Stephen King also captured this serene scene above the Remarkables Mountains in the Otago region of New Zealand's South Island

Photographer Stephen King also captured this serene scene above the Remarkables Mountains in the Otago region of New Zealand’s South Island

The monthly competition offers up to £ 1,645 ($ 2,000) in cash prizes and is committed to helping emerging artists jump-start their professional careers.

After sifting through submissions from over 60 countries, photographer and judge Thomas Heaton narrowed the selection down to winners, finalists, and the editor’s choices.

Stephen King’s ‘Winter Wonderland’ took first place – his portrayal of ‘an unexpected spring snowstorm in Hokkaido, Japan’.

Mr. Heaton: ‘The photographer has created an image that can only be described as a work of art.

Christopher Baker won the medal with this depiction of the Pyramid of Khafre in the Necropolis of Giza, Egypt

Christopher Baker won the medal with this depiction of the Pyramid of Khafre in the Necropolis of Giza, Egypt

Christopher Baker won the medal with this depiction of the Pyramid of Khafre in the Necropolis of Giza, Egypt

This amazing photo of the Great Wall of China was taken by Joshua Cavalier, who finished third in the competition

This amazing photo of the Great Wall of China was taken by Joshua Cavalier, who finished third in the competition

This amazing photo of the Great Wall of China was taken by Joshua Cavalier, who finished third in the competition

Photographer Eric Melzer's extraterrestrial image 'Solar Storm'. It shows water rippling in eerily perfect formation around the Ivanpah Solar Station in California

Photographer Eric Melzer's extraterrestrial image 'Solar Storm'. It shows water rippling in eerily perfect formation around the Ivanpah Solar Station in California

Photographer Eric Melzer’s extraterrestrial image ‘Solar Storm’. It shows water rippling in eerily perfect formation around the Ivanpah Solar Station in California

An image of Sid Ghosh, which he snapped in the Italian Dolomites

An image of Sid Ghosh, which he snapped in the Italian Dolomites

Sid Ghosh made this dramatic image on Mount Cook in New Zealand

Sid Ghosh made this dramatic image on Mount Cook in New Zealand

Photographer Sid Ghosh made two choices from the editor. One shows the Italian Dolomites on the left, and the other shows a dramatic scene on Mount Cook in New Zealand, on the right

This image was an editor's choice and was taken by photographer Nathaniel Perales in the Pacific Northwest in the United States

This image was an editor's choice and was taken by photographer Nathaniel Perales in the Pacific Northwest in the United States

This image was an editor’s choice and was taken by photographer Nathaniel Perales in the Pacific Northwest in the United States

“The pastel colors, subtle shades and beautiful arrangement of trees give this image a painterly quality that gives the viewer peace and tranquility.”

Christopher Baker took second place with his unique ‘Pyramid of Khafre’ shot made in the Necropolis of Giza, Egypt.

Mr. Heaton said of Mr. Baker’s work: “The pyramids are a great place of wonder. Shrouded in mystery, they hold so many untold secrets. The photographer captured this perfectly.

This striking photo was taken by Dan Tomic in the enchanting Shey Phoksundo National Park in Nepal. The photo was the editor's choice

This striking photo was taken by Dan Tomic in the enchanting Shey Phoksundo National Park in Nepal. The photo was the editor's choice

This striking photo was taken by Dan Tomic in the enchanting Shey Phoksundo National Park in Nepal. The photo was the editor’s choice

Peter Dyndiuk took this photo in the Hoh Rainforest in Washington State. It shows a 'tree trunk log' - a large dead tree that serves as a breeding ground for new trees

Peter Dyndiuk took this photo in the Hoh Rainforest in Washington State. It shows a 'tree trunk log' - a large dead tree that serves as a breeding ground for new trees

This incredible image of the Waihilau Falls in Hawaii was taken by photographer Stuart Chape

This incredible image of the Waihilau Falls in Hawaii was taken by photographer Stuart Chape

Peter Dyndiuk took the photo on the left in the Hoh Rainforest in Washington State. It shows a ‘tree trunk log’ – a large dead tree that serves as a breeding ground for new trees. On the right is a breathtaking view of Hawaii’s Waihilau Falls, taken by photographer Stuart Chape

This hypnotic 'editor's pick' photo of the Grimsel Pass in Switzerland was taken by Michael Blann

This hypnotic 'editor's pick' photo of the Grimsel Pass in Switzerland was taken by Michael Blann

This hypnotic ‘editor’s pick’ photo of the Grimsel Pass in Switzerland was taken by Michael Blann

An editor's choice, this beautiful statue was created in Alaska by Janessa Anderson

An editor's choice, this beautiful statue was created in Alaska by Janessa Anderson

A stunning image of Monument Valley in Arizona shot by Cole Udall

A stunning image of Monument Valley in Arizona shot by Cole Udall

The beautiful image on the left was an editor’s choice, created by Janessa Anderson of Alaska. On the right is an overwhelming view of Monument Valley in Arizona created by Cole Udall

John Kimwell Laluma's stunning 'Density' image shows the courtyard of a Macau apartment building from a whole new perspective

John Kimwell Laluma's stunning 'Density' image shows the courtyard of a Macau apartment building from a whole new perspective

John Kimwell Laluma’s stunning ‘Density’ image shows the courtyard of a Macau apartment building from a whole new perspective

Jason Marino caught sunset at Vermilion Lakes in Banff National Park, Alberta. The image was an editor's choice

Jason Marino caught sunset at Vermilion Lakes in Banff National Park, Alberta. The image was an editor's choice

Jason Marino caught sunset at Vermilion Lakes in Banff National Park, Alberta. The image was an editor’s choice

I’m not sure if the photographer made intentional camera shake or double exposure, but the resulting image has that near-perfect symmetry – bold shapes and strong lines, while softening many of the unwanted details that may have been a distraction and hides. “

Joshua Cavalier rounded out the top three with third place ‘Jinshanling, The Great Wall’ taken at the iconic Chinese venue.

Mr. Heaton said, “The Great Wall is one of the most iconic wonders, so it presents a multitude of challenges for photographers.

‘Extensively photographed over the years, almost constantly flooded with tourists and in natural weather conditions, capturing the perfect photo is no easy task.

“Joshua Cavalier has successfully conquered every challenge to create an image worthy of the subject – perfectly curated, timed and framed with a vantage point that depicts the historical void of people.”

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