09/05/2014 11:44 am ET Updated Sep 19, 2014

Landscape Photo Contest Winners Capture Earth's Varied Beauty

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition recently announced its winners, and they sure show what an incredible and diverse world we live in. This is the first year for the contest, which awarded prizes for the best photographer as well as the best single landscape photo.

Christian Fletcher, winner of the photographer of the year award, documented industrial impacts on the landscape. Fletcher said of his photos:

"My aim was to produce striking images from the air that had an industrial theme. I am concerned about the path we are heading down. By showing what is beyond the view of most of the public, I hoped to create a conversation about why we are heading down that path and if it is necessary... As a photographer I feel it is my duty to capture the world we live in, be it pristine wilderness or industrial oblivion. Both are inspiring in a photographic sense but only one is sustainable."

Craig Parry won the award for best photograph, a striking image of scorched trees in his hometown after a wildfire. He says of his photo, "This image represents a significant moment in time, illustrating the power of nature and its ability to create life and destroy it."

Tomm Putt and Will Dielenberg took second and third place for photographer of the year. Putt also took second place for photo of the year, while Bas Meelker took third. Prizes were awarded for five special categories as well, "for fun and bragging rights", including "The Lone Tree Award," "The Fuzzy Water Award" and "The 'HOT' Location Award - Iceland."

The contest was operated by an Australian web company and over 2200 entries were considered by a panel of five judges. Check out the winners' photos below, and view the top 101 photos here.

International Landscape Photography of the Year


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