Winner, Places Category: 'Lifting the Veil' by Tony Brown. "This image was taken on an overnight camping trip out from Thredbo. The forecast was light winds and clear skies so we hoped to capture some stars. After spending some time trying to find somewhere soft enough to dig into the snow, we set up camp. Just before the sun went down the fog rolled in and gale force winds started. After a relatively sleepless night, we had a beautiful sunrise with fog drifting through the valleys.”
We received over 500 entries and we want to thank each and every person who entered. It can be a pretty scary prospect putting your beloved images into a comp for the world to see, so thanks again (see all the entries here).
Of course in the end there can only be a few winners – in our case: Best Photo and Runner-Up in the two categories – People and Places and best overall photo.
And without further ado the winners of the Great Walks Wilderness Photographer of the Year presented by Nokia are:
Winner, People Category and Overall Winner: 'Gentle Waters' by Michael Kenny
Judge's comment: "I was immediately drawn to the magical qualities in the rays of light coming through the surreal forest and touching the moving water. The person looks part of the landscape, at ease in, and a part of, the beauty of nature surrounding them." – Mike Edmondson
Winner, Places Category: 'Lifting the Veil' by Tony Brown
Judge's comment: "The image jumped out to me as soon as I saw it. The drama, beautiful light, colour and composition all work incredibly well together, to create an image that is as captivating and dramatic as it is just visually beautiful. The low hanging cloud to the right of the frame, seeping into the shot adds a sense of serenity, and the stunning light, glancing off of the snow-covered peaks draws the eye through the frame. The viewer can't help but think of the circumstances and work involved that led to the photographer creating this image. Did it involve an alpine climb, potentially in the dark? I would assume so, and that just adds to the story. It's an all-round fantastic image" – Ryan De Dominicis
Runner-up, People Category: 'Sapphire Coast Wharf to Wharf Walk' by David Rogers
Judge’s comment: “I love this photo – from the floating mist to the two bushwalkers who look mesmerised by the magic of the moment! The earthly colours are a lovely contrast to the walkers' clothing, making the two people 'pop' out of the image. The power of any photo is one that makes me want to be there and this photo taken on the Sapphire Coast in southern NSW does just that. Also, there's a stillness to the image that I really love. Two people are experiencing the beauty of a sunrise and normally at that time of day, it's quiet and calm, and this stillness is translated through the image. Well done, David!” – Brent McKean
David Rogers has won $500 cash.
Runner-up, Places Category: 'The Rock' by Vivienne Noble
Judge's comment: “The use of side light just touching, and highlighting and defining the edges of the rocks works beautifully. It sets the tone to a strong image with a striking and soft colour palette. I like the contrast between the still foreground and the rougher surf in the back of the shot creating an element of drama as you look into the image. Nice composition with your eye taken into the large rock at the back, my tip though is to crop that foreground (two rocks left and right) as they are distracting and to balance that crop the top of the sky a little bit and you will have an even stronger composition. Remember less is more. Overall though a cracker of an image. – Julie Fletcher
Vivienne Noble has won $500 cash.
You can the images that finished in the Top 10 in each of the categories below. You can also see our Wilderness Photographer of the Year wrap in the latest issue of Great Walks.
Thanks again to everyone who entered! Wilderness Photographer of the Year 2022 will open for entries again in March 2022. We look forward to seeing your fantastic photos!