We received over 500 entries in the competitions's first running and we want to thank everyone who entered. It can be a scary prospect putting your beloved images into a comp for the world to see, so we thank you for your bravery – and your remarkable creativity. The standard of photography in both categories – Places and People – was extremely high and choosing the winners was no easy task.
Thank you to our judges – Ryan De Dominico, Mike Edmondson, Julie Fletcher and Stephanie Vella – for their time and expertise. Of course, none of this could be possible without the support of our 2021 major sponsor Nokia and our 2021 supporting sponsors Life's An Adventure, Oxfam Trailwalker, and Active Adventures. To all our sponsors thank you, thank you, thank you!
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!