The best landscape paintings in the world

There are places on Earth that are strikingly similar to the painted cover visions of old Perry Rodin dime magazines. With landscapes like wild dreams of journeys to unreachable planets. At least in the memory of the author of these lines, such geological formations appear today as a deceptively real fantasy, almost like the beautiful “pulp fantasy” of nature lovers. In these fringes of the real world are mountain blocks as if pressed or plucked from the earth by the mighty hands of a giant and the sky above them glow yellow and red like the flames of a cloud glowing in the evening. Remember: Perry Rodin is a German science fiction hero whose space adventures have been sending us to distant galaxies since 1961.

On the other hand, the winning photos in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition are mostly terrestrial photos, most of them are real and always easy to decipher even without a protective astronaut suit. However, the shots seem to be drawn by drunken sci-fi illustrators.

In fact, we constantly ask ourselves: Why haven’t we seen landscapes like this while traveling? Have some new areas of Earth been discovered recently – or does a competition like International Landscape Photographer of the Year inevitably attract exactly these images? Highly modified decorations, such as this year’s winning images by Turkish photographer Aytik Çetin.

“It is our philosophy that every kind of access to landscape photography is permitted here,” the Australian organizers of the competition assert. As a result, it is open to digitally created fantasy landscapes. This explains many of the ideas from over 4,500 entries and at the same time also the remarkable proximity to Perry Rhodan’s world of adventure. “The tens of millions of years of history of the fairy chimneys and the fact that it has been home to different civilizations for tens of thousands of years makes Cappadocia very mysterious to me,” says Aytek Cetin, this year’s landscape photographer. “If you’re lucky, you’ll get there on a moody, misty day, when the faint light of sunrise or sunset makes its way.

The greatest pleasure comes from creating images, whether on the go or in post-production.
Tanmay Spikal, Landscape Photographer of the Year

Gettin worked on shadow areas in his earthy portraits, intensifying contrasts and letting mood lighting and landscape formations work in his favour. Tanmay Sapkal, this year’s Best Landscape Photographer of the Year award, revealed his winning image just north of San Francisco: “It’s a very special place for photographers because you stand above the landscape as the low coastal mist descends on summer evenings pouring in,” he says. After four years of filming there, he knew the mist lit from below, along with the light tracks of the cars, came out nicely in the picture. The 29-year-old made his image of the comet over this landscape and finally revealed the idea separately. His plea for artistic freedom sounds like a defense of the imagination: “I firmly believe that art is restricted only by the artist’s imagination. The greatest pleasure comes from creating images, both on-the-go and in post-processing.”

The competition
For information and more photos from the International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, visit: www.internationallandscapephotographer.com

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