One of the top fifty images from the 2014 competition, by Ajit Menon

Entries are now being accepted for the Epson International Pano Awards competition that celebrates and rewards outstanding panoramic photography. In its sixth year, the contest which is sponsored by Epson Australia, has a prize fund of $50,000, including a single prize of $5,000 for the Jeff Mitchum Fine Art category.

As well as $20,000 in cash, the total prize fund is made up of Epson printers and projectors, and vouchers for the Triple Scoop Music soundtrack licensing service for photographers and videographers. There are also software prizes.

To qualify as 'panoramic' images must be submitted with 2:1 edge ratios or wider, and all submissions should be in digital format and entered online. There are categories for all photographers as well as those specifically for amateurs, with both sections offering themes of Nature/Landscapes and Built Environment/Architecture. There is an additional category for Virtual Reality and 360° images, the likes of which have been in the news recently with GoPro's acquisition of Kolor.

In the 2014 competition there were 3971 images entered overall by 871 photographers, from 54 countries. Entry costs $20 per image for the open competition and $16 for the amateur sections. VR and 360° images cost $12 to enter, and early bird rates allow five images to be submitted for the price of four. 

For more information see the Pano Awards website.