USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 Winners
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USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 Winners

Sunrise light illuminates Mount Rainier as it rises above low clouds, seen from high above Tipsoo Lake, Washington. Adult Overall Winner 2016. Photo by Alex Noriega

Nikon D600, 35mm, ISO 100, F11, shutter speed unknown

We're pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 USA Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards! From thousands of entries, Oregon-based Alex Noriega's photo of a misty Mount Rainier at sunrise was selected as the overall winner. Youth winners were also selected for the comptetitions categories, with Hawaii's Raiatea Arcuri taking the overall Youth award for a stunning image of water flowing over coastal lava tubes.

We're also excited to co-present a Special Award category, Life in Landscape. You can see the winner of that category and all of the other winning images by flipping through the slides above. For more information about the contest, visit their website

Press release:

The winners are announced
1st November 2016

A visually stunning and dramatic view of Mount Rainier has won the top prize in this year’s search for USA Landscape Photographer of the Year’s winning entry. Portland based photographer, Alex Noriega becomes the third person to win the overall title and the $15,000 prize. His picture of Mount Rainier as it rises above low clouds, seen from high above Tipsoo Lake was chosen, by the judges, from the thousands of entries received from over 40 countries across the globe, all celebrating the beauty and free spirit of the American landscape.

Charlie Waite, one of Britain’s leading landscape photographers and founder of the Awards spoke about this year’s competition:

“Apart from the pleasure I enjoy from my own landscape photography, there can be few experiences that come near the huge enjoyment and admiration that I have had from looking at photographs submitted to the USA Landscape Photographer of the Year.

I have been truly overwhelmed by the high quality, considered and finely crafted images that we have seen from so many talented photographers who have contributed for the third USA Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016.

From the start of the contest, the standard of landscape photography has been as high as it ever has been. The wonderful images that I have seen are testament to not only every photographer’s passion but for the obvious joy they receive from their creativity and indeed from fully engaging with some of the greatest landscapes on the planet.”

The Young Landscape Photographer of the Year title has been awarded to Raiatea Arcuri, who captured coastal lava tubes along the Kona coast on the Island of Hawaii. Raiatea said of his image “What makes the Big Island special is the presence of lava tubes around the island. Some of these lava tubes at the coast will make amazing water motion as the waves push water in and out. It can be quite an epic experience capturing it. The water can easily surge up to your waist level and quickly recede back into the tube, creating a nice waterfall.”

For the first time this year, the Awards are being held in association with DPReview and Amazon. Life in the Landscape, The Digital Photography Review Special Award was offered for the photograph judged to best convey how people interact with the American landscape. Michael Shainblum’s Endless which saw Michael endure extreme heat as it was about 105 degrees fahrenheit, certainly met the requirements for this Award and captures a truly magical moment.

Congratulations also goes to the winner of this year’s other Special Award. Wild Landscape, The Future Publishing Award was won by Terrence Bond for his photograph The Real Duck Dynasty which was taken on the Clarence Canon Wildlife Refuge, Annada, Mo on the migratory highway, on the west side of the Mississippi River.

2016 Results:

Adult Winner - Alex Noriega - Sunrise light illuminates Mount Rainier
Winner – Classic View – James Menzies - Main Strike, Grand Canyon National Park
Runner Up – Classic View – Long Nguyen – Lost, Boardman Farm, Oregon
Winner – Black and White - Terry Koyama - Waimea Bay Beast, Hawaii
Runner Up – Black and White – Michael Ryan - Waimea Bay Beast, California
Winner – My USA - Az Jackson - A lone figure of a man on Brooklyn Bridge, New York Runner Up – My USA – Michael Shainblum - Thunder Mountain, Eastern Sierra Mountains Winner – Urban – Souvik Dutta – Caged, Orlando, Florida
Runner Up – Urban - Jennifer Vahlbruch - 75 Stages of Life, Miami, Florida
Winner – Environmental Value - Terry Koyama - Mammatus Makers, Kansas
Runner Up – Environmental Value – Yoshiki Nakamura - Sunset flight in Fir Island, Mt Vernon
Winner – DPReview Special Award - Michael Shainblum – Endless, Fonts Point, Anza Borrego Desert
Runner Up – DPReview Special Award - Sapna Reddy – Escape the Ordinary, Mt Tamalpais, Marin County
Winner – Future Publishing Special Award - Terrence Bond - The real Duck Dynasty, Missouri
Runner Up - Future Publishing Special Award - Ashish Varma - Autumn fog over Grand Tetons, Wyoming

Youth Winner – Raiatea Arcuri - Coastal lava tubes in Kona, Hawaii
Winner – Classic View – Mark Rivera - Lamar Valley, Autumn Foliage, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Winner – Black and White - John Morris - Sunset Light Show, California
Winner – My USA - Raiatea Arcuri - Plume Cloud from the active Halemaumau Crater, Hawaii
Winner – Urban – Kyle Wolfe - The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from Fort Point, San Francisco, California
Winner – Environmental Value - Mark Basarab - Fiery Sunset Yosemite National Park, California
Winner – DPReview Special Award - Mark Basarab - Point Reyes Slanted Tree, California Winner – Future Publishing Special Award - Kyle Wolfe - Extraterrestrial, Mobiüs Arch under the stars

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