Overall winner - Our wold is beautiful / CEWE
I was nominated as the overall winner in the world's largest open photo contest "Our world is beautiful" organised by CEWE. With over 183 thousand entries, this contest included six categories - nature, landscape, people, traffic & infrastructure, architecture and sport. Out of these six categories and amongst the vast number of submitted entries my image "Cliffs of Kallur" was chosen as the main prize winner.
Check out other amazing winners and shortlisted entries here.
Popular photography: annual readers' contest - winner of landscape category
I won the landscape category of the Popular Photography's 2016 annual readers' contest with my image of Vøringsfossen in Norway. I was extremely happy for this award and it was nice to see my image in their printed magazine that just arrived by post. Unfortunately the 2017 March/April issue that I was published in will be the last ever popular photography magazine as they are forced to close operation after 80 years of continuous production. The first issue was printed in 1937 before world war two meaning that this was among the most established photography magazines in the industry.
EPSON Pano awards - third prize
I was happy to receive silver and gold awards for my two entries in this year EPSON pano awards. This one from Utakleiv beach in Lofoten islands won the third place is amateur nature category. This contest is very prestigious and the quality of the entries is astonishing! Check out the rest of the winners here.
Exposure photo festival - second prize
I won the second prize for landscape category in an international photo festival Xposure her in Dubai.
Scandinavian young talent - third place
Digikuva magazine ran a contest for all the nordic countries in pursuit of finding a young talent. I was nominated as third and got some nice prizes from Canon and a publication in the digikuva magazine.
I-SHOT-IT city contest - first prize
I was happy to hear that I won the first place in I-SHOT-IT city-themed photo contest with this panorama from a cool viewpoint over the city of Omiš in the Croatian coast. And the price was a welcomed 818$ I will surely spend to invest on some new gear!
I also received a mark of excellence from my other entry, which ended up in 6th place.
I was thrilled to hear that my photo from Lofoten was selected as a cover for the book featuring the best of Outdoor Photographer of the Year contest. The contest received more than 12K entries and the quality of them was astonishing based on the shortlisted images I browsed through. The image for the cover is a square crop of my panoramic version.
Click the image below to see their website where you can order the book.
Digital SLR photography - full page feature
Three of my images were featured in December issue of Digital SLR photography magazine. Check that out if you get a chance!
Shoot the Land - May Winner
I was happy to see that the very first image I finished after returning home from Lofoten won the 'shoot the land' photo contest. I've won this a few times before but I'm still glad of the recognition as there were many other fine shots in the contest! This was probably the last time I will enter that contest but as they say, never say never...
Digital Photography - Full-page Spread
My photo from paris was published as a full-page spread in Digital Photography (from Bauer media) magazine's April issue.
Shoot the land - August winner
I won the 'Shoot the Land' photo contest for the second time! I have participated in this contest 4 times of which I've won 2 so my percentages have been quite good... The prices are nice and it always feels good to win. This time it's a photo of Lago Federa from Dolomites, Italy that got the first price. This is one of my all-time favorites so was really glad to win this one!
Is That Your Best Shot? - February winner
This year really started well regarding photo contests! I won the February contest that had a landscape theme with another one of my Iceland waterfall photos 'Hidden Vista'.
'Is That Your Best Shot?' is a monthly international photography competition, much similar to the 'Shoot the Land' I won in January.
Shoot the land - January winner
I was happy to see that my photo 'Magical View' won an international photo contest 'Shoot the Land'. This is a prestigious monthly photo contest and it has had some stunning winners and finalist previous months! Therefore I was really surprised to have won it and I must admit it feels good :)
I-Shot-It Macro contest - first prize
I won the 'I-Shot-It' macro-themed photo contest in June 2013 with this macro of a tiny water droplet on a fireweed's seed. This was unbelievably hard shot to take and I'm really glad to have won those great prizes!