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Photograph: Manuel Enrique González Carmon / The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

These are the most breathtaking shots from the Panoramic Photography Awards 2021

From eerie swamps to dramatic mountain ranges, here are some of the finest panos of the year

Written by
Ed Cunningham
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Unless you were expressly told, you wouldn’t necessarily know it was a photograph. A splash of vivid yellows and blues, the above image looks more like someone’s thrown a bucket of paint at a canvas, Jackson Pollock-style. Taken by Spanish photographer Manuel Enrique González Carmon, it’s called ‘Anatomy Lesson’ and is an overhead shot of a copper mine in Huelva, southern Spain.

In his own words: ‘Minerals, water and water currents are the ingredients with which nature creates these ephemeral landscapes. With each rainy period the canvas is transformed. This canvas is actually a raft of toxic waste.’ 

It’s enough to leave you open-mouthed – both because it’s so breathtaking and because it’s so worrying. We really are wrecking the planet, and here it is for all to see.

Ranging from eerie forest landscapes to dramatic mountain ranges and hypnotising architectural patterns, the 2021 EPSON Pano Awards honours the world’s best panoramic photographs, and Carmon’s image was one of this year’s winners. Here are a few more of our faves from 2021.

‘Eternal Triangle’ by Joshua Hermann

The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards
Photograph: Joshua Hermann / The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

‘Tonal Intersection’ by Mark Brierley 

The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards
Photograph: Mark Brierley / The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

‘Shining Night’ by Daniel Trippolt 

The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards
Photograph: Daniel Trippolt / The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

‘City in the Clouds’ by Florian Kriechbaumer 

Above the Clouds
Photograph: Florian Kriechbaumer / The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

‘Jellyfish Lake’ by Oleg Gaponyuk 

The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards
Photograph: Oleg Gaponyuk / The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

‘Hidden Lake’ by Marsel van Oosten 

The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards
Photograph: Marsel van Oosten / The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

‘The Mountain Dreamer’ by Max Rive

The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards
Photograph: Max River / The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

‘Don’t Fence Me In’ by Ray Jennings

The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards
Photograph: Ray Jennings / The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

‘Torres del Paine’ by Andrew Dickman

The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards
Photograph: Andrew Dickman / The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

‘Gastlosen’ by Oliver Wehrli

The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards
Photograph Oliver Wehrli / The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

‘Gentoo Penguin Colony’ by Tom Sheckels

The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards
Photograph: Tom Sheckels / The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

‘Serpentine’ by Peter Harrison

The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards
Photograph: Peter Harrison / The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

‘Sunset over Kyrgyz Mountains’ by Yaz Loukhal

The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards
Photograph: Yaz Loukhal / The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards

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