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Captivating Photos of Earth’s Topographies and Phenomena from the 2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year Contest

Comet NeoWise Setting, Marin photographed by Tanmay Sapkal, Mt. Tamalpais, Marin, California, USA

The 2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition winners have just been announced, and they are stunning. The eighth annual contest received over 4,500 entries from photographers worldwide. The top photos capture stunning vistas and events worldwide, including auroras dancing over Iceland and comets streaking across Mount Tamalpais.

The impressive list of amazing natural wonders includes such phenomena as the mystical trees at Alcornocales Natural Park in Cadiz, the fairytale-like blooms of Vallée de la Clarée in France, and a wildlife fire in Yosemite National Park looking more like a sunset on the horizon than a vast flame.

Our favorites from the 101 prize-winners are listed below, and you may view the entire collection on the contest's website for a complete look at the photographs' narratives. Picking up a copy of The 2021 Book will give you greater insight into the photo's histories.

Fire photographed by Marcin Zajac, Yosemite National Park, USA
Compelled by the Core photographed by Daniel Laan, Near Moddergat, the Netherlands
The Cap on the Snowy Mountain photographed by Jana Luo, Tongariro National Park, New Zealand
Born of Fire photographed by Filip Hrebenda, Fagradalsfjall area, Iceland
Dancing Queen photographed by Roksolyana Hilevych, Arnarstapi, Iceland
Ghost Cave photographed by José D. Riquelme, Kirkjufell, Iceland
Party in the Valley photographed by Kassem Kalo, Vallée de la Clarée, France
Earth’s Calling photographed by Pierandrea Folle, Pollino National Park, Serra delle Ciavole, Italy
Long To Be photographed by Kai Hornung, Highlands, Iceland
Primeval Arch and Columns photographed by Simon Xu, Mono Lake, Lee Vining, California, USA
Silvia photographed by David Aguilar, Alcornocales Natural Park, Cadiz, Spain