Outdoor Photographer of the Year

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Photo: Kirsten Quist / Outdoor Photographer of the Year

Nature’s beauty knows no limits but when it’s captured in award-winning photographs, we can all marvel at the results

For the sixth year, Outdoor Photography magazine has announced its winners for photos of the year. In collaboration with equipment specialists Fjällräven, the “Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2016” category winners were recently revealed. The best pictures were chosen from around 17,000 images entered by professional and amateur photographers from more than 50 countries.

In March, the overall winner will be announced.

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And the prize?

The chosen photographer will accompany the Fjällräven dogsled expedition in April - a 300-kilometre journey across the Scandinavian Arctic.

Around 160 of the best photos will be published in
Outdoor Photographer of the Year Portfolio II in March

Outdoor Photographer of the Year
Check out the winning images in the 8 categories:

At the Water’s Edge

Winner: Pete Hyde (UK)
Location: Gavlfjorden, Holm, Langøya, Norway

“Having driven several miles up a minor road, we came to the small harbour at Holm. After a short walk, we were presented with this wonderful view up a small side-branch of Gavlfjorden. The soft, misty light and the calmness of the water were perfect for conveying the peace and tranquillity we were privileged to enjoy.”

© Pete Hyde / Outdoor Photographer of the Year

Wildlife insight

Winner: Alice van Kempen (Netherlands)
Location: Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park, South Africa

“In Africa, poachers slaughter an elephant every 15 minutes to supply the demand for ivory – that’s 96 beautiful creatures a day… I wanted to create a photograph to reflect the situation the elephants are in.” 

© Alice van Kempen / Outdoor Photographer of the Year

Live the adventure

Winner: Kirsten Quist (Canada)
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

“I loved the contrast of fire and ice, as well as the way both the blue light and ash-covered icicles framed my subject, Halley Coxson. A big challenge was the near -30 degrees Celsius temperature, which caused my camera to malfunction.”

© Kirsten Quist / Outdoor Photographer of the Year

Light on the land

Winner: Stian Nesoy (Norway)
Location: Hardangervidda National Park, Norway

“After days of frigid snowstorms, a break in the weather revealed an otherworldly landscape near these hunters’ cabins. The little footprints were left behind by a lone arctic fox during its relentless search for food in this barren wilderness.”

© Stian Nesoy / Outdoor Photographer of the Year

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Under exposed

Winner: Johan Sundelin (Sweden)
Location: Santa Fe, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

“While snorkelling with a colony of California sea lions I quickly noticed two particular photography challenges. The first was how to avoid the attention of the large, aggressive and protective alpha male. The second was the enormous speed of the animals in the water. Lying very still in the water and using high ISO solved the issues.”

© Johan Sudelin / Outdoor Photographer of the Year

Small world

Winner: Justin Garner (UK)
Location: Manchester, England

“We grow flowers on our balcony at home, which offer many photographic opportunities. I noticed the rich textures in the blue anemone’s petals, and I waited for the flower’s textures to be at their best.”

© Justin Garner / Outdoor Photographer of the Year

Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year 

Winner: David Rosenzweig (USA)
Location: Timbavati Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa

“One early morning in the Timbavati Game Reserve, we came across this female leopard. She was clearly searching for something and continued calling until she reached an open road. Just as she arrived, her cub came running out of the bushes. The ensuing interaction between the mother and cub proved the love that the two share for each other.”

© David Rosenzweig / Outdoor Photographer of the Year

Spirit of travel

Winner: Christopher Roche (UK)
Location: Sinakara, Peru

“Around 80,000 pilgrims descend upon the Sinakara Valley in the Peruvian Andes to celebrate the festival of Qoyllur Rit’i – a mixture of Inca and Catholic traditions. During the final night, bands of Ukukus head up to the holy glaciers at an altitude of 5,600m to perform initiation rituals.” 

© Christopher Roche / Outdoor Photographer of the Year

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