The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019

The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019


Professional and amateur photographers worldwide were invited to enter the fifth International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition for a chance to share in the prize pool, including US$10,000 cash.

From nearly 3000 entries from 863 photographers, the winner of the fifth International Landscape Photographer of the Year (based on a folio submission of at least 4 images) is Adam Gibbs from Canada.

What makes a great landscape photographer? Persistence? Experience? Luck? Passion? Looking at Adam Gibbs’ winning portfolio, we can see a diversity of views, an understanding of light and the expert use of framing and composition. From sandy aerials to icy mountain locations, Adam’s portfolio demonstrates a range of topics, an essential component when it comes to convincing our judges that you are the International Landscape Photographer of  the Year.

Adam Gibbs lives part-time between New Westminster, British Columbia and Parksville, Vancouver Island, Canada.

“I’ve been a professional photographer since 1992 and up until 2014, my primary source of income was photographing gardens for gardening publications, but since then I have been a full-time nature photographer.” Adam says he was originally inspired by a nature photography book written by John Shaw in the 1980s.  

“Since I’m still a bit old school from the film days, I tend to try and capture the majority of my images in a single frame. I don’t have strong views on image manipulation, other than I find more joy in capturing great light and composition on site, rather than creating something that didn’t exist when I took the photo. My love of nature and the outdoors is much stronger than my desire to make images, so for me, pictures taken at the moment have far more integrity and personal meaning than those made later in a computer. “I generally try to keep the image accurate to form and not use too much post-processing, although when the light is not great, I’ll use a few more tricks to bring the best out of an image. I use Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC 2019 for all of my work.”  

Adam is currently using a Nikon D850 along with 14-24mm, 16-35mm, 24-120mm and 70- 200mm lenses. 

“And I l love the Breakthrough Photography filters, especially the Dark X4 CPL filters that combine a 3 or 6 stop ND filter with a polariser into one filter. “Most definitely, light is the key to great photography. If I don’t have great light, then I search out subjects that go with the light at hand.”  

When we asked Adam if he had any secret locations worth investigating as a landscape photographer, he was quick to nominate one of his homes, Vancouver Island. “It is an exceptional place. The landscape is rugged, but not in your face and extremely challenging, especially the forests. I love it. However, other than the popular Canadian Rockies, the rest of British Columbia and Canada itself are highly underrated, in my opinion, as prime photo destinations for those seeking raw wilderness experiences.  

“And entering contests such as the International Landscape Photographer of the Year is an excellent way to gain recognition from your peers and the general public. It’s also a great way to get your work out there in front of the world to see – and the chance of winning a major prize is always appealing! “I have entered many contests in the past. I tend to enter in waves. Some years I’ll enter a few and other years none. Of course, not placing in a contest is disappointing, especially if you believe that your image is the best that you have ever taken. However, I don’t take it personally because I know that judging in itself is a long and sometimes arduous process. The results are almost always contentious and, of course, subjective, but in the end, I am usually happy for the winners as they have gained the things that I enjoy about winning contests, recognition from their peers.  

“After all, landscape photography is not generally considered a competitive pursuit, but an opportunity to enjoy nature and make a few images along the way.”

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The International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2019

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Open Walls Arles

Open Walls Arles

Open Walls Arles

 Calling emerging and established photographers to submit work responding to the theme: Growth

British Journal of Photography in collaboration with Galerie Huit Arles have announced the second edition of OpenWalls Arles, an award aimed at creating opportunities for emerging and established photographers. We are searching for up to 52 photographers to be exhibited as part of a group show at Galerie Huit Arles alongside Les Rencontres d’Arles 2020.


For the first time, the award is split into two categories. In the Series category, photographers are invited to enter a body of work, consisting of up to 10 images. Two winners will be chosen from this category and their series will be exhibited alongside the 50 winning images that are selected from the Single Image category. The group show at Galerie Huit Arles will run throughout July 2020.


We are calling photographers to respond to the theme: Growth. We will award 50 winning images, and two bodies of work that convey a sense of change or transition; whether this be personal growth, or the changes we witness around us.

© Birgit Püve, OpenWalls 2019 Shortlist

© Alma Haser, Nick Ballon, Save the Children, OpenWalls 2019 Shortlist


Single Image category 

  • 50 winning images will be exhibited as part of a group show at Galerie Huit Arles in Arles, France alongside Les Rencontres d’Arles in July 2020
  • Receive international press coverage
  • Be featured on BJP-online
  • Have your worked judged by industry leaders Series category
  • Two winning series will be exhibited as part of the group show at Galerie Huit Arles in Arles, France alongside Les Rencontres d’Arles in July 2020
  • The two winners from this category will be flown to Arles for the opening of the exhibition, with return flights and two nights of accommodation included
  • Receive international press coverage
  • Be featured on BJP-online
  • Have your worked judged by industry leaders

    Key Dates

    • Calls Open: 29 May 2019
    • Calls Close: 25 July 2019 23:59 (UK time)
    • Winner and shortlist announcement: Spring 2020
    • Exhibition at Galerie Huit Arles, France, July 2020

    © Lance Henderstein, OpenWalls 2019 Shortlist

    © Adriana Granado, OpenWalls 2019 Shortlist

    What’s next for Skylum

    Alex Tspeko, Skylum’s CEO, gave us an exclusive interview about AI and the new software developements.

    2018 was a great year for Skylum, and 2019 has been full of new products and improvements. Can you tell us about how Skylum is moving forward?
    2018 was a year of changes. And the first half of 2019 was full of changes and challenges as well. At the end of last December, we launched Luminar 3, the long-awaited update to our flagship product. Luminar 3 includes a Library so users can easily manage and edit their images in one place. Most people were happy with it, but some still preferred the old workflow. They wanted a tool that allowed them to stick with their existing workflow but that also offered our new AI-powered features. That’s why we decided to launch a new product, Luminar Flex. This was a new direction for us, but it was what our users wanted.
We also recently launched a new product called AirMagic — an automatic image enhancer for drone photos. This was a totally new niche for us. Drone photography is popular, but it requires a different editing approach. We had to invest a lot in figuring that out. In other words, we’ve been exploring new directions to expand the business and not simply sticking with our proven products. We believe this has made us stronger.
This year, we’re continuing to work on Luminar to make it a better “place” for photographers of all skill levels. In autumn, we’ll be launching a new version of the software with updated editing functionality and even an updated UI. You also can expect more innovative AI-powered features in Luminar in the near future. I can’t reveal all the details yet, but I’m sure photographers and artists will enjoy it a lot. Moreover, our team is working on Luminar Cloud, business-to-business cloud-based solutions for affordably automating image processing using technologies from the Skylum AI Lab. We’ll provide tools that save time and money for businesses small and large, whether it’s a real estate business that needs quality HDR photos for their listings or an online retailer that wants to batch edit product photos. We’ll help companies automate the monotonous traditional post-processing techniques. And, of course, we’re thinking about going mobile. It’s perfectly clear to everyone that mobile apps are the present and the future. But it’s too early for any details. AI is now one of the biggest trends in imaging software.

    Can you tell us about Skylum’s AI strategy?
    I think that AI will occupy an increasingly prominent place in image processing. It’s inevitable. We’ll spend less and less time on routines, for instance, masking and fixing white balance, exposure, and clarity. I believe that AI technologies can make the lives of artists easier and save a lot of time by automating the most common tasks of a photographer. So instead of spending plenty of time on editing photos, our users can get stunning images in seconds. At Skylum, we see our mission as automating photo editing with Artificial Intelligence. Our goal is to completely replace traditional editing techniques with the help of new AI technologies that will not only be smarter but also give significantly better results. Accent AI 2.0, which we recently released, shows our approach to the future of photo editing. We want to make learning how to edit images unnecessary thanks to intuitive AI filters. We’re also working hard to create AI tools that will help businesses automate editing and cut costs using AI-powered solutions with Luminar Cloud. For example, we’ll soon be launching a suite of cloud-based tools that use Skylum’s award-winning technologies to automatically breathe life into photographs.

    Serif, with Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer, and Adobe, which is now launching the full Photoshop for iPad, are taking the most significant spots in the growing mobile market. Does Skylum have any mobile plans for Luminar?
    Before Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and Adobe Photoshop there were Pixelmator, SnapSeed, Enlight and other amazing apps working on mobile platforms like iPad and iPhone. The main thing that stopped us from entering this niche before was that we understood that users behave differently on mobile devices than on desktops. And they expect other features and follow another workflow. I’m really glad that Adobe and Affinity are coming out with mobile options, as photographers don’t limit themselves to one editing tool. They’re looking for as many tools as they need to achieve their creative results. Unfortunately, lots of new players who bring their applications to the market copy each other and do not add any value for users. So answering the question – we will definitely come out with Luminar for both iPad and iPhone, but only after we release Luminar 4, which is scheduled at the end of this year. And after we release Luminar Cloud, which will be in beta testing in July. Right now, we already have several prototypes of Luminar for mobile platforms, but we want to make sure that we come out with exactly those features that will bring additional value to users – that will bring something new to photographers and artists. And once we have these new, unique, and interesting solutions ready, it won’t matter how many apps already exist on the market since we’ll bring people something that no one else has given. Skylum’s philosophy is not to copy, not to duplicate, but to create and introduce new value. And we are now forming this value.

    You’ve acquired Photolumur for its AI technology and launched AirMagic for drone shooters. Why are these apps separated, as they’re using the same technology with different presets?
    Photolemur and AirMagic share a similar interface but are absolutely different in their purpose. Photolemur can be used for all types of images, while the AI algorithms in AirMagic are new and are tailored for drone and aerial photography. AirMagic works by first detecting the drone camera used to produce an image and analyzing its lens and color profile. From there, it makes automatic lens corrections and other camera-specific optimizations. Also, AirMagic is faster and more optimized than Photolemur.

    Is machine learning implemented in Luminar 3.1, allowing improvement with multiple tries, or Is it just a smart detection algorithm?
    Our technologies are based on AI-driven algorithms. We train our neural networks on hundreds of thousands of images taken in different conditions by cameras from Fujifilm, Sony, Olympus, Nikon, Canon, and many other manufacturers. It lets us bring outstanding results for all photographers, regardless of what style they shoot and what gear they’re using. Depending on the project, whether it’s sky improvement or skin detection, we pick specific photos to train neural networks and run tests until we get accurate results. So a photographer doesn’t have to think about dozens of adjustments like fixing the tone, details, exposure, depth, and color. The trained algorithm does it automatically and presents the results.

    You’re now on version 2 of the Accent AI filter. Can you tell us about the improvements, and what will be its evolution possibly in Aurora?
    The original Accent AI was groundbreaking, making a photographer’s workflow not only easier but quicker. It took care of common adjustments to shadows, highlights, contrast, and over a dozen other things. The results were great but weren’t always perfect for every photograph. Colors may not have always been correct, images could be over- or under-processed, and the technology didn’t recognize faces and people. That’s why we created Accent AI 2.0 to manage these problems. With the latest update, Accent AI became completely human-aware. Accent AI 2.0 features facial and object recognition technology, helping photographers create more realistic images. With this update, we’ve connected a new neural network that recognizes objects better. We also added a new “person” class. The latest version analyzes photographs, identifies things like faces, and truly improves an image every time. Finally, Accent AI 2.0 features more careful color corrections, making for more accuracy and quality. It also works better with hidden details. If Accent AI 2.0 can’t make an object look better, it won’t touch it. We’re committed to making photographers’ lives and workflows easier with our AI technologies like Accent AI and AI Sky Enhancer. We believe that AI is helping more people to engage in photography and photo editing at the entry-level and get great photos without having to spend ages learning how to apply manual changes to luminosity, contrast, color, and exposure. Everyone deserves to realize their photographic vision, and Skylum’s AI solutions will allow more of us than ever to do that.

    Do you have any plans on improving Luminar as a full suite and making an all-in-one product from all your different imaging apps?
    Right now our main product is Luminar. It has absorbed almost all the functionality of our previous products. We deliberately stopped developing and supporting other apps like Tonality, Snapselect, Intensify, and Snapheal and put all our energy into building Luminar, which is becoming an all-in-one photography platform. We’re following our mission to make Luminar a convenient platform for everyone who loves to photograph. And this platform will be available on mobile, desktop, and in the cloud, so even businesses will be able to integrate it using an API and implement Luminar’s technologies. So, in a word, Luminar will continue to evolve by adding new filters and new tools for improving and organizing photography. We’ve outgrown the idea of competing with others. We see plainly that our technologies are unique. And now the “complete rather than compete” idea is reflected in our company’s philosophy. We’re ready to integrate with Affinity and Adobe as plugins because everything we do is for the sake of users. With the power of Luminar, artists will get more. So even if users have other tools, Luminar will always be on their list. And with the success of our Luminar Flex plugin, we see that thousands and thousands of Photoshop and Lightroom users buy and download Luminar Flex daily. Despite the fact that they have these great products, they buy Luminar because they see the additional value. Step by step, we’re building a platform that has a set of basic tools along with solutions that no one else has and that bring lots of additional value.

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    Get the latest version of Luminar 3 with Assets management and AI features, or the NEW Luminar Flex Plugin for Photoshop and Lightroom

    Adjust AI from Topaz Labs

    Adjust AI from Topaz Labs

    Topaz Labs Releases Adjust AI

    Joining Topaz Labs’ line-up of AI-powered photo editing applications, Adjust AI helps users achieve brilliant photo contrast, clarity, detail, and color through artificial intelligence.


    Topaz Labs released today a major new product to its AI-powered photo editing offerings, introducing Adjust AI. This new application is available as a standalone solution, as well as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, and Topaz Studio.

    After months of training and testing, Adjust AI leverages machine learning to analyze and transform ordinary photos into lively, vivacious images that would normally require time-consuming, manual adjustments. Adjust AI is the fastest way to achieve ultimate clarity, detail, contrast, and an eye-catching aesthetic with minimal user input.


    Application Details

    With Adjust AI, users can:

    • Utilize two AI-powered modes (Standard and HDR Style buttons in the right panel) to automatically bring out colors, shadows, details, and more to make photos as vivid as intended–all in one click.
    • Utilize advanced shadow & highlight recovery that reveals lost detail.
    • Utilize Topaz Clarity’s intelligent, proprietary technology to manipulate macro, midrange, and overall contrast without halos or noise, all while maintaining a natural feeling and tonality in your image.
    • Move Topaz Detail sliders to independently adjust small, medium, and large amounts of detail inside the shadows and highlights of your image.
    • Apply new & modern presets for versatile effects.
    • Create and save custom presets for a faster workflow.

    Adjust AI caters to professionals and enthusiasts alike. Users can utilize the output of the AI to speed up workflow as well as take advantage of a range of new, modern presets. Adjust AI also includes the ability to create and save your own variations in order to create presets bespoke to you.

    “With Adjust AI, we hope our users will be impressed by the versatility and depth of the effects possible with this single application,” said Albert Yang, CTO of Topaz Labs. “In our first development meeting for Adjust AI, our mission was clear: Let’s develop an intelligent application to take photos from dull to dynamic in less than 10 clicks. We wanted to create a solution that offers stunning image enhancement, but doesn’t consume all of the user’s time. Adjust AI harnesses really powerful AI processing, but also allows for light, masterful finishing touches, so you can truly transform a lackluster image into an eye-catching photo that doesn’t look over-processed.”

    Recommended Workflow

    To achieve the best results with Adjust AI, Topaz Labs recommends the following workflow:

    1. Import photo. Use JPEG to RAW AI to restore RAW editing capabilities if needed.
    2. Apply noise reduction with DeNoise AI.
    3. Make any composition, cropping, or straightening adjustments desired in Topaz Studio.
    4. Apply Adjust AI and make any further tweaks.  

    Adjust AI Pricing and Availability

    Adjust AI is available now for an introductory price of $59.99 until July 8, 2019. Following July 8, Adjust AI will be available for $79.99. Users owning the original Topaz Adjust, Topaz Clarity and/or Detail will receive a complimentary copy of Adjust AI. Adjust AI is also a part of the Topaz AI Bundle, which includes Sharpen AI, Gigapixel AI, DeNoise AI, and JPEG to RAW AI. Users with one or more of the applications can still take advantage of savings with a prorated discount for just the applications desired. Like all Topaz applications, users can always download a free, 30-day trial of Adjust AI before purchasing the application.


    Get it Now!

    The new Adjust AI is available now for an introductory price of $59.99 until July 8, 2019.

    1.7 A major update for Affinity Photo & Designer

    1.7 A major update for Affinity Photo & Designer

    Biggest-ever Affinity updates

     Speed, power and extensive new features, GPU compute acceleration, HDR monitor support and a new memory management system ensure the Affinity suite continues to be at the cutting edge of modern creative software. The 1.7 versions of Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo have both been launched simultaneously on Mac, Windows and iPad

    Affinity Designer and Photo today receive their biggest ever updates, adding market­leading performance improvements, best­ever usability and an extensive list of new features. The latest versions underline Serif’s commitment to pushing the limits of performance that users can expect from their hardware. It’s the same approach that made Affinity apps the first fully­featured creative desktop apps to make the leap to iPad. 

    Today’s v1.7 upgrades mean Mac users can now enjoy end­to­end Metal compute acceleration to take full advantage of  the  Mac’s discrete GPU, making all raster layer and brush operations up to 10 times faster than ever before. Additionally, the apps now support multiple GPUs—whether internal or with external units connected— multiplying the performance gains further.

    Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are now fully optimised for multiple GPUs, including external eGPUs. Serif Managing Director Ashley Hewson says: “It’s really important that we are leading the way in exploiting the latest technologies available to us and our customers. GPU compute acceleration is something we have worked tirelessly on for the last couple of years as it is certainly the future in achieving phenomenal speeds, even when working on massive, deep­colour projects. We’re pleased to say that for Affinity customers on Mac the future is now here.”

    Serif is working on hardware acceleration for its Windows version too, although that will be delivered in a future update. But that hasn’t stopped them achieving big performance increases—today’s updates introduce a rewritten memory management system resulting in 3x or 4x speed improvements across many tasks on Windows machines.

    • Dial and Pen support for Microsoft Surface devices has also been significantly upgraded, giving users new ways to interact with the apps.
    • Dial and Pen support has been improved substantially on Surface devices
    • And in a market­first for photo editing and graphic design apps, Affinity Photo and Designer now come with full support for the latest HDR / EDR monitors. This allows photographers to see new levels of the detail captured in RAW files, while designers can push colour intensity in graphics far further than was possible before.
    • “Using Affinity Photo with an HDR monitor offers a simply stunning experience,” says Ashley Hewson. “It’s amazing the detail and  dynamic range the latest SLR cameras capture when shooting in RAW, and Affinity Photo now offers the opportunity to actually see all that depth while editing on an HDR monitor.

     “But this isn’t just for high­end photography. As more and more graphic content is being consumed on HDR displays, it will start to become important that designers are using an app which can both work in a 32bit colour space and render the results on an HDR monitor. Affinity Designer is the first professional graphic design application to do both.”

    •  Support for HDR & EDR displays has been added, including support for the new Apple Pro Display XDR
    • Users of Affinity on iPad aren’t left out either. There are further performance optimisations and a refreshed, compact UI which both gives more real estate for working, but also to allow for the ultimate experience on the new 7.9­inch screen iPad mini.

     “The new iPad mini is an incredible device, especially now it supports Apple Pencil,” says Ashley Hewson. “It’s pretty cool that you can work on high­end photo compositions or full design projects with thousands of objects on such a small device”

     As well as these device specific improvements, there are plenty of new features and improvements which have been added ­ all of them available on the Mac, Windows and iPad versions from today.


    Affinity Photo


    • Much improved RAW processing engine offering significantly faster loading of files, a new demosaicing algorithm, more effective noise reduction, hot pixel removal and wide colour space
    • Rewritten brush engine adding all­new multi­brushes, a symmetry mode (up to 32­way) and on­the­fly nozzle rotation with shortcut
    • Batch processing is improved, a new assets panel is available for quick drag and drop of commonly used elements, and the layers panel has had a complete


    Anity Designer


    • New isometric controls allowing you to work directly on any isometric plane ­ or fit existing elements to a plane with a single
    • Vector shapes can now possess an unlimited number of strokes and fills, with complete freedom to interleave different attributes and control how they are blended together. Arrowheads have been added to the stroke panel too.
    • Improvements to almost all vector tools, including lasso selection of nodes, the pencil tool adding a sculpt mode, a new point transform tool as well as huge improvements to guides, grids and

     “This update isn’t only about the big new features and performance gains—we’ve also made literally thousands of little tweaks and improvements to both apps based on all the feedback we get from our customers every day. It’s a lot of these little enhancements which add up to mean both Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are more productive than ever before.”



    Get it Now!

    The new 1.7 versions of both Anity Photo and Anity Designer are available now with a 20% discount ($39.99 desktop, $15.99 iPad) with no subscription. Existing users can download the updated versions free.

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