Stunning images from around the world were celebrated at the Outdoor Photographer of the Year Awards 2016.
Photographs from the competition were displayed at the Photography Show at Birmingham NEC from March 18 to March 21.
The overall winner, announced at a special awards ceremony on March 18, was Stian Nesoy (Norway).
His winning image in the Light on the Land category captured the beauty of Hardangervidda National Park, Norway.
After days of frigid snowstorms, a break in the weather revealed an otherworldly landscape near hunters’ cabins with footprints in the snow left by a lone arctic fox.
“After scouting this frozen scene before sunrise, I discovered a spot with a snowdrift leading into the light,” said Stian.
“The placement of the hill to the left and the tracks made for a balanced image.
“The image is captured in a wide panoramic format to convey the vastness of the surroundings.
“I captured the image just before the sun broke the horizon, making for a softly lit scene that helps the textures come alive.”
Stian’s prize includes heading off to the Arctic on assignment to document the Fjällräven Polar dog sled expedition in April 2017.
This year’s Outdoor Photographer of the Year awards saw more than 17,000 entries.
The seven adult category winners considered for the overall prize, and the location of their shots, were:
Stian Nesoy (Norway) – Light on the Land – Hardangervidda National Park, Norway
Alice van Kempen (Netherlands) – Wildlife Insight – Lower Sabie, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Kirsten Quist (Canada) – Live the Adventure – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Pete Hyde (UK) – At the Water’s Edge – Gavlfjorden, Holm, Langøya, Norway
Justin Garner (UK) – Small World – Manchester, England
Johan Sundelin (Sweden) – Under Exposed – Santa Fe Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Christopher Roche (UK) – Spirit of Travel – Sinakara, Peru.
Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year
David Rosenzweig (USA) claimed the title of Young Outdoor Photographer of the Year.
He captured ‘the eternal bond between a mother and child’ in the Timbavati Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
“One early morning in the Timbavati Game Reserve, we came across this female leopard,” he said.
“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.”
Outdoor Photographer of the Year – Portfolio II is now available to order.
This year’s book features more than 150 winning and commended images from the competition and captures the magnificent diversity of our planet.
Spectrum Photographic was the print sponsor for the exhibition. It consisted of C-type Matt prints mounted to 3mm PVC.
Copy editing by Sheena Campbell with image information courtesy of Outdoor Photographer of the Year.