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The 12th EPSON International Pano Awards for panoramic photography

The Epson International Pano Awards is dedicated to the craft and art of panoramic photography and is the world’s largest competition devoted to the genre. It’s also a competition that with Epson’s help has grown larger every year and the 2021 awards are no exception. The curator of the Epson International Pano Awards is David Evans.

© Matt Jackisch / Canada

With that in mind Epson and The Pano Awards have launched this year’s call for entries. Curator David Evans explained, “It’s that exciting time again where we call for entries to win a US$40,000 prize pool, including $13,500 cash and an array of prizes including an Epson SureColor P7070 printer, an Epson SureColor P5070 printer and an Epson EB-1781W ultra-slim projector. I’m delighted to officially announce that professional and amateur photographers around the world are now invited to enter the 12th Epson International Pano Awards and that early-bird entries are open until Monday 2 August, 2021.”

The 2020 competition saw 5859 images submitted from 1452 photographers in 96 countries and these numbers are expected to be exceeded again this year. Epson GM marketing Bruce Bealby said, “For the twelfth year Epson is delighted that we are able to support these amazing awards and the wonderful photographers who embrace them in challenging times. Not only does Epson enjoy a long, rich and successful history in the photographic industry with photographers of all levels, we also are very committed to the industry. As a result, we are very much looking forward to seeing the entries and how vibrant they look when printed out on Epson’s dedicated photo printers.”

© Manish Mamtani / USA

David Evans concluded, “It’s no secret that Epson's photo and fine art printers lead the way and set the standard for colour and black and white image reproduction. We are delighted by the degree that the photographic community gets behind the awards and equally by what an amazing support and sponsor Epson is.”

The judging panel for The 2021 Pano awards includes some of the world's top photographers and industry professionals – Lucie Debelkova, Ignacio Palacios, Isabella Tabacchi, Bill Bailey, Aaron Spence, Paul Marcellini, Perri K Schelat, Justin Majeczky, Anna Gibiskys, Andreas Paehge, Jason Denning, Thomas Erh and Juan Pablo de Miguel.

Early bird entries for The Pano awards are open now. Enter
Follow The Pano Awards on social media: Facebook: @panoawards
Instagram: @panoawards
Twitter: @epsonpanoawards

© Laurent Lacroix / France

Curator David Evans is an Australian Master of Photography who creates photographs of high fidelity, depth and substance

He started photographing in the 90’s, on the watershed of the golden age of film and the shiny, glittering age of the pixel. David’s philosophy of ‘painting’ with light has kept him happily the old school, maintaining a love of medium and large format film.

Moving with the times however, David now also uses digital capture married with advanced technology for the printing of his photographs. Once a landscape purist, the subjects of David's work also more frequently include people and culture as his career progresses and his interests evolve. He has also worked successfully as a commercial photographer for more than a decade.

David draws creative inspiration from an uncommon source – he is blessed with synaesthesia, a condition whereby he instinctively and involuntarily associates different colours with such things as letters, numbers, words, days of the week and even people. Often attributed to creatives such as artists and musicians, it allows him to enter a state of flow to see and translate a truly unique perspective of the mind’s eye. David interprets his synaesthesia as an expression of his deepest instinct, and is still learning what it all really means.

A highly awarded photographer, David has won countless titles including the Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year in 2015, and South Australian Professional Photographer of the Year in 2006 and 2009. In 2015, he also received the Ilford Trophy, one of the oldest and most coveted awards in the history of Australian Photography – awarded to the highest scoring photograph overall at the Australian Professional Photography Awards.

David is also a respected photography judge at a national and international level, and is the curator of The EPSON International Pano Awards, the world’s largest contest for panoramic photography, and the co-curator of The International Landscape Photographer of the Year. He is also the owner of photographic PR agency PhotoPublicity.com, and dabbles in travel writing - having been published several times.

In 2021, David is excited to be collaborating with psychologist and photographer Mandy Seligman to launch SeeingHappy.org, a positive psychology non-profit organisation which seeks to promote photography as a means of self-expression, individual well-being, and building a community with a shared vision of showcasing what makes us happy. David is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of SeeingHappy.org

As a non-photographic aside, David is also on the Sensory Evaluation Panel of the Australian Wine Research Institute at Waite in Adelaide - that is, a paid wine taster for a glorious 5 or 6 hours a week. David would rather have his eyes gouged out with a spoon than ever give up this position.

David’s motivation is to remind us that wild, untamed and sublime places are critical elixirs in life – and through travel, nature, art and observation, we find clarity and our true spirit.

Notable achievements;

  • Founding member of the Board of Trustees of SeeingHappy.org
  • Australian AIPP Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015
  • Highest Scoring Image - Ilford Trophy, Australian Professional Photography Awards 2015
  • Represented Australia at the World Photographic Cup 2016
  • South Australian AIPP Professional Photographer of the Year 2006 & 2009
  • Master of Photography II (Australian Institute of Professional Photography), Accredited Professional Photographer & Licentiate (AIPP)
  • Proudly supported by Epson Australia & Nikon Australia
  • Curator of The EPSON International Pano Awards
  • Co-curator of The International Landscape Photographer of the Year
  • Owner of photographic PR agency PhotoPublicity.com
  • Author of The Face of Australia, The Face of New Zealand & Australia: Facing the South

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