Winner of the 8th Int. Landscape Photographer of the Year is Aytek Çetin from Turkey

Professional and amateur photographers worldwide were invited to enter the 8th International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. From over 4500 entries from around the world, the winner of the 8th International Landscape Photographer of the Year is Aytek Çetin from Turkey.

Aytek Cetin: From Twilight To Light.
1st place: 2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year

According to Aytek Çetin, Cappadocia in Turkey is a truly magnificent place. And as the 2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year, no doubt he’s thinking it’s even better now.

Writes Aytek, “The 60-million-year-old story of fairy chimneys and the fact they have been home to different civilizations for tens of thousands of years, makes Cappadocia extremely mysterious for me. If you are lucky, you can visit there during hazy, atmospheric conditions with a soft light pushing through at sunrise or sunset.”

Aytek Cetin: Story Of Ages
1st place: 2021 International Landscape Photographer of the Year

These were exactly the conditions in which Aytek shot his cleverly framed study of the three fairy chimneys at sunrise on a winter morning. “The reason I chose this location is because I love the excitement inside me when the sun first hits the fairy chimneys and how it makes me feel like I'm living in the bronze age.”

Of course, to win the International Landscape Photographer of the Year requires more than one great shot, the award being based on a portfolio of four entries – and the judges agreed that all of Aytek’s photographs have a wonderful excitement and a special mood surrounding them. Aytek Çetin was born and raised in Ankara, the capital of Turkey.

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