Winner Photo Contest ‘Landscapes’

Vincent Croce was the jury of the Photo Contest Landscapes. He chose a top 3 and gave feedback (fun to read and learn from!). At the bottom of this page you’ll find the top 25. In the top 25 are the photos that were most voted on.

Tip: The new contest (theme: Best of 2021) has started. Send in your best 2021 photo <here>

? The winner of the Landscapes contest …

Photo by: Erik Bergmans

Vincent about Erik Bergmans’ winning photo:

“A typical Dutch landscape. A very big plus is the runner at the end of the road. The sun, road, runner and church are the most important elements in the photo. The fact that they are centered, makes it comfortable to look at. The tree masks the sun a bit, which otherwise would have been too bright. I like that the colors are intense, but not over the top. The warm, yellow sunlight creates a beautiful contrast with the cold shades of the snow. Personally, I would have cropped this photo to a 16:9 ratio, to cut off the bright sun. The sun attracts too much attention to my taste. Still, I really like this photo. It feels like an image of the classic Dutch painters.

Erik Bergmans took this photo in the Ooijpolder near Nijmegen, right after sunrise midwinter. Congrats, Erik!

? 2nd place goes to …
Dennis Jennis, Heinabergslón glacier in Iceland

Photo by: Dennis Jennis

Vincent about the runner up:

“Lovely, intimate photo with great textures. The colors look genuine and intense. The stark contrast between the blue ice and the dark sky looks pleasant. I love the layers, each with their own texture and color. I’d love to make a big print of this.”

? 3rd place is …
Sandra Van Dam, “A sunny day

Photo by: Sandra van Dam

Vincent about the 3rd place:

“Great, fresh-looking forest photo. I like the subtle sunrays and the composition is well balanced. That’s always tricky in the forest. The warm colored highlights and the vibrance of the greens combined, create a well executed photo here. Well done!

Top 25 Landscapes

Congrats!

Congrats on all of your wonderful submissions. You who’ve made it into the top 25: well done and well-deserved! Did you enjoy the contest? You are welcome to join the new one, too! We’re looking for your best 2021 shot.

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  1. The winning landscape photos (especially the first and second placed ones) proved that this photo contest was a joke and totally biased. The winning photo is fundamentally flawed and unappealing (no sun burst, no color, no appealing scenery, too harsh light and shadows etc), but it was evidently chosen by a Dutch judge because it was a “classic Dutch scene”.
    Although the topic was landscape, many top 25 selected photos were of simple trees or forests, and rarely or any grand mountains or canyon scenes. which don’t stand out. Apart from #3 and the Icelandic panorama, none of the photos will be chosen for any gallery display or for large prints by anyone other than the photo takers themselves. In my experience, most Xpozer photo contests are biased toward Dutch photo takers, but this one took the cake and revealed the judge’s lack of experience and eye for truly good landscape photos. That’s disappointing.

  2. The selection of so-called top-25 photos, especially the first and second-placed photos, demonstrated that the judging of of this Xpozer landscape photo contest was a joke and the judge has little understanding and eye of landscape photography. In particular, the first-placed photo is aesthetically unpleasant, technically flawed, and most unattractive among the top 3. The light and shadows are very harsh, the details in the shadow are lost, and the main subjects (tree, church etc) are blurred because the photo was taken at a wide aperture. There should also have been a sun star because it was peeking through the tree. The “runner” and foreground bushes are distractions. Obviously, it was chosen by a Dutch judge because he thought its was a typical Dutch scene, which shows that the judging was biased. In my experience, Xpozer photo contests are biased toward Dutch photo-takers, but this one took the cake, revealing the Judge’s bias and lack of understanding and appreciation of “landscape” photography.
    Please don’t be shy to post post this honest and accurate assessment even though you don’t like it.

    1. Thanks for your comment. We actually appreciate that everyone has their own taste. The top 25 consists of the photos that were most voted on by the public. The judge then chooses his top 3 out of those top voted photos. The Xpozer Photo Contest has many followers and submitters from The Netherlands, so yes, many photos are from The Netherlands. You are very welcome to join the contest, just like any other person, wherever they come from. Everyone is welcome, our Photo Contest just isn’t that well-known yet in some parts of the world. We’re still growing.

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