The Epson International Pano awards showcase the work of the best panoramic photographers from around the world. Thousands of entries were submitted to the eighth annual competition.

Organizers reported that they received 5,377 entries from 1,322 photographers in 71 countries this year, competing for the top spots in five categories, for several special awards, and for some of the $50,000 in cash and prizes offered. Contest organizers were kind enough to share some of the winners and top scorers here, and I invite you to enjoy these wide images of our natural and human-built worlds on the largest screen available to you.

Spanish photographer Jesus M. Garcia impressed judges with his images that took out the. His photo of Whuzi Hill in China was captured at sunset. “When I took this picture, my eyes was viewing something similar at ‘creation of the world’. It’s were in ‘right place at right moment,’” he said.

Jesus M. Garcia from Spain: ‘Good Morning Damian Shan, China’.

His image titled ‘Good Morning Damian Shan’ in China was taken at dawn. “This image is the result of seven vertical stitched images. Nowadays when I see this photo, I remember a great effort to get this picture, but I remember too.  One of the most beautiful sunrises of my life,” he said.

Other photos recognised by a panel of judges included Wojciech Kruczynski’s photo titled ‘Eye of Stokksnes’ from Iceland, which took the Carolyn Mitchum Award.

Carolyn Mitchum Award 1st Picture: Wojciech Kruczynski. Title: ‘Eye of Stokksnes’ Location: Iceland

Another Open Award winner from the competition was Javier de la Torre, who took a panoramic view of Shanghai with a beautiful pink hue covering the skyline.

Open Award Winner — Built Environment / Architecture Javier de la Torre (ES) ‘Flying Shanghai’. Location: Shanghai

Australian photographers including Shane Williams also entered, with his photograph of a sunrise storm taken in northern NSW at the Merewether Baths.

Picture: Shane Williams of Australia’s ‘Sunrise Storm at Merewether Baths’ Location: Pumphouse Merewether, NSW, Australia

Rita Kluge from Australia also entered the competition with her photograph titled ‘Freedom’, which captured a woman diving beneath the ocean in Tonga where she came across two schools of fish.

Rita Kluge from Australia “Freedom” Location: Tonga

Dylan Toh from Australia submitted a striking image of Lake Oberon from Tasmania.

Dylan Toh from Australia’s ‘Oberon Glory’ Location: Southwest National Park, Tasmania

Other international competitors included Marcio Cabral of Brazil who took a photo of the Veadeiros Tablelands at moonlight.

Photographer: Marcio Cabral from Brazil. ‘Paepalanthus at moonlight’. Location: Veadeiros Tablelands

Mads Peter Iversen from Denmark caught millions of tiny stars in the night sky over Death Valley in the US.

Picture: Mads Peter Iversen from Denmark. Title: ‘Sand and Stars’ Location: Death Valley, US

Nicholas Roemmelt from Austria entered a photograph of sunlight beginning to break through rain clouds in Vesteralen, Norway.

Nicholas Roemmelt from Austria “After rain comes sunshine” Location: Vesteralen, Norway

Martin Dodrv captured a panoramic shot of mountain tops covered in snow in Slovakia.

Picture: Martin Dodrv from Slovakia ‘The way to see to the stars’ Location: Slovakia

Luca Benini from Italy entered his photograph of the night sky in the Californian desert titled ‘Across the Universe’.

. Luca Benini from Italy titled ‘Across The Universe’ Location: California

Frederic Huber from Switzerland was inspired by a large rainbow over Monument Valley in Arizona in the Navajo Trible Park.

Frederic Huber from Switzerland. ‘Rainbow over Monument Valley’ Location: Monument Valley, Navajo Trible Park, Arizona., USA

Daniil Korzhonov from Russia submitted his panoramic image of the North Ural Mountains, and captioned the work as ‘White silence’.

Picture: Daniil Korzhonov from Russia Title: ‘White silence’ Location: North Ural Mountains, Russia

Paolo Lazzarotti from Italy submitted a photograph titled ‘Poseido Awakens’ that almost looks like a painting. It is a photograph of the ocean crashing against the cliffs near the small fishing village of Tellaro in Italy.

Picture: Paolo Lazzarotti from Italy ‘Poseido Awakens’ Location: Tellaro, La Spezia

Sebastian Tontsch from Germany managed to get a panoramic photo of Dubai titled ‘Engulfed’.

Picture: Sebastian Tontsch from Germany. Title: ‘Engulfed’ Location: Downtown, Dubai

Epson Australia’s General Manager of Business, Craig Heckenberg, said: “The Pano Awards go from strength to strength and the benchmark is raised each year. For this reason and many others, Epson is delighted to once again sponsor these excellent awards and salute all the entrants, winners and finalists.”

For the Epson International Pano Awards 2017 professional and amateur photographers around the world were invited to enter to compete for prizes including US$22,000 ($AU28,817) in cash, an Epson SureColor P-7070 printer, an Epson SureColor P-5070 printer and an Epson EB-1776W ultra-slim projector.