2018 IPPAwards – Landscape

If you’re unfamiliar with the IPPAwards, don’t be surprised.  So were we.  Surprisingly, the IPPAwards have been around for over 10 years.  So what is it?

The iPhone Photography Awards

Recently the 2018 winners for the Landscape division were released and we were eager to see what the judges found to be the best.

Below is a recap with full credit to the iPPAwards and the photographers who entered the contest.

Charles Thomas

United States

1st Place – Landscape

Human vs. Nature
“I’ve always been fascinated with the view out of an airplane window. On this afternoon, I was lucky enough to get a window seat on a return trip from Las Vegas. I watched the landscape slowly transform from cityscape to rows of identical suburban houses, to surreal desert- scape.”

Location: Between Nevada and Arizona
Shot on iPhone 8 Plus


Asuman Robson


2nd Place – Landscape

At Sycamore Gap
“Taken on a hike along Hadrian’s Wall in the North East of England. It was a typical moody day and I liked how the tree and hikers looked in front of the clouds in this dramatic dip of the Roman wall.”

Location: Northumberland, UK
Shot on iPhone 7


Naian Feng


3rd Place – Landscape

The Kerid
“This is a photo of Kerid mount in southern Iceland. Kerid is a dead volcano and in the middle there is a blue volcanic lake. I took this photo during winter when the lake was frozen. The black spots on the surface of the lake are tourists.”

Location: Kerid, Iceland
Shot on iPhone X


If you’d like to enter the 12th Annual iPhone Photography Awards, you have until the deadline, March 31, 2019 to enter.

To enter go here: 2019 iPPAwards

Nikon Enters The World Of Mirrorless

Well folks, what many of us assumed would eventually happen is now taking place it seems, Nikon is entering the world of mirrorless cameras and none to soon.  With the Sony systems increasing in technology and capabilities, not to mention the Fujifilm announcing it’s industry rocking GFX medium format mirrorless system under $8k, we all knew that Nikon and Canon would have to follow suite.

While many of us are tired of lugging around 60 pounds of gear up hill both ways, the mirrorless systems are becoming more and more popular.

Walking into Keith’s office, informing him about this rumor that is circulating, he pointed out that Nikon does indeed have a mirrorless camera, but frankly it’s not impressive.  Perhaps this blog post should be titled:  Nikon Seriously Enters The World Of Mirrorless.

Rumor has it that this new camera is being developed “at a rapid pace” and will be released in the spring of 2019.  Very likely, media will be able to touch and experience this at the Photokina show in Germany later this year.

Additionally, expectations are that they will announce an entry level full frame mirrorless first, complete with new mount.  There is also speculation that it will have a 30+ megapixel sensor with PDAF.


Sources:  Nikon Rumors & Nikon Eye

2018 Epson Pano Awards Now Open

The Epson Pano Awards just opened for entries for this years competition.  Starting in 2009 this competition has grown to be one of the industries most sought after awards.

The total prize pool is worth over $50,000 USD, including $20,000 cash.

Currently at the date of this post (April 30th), early bird entries are being accepted, allowing you to submit 5 images at once and receiving a  20% discount off the total.

Speaking of cost to enter, the fee is $22 USD per image.

There are two categories:  Nature/Landscape and Built Environment/Architecture.  Also, in addition to the two categories are two sets of awards:  Open and Amateur.   Also this year they are hosting the Virtual Reality/360 Awards with a cost of $16. per image.

To enter, click here:  Epson Pano Awards

Last year’s winner for Open Photographer Of The Year was Jesus M. Garcia of Spain.


Augmented Realty & Nature Photography: The next really big thing

A couple years ago I attended Photo Plus Expo in New York City and had the chance to meet Jim Malcolm from Human Eyes, a company that is in the business of augmented reality.  At that time in 2016 our conversation was casual as we discussed the technology and the potential future of AR in the photography industry.

Vuze+ VR Camera and Kit by Human Eyes

In 2017 at the same trade show, I saw him again and his excitement was visible. He said “this is going to be the year”.   A few months later, he emailed me again asking if I would be at the Consumer Electronic Show, because AR is starting to take off.

Since that email, the industry blogs I follow have been blowing up with news and chatter about Augmented Realty and Virtual Reality.

Overall spending on AR/VR is forecasted by the IDC to reach $17.8 billion globally in 2018.  This is an increase of nearly 95% over the 2017 numbers.  The International Data Corporation is predicting that spending in America alone,  will reach $6.4 billion.

So how does this affect us as nature photographers and what do we need to be looking for?  At the heart of what we do, we are storytellers.  AR/VR will become a new tool that we’ll be able to utilize to tell the story of our adventures, our photographs and our journey.  As the industry is looking more towards influencer marketing and grassroots to tell their own story, AR/VR will be the next big wave for those who want to build their platform and have brand sponsorship.

Be prepared for a hefty price tag.  The Vuze + (created and distributed by Human Eyes) runs at $1,1,95 for the bundle. Before you run out and grab your 360 degree camera and VR/AR headset, it’s going to become important to learn about the production of this new technology.  As Mr. Malcolm advised me, there’s a right way to record VR and a wrong way.  However, the possibilities are endless for those who take the first steps into this exciting new territory.

Introducing: The Photography Workshop Company

Today we are very proud to announce the launch of our new company.

It’s all because of you, that we’re writing this blog post.  To every single person that has come out on tour with us since we started, who has written a review, and to those of you who told us you want to keep coming back and go other places, we’re personally directing this post to you.

You’ve asked us the question, “where else can we go” and we’re really excited to share our new adventure that was created with you in mind.

As ya’ll know we passionately love Alberta, Canada.  Not only did Tiff grow up there, but it’s one of the most breathtaking places on the planet.  We’re heading back in June, and we want to take you with us.  You’ll find this trip much reduced in price from the previous trips that we did in years past.  This is our game now, and we’re changing the rules.

Some things you’ll find that set us apart is that we’re doing away with financial penalties to those who travel alone and wish to room alone.    If you want to save a few dollars, we’ll see if we can pair you up with another guest and we’ll reduce your rate even further.

In addition you’ll also find fall foliage trips to the Blue Ridge, Charleston In Bloom, Spring Time In The Smokys and a Waterfall Chasing trip is in the works.

As always, spaces are limited so make your deposit to hold your place soon.  Also, stay tuned and make sure you sign up for the mailing list so you’ll be notified when new trips become available.

Again, we couldn’t have done this without you, so we want to hear your feedback.


Until Our Next Adventure,

Keith & Tiff