The International Loupe Awards for 2011 (formally known as the International Aperture Awards) seem to have snuck up on me this year and I was not aware that images were already in the stages of being judged until early this morning when I was notified via email that my personal favourite photograph from Iceland  (A photograph I titled ‘Well of Life’) had won a Gold Award in the Open Landscape Category. ‘Well of Life’ is a photograph near and dear to my heart for many reasons. For me it epitomises the unique geological features of Iceland in a truly alien landscape. And secondly, it came about through a combination of sheer determination, willingness to go the extra mile (literally) and of course a little bit of luck. You can read the full story on the making of this photograph HERE.

‘Well of Life’ was a finalist earlier this year in the World Extreme Environment Awards (Blue Berg won the People’s Choice Award in this competition) and won a coveted and prestigious Silver Award at the 2011 Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) in the Landscape Non-Composite Category. The APPA awards are widely regarded as the toughest international photography competition out there and winning Silver with this photograph (which was judged in print) was a great honour. Winning Gold at the Loupe Awards this year is the icing on the very sweet cake.

The three other photographs I had entered into the Loupe Awards in the Open Landscape Category this year also received Highly Commended Bronze Awards including ‘Walls of China‘, ‘Molten Silver Torrent‘ and ‘Highway To Hell‘. ‘Highway To Hell’ has also previously been rewarded with Silver at the 2011 APPA awards and Travel Photograph of the Week at National Geographic. All in all this is a haul of awards I am delighted to hang over the proverbial mantle.


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