The 7th EPSON International Pano Awards is dedicated to the craft and art of panoramic photography.

Advances in digital photography and editing software has resulted in an ever-increasing rise in the popularity of image stitching, especially in the panoramic format. Panoramic film photography also remains alive and well.

The Epson International Pano Awards showcases the work of panoramic photographers worldwide and is the largest competition for panoramic photography.

2016 total prize pool worth over $60,000USD, including $25,000 cash!

2016 entries have now closed. Good luck to all entrants!

Judging will take place during August and September, with results announced in October.

Prizes include an Epson SureColor P-7070 printer, an Epson Stylus Pro SP-4900 printer, and an Epson EB-1776W Ultra-slim Projector!

What’s New

The Carolyn Mitchum Award

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Carolyn Mitchum, Jeff’s beautiful wife, who lost her brave battle with cancer earlier this year. The Jeff Mitchum Fine Art Prize will henceforth be The Carolyn Mitchum Award in her memory.

Jeff says, “Carolyn embodied integrity and character and love. Her last words, “This could not of been more perfect” is a storyline for life and this award. With The Carolyn Mitchum Award we are honoring her with light and inspiring photographers to aim high and from the heart.”

Jeff Mitchum is one of our esteemed Open judges and a patron of our competition.

The Carolyn Mitchum Award will be judged by Jeff from eligible entries in the Open competition, and images entered for consideration must predominantly be created ‘in camera’ (see Competition Rules for full details).

The aim of the prize in this age of accelerating digital progression is to reward photography that conveys ‘feeling’ and tells a story…to encourage images that elicit emotive responses, in addition to being well crafted through photographic technique.

The prize awards unique and original subject matter, mastery of composition, patience, range of light, and balance that leads to compelling fine art images.

This prize has a whopping $10,000 up for grabs, with a $5000 first prize!

We’d like to thank Jeff Mitchum for his generosity and spirit in giving so much back to the photographic community, and offer our sincere condolences to Jeff and his children.

One Of A Kind “Extreme Moment” Award

Win a trip to Antarctica valued at $9000 USD!

One of A Kind Photography Adventures has proudly been a sponsor of the Epson International Pano Awards for several years. This year, we’re offering the trip of a lifetime; Antarctica in 2017!

Imagine yourself sailing through the Drake passage on the icebreaker to a place you’ve only ever dreamed of going to. For eleven stunning days, the prize winner will sail around the continent with the OOAK crew and other like-minded photographers, exploring the icebergs by zodiac, plus a night camping on the Antarctic ice! It doesn’t get much more exciting than this!

Think you’ve got what it takes to be an Extreme OOAK Photographer? Show us your best panoramic image from an extreme location. Stitched images only, no cropped single frames. Think tall mountains, dense forests, starry nights and places so perfect you’d swear it was a painting. Sneak away from civilization and witness nature striking an incredible pose, it’s what our hearts beat for. Check out our website; for more inspiration on the kinds of images that we love to create.

One Of A Kind Photography Adventures with a hand-picked team of talented photographers around the world. Together we all shift that notion of human possibility and challenge ourselves, as well as our tour participants, to go beyond what they ever thought possible for themselves. We get our drive from knowing our craft, hunting down the most brilliant night skies and seeking the best places for catching the light at its most stunning. In between? Well, that’s usually spent hiking, exploring, sharing a few brews and laughter and revelling in the simplicity of life once you leave the technology behind. We’re mad-keen and hooked on stories from the trail, legendary tales of survival and proving that you only need be mad enough to join us on a tour that will change your life.

Judged from top 20 eligible entries in the Amateur competition by Amateur Panel Judge Chris Collacott and OOAK founder Timothy Poulton.

An awesome judging panel!

We’ve brought out the big guns! With experienced photographers like Rodney Lough Jr., Alexandre Deschaumes, Erin Babnik, Iurie Belegurschi, Viral Padiya, Paul Marcellini, Hillary Younger and Luc Villeneuve.

We also welcome back some familiar faces including Jeff Mitchum, Bill Bailey, Aaron Spence, Stefan Hefele and Chris Collacott.

Record Prize Pool + More Cash!

The Prize Pool has reached the stratosphere at $60,000, including $25,000 in cash!

Extra cash prizes include the new $2000 Curator’s Award, awarded by curator David Evans to his favourite image in the whole competition!

This could be you…to be in the running you need to be in the top 50 in a category (or top 20 for VR/360)

More New Awards!

Two new special awards in the Open competition;

  • Highest Scoring Stitched Image
  • Highest Scoring Vertical Image

We’d like to sincerely thank our invaluable sponsors for making our massive prize pool possible…please support them!

Rule Change – Photographer of the Year

To be awarded Open or Amateur Photographer of the Year you are now required to:

  • be a finalist (top 10)
  • AND have at least two other images place within the top 50 of a category

This is to ensure the coveted titles are awarded not only to a single high score, but a solid performance with a portfolio of images.

2016 Judging Panel

  • In Open Judging Panel

    Jeff Mitchum

  • In Open Judging Panel

    Rodney Lough Jr

  • In Open Judging Panel

    Iurie Belegurschi

  • In Open Judging Panel

    Erin Babnik

  • In Open Judging Panel

    Alexandre Deschaumes

  • In Amateur Judging Panel

    Stefan Hefele

  • In Amateur Judging Panel

    Viral Padiya

  • In Amateur Judging Panel

    Chris Collacott

  • In Amateur Judging Panel

    Paul Marcellini

  • In Amateur Judging Panel

    Hillary Younger

  • In VR/360 Judging Panel

    Bill Bailey

  • In VR/360 Judging Panel

    Aaron Spence

  • In VR/360 Judging Panel

    Luc Villeneuve

2015 Entry Statistics


Countries Represented


Open Entries


Amateur Entries


VR/360 Entries


Overall Entries



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2016 Winners have been announced!