The accepted definition of a panorama is a minimum 2:1 aspect ratio (long side : short side). Click here for more information.
This definition includes all historical and modern methods in panoramic photography. Those who have started their photographic journey in the digital age sometimes relate panoramic photography only to wide angle digital image stitching – however, digital stitching is a relatively recent development in the history of panoramic photography. Therefore, entries in this competition may be stitched and/or cropped from multiple or single captures, and at any focal length – in keeping with the true definition of a panorama.
Your entry files (Open and Amateur competitions) should be 3000 pixels on the long side, and NOT GREATER THAN 1500 pixels on the short side.
Images not complying with the minimum ratio rule will be given the lowest average score.
Please do not watermark your images.
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Open & Amateur Entries
Long Side: 3000 pixels exactly
Short Side: 1500 pixels or less
Long Side: 6144 pixels (exactly)
Short Side: 3072 pixels (exactly)
The Epson International Pano Awards is open to all photographers.
You retain copyright in each entry.
Our sponsors, including Epson do NOT assume rights of use for commercial purposes. Images are used for display of winning and highest scoring images in relation to the competition only.
Judging will take place in August, with results scheduled for announcement in September/October 2023.
Entry fees are in USD and are payable by credit card (via secure Stripe Payment Gateway) or Paypal. Please follow the prompts when finalising your entry.
The ‘early-bird’ entry period closes on Monday June 24th at Midnight (UTC-11), 2024. The final entry period closes Monday July 15th at Midnight (UTC-11), 2024.
Judging will take place in August, with results expected in September, 2024.
We specifically reserve the right to extend the entry period if the competition is undersubscribed and costs have not been met.
You can add entries at any time until the competition closes, however once entries have been confirmed, they are unable to be changed.
Multiple entry discounts will be unavailable during the final entry period.
To be awarded Open or Amateur Photographer of the Year you are required to:
Therefore, you must enter at least 3 images in Open or Amateur to be eligible for Photographer of the Year.
This rule does not apply to any other place-getters or special awards.
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.
In addition to the awarding of cash and the prize pool to the top places in each competition, scores will be scaled following final judging to award the following ratios of overall entries;
Awards certificates will be made available to recipients online as PDF files. Take care when entering your name in the entry process as this will be used directly for any certificate you receive.
NOTE: Gold, Silver and Bronze awards do NOT denote a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. The top 100 placings in each category will also be acknowledged online by way of the Top 100 galleries in the Open and Amateur competitions.
This Award is for the highest scoring stitched image in the Open competition. To be eligible for this award, you also need to employ limited software processing to your image except stitching – the award is for the best ‘in-camera’ AND stitched panorama (2 or more frames). RAW files will be requested from finalists for review. Basic RAW adjustments are allowed.
The Epson Digital Art Prize will be decided by the executive team at Epson Australia from the top 50 entries in the Open competition. To be considered for this award, your entry must show excellence in digital post-processing as well as having exceptional photographic technique.
This will be awarded to the highest scoring Australian entrant in the Amateur competition.
The Curator’s Award will be awarded by curator David Evans to his overall favourite image in the competition. To be eligible for this award, you need to score within the top 50 in any category of Open or Amateur, or top 20 in VR/360.
Entries will be automatically considered for these Major Special Awards, with the exception of the RAW Planet award (please indicate your intention to be considered for the RAW Planet Award via the checkbox during the entry process)
Images may be from single capture or stitching software, film or digital capture, including drones, but must be 100% photographic in origin. Manipulation is allowed but excessive manipulation may be scored down by the judges if not well executed.
Computer generated images and elements are not permitted, including generative and instructional AI content of any kind. Judges will be instructed to be vigilant in this area, and RAW files may be requested for suspect entries. Note that entrants face a possible ban (including future competitions) if generative AI use is suspected and entries cannot be verified with RAW files. Note: tools within photo editing software such as Photoshop and Lightroom, such as content-aware fill, are permitted.
The Open and Amateur competitions each have subcategories of Nature/Landscape and Built Environment
During the entry process you will be prompted to indicate your eligibility to be considered for the various other special awards, which are additional to the main judging/prize pools. Please tick all that apply to your entry.
Additional prizes will also be awarded in the Open competition for;
Winners will be asked to provide proof in each case.
The Highest scoring IVRPA full member across Open, Amateur and VR competitions will also be awarded.
Note: you are NOT required to be a member of the IAPP or IVRPA to enter the competition in general.