‘Tis the season, and in the spirit of getting into the mood for colder weather in most parts of the world, we want to show all the mesmerizing winter photography from IPA winners that we have received during the latest competition. These photographs show us how breathtaking snow-covered landscapes are in all corners of the globe.
THE JOURNEY TO THE LAND OF DREAMS, IWONA PODLASINSKA
This video takes us to Winter Wonderland: a series of moving pictures that tell the story of an imaginary journey to the land of dreams. Children shown in the photos travel by horses, trains or on foot to finally reach the land of imagination. The video was created by Zaman Dizini with photos taken by Iwona Podlasińska.
MINIMALISM IN WILDLIFE, EVGENII DOMANOV
This minimalistic photograph was shot in Hokkaido, Japan, for the duration of three years. The artist spent a lot of time studying the contrast between these cranes and swans and the snow-covered landscape, finding unique shapes uncover before his eyes.
TATEYAMA MILKY WAY, MASAHIRO HIROIKE
Tateyama is one of the snowiest places in Japan. This picture was taken at the beginning of May, but it was all snow covered. The photographer stayed in the tent and waited for the night. This is a panoramic photograph made of 12 photos.
THE COLD THAT BURNS, ALFRED MINNAAR
Shot on location in the winter months of Lake Baikal, Eastern Russia, this campaign was captured in collaboration with two brands: Delma Watches and Poseidon Diving Systems, and featured the passionate divers from the dive club DC_Sval, who haven’t missed a Saturday dive no matter how freezing the conditions become. The photographer wanted to depict just how resilient and strong these divers are.
GODDESS ADVENT, STANLEY LIN
The magical aurora borealis exploded over and over again in the most beautiful fishing village in the Norway at a clear and cloudless midnight. The staggering beauty and power of nature is demonstrated perfectly by the photographer.
BEACONS, DARAGH MULDOWNEY
Lake Baikal is the largest source of fresh water on the planet, accounting for 23% of all Earths fresh water. It freezes in the winter creating a winter wonderland but also provides an important road system that connects communities. The small trees and branches are ‘planted’ in the ice by locals acting as Beacons that grant travellers safe passage across the lake. They are an important part in connecting communities from one side of the lake to the other.
THE TIDE BEGINS II., JAN SMID
This photograph was taken during an expedition in February, in fast-changing weather conditions. The end result: a meaningful winter photograph showing the changes of the environment.
BLUE MOMENT, HANNU RAINAMO
This action-filled photograph was taken at the Mikkeli Finnish Rally Championship race. The driver, Esa Ruotsalainen, was 2nd in his class. The picture was taken with two flashes.
ANTARCTICA: THE WALKING GIANT, SEBASTIAN COPELAND
This book documents over a decade’s worth of trips on and around Antarctica. While the coast stirs up visions of a lost world, it is the interior that hints to another planet. The photographer spent 84 days crossing its lifeless plateau with no help but skis and kites. Temperatures never warmed above -35C, a challenge on everything, particularly the equipment. His research gave him a deeper perspective on the variations taking place at the hands of climate change. The images he brings back tell the story of a changing environment which spells the oncoming re-drawing of the world’s map, and all that it implicates.