Thank you to all the photographers that shared their best photos showing the most amazing landscapes in the Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest with chances to win a Tamron SP 15-30MM F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens and more!

"Let me start by saying, these are truly some of the most incredible landscape images I have seen! As I went through them, each and every time an image came up, I said “oohh, that’s a winner”! Each one of them is worthy of winning and I would be proud to have them in my portfolio! As I narrowed it down to an overall winner I had to start looking at all aspects of the composition. Which one did the best job of using all the elements in the frame to capture my attention and keep me captivated as I viewed it? I started looking at how foregrounds led me to backgrounds and the background kept focused on my subject. I studied" - David Akoubian

A special thanks to our friend and professional photographer David Akoubian for his collaboration as a guest judge. David has been a photographer since 1972 but his career in photography started in 1992. David learned his craft originally as a painter and from his father. His photographs and articles have appeared in publications such as Nature Photographer, Audubon Magazine, Blue Ridge Country, Birder's World, Outdoor Photographer, Backpacker Magazine, and many local publications. He specializes in the grand and micro landscape.

Congratulations Grand Jury Winner "Rainbow over Kirkjufell" by peterh

Rainbow over Kirkjufell by peterh - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"The photographer used great leading lines to take me to the foreground objects of the waterfalls. As I was lead through the frame to the mountain and beyond, the rainbows brought me back to my subject. Each time I studied the image, my eyes and attention always returned back to the mountain with so many elements keeping me there." - David Akoubian

Congratulations Runner Up "Final Cascade" by ChaospixelPhotography

Final Cascade by ChaospixelPhotography - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"The photographer did a great job of simplifying the scene and capturing it for mood. Looking at the scene, it relaxes you. Recognizing the symmetry of the scene enhances the waterfall and keeps the focus of the viewer." - David Akoubian

Congratulations Runner Up "Rainy Superstition" by wayneslandphotography

Rainy Superstition by wayneslandphotography - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"I really like the use of the foreground elements and their contrast to the rest of the scene. The photographer also did a great job of presenting a path to follow as I ventured visually into the frame." - David Akoubian

Congratulations Runner Up "Dolomites" by Rostovskiy

Dolomites by Rostovskiy - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"The photographer framed the image nicely with the use of shadow and highlight to get my attention in the foreground, then kept me visually occupied with the mountains. The clouds acted as a nice leading line for me to stay with my subject once again." - David Akoubian

Congratulations Runner Up "Brittany during autumn" by StephaneDroal

Brittany during autumn by StephaneDroal - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Having been a painter in my early years, the use of leading lines to help your viewer through the frame is crucial. The photographer did a great job of choosing a fairly symmetrical composition to lead me through the forest and down the path." - David Akoubian

Congratulations Runner Up "Behold" by emxsee

Behold by emxsee - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"A beautiful capture of a waterfall, but the addition of the human being in the frame gives the viewer a different perspective because it adds size and depth. A stunning capture." - David Akoubian

Congratulations People's Choice "AIGUILLE DU MIDI" by Missklik

AIGUILLE DU MIDI by Missklik - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Northern Lights Over the Milky Way" by acseven

Northern Lights Over the Milky Way by acseven - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Mediterraneo - Puglia, Italy" by luigitrevisi

Mediterraneo - Puglia, Italy by luigitrevisi - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"illumination" by CmoonView

illumination by CmoonView - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Hartland sunset" by wildlifemoments

Hartland sunset by wildlifemoments - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Helmcken Falls" by Margi

Helmcken Falls by Margi - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Sunset yard" by RyanWunsch

Sunset yard by RyanWunsch - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Autumn Sunrise " by SarahCaldwell

Autumn Sunrise  Queenstown ,NZ by SarahCaldwell - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Golden Tower" by CherylO

Golden Tower by CherylO - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"cliffs of suduroy - faroe islands" by ovi_craciun

cliffs of suduroy - faroe islands by ovi_craciun - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Calm." by jaybirmingham

Calm. by jaybirmingham - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Rage of Mother Nature" by JAStandring

Rage of Mother Nature by JAStandring - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Thunderstruck" by WendyHudnall

Thunderstruck by WendyHudnall - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Rainbow over the valley" by dKi_Photography

Rainbow over the valley by dKi_Photography - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Storm Clearing" by GTJones

Storm Clearing by GTJones - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Kirkjufell and aurora, Iceland" by MichalCandrak

Kirkjufell and aurora, Iceland by MichalCandrak - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Overlooking Lake Wanaka" by amyth91

Overlooking Lake Wanaka by amyth91 - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Gone with the wind" by petrosnikolaides

Gone with the wind by petrosnikolaides - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Llyn Idwal, Wales 09/01/2016" by mushroomgodmat

Llyn Idwal, Wales 09/01/2016 by mushroomgodmat - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Into the Wind " by racheljonesross

Into the Wind  by racheljonesross - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Mount Rainier National Park" by DGLucas

Mount Rainier National Park by DGLucas - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Roque Argando (La Gomera)" by raven-black

Roque Argando (La Gomera) by raven-black - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Overflow!" by Mark-Dobson

Overflow! by WildSeascapes - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Heaven and Earth" by winmagsino

Heaven on Earth by winmagsino - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"And God said... let there be light!" by billpeppas

And God said... let there be light! by billpeppas - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Dangar Falls" by JMenggolo

Dangar Falls by joe_menggolo - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Bali Rice Terrace Dawn" by Merakiphotographer

Bali Rice Terrace Dawn by Merakiphotographer - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Mystic Sunrise" by lszlpotozky

Mystic Sunrise by lszlpotozky - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Endless Storm" by vershinin

Endless Storm by vershinin - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Fire In the Sky" by erikmcritchie

Fire In the Sky by erikmcritchie - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Cyclopean" by PaulWilsonImagesNZ

Cyclopean by PaulWilsonImagesNZ - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Morning Has Broken" by Hope79

Morning Has Broken by HopeCharmaine - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Morning Storm" by IanDMcGregor

Morning Storm by IanDMcGregor - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"IMG_0146" by markharrop

Bow Lake by markharrop - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Light From Heaven" by pimpin_nagawan

Light From Heaven by pimpin_nagawan - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"sunrise" by Marcogressler

sunrise by Marcogressler - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Snowy Bells" by AnnSagel

Snowy Bells by AnnSagel - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Sunrise Swirls" by Mbeiter

Sunrise Swirls by Mbeiter - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Upper Kinney Lake Sunrise" by diversionphotography

Upper Kinney Lake Sunrise by diversionphotography - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Three Colours of Dusk" by ManuKeggenhoff

Three Colours of Dusk by ManuKeggenhoff - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Soft light on Palouse Hills" by kathrynsklenakdannay

Soft light on Palouse Hills by kathrynsklenakdannay - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"The Queen's Fantasy" by Iceland

The Queen's Fantasy by Iceland - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Autumn Country Road" by rsmullen

Autumn Country Road by rsmullen - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"The storm approaches Alpi di Siusi" by jamesrushforth

The storm approaches Alpi di Siusi by jamesrushforth - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"When the sun plays" by saintek

When the sun plays by saintek - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"The Frozen Mountain" by Nubcake

The Frozen Mountain by Daniel-Photography - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Durdle Door" by mstansfield

Durdle Door by mstansfield - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Night Storm" by thricegrate

Night Storm by thricegrate - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Early moring in the forest." by aarronralstonmcdonald

Early moring in the forest. by aarronralstonmcdonald - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Behind the Water" by BRIN

Behind the Water by BRIN - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Below the Volcanic Haze" by ryanshanahan

Below the Volcanic Haze by ryanshanahan - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"False Kiva" by taylorfranta

False Kiva by taylorfranta - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Empty Spaces - Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado" by RobertGaines

Empty Spaces - Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado by RobertGaines - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Bonsai Rock" by SylwiaUrbaniak

Bonsai Rock by SylwiaUrbaniak - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Looking over Blue lake to the Dunstan Mountain Range" by billmcphail

Looking over Blue lake to the Dunstan Mountain Range by billmcphail - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"KIRKJUFELL 5" by Prive

KIRKJUFELL 5 by Prive - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Follow your dreams" by SteffenE

Follow your dreams by SteffenE - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Night Views of Hidden Lake" by jasonjhatfield

Night Views of Hidden Lake by jasonjhatfield - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Cape St.Vincent" by dmitrysamsonov

Cape St.Vincent by dmitrysamsonov - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Moonlight Sonata" by nina050

Moonlight Sonata by nina050 - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Just like a painting!!" by Crazymel12

Just like a painting!! by Frenchcliche - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Mount Rainier National Park" by DGLucas

Mount Rainier National Park by DGLucas - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Sunset_Ilkley_Moor_West_Yorkshire_UK_13" by gilesrrocholl

Sunset_Ilkley_Moor_West_Yorkshire_UK_13 by gilesrrocholl - Sweeping Landscapes Photo Contest

"Galactic Archer" by paolobarelli