The 2016 Epson International Pano Awards

Panographic photographs, which capture an unusually broad width of view, are nothing new. In fact, patents for panoramic cameras go back to the 1850s. As with so much in photography, these days digital cameras have made the process of creating a panoramic photo, or "pano," much easier, thanks to affordable software for stitching together multiple images and the integration of such functionality within most image editing applications, such as Photoshop.

The Epson International Pano Awards was launched in 2009 as a collaboration between professional photographers, industry professionals and sponsors keen to promote the wonders of panoramic photography, with Epson Australia lending its name to the competition. Last year saw the submission of 4,345 entries from photographers in 60 countries, judged by a panel of international photographers. The competition is open to both pro and amateur shooters in Open, Amateur and VR/360 categories, with a combined total of cash and merchandise prizes of more than $60,000, as well as trophies and extensive media exposure.

More information is available on the Epson International Pano Awards site, with the earlybird deadline for entry being July 10, 2016. The photos shown below are some of the 2015 winners in the Nature/Landscapes and Built Environment/Architecture categories. Above is The Ice Prison, by Max Rive, the winner of the Major Open Award Winner.

Monish Mansharamani | Angel Tree

Thierry Bornier | Boat In The Mist

Karl Strand | Intergalactic Canter

Mateusz Piesiak | Phantoms of the Morning

Matthew Smith | Smiling Assassin

Open Award Winner – Built Environment/Architecture | Darren Moore, United Kingdom | Broadway Tower, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

Darren Moore | Boathouse

Sajeesh Shanmughan | Foggy Dubai Marina

John Finnan | Rays in the Moonlight