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500px and Neil Dankoff Photography Competition: Winners Announced!

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Round two of the 500px and Neil Dankoff Photography Competition has come to an end. The judges were blown away with the submissions and after much deliberation, we couldn’t be more excited to announce the winners, runner-ups, and honorable mentions from the competition.

A recap of the drool-worthy prizes

Runners-up and honorable mentions:
Each photographer will have their photo featured on 500px and Neil Dankoff’s website and will receive a custom photo book from Fujifilm that features their winning image and name beside their photo.

Category winners:

The first-place winners for each of the six categories of this competition will have their work printed & mounted by Pikto for an exhibit in two of Neil Dankoff’s galleries (Kandy Gallery Yorkdale and Kandy Gallery at Hotel X Toronto) giving your work highly deserved exposure.

The category winners will also each receive a DatAshur SD with a 1TB istorage micro SD Card from Storage and a diamond polished 1” thick acrylic block featuring a photo of your choice from Bumblejax.

Grand prize winner:

The grand winner will receive an all-inclusive trip of a lifetime to two of the top resorts in the Seychelles located in the Indian Ocean, Hilton’s Northolme Resort & Spa and Hilton’s Labriz Resort & SpaValued at over $16,500 US.


Grand Prize & Architecture Category Winner: Sara Zanini

Architecture 1st place giant sara zanini

Sara Zanini is a talented landscape and aerial photographer. She often works with drones to capture a scene from unexpected angles and has captured many recognized locales through a perspective that feels new and enthralling. Many others have attempted to capture these beautiful locations, yet it is through her unique artistic eye and detailed planning that this final image was created.

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Wildlife Category Winner: Karthik Subramaniam

Wildlife 1st place fasten your seat belt karthik subramaniam

The San Francisco-based photographer knows how to capture nature and wildlife. The image “Fasten Your Seatbelts, We’re Landing” captures the elegant bird at just the right moment with the eye staring straight at the lens and the contrast between the wings and the sky drawing the viewer in.

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Streetlife Category Winner: Olivier Unia

streetlife 1st place Rabat Playground Olivier Unia

The simple everyday moments can be the hardest to capture in a manner that makes them feel grand. Olivier does this with finesse in the image “Rabat Playground”, using the natural light, negative space, and silhouette in an artistically creative way.

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Landscape Category Winner: Antonio Valente

landscape 1st place Light Fog and Snow antonio valente

A landscape photographer based in Switzerland, Antonio Valente. Often working with Sony equipment, his landscapes have an otherworldly quality and although working in naturally beautiful settings his technical skill takes the location to another level.

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Portraiture Category Winner: Martin Neuhof

Portrait 1st place same martin neuhof

Martin Neuhof is based in Germany and works to capture fellow human beings to meet a diverse pool of needs. From weddings to portraits and business, this photographer can creatively meet any portrait needs.

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Aquatic Category Winner: Sarah Wouters

Aquatic 1stplace theroundfishnets sarah wouters

Sarah Wouters 61 years old, is a Dutch citizen but native Thai. She is a travel photographer who lived in the Netherlands for more than 25 years then immigrated back to Thailand 7 years ago where she began practicing photography.

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Architecture Runners Up

Architecture ru learning curve andrea schuh

Photo by: Andrea Schuh


Architecture ru secluded from time aluis dos santos

Photo by: Aluis Dos


Architecture ru thinking blade runner elena bolshakova

Photo by: Elena Bolshakova


Architecture Honorable Mentions

Architecture hm perfect chaos sara zanini

Photo by: Sara Zanini


Architecture hm pont neuf patrick atlas

Photo by: Patrick Atlas


Architecture hm the eifel yusuf ratlamwala

Photo by: Yusuf Ratlamwala


Architecture hm the gateway to heaven christian bangerter

Photo by: Christian Bangerter


Architecture hm venice in love nicholas lonack

Photo by: Nicholas Lonack


Wildlife Runners Up

Wildlife RU Fatherly Affection jayakumar MN

Photo by: Jaya Kumar


Wildlife RU fly by kiss karthik subramaniam

Photo by: Karthik Subramaniam


Wildlife RU The Adorable Walk Yosuf Ratlamwala

Photo by: Yosuf Ratlamwala


Wildlife Honorable Mentions

Wildlife HM A Sweet Moment Antonio Sementa

Photo by: Antonio Sementa


Wildlife HM Banking eagle at sunset john redup

Photo by: John Redup


Wildlife HM Lilac Breasted Roller at Sunset Johan Von Solms

Photo by: Johan Von


Wildlife HM scars of the rut chase Knight

Photo by: Chase Knight


Wildlife HM the curious case of the little chacma baboon Thomas Hall

Photo by: Thomas Hall


Streetlife Runners Up

streetlife ru a streetlife of Venice Veronika k ko

Photo by: Veronika Ko


streetlife ru good luck sandip bose

Photo by: Sandip Bose


streetlife ru the market sarah wouters

Photo by: Sarah Wouters


Streetlife Honorable Mentions

streetlife hm birdy olivier unia

Photo by: Olivier Unia

streetlife hm offerings gregory cordier

Photo by: Gregory Cordier


streetlife hm purple rain alexander frais

Photo by: Alexander Frais


streetlife hm street ballet evelyn bitencourt

Photo by: Evelyn Bitencourt


streetlife hm window of the american dream patricia rojas

Photo by: Patricia Rojas


Landscape Runners Up

landscape ru canyon sunset ivan pedretti

Photo by: Ivan Pedretti


landscape ru framed nature antonio valente

Photo by: Antonio Valente


landscape RU spring windmill pavel beran

Photo by: Pavel Beran


Landscape Honorable Mentions

landscape HM A Town Underneath Fog Karthik subramaniam

Photo by: Karthik Subramaniam


landscape HM Aurora Borealis thomas rieger

Photo by: Thomas Rieger


landscape hm dawning light aleksander aleksovsky

Photo by: Aleksander Aleksovsky


landscape HM Racing Lines Christian bangerter

Photo by:  Christian Bangerter


landscape hm the perfect storm deryk baumgartner

Photo by: Deryk Baumgartner


Portraiture Runners Up

Portrait RU Our Fathers Vladimir Kamarazov

Photo by: Vladimir Kamarazov


Portrait RU The Queen of The Village gustavo chams

Photo by: Gustavo Chams



Photo by: Rich Johnson


Portraiture Honorable Mentions

Portrait HM Atumn Martin Neuhof

Photo by: Martin Neuhof


Portrait HM laundry day tim drake

Photo by: Time Drake


Portrait HM Playfull messy girl Veronika K Ko

Photo by: Veronika K Ko


Portrait HM Queen Glamour Tommaso Matteo Veronesi

Photo by: Matteo Veronesi


Portrait HM Elegant Strength Tim Drake copy

Photo by: Tim Drake

Aquatic Runners Up

aquatic RU heavens touchphotograph bycharles jason wolcott

Photo by: Charles Jason Wolcott


aquatic RU swimming in the sky andrea izzotti

Photo by: Andrea Izzotti


aquatic RU the farm in the ocean vladimi karamazov

Photo by: Vladimi Karamazov


Aquatic Honorable Mentions

aquatic hm bondi morning matt hardy

Photo by: Matt Hardy


aquatic hm evening romance atmo kubesa

Photo by:  Atmo Kubesa


aquatic hm three generations atmo kubesa jpg

Photo by: Atmo Kubesa


aquatic hm unexpected meeting christian bangerter

Photo by: Christian Bangerter


aquatic hm water colour wave charles jason wolcott

Photo by: Charles Jason Wolcott

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