The amazing winners of the inaugural New York Photography Awards

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The amazing winners of the inaugural New York Photography Awards, from a lightning bolt striking One World Trade Center to a spectacular view from a Boeing 747 cockpit

They are all winning and runner-up photographs from the inaugural New York Photography Awards which, despite the name, is actually open to any photographer over 18 ‘out to define themselves through their eye-catching photos… who have a story to tell’. There is, of course, a ‘New York Photography’ category, but entrants could also submit photographs to categories that included ‘Architecture’, ‘Black & White’, ‘Commercial’, ‘Nature’ and ‘People’.

The judges chose from over 3,000 photographs submitted from more than 50 countries, selecting winners based on ‘the creative messages and nuances behind each photograph’.

A shot of a thunderous New Zealand waterfall and a picture of a castle emerging from the fog in Tuscany impressed the judges and in the ‘New York’ category a spectacular bird’s-eye view of Manhattan and a mesmerising shot of a lightning bolt hitting One World Trade snared runner-up gongs. The shots of New York’s architectural landmarks by Italian photographer Raffaele Canepa lso struck a chord with the judges, so much so that they bestowed upon him the title of Professional Photographer of Year.

Photographer Saso Domijan set himself a goal to capture a bolt of lightning striking the antenna of the One World Trade Center in New York City, and succeeded with this photograph. He said: 'I had no idea how many times it happens or if it would even happen at all.' Domijan's first few attempts didn't go to plan, as rain and fog 'cut the visibility to zero'. He explained: 'So all I got were lightning strikes and no buildings. With patience and having alerts set in many weather apps I managed to catch the "perfect storm". The rain and fog moved towards the east but high clouds still remained and with a few lightning strikes I managed to catch a perfect one.' He described the experience as 'once in a lifetime'. The awe-inspiring picture was a runner-up [known as a 'Gold Winner' in the contest] in the 'New York Photography - Cityscapes' category

Kenjo Ong, CEO of the International Awards Associate (IAA), which runs the contest, said: ‘We’re truly astonished by the fact that many amazing photographers worldwide submitted their one-of-a-kind photographs in the awards. We were able to honour the efforts and time that was put into capturing these images, as well as bestow upon them the accolades they truly deserve.’ 

 Below, you’ll find MailOnline Travel’s pick of the winners and runners-up. Scroll down to the very bottom to find a shot from Canepa’s winning portfolio.

'I wanted this image to represent the sheer incredibly epic landscape in front of me during a visit to Eystrahorn [a mountain in the Eastfjords] in Iceland,' says British photographer Marc Le Cornu of this powerful picture. It was a runner-up in the 'Nature Photography - Aerial/Drone' category, and was taken during an 'amazing photographic road trip'. Le Cornu recalls: 'There was a brief gap in the clouds allowing the sun to shine through and we stood in awe as it illuminated the volcanic mountains! With the storm clouds still surrounding the mountains, the view was breathtaking and hopefully, I captured that moment'
Le Cornu was also behind this camera for this stunning aerial shot, which was the overall winner in the 'Editorial Photography - Sports' category of the contest. It shows swimmers competing at the start of the 2021 Jersey Triathlon in September. Le Cornu was hired by the event organisers and sponsors to document the race. He says: 'After a year where the athletes were unable to compete due to Covid, this explosion of human power was a release of pent-up adrenaline that the athletes had been keeping contained for such a long period of time. [They were] finally able to release it in the swim start of the triathlon.' He adds: 'I wanted to capture this important moment in the lives of these athletes'
Cast your eye above and you'll see a breathtaking shot of the Milky Way illuminating the skies over the Sahara Desert in Egypt. This photograph - taken by Alexander Vershinin - was a runner-up in the 'Nature Photography - Landscapes' category
Feast your eyes on a runner-up in the 'New York Photography - Cityscapes' category. Ranjan Ramchandani took this photograph from an aircraft that was flying over Manhattan. He says: 'After photographing the city from practically every vantage point on land and water, I decided to take a new dimension [by] making cityscapes from the air and this is one of them.' He recalls: 'I still remember my pilot showing me the typical frame of Manhattan from the sea which they call the "money shot", but wanting to be different, I kept my eyes peeled till I saw this frame and requested a second fly-past to capture it'

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