Eyes on the prize: Spanish snappers claim top spots

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Jesus M Garcia
NATURE PRIZE: Good Morning Damian Shan by overall winner Jesus M Garcia.

SPANISH photographers have finished first and second in a major international contest.

It comes as Jesus M Garcia from Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain was crowned the 2017 Photographer of the Year in the Epson International Pano Awards.

His stunning shots of the sun rising over Damian Shan in China, a foggy night in his home city of Toledo, and Whuzi Hill in China saw him bag the trophy.

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STUNNING: Toledo City Foggy Night by Jesus M Garcia

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THIRD WINNING SHOT: Whuzi Hill by Jesus M Garcia

The Damian Shan photo also scooped the Open Award for nature and landscapes, while the built environment and architecture gong was won by fellow countryman and overall runner-up Javier de la Torre for his brooding capture of Shanghai, China.

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ARCHITECTURE PRIZE: Flying Shanghai by Javier de la Torre.

And the 2017 Major Amateur Winner was British lensman Darren Moore, who triumphed with an image of a row of beach huts in Essex.

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AMATEUR GONG: Darren Moore’s Ten Huts.

The Epson Pano Awards – dedicated to the art of panoramic photography – has been running for eight years and sees professional and amateur snappers compete for almost €42,000 in prize money.

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