Manish Mamtani, an avid nature photographer, has won the Epson Digital Art Prize and $1000 cash at this year’s Epson International Pano awards.

The winning image, Dragon Eye by Manish Mamtani. © Manish Mamtani.

The winning image was taken in Iceland and shows the top-down view of an emerald geothermal pool in the highlands. The photographer explains the process of capturing it as follows: “I reached this geothermal area sometime before sunrise. While my initial plan was to get there and rest for some time, the early morning golden light tempted me to fly my drone and explore the area first. I am so glad I decided to do that because the steam from the geysers, combined with the beautiful morning light, was creating a perfect canvas for amazing drone shots. I stumbled across this pool while exploring the area and the morning light was hitting it at all the right places and highlighting not just the emerald color of the pool, but also the gazillion little streams that were coming out of it. To me, it appeared as though I was looking at the eye of a dragon – it was breathtaking and shows the true splendor of this place.

This year the competition received 5,859 entries from 1,452 professional and amateur photographers in 96 countries – a record for its 11 year history – all of whom were competing for thousands of dollars cash and prizes with main sponsor Epson Australia alone providing prizes that included an Epson SureColor P7070 printer, an Epson SureColor P5070 printer and an Epson EB-1781W ultra-slim projector. Click here to view all the image galleries associated with this year’s competition.