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Landscapes/Nature - Bang Peng.

Chinese Bang Peng is the winner of this year’s Landscape and Nature award.

Focusing primarily on landscapes with a strong compositional element, Bang sees photography as not just a one-way form of communication. In addition to the direct visual impact that the images have on the observer, he feels that the act of seeing and capturing images also changes the photographer. He goes so far as to claim that photography, in fact, has changed his basic understanding of life. His perceptions and understanding have been directly influenced by the images he has captured.

Photographic works, he believes, should not just be understood intellectually, that should also have a direct effect on the heart and on the soul – and the stronger the impact, the better. All other readings are built upon this pure visual impact. Masterpieces, as he phrases it, cannot exist without a soul.

Click here to watch a video from Bang Peng's shooting session for the Hasselblad Masters book Vol.2 - Emotion.