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Nature Photographer of the Year

    Lars Beusker - Nature Photographer of the Year

    This year, for the first time ever, Lars participated in international photography competitions with some of his images. With the work Outlast” as the cover image of a series, he was awarded Nature Photographer of the Year at the renowned International Photography Awards in New York in September 2022 – this prize is considered one of the most coveted awards worldwide and will be presented on October 22 at the Lucie Award Gala in the famous Carnegie Hall New York City.


    In 2023, Lars also dared to take part in the International Photography Awards in the “Wildlife” category. This time with the series “Look Into My Eyes“, with which Lars managed to take first place for the second time in a row. He was therefore voted best wildlife photographer of the year in 2022 and 2023 (IPA).

    What are the "International Photography Awards"?

    The International Photography Awards™ conducts an annual competition for professional, amateur, and student photographers on a global scale, creating one of the most ambitious and comprehensive photo competitions in the photography world today.

    The category winners in both professional and amateur levels, listed here, will compete for IPA’s top two awards, which will be announced at the annual Lucie Awards Gala. The main professional prize is International Photographer of the Year, selected from the 13 professional category winners and earning the coveted Lucie Trophy. 

    IPA is a sister-effort of the Lucie Foundation, a non-profit, charitable foundation whose mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. The annual programming of the Lucie Foundation is funded largely though the International Photography Awards, including the signature event, the Lucie Awards.

    How is the competition structured?

    The competition is divided into 13 thematic main categories in which more than 14,000 photographers from 120 different countries participate. These 13 main categories include “Fine-Art”, “Sports”, “Advertising”, “Architecture” and “Nature”


    Each main category is further divided into up to 12 sub-categories. The 12 subcategories of the “Nature” category include “Landscapes”, “Macro”, “Trees”, “Underwater” and “Wildlife”


    Lars Beusker took part with his series “Once Upon A Time” in the subcategory “Wildlife” and could convince the jury, consisting of more than 80 members, and took the 1st place. In the next instance, a winner of the entire category “Nature” was chosen from the 12 sub-category winners and thus also the “Nature Photographer of the Year” – Lars Beusker.

    "Outlast" - The cover image that Lars 2022 won with

    "Look Into My Eyes" - The cover image that Lars 2023 won with