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Reminder: Epson International Pano Awards deadline

Just a friendly reminder: the 2016 Epson International Pano Awards deadline is coming up! 
“Early-bird entries close in three days at midnight on July 10th, 2016 (UTC -11)
Late entries will be accepted until July 24th – multiple entry discounts will be unavailable during this time”

The Pano Awards began in 2009 and recognizes the best of panoramic photography, (including a VR/360 category since 2011).  The prize pool is worth over $60,000, including $25,000 in cash.

Last year’s contest had 4,345 entries from 60 countries.  Below is last year’s Major Open Award Winner by Max Rive of Netherlands:

Here are the top 20 entries for the VR/360 category for 2015.

Notably, the rules are more respectful of photographers’ copyright than other competitions.   While other contests give the organizers as many rights as an owner to control a submitted image, including selling and sublicensing the image, the Pano Awards rules state that their license is for “marketing and promotional purposes of the event only” (emphasis in the original).