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The 2020 Land F/X Photo Contest Winners!

Every year's contest finds a way to blow our minds in new ways. This year, we were floored by the number of quality photos we received – especially when most, if not all, entrants were working remotely. Congratulations to all the winners!

Arcadia Studio Inc.

Project: Lotusland Japanese Garden

Credited to: Derrik Eichelberger, Kalie Grubb, and Paul Comstock

Photo credit: Jack Coyer

Landscape architects Arcadia Studio, in partnership with Comstock Landscape Architecture, aspired to make this renovation of Ganna Walska Lotusland Japanese Garden in Montecito, CA, more accessible, improve the garden's overall physical condition, and restore the site's Japanese character while carrying out some of the previously unrealized intentions of the original designers and Ganna Walska herself. Our judges thought this photo, an entry in the Hardscape & Details category, perfectly captured the substantial scope and ambition of the project by displaying a tranquil and thematically unified environ where we could see ourselves whiling away a Zen-like afternoon under a weeping willow tree. We also chose it because a botanical garden/park design is the epitome of landscape architecture, and this photo exemplifies how our built world can exist in a symbiotic relationship with the natural world.

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Project: Newport Beach Residence

Credited to: Vladimir Berzunza

Photo credit: RDM

The walkway may look a little precarious, but some of us like to live on the edge. Speaking of edges, this photo is full of them. Submitted to our Lighting category, this artfully framed photo of improvements to a private residence in Newport Beach, CA, provides an attractive glimpse into the finer side of coastal life. Our judges were particularly impressed by the connection between architecture and landscape architecture in this photo. We couldn't easily tell where the building ends and the landscaping begins, showing that these two don't always have to be separated. The blue water lighting cools down the warmer tones of the stone, and the water's stillness gives the appearance that the glass on the building continues onto the floor plane. Also, you just have to love the organic sculptural centerpiece of this space. The single, well-manicured olive tree is timeless. The lighting of the entry space is perfect. It’s unique, it’s odd, and we love it.

ELM

Project: Tamaya

Credited to: Mark Pariani

Photo credit: Mark Pariani

Submitted for our Hardscape & Details category, this perfectly executed bird's-eye shot drew us right into a wonderfully eclectic mix of classical and modern landscape architecture at Tamaya, an 800-acre master planned community in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Centering on the Amenity Center, the photo shows a bit of everything – zero-entry lagoon pool and poolside areas, fitness center, playground, athletic facilities, dining areas, and connection to the site's extensive pathway and trail system. Our judges felt that this beautifully composed aerial photograph perfectly captured the vastness of the project.

Stack Rock Group

Project: London Residence

Number of votes: 479

From Stack Rock Group: "This project was a complete home remodel, from the inside to the outside. Our client loves to try the new biggest and best things, so we got to take the existing landscape and expand as far as possible. The home had an existing pool, as pictured, but no real patio space since the house is on a steep slope. We used existing walls to create a water feature to the pool, and then were able to expand the patio out past the pool with floating pavers on a steel grid. This part was pretty tricky due to the slope, so we had our landscape contractors on the hill digging the footers by hand, and let me tell you, there are a lot! We love how this project turned out, and our client couldn't be happier with the final result!" And the voters were equally impressed. Congrats and well-deserved win, Stack Rock Group!

Category Winners

In the interest of seeing and showing off a diverse array of designs and depictions, we gave entrants the choice between several submission categories. Here are the top images for each one.

Planting

Anne Attinger, Landscape Architect

Project: Mid Century - Sensation

Credited to: Anne Attinger

Photo credit: David Papazian

As illustrated by this extremely well-shot photo, the planting design complements the surrounding area perfectly. Genius loci (the protective spirit of a place) is strong at this renovated mid-century home and garden in Rancho Mirage, CA. Our judges were impressed by the designer's use of drought-tolerant yet visually striking plants, and the fact that virtually nothing looks out of place. The mountainous backdrop anchors the sense of place in the photo. Compositionally, the image follows the rule of thirds extremely well, and provides a great example of a time of day that creates golden lighting and dramatic shadows for a spectacular photo.

Irrigation

Stack Rock Group

Project: Elevate Academy Irrigation – Caldwell, Idaho

Credited to: Krisjan Hiner

We loved the vantage of this shot, which emphasized the dynamics between the landscaping and running sprinklers in the foreground and the 6th-through-12th-grade career technical charter school in the background. The low camera angle added a wealth of depth to the scene, with the contrast between plants and hardscaping providing a degree of stark beauty. The sprinkler stream extending through the top corner of the image was a nice touch too, lending even more depth and continuity.

Hardscape & Details

Goom Landscapes

Project: Bachelor Pad Envy

Credited to: Jessica Staples

Photo credit: Sarah Rowlands

Our judges were wowed by the fantastic use of materials in this outdoor kitchen. The black and white components create a strong sense of contrast and balance – a masterful use of a limited color palette for a minimal yet sophisticated design. It's a striking photo that puts the focus on the site's hardscape, and does so brilliantly.

3D

Eric Arneson

Project: Hillside Modern

Credited to: Eric Arneson

This image can almost speak for itself. Our judges loved the use of the time of day to create a dramatic light-and-shadow display. The space is incredibly inviting and pleasant looking, and the render did a magnificent job of showing off the use of materials and the planting alike.

Lighting

Mills Design Group

Project: Wekiva

Credited to: Corey Mills

Photo credit: Larry Taylor - Taylor Architectural Photography

This wide-open design demonstrates a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces, which is further complemented by highly effective lighting. Straight lines and angles play important roles in the success of this design, and the stair lighting emphasizes these elements triumphantly.

Products in Place

FineLines Design Studio

Project: Sada Backyard Project

Credited to: Melda Clark

Photo credit: Melda Cipli-Clark

The products used in this design – water bowls from Nobel Tile Supply – play a central role in the site, as they do in the submitted photo. We thought the bowls were a stunning addition to what is already a tranquil, alluring space. With the surrounding elements gracefully included for context, this one was a sure winner. More information about the products used:

  • Fountain Urn Small – Concrete Water Bowl, Limestone Color
  • 23.5" diameter, 10" height
  • Spout width 8", Spout Overhang 3"
  • Inlet for 1.5" PVC
  • Website

All Entries

We had no shortage of great photos submitted this year, and our judges' job wasn't an easy one. Take a look at some of the other great submissions we received.

Anne Attinger, Landscape Architect

//Private Pool

Arcadia Studio Inc.

//Lotusland Japanese Garden

Boffa Miskell Limited

//Gulf Rise Retirement Village

Champoux Landscape

//Nantucket MA

Coleman and Associates

//Texas A&M University E-Quad

Coleman and Associates

//Austin Energy Headquarters

Cummings Curley and Associates, Inc.

//Todd Cancer Center Long Beach

Cummings Curley and Associates, Inc.

//Costco Eastvale

Cummings Curley and Associates, Inc.

//Lifetime Fitness Laguna Niguel

David Evans and Associates

//Mariposa Park, Santa Ana, CA

EcoRegions Landscape Design

//Smith Residence

ELM - Jacksonville

//Town Center One & Two

ELM - Jacksonville

//Timuguana Country Club Pool

ELM - Jacksonville

//TrailMark

Eric Arneson - LA

//Goleta Residence

Eric Arneson - LA

//Austin Residence

Eric Arneson - LA

//Oceania

Eric Arneson - LA

//Hollywood House

Falling Waters Landscape

//Anjou Lane

Falling Waters Landscape

//Hwy 101 Buidlings

Falling Waters Landscape

//Hwy 101 Buidlings

Falling Waters Landscape

//Patterson

Falling Waters Landscape

//Patterson

FineLines Design Studio

//Connell Residence Front Courtyard

FineLines Design Studio

//Mullman Backyard Project

FineLines Design Studio

//Connell Self Contained Water Features

FineLines Design Studio

//Mullman Seatwall Accents

Florida Design Consultants, Inc.

//Promenade Park at Watergrass

Goom Landscapes

//Inner City Sanctuary

Goom Landscapes

//Urban Courtyard in Merivale - Small Space, Big Impact

Goom Landscapes

//Kitchen Garden Pavilion

Goom Landscapes

//Out of the Box

Goom Landscapes

//High Country Zen

Goom Landscapes

//High Country Zen

Goom Landscapes

//White Diamond

Greg Hebert

//Coastal Bluff

Greg Hebert

//Mediterranean Transitional Garden

Heidt Design LLC.

//Margaritaville/Pool

Heidt Design LLC.

//The Preserve/Entry

Heidt Design LLC.

//Conceptual Lagoon

Jerry Pate Design

//Southtowne Apartment Streetscape

KEO Internation Consultants

//Dubai Hills Estate Project

Knaak Design Group

//Ranch Reinvented

Land Design, Inc.

//Private Residence, Montana

Landwell Design+Build Co.

//AlfrescSLO Living

Mills Design Group, Inc (Orlando)

//Unicorn

Mills Design Group, Inc (Orlando)

//Splash

Mills Design Group, Inc (Orlando)

//Outpost

Mills Design Group, Inc (Orlando)

//In-Shore

Mills Design Group, Inc (Orlando)

//Adventure

Mills Design Group, Inc (Orlando)

//Winter Park

Mills Design Group, Inc (Orlando)

//Stonebridge

Mills Design Group, Inc (Orlando)

//Blue Fire

Mills Design Group, Inc (Orlando)

//Wekiva

Mills Design Group, Inc (Orlando)

//Winter Park

MJS Design Group

//Broadstone Arden Apartments - Rooftop Deck

Pacheco Koch Consulting - Dallas

//The Hill Shopping Center

Stack Rock Group, Inc.

//The Salvation Army - Boise, Idaho

Stack Rock Group, Inc.

//Elevate Academy Irrigation - Caldwell, Idaho

Stack Rock Group, Inc.

//D.L. Evans Bank - Caldwell, Idaho

Stack Rock Group, Inc.

//D.L. Evans Bank - Caldwell, Idaho

Stack Rock Group, Inc.

//Crocker Avenue - Piedmont, California

Stewart Engineering

//Duke University Environmental Hall Rooftop Renovation

Studio KAPPO d.o.o.

//Infobip campus 'Pangea'; Vodnjan, Croatia

Studio KAPPO d.o.o.

//Canova Beach; Umag, Croatia

Studio KAPPO d.o.o.

//Hotel Grand Park Rovinj (Croatia) - landscape design

The Land Group, Inc.

//The Afthon

The Land Group, Inc.

//Center for the Visual Arts - Boise State University

The Seltz Company

//Butler Residence

True Scape Design

//Sampson Residence

True Scape Design

//Zenz Residence (Front)

True Scape Design

//Zenz Residence (back)

True Scape Design

//Armbruster Residence

True Scape Design

//Chen Residence

V3 Studio Berunza

//CDM Residence

V3 Studio Berunza

//Rancho Mission Residence

V3 Studio Berunza

//Newport Beach Residence

V3 Studio Berunza

//Diamond Bar Residence

Thank you to all participants!

We extend our gratitude to all entrants, whose hard work and beautiful designs ensured yet another successful contest. Thank you to all who submitted.

Anne Attinger, Landscape Architect

Arcadia Studio Inc.

Boffa Miskell Limited

Champoux Landscape

Coleman and Associates

Cummings Curley and Associates, Inc.

David Evans and Associates

EcoRegions Landscape Design

ELM

Eric Arneson

Falling Waters Landscape

FineLines Design Studio

Florida Design Consultants, Inc.

Goom Landscapes

Greg Hebert

Heidt Design LLC.

Jerry Pate Design

KEO International Consultants

Land Design, Inc.

Landwell Design + Build Co.

Mills Design Group, Inc

MJS Design Group

Pacheco Koch Consulting

Stack Rock Group

Stewart Engineering

Studio KAPPO d.o.o.

The Land Group, Inc.

The Seltz Company

True Scape Design

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