These Virtual Photography Award winners are blowing my mind

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 Virtual Photography Awards 2023
(Image credit: Gabriella Ma (Canada))

Virtual in-game photography is nan enactment of capturing a still image wrong a integer crippled abstraction aliases virtual world. This started arsenic a hobby for most, but nan photographic manufacture is yet opening to return this imaginative creation shape seriously, recognising and embracing its potential. The latest Virtual Photography Awards is impervious of this, and nan resulting images are thing short of breathtaking. 

Yes, you could reason that virtual photography isn't "real" photography, but what is? Especially pinch nan emergence of AI image generators and Adobe Firefly devices integrating pinch Photoshop, astir images successful our integer property either haven't been created pinch a camera aliases don't lucifer a RAW record successful nan slightest. 

The Virtual Photography Awards was created by TheFourthFocus.com, and exists to observe nan astir outstanding individual images captured done in-game photography by integer artists astir nan globe. Virtual photography tin beryllium achieved by utilizing afloat featured Photo Mode tools, wherever players tin tweak surroundings, frost nan action, and constitute creator shots that show a story. 

A shared appreciation for game-derived creation brings players, photographers, and workplace creatives together, and plentifulness of careers person emerged from this modern strain of photography. There were 2,750 entries into nan competition, and a judging sheet of real-world photographers and crippled manufacture professionals selected nan winners crossed six thematic categories.

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Portrait class and wide winner  (Image credit: Taka San from Japan (TAKASANGAMES))

The wide victor and crowned Virtual Photographer of nan Year for 2023 is Taka San from Japan, with this image captured successful Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. "This changeable shows nan look of my characteristic and nan manus of my friend's characteristic while utilizing an emote to create this mixed pose" shares San, "It is simply a elemental composition, but 1 that was taken pinch a batch of ingenuity and time."

The unthinkable images beneath comprise nan remainder of nan class winners and runners-up from nan Virtual Photography Awards 2023. Seeing this assemblage has maine tempted to jump backmost into virtual photography, arsenic I utilized to walk hours doing this astatine university. Trust me, it's really nosy and addictive. You'll get mislaid looking for specifications successful nan virtual worlds, and these integer crippled spaces are afloat of photographic potential.

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Action class victor from nan game: Assassin's Creed Unity (Image credit: Sarvamm Rathore from India (ASTROGHOST001))

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Detail class victor from nan game: Alan Wake 2 (Image credit: Michelle Neumann from Scotland (MICHIMEDIAVP))

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Creative class victor from nan game: Cyberpunk 2077 (Image credit: Gabriella Ma from Canada (XJQXZ66))

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Environment class victor from nan game: Lies of P (Image credit: Ludovic Helme from Japan (SHINOBI_SPACE))

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Abstract class victor from nan game: Forza Horizon 5 (Image credit: Austin Yi from USA (YI_OWO))

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Creative class 3rd spot (Image credit: NattyDread011)

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Creative class 2nd spot (Image credit: Spectral_Lens)

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Environment class 2nd spot (Image credit: Soulsurrender)

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Environment class 3rd spot (Image credit: GameSmithVP)

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Abstract class 2nd spot (Image credit: xjqxz66)

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Abstract class 3rd spot (Image credit: Shinobi_Space)

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Portrait class 2nd spot (Image credit: NattyDread011)

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Portrait class 3rd spot (Image credit: shkegulka)

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Detail class 2nd spot (Image credit: SOLEMIST)

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Detail class 3rd spot (Image credit: horace0816)

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Action class 2nd spot (Image credit: NattyDread011)

Virtual Photography Awards 2023

Action class 3rd spot (Image credit: never047)

If you're looking to get into virtual in-game photography, you'll request a tin console (or PC) to tally nan games. We person immoderate deals beneath connected next-gen consoles from retailers successful your region. 

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Beth is Creative Bloq’s Ecommerce Writer. An avid euphony photographer and erstwhile unit writer for Digital Camera World, Beth has a keen oculus for contented and knows conscionable really to create it. Her inheritance moving arsenic a tester for CeX has provided extended knowledge surrounding nan latest tech and gaming trends, and she studied Music Journalism too, truthful you'll astir apt find her astatine a gig. Basically, she's a full nerd pinch a Snorlax tattoo and a Master's grade successful Photography, everlastingly wishing she was Peter Parker. 

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