2 Years of Photographic Excellence

Terra Quantum has been launched with the goal of gathering the most beautiful pictures of our planet and of providing an international reference for exceptional landscape photography.
To achieve this excellence, a permanent jury carefully considers each photo that is submitted to decide whether it will be published on the site.

2 years later we are happy to welcome a community of 900 registered members. Among them, 220 photographers from around the world have published a total of around 400 images.

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Selection of July 2017: Twilight of Gods by Isabella Tabacchi
Aug 16, 2017

WHEN THE NATURE EXPRESSES POWER... This month we have been especially attracted by this strong image from Isabella Tabacchi....

An Interview with Alex Noriega by Beata Moore
Jul 15, 2017

Alex Noriega is a full time landscape photographer based in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. In his images, he strives forperfect composition, interesting light and technical excellence. Alex is especially interested in the geology of the American desert southwest, the mountain environments as well as the forests. He appreciates both, dramatic and quiet scenes. He won 2016 USA Landsc...

Selection of June 2017: River S by Hengki Koentjoro
Jul 14, 2017

This photograph was taken from a window plane during a business trip to Singapore from Jakarta, Indonesia. As a photographer,...

Selection of May 2017: Funnel Factory by Alex Noriega
Jun 06, 2017

Funnel Factory by Alex Noriega I had read about this area in an old book, and I had seen images...

An Interview with Raico Rosenberg by Beata Moore
May 07, 2017

Raico Rosenberg was born and raised in Tenerife. Exploring the natural environment of the island from an early age helped him to create a unique bond with the amazing landscapes of Tenerife. Raico images are technically excellent and artistically inspiring; they perfectly encapsulate his distinctive vision and profound connection to nature. He pushes the cameras limits with advanced techniques ...

Selection of April 2017: Northern lights in Norway by Isabelle Bacher
Apr 09, 2017

I live some driving hours away from Andenes and went there to take a shot of Bleikøya. I really hoped to get Northern Lights ...

Tribute

IN 1968 I DROVE WITH SOME FRIENDS along old Highway 163 south of Moab where I noticed a sign for a road heading west to the Needles and Anticline Overlooks. Passing such road signs or seeing interesting trails or roads on a map filled me with the desire to explore these unknown places, and I promised myself I would return to the Canyon Country and spend my life seeking out these hidden treasures of silence, stone, and sunburnt majesty.

Now, forty years later, I've done pretty well. I've run all the rivers many, many times, risking life and limb in the process, I hiked hundreds of narrow defiles and swam in water that was dangerously frigid. I visited many canyons where water, rushing from springs, walls, waterfalls and seeps was the main ingredient, creating the lush sandstone temples and cathedrals that dazzle the mind and heart. I hiked with a 45 pound camera pack hundreds, perhaps thousands of miles. I gazed into the abyss and it gazed into me.

I marveled at the work and artistry of the ancients, whose remnants add so much mystery and mood to an already unfathomable landscape. I crawled on my hands and knees countless times, every time thinking of Ed Abbey’s admonishment to do so to really bond with the Colorado Plateau desert. Some people have seen more than I, but not many.

The Canyons of Utah have been photographed a great deal. Inspired by the younger generation, many of whom see photography as a more painterly and impressionistic art form than my generation, I’ve experimented a little with a few of the images here. I don’t believe that the beauty of Utah Canyons needs to be improved by photography but I do believe that the Canyons can be interpreted by photography in different ways.

One thing has not changed. The Canyons of Utah are under constant attack. The ethereal light that bathes them in an other-worldly glow is weakened and strangled at times by dirty air coming from a variety of man-made sources. People now come to these places with no thought of their beauty and fragility. They are unprepared to accept the sand stone majesty and the scope of a landscape so much bigger and more complex than anything they have encountered in their 21st century life.

As we enter the second decade of the new century, there are some signs of hope. Local politicians have in some cases, seen that wilderness and national parks are not liabilities but assets, and that many who initially oppose such land designations find themselves changing their mind as time passes. I believe many of my neighbors in Southern Utah who say they love the land as much as anyone and want to save it unsullied for future generations to enjoy.

Tom Till