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 November 2017: The winds of Aegean Sea by Alexandros Moustris
Dec 09, 2017

In the Aegan Sea (Greece), this masterful and dramatic capture of the power of the natural elements has been selected as Nove...

An Interview with Mieke Boynton by Beata Moore
Nov 18, 2017

Mieke Boynton is the landscape photographer from Broome, Western Australia. She travels regularly, both within Australia and overseas, to capture the wonder and beauty of nature's landscapes. She favours the epic landscapes of Kimberley region where she lives since 2008. Her goal is to convey a little of the awe that she feels for the vast, timeless beauty of her local area. In 2014, she was on...

Selection of October 2017: Moment of Madness by Fred Bucheton
Nov 15, 2017

An impressive shot of Cuernos del Paine by Fred Bucheton. A perfect moment.

Selection of September 2017: Heavy Rain In Rauriser Urwald by Theo Bosboom
Oct 20, 2017

The Rauriser urwald in the Hohe Tauern national park in Austria is a small primeval forest in the mountains, full of fallen t...

Selection of August 2017: Mulafossur by Wojciech Kruczynski
Sep 10, 2017

A TOUCH OF QUIETNESS... Last month we have been especially attracted by this peaceful image taken by Wojciech Kruczynski. A ...

An Interview with Patricia Davidson by Beata Moore
Sep 09, 2017

Patricia Davidson is an award-winning outdoor photographer, specializing in landscape, commercial assignments and travel photography. She has been living on the Oregon Coast in USA for over 20 years. Currently, she and her husband live nomadically, traveling in their RV throughout the western United States. With a background in the visual arts and web development, she sets out to produce images...

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