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 Mai 2018: Water Cycle by Kevin Meynier
Jun 27, 2018

As Kevin explains, this scene evokes a natural hourglass. A very relevant, original and judicious...

An Interview with Heiko Gerlicher by Beata Moore
May 18, 2018

Heiko Gerlicher is a self taught landscape and nature photographer born in 1969, living in Ahorn in the District of Coburg, Germany. By profession he is field staff for a special steel wholesale trade. But for a hobby, he shoots photos. In fact, he is a award-winning photographer. Some Gold medals at the prestigious Trierenberg Supercircuit for example and several publications in magazines belo...

Selection of April 2018: Mont Civetta by Stefano Oppioni
May 16, 2018

"The most beautiful rocky walls of the Alps" Dino Buzzati wrote about Mt Civetta The talent of St...

A Journey in Namib Desert, The Oldest One in the World
Apr 30, 2018

How does the oldest desert in the world look like from space? From an altitude of several km et hundred km, the Namib Desert offers beauty and surprising patterns. Far from being monotonous, it constantly changes from east to west and north to south. These images, that Terra Quantum publishes, come from different satellites. We performed some little work to ensure quality and homogeneity.

Selection of March 2018: Above All Else by Weihao Pan
Apr 21, 2018

This very mysterious atmosphere along with the majesty of the landscape has enchanted Terra Quant...

An Interview with Beata Moore by... Terra Quantum
Apr 03, 2018

Beata Moore is a professional photographer and author. She lives in Kingston-upon-Thames, England. Her photographs show a strong affinity towards nature but also a fascination with human ingenuity in creating architectural masterpieces. Commissions by publishers and advertising agencies helped to establish her reputation as a landscape and urban photographer. She has written seven books and is ...

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