Infrared light is not visible to human eyes, lying beyond our visible spectrum. However, over the years infrared photography has become more accessible using special equipment to tap into this unseen world. Using infrared filters, the colour change has the effect of making the ordinary look as though it’s from another planet. While some find it rather eerie, others are intrigued by the change.
Kolari Vision, an online store and e-learning site, took this intrigue and created their first annual infrared photography contest called Life in Another Light. The aim of the contest is to showcase the best shots and stories from the global community of infrared photographers. Kolari Vision also posed a couple of questions to their infrared photography community:
- What changes when we switch to infrared, and which things remain constant?
- What beauty lies in the light that our eyes can’t see?
Life in Another Light
With five categories including still shots and photo essays, the judges selected an impressive group of winners from about 2,800 submissions:
- Photo Essay
- Black and White
- Colour Infrared
The winning submissions transform people and places into different versions of themselves and some of the more striking images add an icy touch to landscapes and architecture. The first, second, and third place winners of each category won gift cards to Kolari Vision. Their hope is that in doing so, it will help foster a thriving infrared photography community. Check out all the winners here or discover other photography contests like the Underwater Photography and Small World Photomicrography competitions.