The eye-catching Red Dead Redemption 2 screenshot you can see above won the London Games Festival’s Virtual Photographer of the Year competition.
Joe Meizies from the UK won the top prize in the competition, which “challenged aspiring artists to capture the most stunning visuals from a video game to bring those worlds and characters to life”.
Applicants could choose from three categories – Landscape, Portrait and Abstract – and the screenshot could be taken from any video game played on any platform.
Post-production work was “permitted but not essential” but most post-production techniques used, including the winner who decided to “bring forth the vivid reds and oranges from the striking desert shot” by Arthur Morgan and secured a new laptop with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti for their efforts.
“The photo competitions have become a real highlight of the London Games Festival,” said Michael French, festival director of the London Games Festival.
“Last year’s standard was high, but our entries this year really raised the bar. There was a great mix of creativity and not only in the submitted images but also in the post production work. We were thrilled to be able to share all the entries with everyone and we’re already looking forward to next year!”
Other contributions, of course, came from games like Cyberpunk 2077, Ghostwire Tokyo, Horizon Forbidden West, and Elden Ring. You can check out the impressive submissions from all the finalists here.