Each year a jury of expert photographers chooses the best panoramic photographs from around the world. The winning images are then published in the Panobook annual. The 2016 edition has just arrived. Is it worth adding to your collection? David Hay has the review
anoramic photography has prospered since the arrival of digital. Previously you had to buy an expensive specialist film camera to produce these elongated images. The most popular film format produced 6x17 cm images on 120 film. Now anyone can produce unlimited width prints simply by stitching together multiple digital images on a computer. In fact, now that 50 megapixel cameras are available, in both full-frame and medium format sizes, it is possible to simply crop out the central part of a wide-angle image and still produce a high quality panoramic print.
The images in the book are divided into nine categories, each of varying length. These are Winners, Mountain, Sky, Architecture, Cityscape, Interiors, Water, Landscape and Imaginary. There is obviously some...