Torii

  • Prize
    Winner in Landscapes/Nature
  • Lead Designer
    Ronny Behnert
  • Photo Date
    2019
  • Photo Credit
    Photo by Ronny Behnert

Evidence of Shintoism, the most common religion in Japan, can be found in every corner of the country. Shrines and torii (traditional Japanese gates commonly found at the entrance to Shinto shrines, marking the transition from mundane to sacred spaces) can be seen in the remotest of locations, from the middle of the Ocean to the highest mountains and the deepest forests.
Most of the time I use neutral density filters to force long exposures and keep my work minimalist in style. Some of my exposures last five minutes or more, which makes any distracting elements in the water or sky disappear.

Bio
Ronny Behnert has been actively working in photography since January of 2007. The award winning architecture- and landscape photographer founded Håggard Photography in 2010 and continues to grow the brand today. His clientele includes hotels, restaurants, various newspapers, lifestyle, print and digital-magazines.
While continuously developing his skills and knowledge, Ronny never wants to lose his amateur spirit. To ground himself in his artwork, he tries to spend as much time as possible exploring the world.

Other prizes
2021 | 2nd Place, Special Photographer Of The Year, FRA, Long Exposure 2021 | 1st Place, Fine Art Photography Awards, UK, Seascape (Professional) 2020 | Sony Professional Grant, UK 2020 | Bronze Award, Prix de la Photographie, FRA, Fine Art / Landscape (Professional) 2020 | 1st Place, Sony World Photography Awards, UK, Landscape (Professional) 2020 | 1st Place, Photographer of the Year, DigitalPHOTO, GER, Architecture 2020 | Finalist, Sony World Photography Awards, UK, Landscape (Professional) 2019 | 1st Place, Int. Photo Awards, USA, Fine Art / Landscape (Professional) 2019 | Silver Award, Tokyo Int. Photo Awards, JPN, Fine Art 2018 | 2nd Place „Photo of the Year“, Foto Meyer, GER 2017 | Shortlist, Felix Schoeller Photoaward, GER, Landscape / Nature 2017 | 2nd Place, Photographer of the Year, DigitalPHOTO, GER, Landscape 2017 | 1st Place, Photographer of the Year, Monochrome Awards, UK, Architecture 2016 | Silver Award, Epson Pano Awards, AUS, Open Built Environment 2016 | 1st Place, Photo of the Year 2015, Foto Meyer / Sony, GER 2015 | 1st Place, Photographer of the Year, DigitalPHOTO, GER 2015 | 2nd Place, Photographer of the Year, DigitalPHOTO, GER, Architecture 2015 | Finalist, Europ. Professional Photographer of the Year Award 2014 | Gold Star Award, ND Awards, Architecture 2014 | 1st Place, Photographer of the Year, DigitalPHOTO, GER, B&W 2014 | Gold medal, Trierenberg Super Circuit, AUT, Architecture 2012 | 3rd Place, Vanguard Photo contest, Long exposures 2012 | 1st Place, Brennpunkt Mag., GER, Black & White 2012 | 1st Place, Dig. Photography Mag./Fotocommunity, GER, High Key 2010 | Silver medal, German Association for Photography, Nature 2010 | 3rd Place, Pedalo Photo contest, Seascapes 2010 | 1st Place, Polylooks / German Telekom, White 2009 | 2nd Place, Wexcameras, Creative Lighting 2009 | 1st Place, Readers gallery, Schwarzweiss-Mag. 73, GER 2009 | 3rd Place, PosterXXL, GER, Autumn