‘The rich diversity of the British landscape is something that is available to all of us and is ours to enjoy. This competition will provide an on-going platform for capturing images that best symbolise our land and our times, and that will stand as a record of our country.’
Landscape Photographer of the Year was founded in 2006 by Charlie Waite, one of today’s most respected landscape photographers.
With a total prize fund worth £20,000, a full colour book of best entries and a popular annual exhibition in Central London, Landscape Photographer of the Year celebrates all that is great about the British landscape and showcases the work of many talented photographers, inspiring visitors to experience the joys of British landscapes at first hand. Britain’s heritage is celebrated by people around the world and entries are welcome from everyone, whether resident in Britain or simply visiting.
Awards are presented to both the adult and young Landscape Photographer of the Year and there are four main categories that have both adult and youth sections, with additional prizes offered within each category.
The annual exhibition attracts many thousands of visitors. Held at the National Theatre for seven years, it became one of the venue’s most popular exhibitions before moving to London Waterloo, the busiest station in the country, in 2014. The first show of its kind to be held at the station, the exhibition has become a focal point for many of the quarter of a million visitors that pass through each day.
‘A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries, it transcends the constraints of language and culture.’
Charlie Waite is firmly established as one of the world’s leading landscape photographers. His photographic style is often considered to be unique, in that his photographs convey an almost spiritual quality of serenity and calm. Represented in private and corporate collections throughout the world, he has held numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious venues in the UK, Japan and the USA.
With over 30 books to his name, Charlie‘s photographs have received wide critical acclaim over many years. A recent article in Royal West of England Academy Art Magazine featuring Charlie's work commented “Waite’s landscapes are rare perfections of light, colour and composition and offer the viewer a luxuriant portrait of a planet at peace”.
In 2000 Charlie was awarded the prestigious honorary fellowship to the British Institute of Professional Photographers and in early 2007 was presented with Amateur Photography’s Power of Photography Award, which is given to a photographer whose work is deemed to effectively demonstrate the powerful and memorable images of which photography is capable. Also a sought after writer, public speaker and presenter, Charlie has featured in numerous photographic and broadsheet publications, DVDs and television programmes on photography.
Aside from his own photography, Charlie also enjoys introducing photography to others. Through his company, Light and Land the leading photographic tour company in Europe, he and his specialist photographic leaders run worldwide workshops and tours dedicated to inspiring photographers and improving their photography.
Charlie founded the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards in 2006 with the aim of providing a showcase for those around the world who share his passion for the art of landscape photography.