The Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards Evening and Exhibition Launch was held at London Waterloo on Monday, 23rd November 2015. Entrants travelled from all over the UK & beyond to see their images projected onto Motion@Waterloo; the largest indoor screen in Europe and to look round the exhibition on the Balcony at the station. The Awards are held in association with VisitBritain and the Countryside is GREAT campaign and their award winner, Julian Elliott, travelled over from his home in France for the event. Andy Farrer won the overall prize and became the ninth person to receive the title since the awards began in 2007.
We are delighted to welcome LEE Filters as supporters of the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards. It is fair to say that their filters are very highly regarded by landscape photographers and are a vital accessory for many. LEE Filters have kindly awarded a prize of a DSLR Starter Kit to our young overall winner, Mairi Eyres and are also giving copies of their book 'Inspiring Professionals 2' to each of the four young 'category' winners. As well as winning a copy of Awards book, signed by Charlie Waite, our five young winners have also each received a copy of their winning image printed by top London lab & Award's Supporter, Bayeux.Thanks to all!
Have you been to London Euston recently? Network Rail offered us a wonderful opportunity to display imagery from the Awards on a wall at Euston station. Rob Scamp’s image of the Malvern Hills, which was commended in 2014, was the image chosen and looks amazing – it’s printed at 10m wide and can be seen by the thousands of people who travel up the escalators from the underground every day.
There have been a few exciting things happening for The Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards. Ordnance Survey was so impressed by the standard of photography the Awards attract that we have been working with them to supply images from some of our past winners for their head office in Southampton. The images were printed at a massive size and appear as picture walls and banners within the building. This was a proper, commercial use, which additionally fully credited the photographers concerned and we are delighted that the Awards are creating opportunities like this. (Photograph courtesy of Tim Taylor: Image displayed is by David Mould)
In the shops on Tuesday, June 30th, Amateur Photographer magazine talks to some of our previous winners who reveal the stories behind their images and talk about the lenses and accessories that helped them to their win. You can share the thoughts of David Baker, Stephen Bright, Graham Eaton, Ross Hoddinott, Tim Harris, Simon Butterworth and Tony Bennett - it's well worth a read. (Cover date: July 4th)
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We are delighted that Adobe has joined us as a Supporter of the Awards this year. Adobe will be a awarding a complimentary twelve month subscription of Creative Cloud Complete to the creator of their favourite image from the ‘Adult Your view’ category. They will be selecting the winner from the main shortlist and, unlike all the other prizes, which are decided on by the image only, Adobe will also be looking at the technical information that you supply. The ‘Your view’ category encourages a creative viewpoint and Adobe are looking for an image that matches their vision of ground-breaking content. Matt Botwood caught the judges’ attention last year with his inverted images that created mysterious and intimate fantasy worlds. This new prize is a great reason to think laterally & see where your creativity takes you.
This moody image of Penmon lighthouse on Anglesey featured across a double page spread in The Sunday Times Magazine last weekend. Taken by Scott Wilson and commended in the 2014 Awards, the dramatic view certainly reminds us how beautiful and varied the landscape is in Wales. From the wonderful coastlines of the Pembrokeshire Coast and Llyn Peninsula (amongst many others) to the mountains of Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons - not to mention all the Castles! - the landscape photographer is spoilt for choice and there is still time to fit in a visit before our closing date of July 12th - or, if you can't get away until later, you can always start preparing early for our 10th Anniversary Year in 2016. We are looking forward to seeing a selection of this year's winners, published for the first time, in The Sunday Times Magazine in October.
Then why not enter our special class for young photographers? You can enter up to 20 images across four categories for a one-off entry fee of £5. Who will be the ninth winner of the title, 'Young Landscape Photographer of the Year' and the £1000 prize? Jake Pike's image of Durdle Door in Dorset won the Youth Classic view category in 2015, with Sam Rielly's image of his mother walking in Anglesey winning the overall prize. The judges are looking forward to seeing this year's entries.
Last year, Tim Harris was runner-up in the Your view category with his image of 206 beach huts at Wells next the Sea in Norfolk. The 'Your view' category encourages creativity and the judges were certainly impressed. Tim explains how he achieved the result..."This is a composite of over two hundred separate exposures, one for each of the beach huts along the North Norfolk coast at Wells-next-the-Sea. I wanted to show the diversity of individual styles for the huts - different colours, different designs and different states of repair. I worked along the line of huts one by one, taking separate exposures of each directly from the front to provide the illusion of a consistent viewpoint in the combined image." This image will also stand as an important record as it was taken just prior to the tidal surge at the end of 2013. Could your image succeed this year?
We are delighted to announce that the 2015 competition is being held in association with VisitBritain and Countryside is GREAT for the second year. You’ll notice we’ve got a brand new website but we’ve kept the categories the same – we know that many of you plan throughout the year. Our new image uploader gives you control over your entry. You can edit, replace and add images up until the closing time, which is midnight on the 12th July 2015.
Our landscape is fantastic and is visited by millions every year. Just a reminder that you don’t have to live here to enter the competition. If you have visited in the five years preceding the closing date and photographed Britain’s stunning landscapes during your trip, then why not get involved? The Countryside is GREAT Award is a special, extra prize open to those who usually live away from our shores.
The 2014 Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ Award winner, Stephen Bright, recently took to the skies with the Network Rail helicopter team and joined them on a scheduled inspection flight over London’s famous rail infrastructure. This year’s lucky winner will be offered a special tour of the iconic Forth Bridge. It’s a great prize, so enter your pictures of the rail network for a chance to win.
The Landscape Photographer of the Year card range published by Camden Graphics continues to go from strength to strength, with new designs being added each year. You’ll find the cards in many of the main high street stationery retailers and we were delighted when they were honoured as ‘Best Photographic Range’ at the ‘Henries’ Industry Awards last autumn.