The Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition is now in place at Birmingham New Street Station, where it will be until May 19th before travelling back south to the capital. You can see it whenever the station is open, so there are plenty of opportunities whether you are travelling through or just visiting this lovely station. Our main stations are definitely becoming destinations in their own right!
Picture: Aymestrey in North Herefordshire by Rob Scamp
The Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition has now arrived in Leeds station and we had a great day there yesterday and met some lovely people who certainly shared our passion for landscape photography. The current schedule is below but can be subject to late changes and adjustments due to unavoidable station operations:
Awards founder, Charlie Waite was thrilled when the special guest presenter at our Awards Night, Ray Mears, spoke about the importance of photography as an art form - something with which we strongly agree! If you'd like to get a flavour of the evening back in November, here's a short film, including highlights of Ray's speech. The Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition is free and runs until the 4th February 2018 on the balcony at London Waterloo Station before touring selected stations nationwide.
Fujifilm has supported the Awards since the very beginning and this year saw the introduction of the Fujifilm Print Prize, for the image which Fujifilm felt would work particularly well in print, and it was won by Mark Cornick for his photograph of a London building. Mark's prize was a chance to spend time with an expert printer at top London lab, Bayeux, seeing four of his images printed on Fujifilm paper. Work commitments stopped Mark from getting to the lab in person but Nick @ Bayeux produced the prints for Mark, using Fujicolor Digital Paper (Matte). The results look great!
A tranquil, early morning outing on Loch Garten, won Graham Niven the VisitBritain 'Home of Amazing Moments Award' and is taken from a viewpoint that certainly allows the viewer to feel involved and part of the ‘amazing moment.’ Graham travelled down from Scotland to receive his award from Jasmine Teer, Photography Manager for VisitBritain/VisitEngland. Graham has also just had a new addition to the family - so congratulations on two fronts!
Exhibition host, Network Rail has supported the Awards since 2010 and so this is the 8th year of the Network Rail 'Lines in the Landscape' Award. The winner is Jon Martin from Norfolk for his image of a train crossing the Mawddach Estuary in Barmouth. Jon received his award from Network Rail's Managing Director of Property, David Biggs. Jon will be venturing on an exclusive tour of the iconic Forth Bridge early next year. We are delighted that there are also plans afoot for the Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition to visit Wales next Summer with a visit to Cardiff Station in July.
Last night saw the opening of the Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition at London Waterloo station. Successful entrants travelled from all corners of the country & beyond to share an evening devoted to landscape photography & the landscape of Britain. We were delighted to welcome Ray Mears as our special guest and following a great speech in support of the still image, Ray presented the awards to our Landscape Photographer of the Year, Benjamin Graham and Young Landscape Photographer of the Year, Andrew Bulloch. Thanks to all who helped to make it a memorable & fun evening.
L-R: Charlie Waite, Andrew Bulloch, Benjamin Graham, Ray Mears (Photo: Paul Mellor)
If you are at London Waterloo station tomorrow (20/11/2017), look out for this year’s winning images, which will be showing on the Transvision screens inside the station to celebrate the opening of the 2017 exhibition. The exhibition itself is up on the Balcony at the station & is free to visit (until 4th February). Images will be shown on the screen in 20-second sets every six minutes or so.
Thanks to all of you who got involved in our fun vote to find your favourite from amongst the Judge’s choice images from this year’s competition. It was a hard-fought contest but the winner is Dave Fieldhouse for his photograph of Stowe Pool in Lichfield, Staffordshire. Well done, Dave! You will be able to see Dave’s image together with all winning images in our free exhibition, which opens at London Waterloo station tomorrow. (20th November 2017 – 4th February 2018)
Each year the eight judges in our main judging panel select their own personal favourite from the final shortlist. We thought it would be fun to have a vote so that you can choose your favourite from these - this year there are seven possibilities as two judges chose the same image. Just visit this page to place your vote - by 6pm on the 15th November 2017 - so don't miss it! One vote per person please.
We are delighted that Ray Mears has agreed to be the special guest at our Awards Evening in November. Ray has a busy month ahead, as he is currently touring the country with 'Born to go Wild', a series of evenings where he talks about his most recent adventures in Australia and about Fire; the ability to make a fire, both with or without fire lighting equipment, being a vital survival skill.
With venues as far apart as Halifax and Truro, there are plenty of opportunities to go along for what we are sure will be a very entertaining evening. You can find a full list of tour dates here.
The 11th book in the Landscape Photographer of the Year Collection is out today - and looks great! With all winning and commended images from 2017, including a cover of Ailsa Craig in Scotland by Peter Ribbeck, it is available from UK bookstores and online outlets. Big thank you to all at AA Publishing.
Thanks to our exhibition hosts, Network Rail, we will be returning to London Waterloo station for the premier of this year’s exhibition. The exhibition will run from Monday 20 November until Sunday 4 February 2018, is free to visit and will have the same opening times as the station – which must make it one of the most accessible exhibitions in the country. The winning images will then tour to more stations nationwide – timetable to follow.
Our Young Landscape Photographer of the Year is Andrew Bulloch from Edinburgh. His image of a skatepark in Musselburgh against a background of the Northern Lights was overall winner. Andrew also won the Youth Classic view category, so double congratulations!
Many congratulations to Benjamin Graham - Landscape Photographer of the Year and the 11th winner of the overall title. His image 'Diminutive Dune' shows sand forms at low tide at West Wittering in West Sussex taken in the evening 'blue hour'. Benjamin was attracted by the ambiguity of the scene: “As well as its minimal simplicity, I particularly like the indeterminate scale of the image. The double S-curve could be two metres long or two thousand... It was actually about twenty.”
Awards founder, Charlie Waite said: “Benjamin’s image has a hypnotic and contemplative quality that acts as an antidote to turbulent times. When at the coast, we often just stand and gaze out to sea and seem to gain some kind of spiritual well-being from doing so. This image suggests the same emotional experience and the composition leads the eye on to infinite calm.”
We are delighted that Geographical magazine has joined us as a supporter this year. In fact, they have been publishing great features showcasing photographs from Landscape Photographer of the Year for a long time, so it is good to make it official!
Geographical offers a unique blend of people and cultures, exploration and discovery, environmental issues, responsible travel, science and technology and outdoor-equipment advice. If you are thinking of taking out a subscription, they currently have an offer where you can try 3 free issues before committing.
Image of Brighton Pavilion by Simon Anderson was highly commended in the VisitBritain/GREAT Britain Award and appeared on the cover of Geographical in December 2016.
An exciting day last Friday! Awards founder, Charlie Waite travelled up to Edinburgh to join Network Rail Award winner, Francis Taylor for his prize trip of a tour of the amazing Forth Bridge. Network Rail were great hosts, so a very big thank you to them! Wish you'd been there? - there is another chance to win this year - enter your pictures of the UK's contemporary rail network into the competition by 8th July.
To celebrate their long-standing support of the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards, Fujifilm are offering a special prize to the photographer of the image that they feel would work particularly well in print form. The winner will win a half-day personal printing service with professional London lab, Bayeux, where they will be able to work with a printer to produce a print from four of their images – each to be printed on Fujifilm material at a size of up to 36” x 24”, a great prize worth over £400.
Prize must be taken by 31st December 2018. If the winner is unable to travel to Bayeux, then the prize will be four prints produced to the winner’s written instructions plus delivery to one address. The winner will be selected from the shortlist of the main Awards by representatives of Fujifilm & Bayeux.
Image: Sam Proctor - Fujifilm's favourite image from Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 10
VisitBritain and the GREAT campaign tell stories and share amazing moments to inspire visitors to come to Britain. They are looking for an image that showcases the diverse and vast range of experiences that Britain has to offer; an image that demonstrates their core values.
If you'd like to win a trip to London to see your image on display at the exhibition, then just enter your image into one of the main competition categories to be considered for this prize.
Image: Kris Williams (Commended, 2016)
Have you taken a photograph that captures the spirit of today's rail network as it relates to the landscape around it? Then you could be in line to win the 'Lines in the Landscape' Award from Network Rail . If you are one of the many millions who rely on trains to get to work, then do look out for a winning picture on your travels - images taken by mobile phones are eligible but make sure the camera is set to the best quality possible. The prize is an exclusive visit to Britain's favourite railway landmark, the Forth Bridge in Scotland, where the lucky winner will take the engineers' lift to the top of this iconic structure to capture some amazing views of the Forth and see the Bridge from a completely different perspective. Just enter a main competition category & select 'eligible for the Network Rail Award' from the drop-down menu.
Image by Sharon Carse (Commended 2016)
There are few amongst us whose camera bag would not benefit from a fantastic Deluxe Filter kit from LEE Filters and this will be the prize for one lucky entrant. LEE Filters will be choosing their favourite image from the competition shortlist, so just enter a main category as normal for a chance to win this special prize.
LEE Filters will also be giving copies of their books, Inspiring Professionals 1 & 2 to our young winner and young category winners, which are full of great insights for photographers of any age.
The exhibition can be found on the long platform joining the Hammersmith & City Line part of the station to the main concourse. You don't need a train ticket to see it - it is in a general access area and will be there until 9th July 2017.
Image courtesy of Network Rail
Could you be the third winner of the Adobe Prize? We are delighted that Adobe are again offering a prize of a complimentary twelve month subscription of Creative Cloud All Apps to the creator of their favourite image from the ‘Adult Your view’ category. They will be selecting the winner from the main shortlist and, as well as looking at the image, 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. This prize is a great reason to think laterally & see where your creativity takes you.
Photo: Damian Ward, Winner 2016 (L) & Bill Ward, Winner 2015 (R)
The Landscape Photographer of the Year touring exhibition opened today at Leeds station. Awards founder, Charlie Waite was there to chat to visitors and it was great to meet up again with Robert France. Rob's image of a freight train crossing the majestic Ribblehead Viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales won the Network Rail 'Lines in the Landscape' Award in 2015. Since then, Rob's railway imagery has been chosen for semi-permanent display at a number of Network Rail stations, including Leeds.
The Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition has arrived at Manchester Piccadilly station! Big thanks to Network Rail and Pete and his team - some of whom worked through the night to install the exhibition while most of us were asleep. Free to see until 22 Apr (then on to Leeds). Exhibition print & installation by: Emagination Store (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Could you be our 11th winner? Images taken within the five years preceding the closing date are eligible, so you may already have that winning image but spring is definitely in the air, so it's a great excuse to take your camera out and enjoy the wide variety of stunning landscapes that Britain has to offer. Closing date: 8th July 2017
Just before the exhibition finished at London Waterloo, Awards founder Charlie Waite took time out to chat to visitors and say a few words about the exhibition tour and the 10th Anniversary Special Edition book by AA Publishing. You can see the resulting short film by film maker, Sam Hurt, here.
Revised dates are as follows:
Manchester Piccadilly - 13 April to 22 April
Leeds - 24 April to 13 May
Birmingham - 15 May to 27 May
London Charing Cross - 29 May to 10 June (Cancelled)
London Paddington - 12 June to 24 June - TBC
We are really looking forward to the end of April when our Special Edition 10th Anniversary Book by AA Publishing will be released. It has over 250 photographs, including all overall winners and adult category winners plus a selection from each of the 10 years of the competition so far. We've been lucky enough to have a sneak preview and we think it looks great. It is larger than the annual volumes both in page size and in the number of pages and will be available from all the usual bookstores and online outlets, where it is available for pre-order now (RRP £35).