Entry for the 11th annual Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year Award is now open and entrants have until 8 July to submit their photographs of the British landscape.
One of the world’s most exciting photography awards, the competition was founded by renowned landscape photographer, Charlie Waite, and is open to everyone, with a special class for those younger than 17 years. Each entrant can submit 25 photographs across four different categories, and there is a prize fund worth £20,000, including £10,000 for the overall winner and additional special awards.
As in previous years, an exhibition of shortlisted and winning entries will premiere in the late autumn. Previous locations for the annual showcase have included the National Theatre and London Waterloo Station. Shortlisted entrants will also be published in a stunning book entitled Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 11, published by The AA, and described by The Times as a 'coffee-table staple'.
Last year's winner was Matthew Cattell, who captured thousands of starlings on a windy winter’s day at Brighton pier using a low shutter speed. He especially liked how "the motion of the incoming tide mimicked the movement of the birds."
The Landscape Photographer of the Year is unique in that it celebrates the UK only, offering photographers worldwide an opportunity to showcase their images of Britain. From stark moorland to angular cityscapes, and from rocky coastlines to lush woodland, Britain’s remarkable landscape and volatile weather provides generous material to fire the imagination.
The Awards are again being held in association with VisitBritain as part of the GREAT Britain 'Home of Amazing' campaign. And in support of the campaign, this year's competition will include a special extra prize, the VisitBritain 'Home of Amazing' Award, for the photograph that showcases the vast range of experiences that the nations and regions of Britain have to offer. Key supporter, Network Rail is also offering the 'Lines in the Landscape' Award for the best image of the contemporary rail network shown within its landscape setting.
Awards founder, Charlie Waite says: "As we enter our second decade, I am thrilled that the competition goes from strength to strength and that our passion, both for landscape photography and this beautiful country, continues undiminished. Each spring, as the trees burst into leaf and bluebells carpet our woodlands, you can feel spirits lift and it is the perfect time to get out with your camera and explore all corners of Great Britain.
"I have been fortunate, over my ten years as judge, to see many memorable photographs from many talented photographers and am very much looking forward to seeing this year’s entries."
Fancy your chances? Visit take-a-view.co.uk to enter. Remember, deadline for entries is 8 July 2017. Good luck!
Main image credit: Graham Dunn, Taking the S-bend to Edale, Derbyshire, England, Commended, Landscape Photographer of the Year, 2016