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The UK’s Landscape Photographer of the Year competition opens for entries

Posted on 19th May 2015

The UK’s Landscape Photographer of the Year competition opens for entries

Could you be the ninth holder of the title, ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ and win the top prize of £10,000? The search is now on to find the new winner of one of the nation’s most exciting photographic competitions, founded by renowned landscape photographer, Charlie Waite.

Entrants have until the 12th of July to enter the 2015 Awards by submitting their photographs of the British landscape. The competition is open to everyone and you can enter up to 25 photographs across the four categories. The prize fund is worth £20,000, with £10,000 for the overall winner and there is also a special class for those under 17, so the whole family can get involved.

Unlike many other photographic competitions, the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards celebrate the United Kingdom only, offering photographers worldwide the opportunity to showcase their images of this richly diverse and unique country.  You don’t have to live in the UK to enter and there is a special extra prize – the Countryside is GREAT Award – offered by the competition’s sponsors for the best image from an overseas entrant.

There are categories for urban views, landscapes with people, close-up details and conceptual landscapes, as well as more classic views, so there is plenty of scope for your imagination. Every part of the UK has a unique character; from the seascapes of Cornwall and the mountains of Scotland to the quieter beauty of the Home Counties and flat lands of the East, each providing many gems for photographer and traveller alike.

The Awards are being held in association with VisitBritain and Countryside is GREAT for the second year. Jasmine Teer, VisitBritain’s Photography Manager commented:  “Photographs that showcase the best of Britain play a vital role in VisitBritain’s mission: to raise our profile and inspire people all over the world to come and experience this beautiful country. We are very proud to support the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards and hope that, as part of Countryside is GREAT, we will encourage not only UK entrants but photographers from all over the world.”

Awards founder, Charlie Waite, added: “Now, more than ever, I think we are realising how important the British landscape is to our wellbeing. The feeling that we get when we shut the office door and escape to a green space, whether it be a small park or a vast mountain, is unique and of vital importance. Our landscape is a place in which to breathe and to create.”

“For me, landscape photography is a way to restore life’s balance and I know that many who enter the competition each year feel the same and share that emotion through their images. A photograph is a very powerful way to convey information, encouraging visitors to appreciate what Britain has to offer and to experience, first hand, the joy to be had from our landscapes.”

An exhibition of winning entries will premiere in November 2015 and around 150 of the best photographs from the competition will appear in the Awards book – Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 9 - by AA Publishing.

All entries to the Awards must be uploaded via the competition website, and the closing date is 12th July 2015. Entry fees apply. Full terms and conditions can be found on the site.

Image shows the eight previous winners (clockwise from top left): Antony Spencer (2010), Emmanuel Coupe (2009), Robert Fulton (2011), Mark Littlejohn (2014), Tony Bennett (2013),

Gary Eastwood (2008), Simon Butterworth (2012), Jon Gibbs (2007)

For more information & images to support this release, please contact:

VisitBritain is the national tourism agency, responsible for marketing Britain worldwide and developing Britain's visitor economy. Our mission is to build the value of tourism to Britain. We have a global footprint, thanks to our strong digital presence, and market Britain in 21 countries.

The GREAT vision is to get the world thinking and feeling differently about Britain so that we are seen as a vibrant, inspiring and innovative place to visit. 

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