Photography

Photo Contest Shows UK’s Beauty in a Whole New Light

There’s more to the UK than postcard scenes such as Big Ben or Buckingham Palace and 2017’s Landscape Photographer of the Year contest showcased the beautiful corners of this green and pleasant land, from the south coast to the north of Scotland and eveything in between!

Photographer Benjamin Graham scooped the overall top prize for an abstract image of the West Sussex coastline, showcasing the area’s barren sand dunes and huge sky. This is now the third year in a row that a coastal image has picked up the top prize in this prestigious competition. Along with picking up the £10,000 top prize, Benjamin also has the honour of seeing his image in a special book with other winning entries and commented on his photo; “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.”

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Benjamin Graham used a Nikon D810 paired with a 50mm prime lens to capture his winning image. Image by Benjamin Graham.

The competition is now in its 11th year and more images can be seen at the Landscape Photographer of the Year website, and also at a free exhibition that will run from November to February at London Waterloo. Don’t worry though, we’ve got even more amazing winning images to share with you right now…

Matt Cooper’s image of Brighton’s famous Pier was captured at sunrise with the help of a drone and offers a completely different view to how the popular landmark is usually seen.

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Image by Matt Cooper.

Not all views in the UK are of mountains or coastlines and George Roberson’s gritty capture of smoke spewing from factory stacks in Stirlingshire, Scotland, won the Urban View category.

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Image by George Robertson.

Adrian Gidney’s long exposure image shows the clouds streaking over Buttermere, a famous spot in Cumbria’s Lake District. Adrian used a Canon 6D paired with a 16-35mm to capture this jaw-dropping scene.

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Image by Adrian Gidney.

Peter North used a Canon 650D and a Tamron 16-300mm to capture the different shades of green atop the rolling fields of Hertfordshire.

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Image by Peter North.

Sharon Wilson captured a fogbow (created when groups of water droplets combine) above a solitary tree on snow-covered Rannoch Moor, which is near Glencoe in the Highlands of Scotland. Sharon’s used a Nikon D800 paired with a 16-35mm lens to shoot her dramatic frame.

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Image by Sharon Wilson.

Jeff Overs’ mind blowing image needs a second look to deceiver. The scene shows a hiker looking at what appears to be a shadowy mountain landscape but is actually shapes created by water overflowing from the Wet Sleddale Reservoir in Cumbria.

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Image by Jeff Overs.

Neil Burnell used a 44 second long exposure, along with his Nikon D810 and Zeiss 21mm lens to turn the waves around Essex into a milky blur.

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Image by Neil Burnell.

Ken Rennie’s image of The Raven – a boat first launched in 1889 – slicing its way through the mirror-like reflection on Ullswater in the Lake District was shortlisted for the competition’s Living The View category.

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Image by Ken Rennie.