The winners of the annual Landscape Photographer of the Year awards, which was started back in 2006 and aims to celebrate all that is great about the British landscape, have been unveiled, giving viewers a chance to see some truly epic imagery.
The competition boasts a £20,000 prize fund, winning images are showcased at an exhibition in London and are also feature in an accompanying book. As you may expect, the winning photos show a diverse range of British landscapes, from snow-capped Scottish mountains to castles off the Cornish coastline.
Photographer Pete Rowbottom took the main ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ title for his image entitled ‘Ice Spikes’, which was captured at Glencoe in Scotland. Awards founder, renowned photographer Charlie Waite said: “The numerous strong diagonal lines of the ice fractures in Pete’s image echo the shape of Buachaille Etive Mòr in the background and have peaks of their own. You can’t take your eyes away from the relationship between the mountain and the ice; it is visually very strong and has a mathematical precision.”
The Young Landscape Photographer of the Year title went to Josef Fitzgerald-Patrick for his image of a mountain biker in action at Land’s End. It was a bumper year for Josef who also won two of the four categories for young photographers in addition to the main prize.
John Finney took top honours in the adult Classic View category for his image entitled; ‘Blizzard in the High Peak’, which was taken in Derbyshire, England.
Taking the runner-up place in the Adult Classic View category was Mario D’Onofrio, who captured a truly epic frame of the Milky Way above St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall, England.
Photographer Mick Blakey was awarded top spot in the Adult Living the View category for his high-impact capture of a fisherman in stormy conditions along the coastline at Porth Nanven, Cornwall.
Runner-up in the same category was Rod Ireland with his image entitled; ‘The Long Walk’, who captured the minimalist beauty of the Cairngorms mountains in Scotland during winter.
The Urban View category offered a change of pace from the more traditional landscape images and Alex Wolfe-Warman took top spot for his photo entitled; ‘Terraced houses’, which was captured from a hot-air balloon.
Josef Fitzgerald-Patrick picked up another in, this time in the Youth Your View category for this spectacular photo of the Milky Way over Porthgwarra Cove, Cornwall, England.
Dave Fieldhouse was awarded the Runner-Up in the ‘Lines in the Landscape’ category for his image entitled; ‘Sleeping Giant’, which was taken in Battersea, London, England.
Andrew Jones’s striking image, entitled; ‘Isolation’ was Commended in the Classic View category. The ethereal scene captured just after dawn shows Derwent Isle in Cumbria, England.
Stuart McGlennon’s painterly frame of Buttermere Bloom in The Lake District, Cumbria netted him a Highly Commended result in the Adult Classic category.
Lastly, Richard Smith’s high-contrast mono photo, entitled;’ Vertex’ was Commended in Adult Classic view category. The view shows Talacre Lighthouse in North Wales.