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Landscape photographer of the year 2018 winners revealed


The winner of the ‘Take A View Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2018’ has been revealed.

The awards, now into the 12th year, celebrates the best amateur and professional photographers who have managed to snap the best images from across the UK this year.

With eight judges on the panel, photographer Pete Rowbottom took home the £10,000 prize as his picture of Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands jumped out. “I had set out to shoot sunrise upriver and, with the freezing weather, I was hoping to find frozen pools of ice with radiating lines that I could use as foreground. The sunrise wasn’t the best but walking along the river I saw this unusual and dramatic formation, and knew I had my spot,” he said after winning.

“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,” judge Charlie Waite said of the winning image. “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,” he added.

Here it is:

Elsewhere, Josef FitzGerald-Patrick claimed the Young Landscape Photographer of the Year award for his picture of a cyclist in mid air while exploring Land’s End: “Last year I met up with friend and fellow mountain biker Russ Pierre for a brilliant photo shoot but there was one image that, although stunning, had so much room for improvement,” he told the BBC. 

“We went back in the spring of 2018 to set about capturing the dream image. I found a good composition featuring a nice rocky drop for Russ to jump, with the Armed Knight and setting Sun behind it. And there I had it, our dream shot.”

Here it is:

A free exhibition of winning entries is set to be held on the Balcony at London Waterloo station from Monday November 19th for 12 weeks before going on tour to selected stations nationwide.

Other nominees included:

A fisherman balanced on the rocks while battling the strong winds in Porth Nanven, Cornwall, by Mick Blakey:

Mario D’Onofrio’s incredible image of the Milky Way which was taken above St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall:

“The ‘teapot’ of Sagittarius can also be clearly seen to the left of the Mount, along with Saturn, the brightest point in the sky here, just above the clouds creeping in from the right,” he said of the image. “I must have taken hundreds of shots – but it was this single exposure that I ended up being most satisfied with to tell the story of that night.”

Alex Wolfe-Warman, a photographer who specialises in the ‘Urban View’ category, took a hot air ballon ride to capture Bristol streets:

A close second in this category was Andrew Midgley for his snowy picture taken in Norfolk, “I am always excited by the prospect of snow. I think this image is influenced by Nordic noir cinema, and a winter trip to Russia a few years ago,” he said.

Here it is:

Moving away from the snow, Darren Ciolli-Leach dived deep into the incredibly green woodland of the Peak District and avoided the masses of midges chasing him from 4:15am.

It was all worth it though, he managed to get this shot:

Rachel managed to capture Storm Ophelia arching the waves across a lighthouse and she waited three hours, battling the elements in order to get the shot: