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Landscape Photographer of the Year: Stunning photos across UK

October 22, 2020 08:46 IST
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These incredible photos show some of the spectacular scenes captured by photographers as part of the annual Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.

Photographers from across the United Kingdom submitted images from wildlife to stormy waves, as well as cityscapes and ‘winter wonderland’ style scenes.

The overall winner of the 2020 competition, whose photo stands in pride of place on the first page of the book, was Chris Frost, whose early-morning shot of Woolland Woods in Dorset shows a blanket of mist rolling over a bank of white wild garlic.

 

Here we present over 18 of the images contained within the 2020 edition, with scenes including magical misty woods, enchanting lochs and spectacular waves.

Take note -- an exhibition of shortlisted and winning entries will premiere at London Bridge station on November 16 before a tour of the country.

Woolland Woods

This image was the overall winner. Snapped by Chris Frost, he said of his gold-medal effort: "Taken in spring of 2018 in a wooded area close to Milborne St Andrew in Dorset, this was the third visit to the area in a matter of days. On the previous days, both devoid of morning mists, the light had been harsh and unappealing, but the third day delivered stunning conditions with mist swirling through the trees. The low shooting position allowed more emphasis to be placed on the wild garlic and pathway." Photograph: Chris Frost/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Light Pass

The runner up in the Landscapes at Night category. Photograph: Wesley Chambers/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Counting Sheep

The photographer says of this image: "I captured this photo on the South Downs in East Sussex whilst out on a walk with my sister. We spotted this sheep standing well away from its herd. As I slowly approached the fence -- trying my best not to scare it -- I knelt down beside it and took the photo. Although some may think this image may have looked better and cooler with something like a deer stood in its place, I like that it is a sheep – I think many believe that there is not much point taking a photo of a sheep because we see them all the time." Photograph: Joshua Elphick/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Protector

The winner in the Landscapes at Night category. Photograph: Alyn Wallace/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Drama at the Lighthouse

A dramatic look at the power of the sea engulfing the lighthouse with huge waves. Photograph: Aleks Gjika/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

West Pier Starlings

This amazing picture was taken in Brighton by Adrian Mills. The photographer said: "Starling-murmuration-watching in Brighton is a pleasure. The variety is incredible, their behaviour differs with the conditions. You get something different every time. A falcon stirs things up and the flocks respond with flowing shapes. This conceptual image of two images taken moments apart sums up the uniqueness of the setting for me. It also reminds me of the plume of smoke from the fire that reduced the West Pier to its skeletal state." Photograph: Adrian Mills/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Mirkwood

This image, called Mirkwood, was an entry in the Your View adult class category and taken in Buckinghamshire. Photographer Will Milner said: "A lovely little scene, reminiscent of the fictional Mirkwood in J R R Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series of novels. The interplay between sunlight, foliage and mist stopped me in my tracks." Photograph: Will Milner/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Dawn at Fox Covert

A hypnotic image by Peter North taken in Royston, Hertfordshire, that he entered in the Your View adult class. He called it Dawn at Fox Covert and described the story behind the capture: "Having got up early to drive to this scene, I was rewarded with fantastic and dramatic light as the rising sunlight filtered through the trees while being diffused by the mist." Photograph: Peter North/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Spotlight

"This was my first shot with a full spectrum converted Nikon D3200. This was taken with a 850nm screw-on filter for a nice contrast black and white image. I’ve since added a few filters to my collection and look forward to creating something quite different with the infrared full spectrum." Photograph: Neil Burnell/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

The Cloud Factory

The photograph taken by Wesley Chambers, said: "The unmistakable Hope Valley Breedon cement factory is also known as the cloud factory by the locals. I took this shot during golden hour one morning in January 2020. The light was beautiful -- I took this at full zoom to compress the distance between the farm and factory. I like how the factory almost looks like it is floating above the farm!" Photograph: Wesley Chambers/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Cool Power

This incredible snap, called Cool Power, by Steven Cole was an entry in the MPB Changing Landscapes award. He said: "It is a rare sight to see [Nottinghamshire's] Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in full steam, so I took the opportunity on a chilly evening to capture this seldom-seen occurrence. Sawley Cut waterway is excellent for reflections on a calm day or night, even more so when there is a great deal of steam from the power station." Photograph: Steven Cole/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Winter’s Coming

"Shot with my drone on a cold February morning this year at Jubilee tower in Darwen. A favourite location of mine to fly my drone and particularly rewarding after some wintry weather. This wasn’t an easy shot and on my walk to the tower visibility was less than 10 metres. Fortunately, the clouds cleared long enough to grab a few special pictures." Photograph: Gregg Wolstenholme/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Wallace Monument from the banks of the Forth

The Wallace monument taken from the backs of the River Forth on a calm autumn morning. "I had been to this location on many previous occasions to take a sunrise image and again on this morning I thought I was going to be disappointed. Although the sunrise was underwhelming, something made me wait for an extra few hours to see what would happen with the light." Photograph: Graham MacKay/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Battersea at Dusk

The rapid conversion of Battersea power station makes for an ever-hanging canvas as a backdrop to the trains leaving Vauxhall station. Here is a classic view with both stationary and moving transport. Taken from Ebury Bridge, Victoria, I managed to gain an £80.00 fine for taking our old diesel VW into this part of London without paying the charge! Photograph: Ron Tear/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Ribblehead

The winner of the Network Rail 'Lines in the Landscape Award' is this stunner by Brian Nunn of a steam train crossing the Ribblehead Viaduct in North Yorkshire. Photograph: Brian Nunn/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Majestic Winter Highland

This jaw-dropping picture of Scotland's Glenfinnan Viaduct was highly commended in the Classic View adult class category. It's called Majestic Winter Highland and was taken using a drone by Chris Gorman. He said: "The viaduct is well known to Harry Potter fans, having been used by the Hogwarts Express in four of the popular films. Geeky attention to weather forecasts paid off. I jumped on a plane to Scotland with various ideas in mind. Blizzard conditions initially stopped me flying the drone. I decided late in the day to head to Glenfinnan, where I arrived just 20 minutes before sunset to a scene like something out of Narnia. The storm miraculously eased and revealed the hills for the first time. I scrambled the drone up knowing I had just minutes of light left. I managed just two frames before hail started battering the drone and I scrambled it back again. The next day, the snow was gone." Photograph: Chris Gorman/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Herringfleet Frosty Sunrise

This image takes your breath away. The photographer behind it, David Andrews, said: "I took this image of Herringfleet Mill in Suffolk a couple of years ago. I liked it so much that I have a canvas of it on my wall now." Photograph: David Andrews/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

Got You

This large mural is part of the Glasgow city centre mural trail. It was taken in June 2017. I was looking to create a composition where the mural was interacting with someone or something in the alleyway. I stood in a small doorway for some time, waiting for the right person to come past. Fortunately, it started raining and a lady with her umbrella suddenly appeared to create the image I was looking for. Photograph: George Robertson/Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020

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