Congratulations to Antony Spencer from everyone at ePHOTOzine.
|Antony Spencer – Corfe Castle, Dorset, England
The subtle colours of a frosty morning at Corfe Castle shape the image that has won top prize in the search to find the ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’. Dorset photographer, Antony Spencer, becomes the fourth person to win this prestigious title and the £10,000 prize. His picture was chosen, by the judges, from the thousands of entries that showcased the richly diverse landscape of the UK.
From deserted beaches, remote mountains and windswept trees to major cities and industrial works, the ‘Take a view - Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards’ highlight the interaction between people and places that is so important for us all. This year’s successful entries can now be seen on the Take A View
Charlie Waite, one of Britain’s best-loved landscape photographers and founder of Take a view, set up the Awards to provide an ongoing platform for capturing images that best symbolise our land and our times, which will stand as a record for the future. The many thousands of entries that are received demonstrate both the beauty and variety of the UK landscape, its universal visual appeal and our ongoing love for exploring and photographing its many faces.
The 2010 Awards are being held in association with Network Rail and Natural England and two Special Awards were offered to celebrate this relationship. The Natural England ‘Landscape on your Doorstep’ Award is for the picture that best shows how everyday landscapes matter and was won by Slawek Staszczuk for his intimate, graphic picture of the South Downs. Helen Phillips, Chief Executive of Natural England, said: “This year’s extraordinary collection of images captures the tremendous variety of landscapes in this country and helps us appreciate the role they play as natural life support systems - filtering and storing water, holding fertile soils, locking in climate changing carbon, soaking up flood water, and buffering coastal storms. The awards are a reminder of how valuable our landscapes are and how important it is that we look after them.”
The Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ Award was for a picture successfully showing the interaction of today’s rail network with the surrounding landscape. Chris Howe’s beautifully composed image of Grindleford Station in the Peak District National Park was a perfect example and a worthy winner. Robin Gisby, director of operations and customer service for Network Rail, commented: “For over 150 years, the railway has helped connect people across the length and breadth of the country; it is a big part of British life. Network Rail has the proud duty of protecting and promoting this legacy as well as building a modern rail network for the 21st century. That is why we are supporting this competition which captures both our railway and the rest of British life in such spectacular fashion.”
Railways are also the focus for the winner of the Young Landscape Photographer of the Year title. Congratulations go to Taliesin Coombes for his image of a steam train leaving Cardiff Station.
Over 100 of the very best images will premier in a stunning, free exhibition at the National Theatre in London from 22nd November 2010. This year’s exhibition is again supported by Epson UK and their Digigraphie™ ensures prints of consistent standards and ‘fine art’ quality.
The Awards book, Landscape Photographer of the Year Collection 4, by AA Publishing, features over 170 winning & commended entries from this year’s competition and is published on 31st October 2010.