Landscape Photographer of the Year 2022
Posted on Oct 26, 2022
Hailing from across the country, the images from this year’s Landscape Photographer of the Year competition are breath-taking
In its 15th year, the Landscape Photographer of the Year contest has long nurtured some of the most stunning visuals of our nation’s vistas. Devised by one the country’s most decorated landscape photographers, Charlie Waite, the aim is to inspire profound engagement with the British landscape through photography. An impressive £20k prize fund underwrites it, followed up with a full colour book and exhibition of the best entries.
Every year, a plethora of serene of misty forests, exhilarating crashing waves, and gloomy backstreets are showcased in the Awards, illustrating the magnitude and beauty of the British Landscape. This year, Will Davies’ image ‘Brecon in Winter’ was chosen as the overall winner, taking home the coveted title and £10,000 prize.
Will Davies says “This view is out towards the west of the Brecon Beacons from the Pen y Crug hill fort. I love this area in winter – the mountains somehow feel and look grander and wilder in the snow. The weather was not looking promising as I hiked up in the dark, but luckily the sun broke through right at sunrise, just long enough to get this shot. I have followed Landscape Photographer of the Year for a long time, without previously believing I had photos good enough to enter, so it was a wonderful surprise and a huge honour to find out from Charlie that I’d won.”
Founder, Charlie Waite says “Will has captured a wonderful relationship between the distant cold snow-covered tones and warmer tones below. The expertly balanced geometric shapes within the thrillingly vivid yellow provides the viewer with a superb visual experience, all culminating in this hugely well-deserved winning photograph.”
YOUNG LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR
In this category, ‘Dawn Reflection’ by Natasha Burns was awarded the title. Taken at Loch Creran, Argyll, the serene image captured the judge’s attention.
Natasha Burns says “Loch Creran is in a beautiful, forested glen near my house. It was early and the loch looked magical, shrouded in mist and completely still. I heard oars and saw the boat which was backlit with golden light. I was so thrilled when Charlie phoned to say I had won Young Landscape Photographer of the Year. The previous winners’ photographs are so amazing, it is a real honour to win this year.”
Charlie Waite says “Natasha has produced a photograph that demonstrates a perfect sense of timing and exceptional previsualisation. She has created a sublimely beautiful atmosphere that transports the viewer to enter a dream world of mystery and wonder and leaves the audience unable to depart from the place where she has taken them to.”
An exhibition of winning and commended entries will premiere on 31 October 2022 at Paddington Station. In partnership with Network Rail, the exhibition will travel up and down the United Kingdom, stopping at further stations including Manchester Piccadilly, Glasgow Central and London.
MPB are headline sponsor of Landscape Photographer of the Year 2022.
To view the full list of winners and highly commended images, see the Awards website.
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