Benjamin Graham’s image of pale dunes and a subtle sky at West Wittering in West Sussex brought him home the title of Landscape Photographer of the Year and the top prize of £10,000. Founder of the awards, Charlie Waite, described the winning image as having “a hypnotic and contemplative quality that acts as an antidote to turbulent times. When at the coast, we often just stand and gaze out to sea and seem to gain some kind of spiritual well-being from doing so. This image suggests the same emotional experience and the composition leads the eye on to infinite calm.”
The “Take a View – Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards” are held in collaboration with Visit Britain and the GREAT campaign, which aims to showcase the “diversity of amazing moments and experiences that can be only be had on a trip across Britain.” One accolade, the ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ Award was given to a photograph that best captured the spirit of the campaign, a photograph by Graham Niven that shows an early morning boat trip on Loch Garten in the Cairngorms – which puts the viewer in the boat itself.
The winning images will go on display at the Balcony in London Waterloo station, where visitors will be able to admire the British countryside as they travel through the busy city station.
They will be on show from 20 November and until 4 February 2018. From there, they will head off on a tour of stations countrywide, and the winning and commended photographs will be put together in a book, ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 11’, which is available now.