Lonely Planet Writer

Winners of the Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018

The winning images from the Landscape Photographer of the Year Competition 2018 have been unveiled, with the final selection showing the breathtaking beauty on display in diverse destinations across Britain. Now in its twelfth year, the competition saw thousands of entries from all over the country.

The winning image was taken by Pete Rowbottom, and depicts sharp shards of ice on a cold February morning in Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands. “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. 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. The cold of the mountain and ice together contrast well with the amber of their surroundings. This is an image where you can hear and feel the landscape, as well as see it, so it is emotionally strong and involves the viewer on multiple levels,” said Charlie Waite, landscape photographer and founder of the awards.

The winning selection included scenes of dramatic storms and raging seas, to quiet misty woodlands and close-ups of nature’s details. The Young Landscape Photographer of the Year title was awarded to Josef FitzGerald-Patrick for his image of a mountain biker in action at Land’s End in Cornwall. Josef won two of the four categories for young photographers in addition to the main prize. An exhibition featuring the winning entries will be held on the balcony at Britain’s busiest station, London Waterloo, giving thousands of visitors the chance to see the images. Opening on Monday, 19 November, the exhibition is hosted by Network Rail and will run for twelve weeks, closing on 3 February 2019, before heading off on a tour of selected stations countrywide.

All the winning and commended photographs from the competition can be found in the Awards book ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 12’ by AA Publishing, which is available now.

Blizzard in the High Peak, Derbyshire, England. Winner of the Adult Classic View category.
Blizzard in the High Peak, Derbyshire, England. Winner of the Adult Classic View category.
Terraced houses, Bristol, England. Winner of the Adult Urban View category.
Terraced houses, Bristol, England. Winner of the Adult Urban View category.
Holme Fell, The Lake District, Cumbria, England. Commended in the Adult Classic View category.
Holme Fell, The Lake District, Cumbria, England. Commended in the Adult Classic View category.
Collide, Newhaven, East Sussex, England. Winner of the Fujifilm Print Prize.
Collide, Newhaven, East Sussex, England. Winner of the Fujifilm Print Prize.
Milky Way over Porthgwarra Cove, Cornwall, England. Winner of the Youth Your View category.
Milky Way over Porthgwarra Cove, Cornwall, England. Winner of the Youth Your View category.
Sunset over Porthgwarra, Cornwall, England. Winner of the Youth Classic View category.
Sunset over Porthgwarra, Cornwall, England. Winner of the Youth Classic View category.
Beauty in Decay, Edinburgh, Scotland. Winner of the Adult Your View category.
Beauty in Decay, Edinburgh, Scotland. Winner of the Adult Your View category.
Ice Spikes, Glencoe, Scotland. Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018 winner.
Ice Spikes, Glencoe, Scotland. Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018 winner.
Land's End, Cornwall, England. Young Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018 winner.
Land's End, Cornwall, England. Young Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018 winner.
Clearing Fog, Beachy Head Lighthouse, East Sussex, England. Highly Commended in the Adult Your View Category.
Clearing Fog, Beachy Head Lighthouse, East Sussex, England. Highly Commended in the Adult Your View Category.
Buttermere Bloom, The Lake District, Cumbria, England. Winner of the The Sunday Times Magazine Award.
Buttermere Bloom, The Lake District, Cumbria, England. Winner of the The Sunday Times Magazine Award.
The Birds, Elgol, Isle of Skye, Scotland. Highly Commended in the Adult Classic View category.
The Birds, Elgol, Isle of Skye, Scotland. Highly Commended in the Adult Classic View category.
The Daymark - Brixham, Devon, England. Winner of the Adobe Prize.
The Daymark - Brixham, Devon, England. Winner of the Adobe Prize.
Fisherman at Porth Nanven, Cornwall, England. Winner in the Adult Living the View category.
Fisherman at Porth Nanven, Cornwall, England. Winner in the Adult Living the View category.