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.