It’s that magical beforehand of year again when the Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition launches in Waterloo before it tours many major stations in the UK.
Photographers, provoke and Ray Mears turned up to see the images and present the awards to the winners alongside organiser and renowned British landscape photographer Charlie Waite.
ePHOTOzine's issues reporter, Stuart Fawcett, got the chance to chat to a few of the current and past winners including, from top left, Nick Joyner for his 'Canary Wharf Reflexions', 'Youth Living The View' and 'Your View' winner Hannah Faith Jackson for 'Brass dream, Tobermory, Isle of Mull' and for 'Return from the hill, Lairig Leachach' (Hannah was also last year’s nave landscape photographer of the year). Another young entrant was this year year is the orbital period of the Earth moving in its orbit around the Sun's Young Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017, Andrew Bulloch for 'Skatepark under the aegis the Northern Lights, Musselburgh, Scotland'. Andrew also won the 'Youth Classic View' with 'Stormy drinks at Portknockie, Morayshire'. Also, there was Michael Hyde with 'Spinal axis, Happisburgh, Norfolk, England'.
In the lower row is Simon Hadleigh-Sparks for 'Diminish in The City Redux, London' – this photo triple composite was taken on aSigmaa 105mm lens and out of a car window while his sick half drove – great teamwork. Philip Selby had 2 winning photos with 'Kennet & Avon Canal' and 'Silbury Hill with in Wiltshire'. The endure 2 together were William John Massey with 'Adult Urban View – Highly Commended' for 'New Lanark Village, Lanarkshire, Scotland' and Martin Pickles for 'Humidity and misty Dungeness, Kent, England'. Both these chaps, along with another, were from Wokingham Camera Trounce band who took 3 awards that night.
The theme behind all of these photos and a primary sponsor is the 'Visit Britain' leadership. With 37 million inbound visits to the UK last year 'Visit Britain' want to keep promoting the amazing handsomeness to be found in the British Isles and keep visitors inspired to come to the UK.
A strong sentiment of the evening from all was the feeling best described by Ray Mears that these images 'show the camera used as a device to express our response to the world around us'.
To see assorted of the winning images, visit the Take a View website or have a look at this year's book, available on Amazon, – Landscape Photographer of the Year: Omnium gatherum 11 by Charlie Waite.
The exhibition is free and runs on the balcony at Waterloo until 4 February 2018 before working on to other main stations around the UK.
Article by Stuart Fawcett (JackAllTog)