Misty Lochs, Magical Woods and Spectacular Lightning Strikes: Feast Your Eyes on The Incredible Winning Shots for The 2020 Landscape Photographer of The Year Awards
The splendour of Britain’s rural and urban landscapes have been captured in breathtaking fashion for the 13th time – by the shortlisted and winning entries to the 13th Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. Every time, without fail, the winning and shortlisted images by the nation’s most talented amateur and professional photographers take the breath away.
As before, prints of the top shots are presented in the lavish Landscape Photographer of the Year coffee-table book (AA Publishing).
This book is the perfect companion for all photography enthusiasts and armchair travellers, with every image accompanied by a first-hand account of the story behind the picture.
Landscapes at Night runner-up. (Photo by Wesley Chambers/Light Pass/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
When the Fog Parted, north Wales coast. Changing Landscapes special award winner. “The blanket of fog over the Irish Sea parted revealing the line of wind turbines off the north Wales coast. Tiny black dots appeared as a flock of migrating birds flew past over the fog. Do they know the way, or has the gap in the fog helped them?”. (Photo by Graham Eaton/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Counting Sheep, Essex. Young Landscape photographer of the year. “I captured this photo on the South Downs in East Sussex whilst out on a walk with my sister. We spotted this sheep standing well away from its herd. As I slowly approached the fence – trying my best not to scare it – I knelt down beside it and took the photo. Although some may think this image may have looked better and cooler with something like a deer stood in its place, I like that it is a sheep – I think many believe that there is not much point taking a photo of a sheep because we see them all the time”. (Photo by Joshua Elphick/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Landscapes at Night winner. (Photo by Alyn Wallace/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Drama at the Lighthouse, Wales. Your View category winner. A dramatic look at the power of the sea engulfing the lighthouse with huge waves. (Photo by Aleks Gjika/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Callanish Sunburst, Isle of Lewis. Classic View youth winner. “We had just arrived on Lewis for a family holiday when we noticed the sky was looking interesting and there was potential for a good sunset. We jumped in the car and drove the very short distance to Callanish where I joined all the tourists, just as the sun slowly set behind the standing stones. It was just about to disappear over the horizon when I caught this little sunburst”. (Photo by Andrew Bulloch/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Roman Road, Dorset. Classic View adult winner. “As the title suggests this was once a Roman road, built around 43AD as a supply route to a local fortress. It travels through deciduous woodland from the A35 in Upton to Corfe Mullen in Poole, Dorset. It is an area that I have visited with my camera many times before but none as ethereal as this morning was”. (Photo by Leigh Dorey/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Ribblehead, North Yorkshire. Lines in the Landscape winner. Steam train crossing Ribblehead viaduct. (Photo by Brian Nunn/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Shoalstone Pool, Devon. Your View youth category winner. “I took this at Shoalstone outdoor pool in Brixham, south Devon at 5.00am in 2019. I needed to take the picture at high tide and also with the early morning sea mist”. (Photo by Adam Furneaux/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Chinese New Year, London. Urban Life youth winner. The vibrant Chinese lanterns and colours in Chinatown, London celebrating Chinese new year captured in a puddle. (Photo by Olivia Ritchie/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Got You, Glasgow. Urban Life category winner. “This large mural is part of the Glasgow city centre mural trail. It was taken in June 2017. I was looking to create a composition where the mural was interacting with someone or something in the alleyway. I stood in a small doorway for some time, waiting for the right person to come past. Fortunately, it started raining and a lady with her umbrella suddenly appeared to create the image I was looking for”. (Photo by George Robertson/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Wallace monument from the banks of the Forth, Stirlingshire. Historic Britain special award winner. “The Wallace monument taken from the backs of the River Forth on a calm autumn morning. I had been to this location on many previous occasions to take a sunrise image and again on this morning I thought I was going to be disappointed. Although the sunrise was underwhelming, something made me wait for an extra few hours to see what would happen with the light”. (Photo by Graham MacKay/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
West Pier Starlings. Commended in the Your View category. (Photo by Adain Mills/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Spotlight, Devon. Black and White category winner. “This was my first shot with a full spectrum converted Nikon D3200. This was taken with a 850nm screw-on filter for a nice contrast black and white image. I’ve since added a few filters to my collection and look forward to creating something quite different with the infrared full spectrum”. (Photo by Neil Burnell/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Battersea at dusk, London. ines in the Landscape special award runner-up. “The rapid conversion of Battersea power station makes for an ever-hanging canvas as a backdrop to the trains leaving Vauxhall station. Here is a classic view with both stationary and moving transport. Taken from Ebury Bridge, Victoria, I managed to gain an £80.00 fine for taking our old diesel VW into this part of London without paying the charge!”. (Photo by Ron Tear/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Ephemerality. Black and White category winner. “I have watched the transient forms of the dandelions. The fluffy orbs dispersing seeds on the wind to form new life”. (Photo by Mollie Thorne/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
The Cloud Factory, Derbyshire. Changing Landscapes runner-up. “The unmistakable Hope Valley Breedon cement factory, also known as the cloud factory by the locals. I took this shot during golden hour one morning in January 2020. The light was beautiful, I took this at full zoom to compress the distance between the farm and factory. I like how the factory almost looks like it is floating above the farm!”. (Photo by Wesley Chambers/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Winter’s Coming, Lancashire. Historic Britain runner-up. “Shot with my drone on a cold February morning this year at Jubilee tower in Darwen. A favourite location of mine to fly my drone and particularly rewarding after some wintry weather. This wasn’t an easy shot and on my walk to the tower visibility was less than 10 metres. Fortunately, the clouds cleared long enough to grab a few special pictures”. (Photo by Gregg Wolstenholme/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)
Woolland Woods, Dorset. Landscape photographer of the year 2020. “Taken in spring of 2018 in a wooded area close to Milborne St Andrew in Dorset, this was the third visit to the area in a matter of days. On the previous days, both devoid of morning mists, the light had been harsh and unappealing but the third day delivered stunning conditions with mist swirling through the trees. The low shooting position allowed more emphasis to be placed on the wild garlic and pathway”. (Photo by Chris Frost/UK Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020)