Landscape Photographer of the Year was founded in 2006 by Charlie Waite, one of today’s most respected landscape photographers.

Our mission: To inspire profound engagement with the British landscape through photography.

With a total prize fund worth over £20,000, a full colour book of best entries and a popular annual exhibition, Landscape Photographer of the Year celebrates all that is great about the British landscape. The competition showcases the work of many talented photographers, inspiring visitors to experience the joys of the British landscape first hand.

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Charlie Waite - Awards Founder

Charlie is firmly established as one of the world’s leading landscape photographers. His photographic style is often considered to be unique, in that his photographs convey an almost spiritual quality of serenity and calm.

He was born in 1949 and worked in British Theatre and Television for the first ten years of his professional life. Throughout this period he became fascinated by theatrical lighting and design. Gradually the landscape and the way it can be revealed to us through light and shade stole him away from the acting profession.

He has established a worldwide reputation for his particular approach to his work. His photographs are held in private and corporate collections throughout the world.

Charlie founded the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards in 2006 with the aim of providing a showcase for those around the world who share his passion for the art of landscape photography.

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Anne Dowling - Strategy Director

Anne has an extensive background working with organisations who wish to refresh, revitalise and re-energise their positioning. She provides Landscape Photographer of the Year with new ideas, new partners and a fresh drive to build on it’s 16 year heritage.

Anne has worked globally and locally with clients to support their strategic direction and growth. She brings clarity, creativity and drive to LPOTY to inspire the photographer in all of us to firstly experience the view, and only then press the button! You will find Anne with her camera wherever there are small details, bountiful flower fields and swathes of colour.

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Paul Sanders - Creative Director

Paul joined the team in October 2022, he brings a wealth of experience and ideas to the team. He is a professional photographer based in Kent, running workshops, mentoring and individual tuition. Paul specialises is mindful photography, working with people who use photography to enhance their emotional and mental well-being. Paul's previous career was in news photography, he was The Picture Editor of The Times and has worked for Reuters and The Manchester Evening News as a photographer and picture editor.

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Victoria Marshall - Social Media

Victoria Marshall is a new addition to the team primarily looking after social media and content packages.

Victoria is the founder of The Virtual Collab a collaborative organisation that works with small business owners and entrepreneurs to provide Virtual Assistant and Online Business support.


Penny Follett - Accounts Manager

Penny has worked alongside Charlie for several years. She can usually be found number crunching in the office with a steady supply of coffee throughout the day.

When she's not busy slaving away in the office, Penny can often be found on her farm with her beloved flock of sheep. Penny is a countryside girl at heart and spends many hours in the beautiful Wiltshire landscape, often accompanied by her woolly friends!

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