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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Michaela Butler - Awards Director

Michaela took over the LPOTY reins in December 2021. Planning, organising and wearing lots of different hats is where Michaela is in her element, so she's delighted to join the team and help to grow the competition.

Michaela has recently completed an MA in Curating, as well as working with Bristol Museums developing interpretation for exhibitions. She is an experienced project manager, with roles producing projects and events in the cultural, education and charity sectors.

Outside the office Michaela enjoys getting out into the Somerset countryside, where she lives with her rescue rabbits and chickens.


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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