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

With a total prize fund worth over £20,000, a full colour book of best entries and a popular annual exhibition in Central London, Landscape Photographer of the Year celebrates all that is great about the British landscape and showcases the work of many talented photographers, inspiring visitors to experience the joys of the British landscape first hand. Britain’s heritage is celebrated by people around the world and entries are welcome from everyone, whether resident in Britain or simply visiting.

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Awards are presented to both the adult and young Landscape Photographer of the Year. There are four main categories in the adult competition and five main categories in the youth competition, with additional prizes offered within each category.

The annual exhibition attracts many thousands of visitors. Held at the National Theatre for seven years, it became one of the venue’s most popular exhibitions before moving to London Waterloo, the busiest station in the country, in 2014. The first show of its kind to be held at the station, the exhibition has become a focal point for many of the quarter of a million visitors that pass through each day.

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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.

Over the last twenty-five years, he has lectured throughout the UK, Europe and the US. He has held numerous one-man exhibitions all over the world, including London, Tokyo, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Bielsko-Biała, New York and California. Waite has given and continues to give tuition to amateur, professional and aspiring photographers of all ages from the UK, Australia, Europe and the US which he hugely enjoys.

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 - Project 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 is currently completing an MA in Curating at UWE, Bristol. Alongside studying, she has been working with Bristol Museums developing interpretation for exhibitions. She is an experienced project manager, with roles producing projects and events in the cultural sector, education and healthcare.

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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