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 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.

Meet the team

Katy Love - Creative Director

Katy has worked alongside Charlie since 2015. Having managed USA Landscape Photographer of the Year previously, she was thrilled to be asked to manage the UK competition in 2019. Katy can often be found juggling a few jobs at once in the office due to the varied nature of her role, but thoroughly enjoys and thrives on this. Luckily she is very organised - some might even say she has an exceptional skill for nagging others to ensure deadlines are met!

When she's not in the office Katy likes to relax and spend time with friends and family. We also can't forget to mention her dearest companion, Lottie the labrador, who is never far from Katy's side!

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Peter Sturt - Marketing and Partnership Manager

With over 25 years marketing experience in the photographic industry, Peter has worked alongside both Charlie and a number of other leading UK landscape photographers in his previous marketing role at LEE Filters. You may even have met him working on the LEE stand at The Photography Show.

Peter has recenlty joined the team to look after our marketing and partnership programme. A keen photographer himself, he is a creative thinker with a passion for both photography and the UK landscape.

When not out with his camera, he can be found either out on his bike or walking his dog. A true lover of the great outdoors and all it has to offer.

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Penny Follett - Accounts Manager

Penny has worked alongside Charlie for several years and 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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