Basic Image Requirements

First of all the images submitted must have been taken in the UK in the last five years of the competition closing date. Whilst we have changed the closing date to the 10th May 2020 due to the Corona virus outbreak, we will still honour the original closing date when it comes to the 5 year rule. So images taken since the 5th April 2015 can be submitted.

Image files should be uploaded to the site as jpegs (72ppi min, 300ppi max) with 1280 pixels along the longest length, and no larger than 5MB. Please do not include watermarks, borders or signatures on your entry. When resizing your pictures, please make sure that you do not overwrite your original file. You must ensure that you upload your images the right way round. No responsibility can be taken by LPOTY for images that are submitted backwards or incorrectly orientated. Panoramic images are eligible for all categories. We recommend that you use a camera of 6 mega pixels or more. Please ensure that your camera is on its highest-quality setting.

You can also submit images that have been scanned from film or negative to all categories.
Images must be of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands but you do not have to be a UK resident to enter - entries are also welcome from overseas entrants.

You may already have the images that you want to enter in your files. This is fine, as long as they have been taken within the five years immediately prior to the closing date. Images that have appeared in a previous Landscape Photographer of the Year books or those that have been successful in other national/international competitions are not eligible, see our T&C’s for more information. Images taken at the Youth workshops organised for the prize winners of previous competitions are also not eligible for entry.

Digital Adjustments

Please consider the spirit of the competition when preparing your entry. We want to celebrate the very best landscape photography and allow those viewing the winning images to share the experiences that you felt when you were out in the UK landscape.

Classic View, Urban View, Black and White

The integrity of the subject must be maintained and the making of physical changes to the landscape is not permitted. You may not, for example, remove fences, move trees or strip in the sky from another image. Digital adjustments including dodging & burning, changes to tone & contrast and cropping are allowed, as are High Dynamic Range imaging techniques, stitched panoramas and focus stacking. We will require the RAW file(s) or original camera jpeg(s) for any shortlisted image in these three categories and LPOTY reserves the right to disqualify any image that they feel lacks authenticity due to over-manipulation.

Classic View

Classic View

Black and White

Black and White

Urban Life

Urban Life

Your View and Living Britain

Digital manipulation is allowed. These categories aim to encourage creativity and a more conceptual approach but is also for images where post-production adjustments have exceeded those allowed in the rules for the other categories.

Your View

Your View

Living Britain

Living Britain

How to upload your images to LPOTY

Judging – what exactly do the judges see?

Images will be viewed by the judges without any accompanying information. The captions will not be shown and images will be judged on their visual interest and impact.

Other hints to help you to select your images:

Focus

The image should be sharp unless blur is an intentional effect. Winning and commended entries will be printed in a book and may be displayed as large exhibition prints, so it is critical that the quality is as high as possible. Please use the best possible camera that you can. The requirements given for camera quality are MINIMUM requirements and the larger the file size you can supply if your image is short-listed, the better. However, this will not change your chance of winning. As long as your image meets the minimum spec, it has an equal chance, but a larger file will mean that your image can be printed at a larger size. If you are shortlisted and asked to supply a high resolution file, please do not upsize your image file in post-production but supply the largest file size that your camera allows.

Light

The use of light is key to a good landscape and the most important thing is that the light is appropriate to the image. There are many different types of ‘good’ light; storm light, early morning light, even flat light can be perfect, depending on the subject.

Composition

When editing your images for entry, make sure that you stand back from them and view them as a whole. Is there a tree growing out of the back of a sheep? Is the whole thing on a slant? Would it have been better if you’d moved a few feet to the left? Or held the camera nearer to the ground? There are a lot of factors that contribute to the overall composition of an image, but it should be very obvious when everything has come together and looks right.

Emotion

This is a tricky one, as it is a very personal thing and hard to define. A good photograph will convey some of the emotion that the photographer was feeling at the time it was taken and a strong emotion, whether good or bad, can lift a picture above the ordinary. It is also a very good idea to seek a few opinions on the images you wish to enter. It can be difficult to assess your own work and be objective as there are always other factors that interfere – it may have been a particularly hard shot to get, you may have waited three days in a rainy camper van – but that does not necessarily make it good, so an opinion from someone who was not there when the picture was taken is invaluable.

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