Basic Image Requirements

Images submitted must have been taken in the UK in the last five years of the competition closing date. Images taken since the 31st May 2018 can be submitted for the 2023 competition.

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.

We recommend that you use a camera or phone of 6 mega pixels or more. Please ensure that your camera is on its highest-quality setting.

Images that have appeared in previous Landscape Photographer of the Year books or those that have been successful in other national/international competitions are not eligible. Images taken at workshops organised for the prize winners of previous competitions are also not eligible for entry.

See our T&C’s for more information.

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. Images must be a true representation the landscape. They should not deceive the viewer or misrepresent the reality of the landscape, or what was originally captured by the camera.

Classic View, Urban View, Black and White Categories and all Special Awards

In these categories, 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, paint the foreground or paint out the background.

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.

Expressions and Impressions of the Landscape

In this category, digital manipulation is allowed.

This category aims to encourage creativity and a more conceptual approach. It is also for images where post-production adjustments have exceeded those allowed in the rules for the other categories.

Submitting Images

All images must be submitted online through the LPOTY website using our image uploader.

Image files should be uploaded to the site as jpegs (300ppi max) and no larger than 5MB. 1280 pixels along the longest length is suggested, although you can increase this if needed.

When resizing your pictures, please make sure that you do not overwrite your original file.

Do not include watermarks, borders or signatures on your entry.

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.

You can submit images that have been scanned from film or negative to all categories.

The competition closes at 1300 (British Summer Time) on the 31st May 2023. The image uploader will remain open for two hours after this time to allow for the completion of entries already registered.

No image uploads can be accepted after this time, so make sure that you allow enough time to complete your entry.

Entry Fees

To enter the main competition you must be 19 years or older.

The Youth Competition is free for everyone aged 18 and under in 2023.

Entry fees for the main competition:

  • A single image entry costs £9.99 (GBP).

  • 8 entries cost £24.99 (GBP)

  • 20 entries cost £34.99 (GBP)

Entry fees are payable through PayPal and you will be asked for payment when submitting your images. They are inclusive of VAT set at 20%, Lightworx Ltd VAT no 887002222.

Why is there an entry fee?

Income from entry fees is vital to cover project management, administration and website costs for the competition, plus the prize fund which is over £15k. We also produce an annual book of best entries, an exhibition, and have ambitions to grow the competition to reach new audiences around the UK.

Without income from the entry fees and the generous support from our partners none of this would be possible.


We take judging very seriously and the process takes about five weeks. A panel of judges reviews entries in each category. Each submission is reviewed anonymously.

There are four rounds of judging, each with a different panel of judges. During the third round, shortlisted images will undergo a technical check to ensure the entries comply with our rules.

The captions will not be shown and all images are judged anonymously.

Here, Charlie Waite discusses the judging process in more detail:

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