What categories can I enter?

There are four main categories in the adult competition, Classic View, Urban Life, Your View and Black and White, to find out more about our categories please click here.

There are also a selection of special awards in association with our partners, click here to find out more.

The Youth competition has the same four main categories as the main competition.

Images submitted can be taken in the last five years of the competition closing. Photographs taken since the 14 April 2016 are eligible.

Who can enter?

The awards are open to anyone and to all nationalities.

Youth entrants must be 18 or under on the closing date.

Details of our eligibility criteria can be found on the Terms and Condition's page.

What are the entry dates?

The competition is open for entries from 13 January 2021.

The closing date for entries is midday on 14 April 2021. The image uploader will remain open for twelve hours after this time to allow for the completion of entries already registered. No image uploads can be accepted after this time. Please make sure that you allow enough time to complete your entry.

The winners of the awards will be announced on the 24 October in The Sunday Times Magazine.

The LPOTY book (Collection 14) will be released in October.

The LPOTY exhibition will launch in November.

How many images can I enter?

You can enter as many images as you like! There are image bundles of 1, 8 and 20 that you can purchase.

Click here to view a video guiding your through the uploading process.

How much does it cost to enter?

The main competition which is for those aged 19 and over on the closing date:

A single image entry costs £9.99 (GBP).

8 entries cost £24.99 (GBP)

20 entries cost £34.99 (GBP)

The youth competition is free to enter in 2021.

Discount Codes:

a) Discount codes cannot not be applied to any previous purchases

b) The code should be applied at the checkout stage of your Image Bundle purchase.

Entry fees are inclusive of VAT set at 20%, Lightworx Ltd VAT no 887002222

Why do you charge an entry fee?

An entry fee has to be charged to cover administration and website costs plus our prize fund which is over £20k. We also have the publication of our book and of course our exhibition, if we didn’t charge a fee none of this would be possible.

Can I withdraw or swap an image once I’ve entered it?

If the awards are still open for entries then at any time you can remove an image that you have saved In Draft. If an image has been submitted that you need to delete, please contact admin@lpoty.co.uk.

Once the closing date for entries has passed images cannot be removed or swapped for other images.

Do I have to sign up to Landscape Photographer of the Year to enter?

Yes, you will need to register for an account to enable you to upload your images into the Awards.

Can images be taken on a phone?

Yes, images can be taken on any device capable of producing a digital image of sufficient size for entry. Here is a short video with more details.

Do images have to be taken in the United Kingdom?

For UK Landscape Photographer of the Year images must be of the British landscape.

Is there a minimum size for images?

There is a recommended maximum file size of 1280 pixels on the longest side for your initial submission. If any of your images are shortlisted you will be asked to provide a high res version along. Details of what you'll need to send can be found on our Terms and Conditions page.

Can I submit retouched images?

There are restrictions on the use of digital manipulation for some of the categories, so please check before making any edits to your image.

How do I upload my images?

Once you've registered and are ready to upload your images, ensure you have all the correct information for each image. You will be asked to provide the following for every image you upload:

Title | Caption | Camera make and model | Lens | Brief post production notes | Location | Date

Please ensure you upload one image at a time, if you try to move several images into the uploader box at once, the system with decline your images, this is because it thinks you are uploading several images as one entry. So please remember, upload one just one image at a time. Also ensure it is low res, if shortlisted you'll have the opportunity to upload the high res version at a later stage.

How will you use my image(s)?

By entering the Competition, you grant LPOTY and its partners and supporters a non-exclusive, irrevocable licence to reproduce, enlarge, publish or exhibit, on any media throughout the world, any image for any purpose connected with the Competition. With the right to sub-license where necessary, this shall include, but is not limited to:
a) inclusion in Competition books – print & digital versions;
b) display at any exhibitions;
c) on a secure web browser for judging purposes;
d) on the Competition website and on the websites of sponsors and supporters;
e) for use in press, promotional and marketing materials – both print & digital;
f) on social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo

Copyright of each image is retained by its respective photographer

What happens after the competition closes for entries?

The preliminary stage of judging takes place over the three weeks immediately after the competition has closed. This is followed by the second round, after which we will contact you if your image(s) have been successful to make it to the next stage which is technical judging. We will notify shortlisted entrants on the 18th May. (Please check your spam and junk folders before contacting us). If you have not heard from us on the 18th May then on this occasion your image(s) have not been shortlisted. Short listed entrants will have until midday on the 27th May to supply the additional information we require. Any accounts missing that information will not be taken into the final round of judging.

Once those who have been shortlisted have submitted their high res and RAW files, they will not hear from Landscape Photographer Of The Year again unless they are an Award winner - this means someone with an entry that is an overall competition winner or a category/special award winner, runner up, highly commended or commended. If you have not heard from us by the 22 October 2021 please assume that your image(s) have not been successful on this occasion.

Please note all images that are short listed may be shared across our social media sites, with full credit being given to the photographer in all instances.

What do I have to provide if one or more of my images is short listed?

We require a high resolution JPEG or TIFF file of your shortlisted image(s). It must be between 5MB - 40MB.

We also require a ZIP file containing your RAW files for each image that has been shortlisted.

Full instructions of this process will be sent to those who have an image that is short listed.

COVID restrictions

Please ensure you adhere to the governments COVID restrictions. These are subject to change, click here to view the latest rules. During lockdown you should not be travelling for your photography. Taking a camera on your daily walk or cycle ride in your local area is allowed.

If any COVID rules are broken obtaining a photograph, the photographer will be disqualified from the competition.

Please remember that Images submitted can be taken in the last five years of the competition closing. Photographs taken since the 14 April 2016 are eligible to enter.


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