Changes to LPOTY 2020

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we have had to make some changes to the 2020 Awards, full details are noted in our press release.
Apr 20

Landscape Photographer Of The Year announces changes for the 2020 competition

Landscape Photographer Of The Year announces entry period extension Due to COVID-19 pandemic, book publication date is rescheduled Exhibition dates rescheduled

April 1st 2020, Gillingham, Dorset Landscape Photographer Of The Year announces changes to the 2020 competition due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The first change is that we have extended our entry period to the 10th May 2020. This decision was taken in light of the fact that the country is now practicing social distancing measures. As we allow images dating back to 5th April to be submitted, it will give those with time on their hands to look through hard drives and memory cards and take the time they may not have had before to submit their entries into the competition.

The Landscape Photographer of the Year 2020 Award winners will now be announced on the 18 October 2020 in The Sunday Times Magazine.

The 13th edition of the Landscape Photographer of the Year book featuring the 2020 award winners will be published in October, an exact date will be announced in due course. As with many other companies, our publishers made the difficult decision to shut down their offices to keep all of their staff safe during this challenging time.

The Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition is now scheduled to start in central London in mid November where it will have a three month residency before travelling around the country, exact dates along with location details will be released shortly. Following on from discussions with our exhibition partners Network Rail, we decided to push the exhibition back to later in the year when everyone will be in a safer situation to visit it and fully enjoy the images on display without any worries or concerns to their health.

The final judging stage will also see changes for 2020. Normally this stage takes place at a venue in central London with all judges attending in person. We have decided not to proceed with this set up this year and will practice social distancing as recommended by the government and the WHO. Instead the final judging round will take place remotely as with all of our other judging stages.

Please email Katy Love for any additional information you may require about the 2020 Awards at

Notes to Editors

2020 competition key dates

● Open for entries 15 January – 10 May 2020
● Awards announcement – 18 October 2020
● Book release - October 2020
● Exhibition launch – Mid November 2020 in Central London

About Landscape Photographer Of The Year

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 £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 British landscapes at 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.

Awards are presented to both the adult and young Landscape Photographer of the Year and there are four main categories that have both adult and youth sections, 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.

About Charlie Waite

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. Represented in private and corporate collections throughout the world, he has held numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious venues in the UK, Japan and the USA.

With over 30 books to his name, Charlie‘s photographs have received wide critical acclaim over many years. A recent article in Royal West of England Academy Art Magazine featuring Charlie's work commented “Waite’s landscapes are rare perfections of light, colour and composition and offer the viewer a luxuriant portrait of a planet at peace”.

In 2000 Charlie was awarded the prestigious honorary fellowship to the British Institute of Professional Photographers and in early 2007 was presented with Amateur Photography’s Power of Photography Award, which is given to a photographer whose work is deemed to effectively demonstrate the powerful and memorable images of which photography is capable. Also a sought after writer, public speaker and presenter, Charlie has featured in numerous photographic and broadsheet publications, DVDs and television programmes on photography.

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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