LPOTY launches its 13th Awards

Could you be the next Landscape Photographer Of The Year? The search for the Landscape Photographer Of The Year 2020 begins.
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January 15th2020, Gillingham, Dorset: Submissions for the 13th Landscape Photographer Of The Year Awards are now open at until the 5thApril 2020.

Entry for the 13th Landscape Photographer of the Year competition is now open and entrants have until 5thApril 2020 to submit their photographs of the British landscape. Landscape Photographer of the Year is one of the world’s most exciting photography awards, founded by renowned landscape photographer, Charlie Waite. The competition is open to everyone, with a special class for those younger than 18. There is a prize fund worth over £20,000, including £10,000 for the overall winner and additional special awards.

As in previous years, an exhibition of shortlisted and winning entries will premiere in London in the summer. Previous locations for the annual showcase have included the National Theatre and London Waterloo Station. Shortlisted entrants will also be published in stunning coffee-table book Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 13, published by The AA on the 20thJuly 2020, and described by The Times as a ‘coffee-table staple’.

Awards founder, Charlie Waite comments: "From the days of early Homo sapiens, man’s activity on earth would have been depicted by often sophisticated paintings and scratchings on to rock surfaces.

In these days where information technology delivers in excess of three hundred million images a day through social networking sites, it may be interesting to take note that modern Homo sapiens are still preoccupied with 21st century versions of those sketches on rocks.

We are in danger of taking our primary truths from technology which could result in distancing ourselves from the natural world.

Thankfully however the most popular style of images that are being exchanged through the vast array of social networking sites are of a landscape nature, thus reminding us of what we treasure and what should be regarded as sacred.

Needless to say, this confirms most empathetically that millions of us experience the impulse and the need to either record or create images that arise perhaps from a state of wonder at the beauty of our world. I have often felt that the landscape photograph is in a sense a process of paying homage to something that the landscape photographer perceives to be beautiful, and the resulting image is a manifestation of that very personal dialogue that the photographer has with their subject.

Landscape Photographer of the Year is a wonderful platform for photographers to express their relishing of what the British landscape means to them and most especially what it meant to them at that most special of moments."

The 2020 awards see some exciting additions to the competition. There is the introduction of a new Black and White category alongside popular categories Classic View, Urban Life and Your View.

For the full list of competition categories along with descriptions please click here.

Network Rail will once again be our exhibition partners. We're delighted that their Special Award Lines on the Landscape will also be returning. In addition to this special award, we have three new special awards in association with our partners:

  • Changing Landscapesin association with MPB, this looks at environmental issues facing the British landscape today.
  • Landscapes at Nightin association with Light and Land, this considers all forms of night photography including Astrophotography, street and city photography at night etc.
  • Historic Britainin association with The Sunday Tines Magazine. Due to the Sunday Times approaching its 100thbirthday in 2021, we felt an award which highlights elements of the UK’s rich history which still appears in the landscape today would be perfect.

For the full list of competition special awards along with descriptions please click here.

There are exciting changes to the Young Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards with a view to engaging more young people to get out and photograph. A new portfolio category, Living Britain, has been introduced, plus from 2020 all youth entrants will receive a bundle of 5 free images that they can enter into the competition.

All entries to the awards must be uploaded via the competition website and the closing date is 5thApril 2020. Entry fees apply. Full terms and conditions can be found on the site. You can register to enter here.

Notes to Editors

Images from previous awards are available to support this press release. Charlie Waite is available for interview. For more information, please contact Katy Love at

Please note that all images & logos supplied by Take a view, or Take a view’s authorised associates, remain the copyright of their respective photographers or organisations. They may only be used for press/promotional purposes in direct connection with the Take a view Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards and must be credited. Image files should be deleted after agreed use and not retained in storage systems.

2020 competition key dates

● Open for entries 15 January – 5 April 2020

● Awards announcement - 12 July 2020

● Book release – 20 July 2020

● Exhibition launch in London – August 2020

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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