2018 marks the twelfth edition of the popular Landscape Photographer of the Year, the stunning coffee-table book that contains spectacular full-colour prints of the winning and commended entries from the 2018 Take A View Landscape Photographer of the Year competition. Both book and competition showcase the United Kingdom’s most beautiful and dramatic scenery through the sharp eyes of the nation’s best amateur and professional photographers.
From saltmarshes, chalk cliffs and misty lochs to tumbledown villages, geometric farmland and jagged cityscapes, Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 12 captures the splendour of Britain’s rural and urban landscapes, from the Outer Hebrides to the Sussex coastline. This book is the perfect companion for all photography enthusiasts and armchair travellers, with every image accompanied by a first-hand account of the story behind the picture.
The winner of landscape photographer of the year 2018!
This year’s overall winner is Peter Rowbottom with a striking shot taken in Glencoe, Scotland. He takes away a £10,000 prize and will be published with all other shortlisted and commended images in the stunning awards book. The images will be displayed in a free exhibition on the balcony at Waterloo Station. Opening on 19th November, the exhibition is hosted by Network Rail and will run for eleven weeks, closing on 3rd February 2019. Admission is free.
Pete Rowbottom said: “I’d visited this location many times before, in differing weather conditions each time. Forsaking the well-known show at the falls near here this morning, I had set out to shoot sunrise upriver and, with the freezing cold weather, I was hoping to find some frozen pools of ice with radiating lines that I could potentially use as foreground. The sunrise wasn’t the best, as low cloud had drifted in, but walking along the river there were a few icy sections which looked like possible shooting points. Then I saw this unusual and dramatic formation of ice around the rocks; right then I knew I had my spot. The problem was that when shooting from above on the tripod, the ice spikes, although visible, were getting lost in the scene. The only solution was to go low, very low; the same level as the ice. The main problem was my tripod, which wouldn’t go down that far, as I had forgotten to pack my small centre column. The solution turned out to be getting as many flat rocks as I could find to create a makeshift ‘tripod’ to rest the camera (and lens) on at ground level, while lying on the floor. I got very wet.”
The 2018 Winners Are
- Overall winner: Pete Rowbottom, “Ice Spikes,” Glencoe, Scotland
- Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ Award: Alan Courtney, “Sunset over Holes Bay,” Dorset, England
- Sunday Times Magazine’s Choice: Stuart McGlennon, “Buttermere Bloom,” The Lake District, Cumbria, England
- Classic view: John Finney, “Blizzard in the High Peak,” Derbyshire, England
- Living the view: Mick Blakey, “Fisherman on rocks in strong westerly winds,” Porth Nanven, Cornwall, England
- Urban view: Alex Wolfe-Warman, “Terraced houses,” Bristol, England
- Your view: Nicky Goodfellow, “Beauty in Decay,” Edinburgh, Scotland
Youth Class (17 and under)
- Overall winner: Josef Fitzgerald-Patrick, “Land’s End,” Cornwall, England.
- Classic view: Josef Fitzgerald-Patrick, “Sunset over Porthgwarra,” Cornwall, England
- Living the view: Hannah Faith Jackson, “Band on the Run,” South Shields, Tyne & Wear, England
- Urban view: Andrew Bulloch, “The ‘Beast from the East’ hits Edinburgh,” Scotland
- Your view: Josef FitzGerald-Patrick, “Milky Way over Porthgwarra Cove,” Cornwall, England