Press Release

Entry for the fourth annual Take a view – Landscape Photographer of the Year Award opens at the start of May and you have until mid-July to upload your pictures for a chance to win £10,000. Take a view, the idea of renowned landscape photographer, Charlie Waite, is one of the nation’s most exciting photographic awards – the search for the UK’s Landscape Photographer of the Year 2010.

Following the huge success and popularity of previous years, entrants have until 15th July to enter the 2010 Award by submitting their photographs of the British landscape. The competition is open to everyone & you can enter up to 15 photographs across the four categories. There is a total prize fund worth £20,000 up for grabs, including £10,000 for the overall winner.

Unlike many other photographic competitions, ‘Take a view’ celebrates the United Kingdom only, offering photographers worldwide the opportunity to showcase their images of this richly diverse country.  

What better way to celebrate the lengthening days and the start of summer than to get outdoors with a camera and capture the surrounding landscape?  From ancient woodland and rolling hills to towering skyscrapers and never-ending bridges, the UK’s diverse landscapes are a playground for even the most experienced photographer.

For the first time in 2010, the Landscape Photographer of the Year Award will include a special category for urban landscapes, enabling photographers from all parts of the country to engage with their surroundings and to submit images that will showcase the UK’s landscapes and environments like never before.

There is both an Adult and a Junior title for this prestigious Award and entries are split into four categories:

Classic view is the category for landscape photography in its purist form; sweeping views that capture the beauty and splendour of the UK in one image.
Living the view is the category for images of people interacting with the outdoors – working or playing in the UK landscape.
Your view allows the entrants to express what the UK landscape means to them through photography. It is a way to comment on the way we treat our landscapes and a chance to provide a new way of looking at our environment.  
Urban view is a new category for 2010. With almost 80% of the UK population living in built-up areas, the landscapes that we connect with on a day-to-day basis are increasingly of an urban nature. No less beautiful than natural landscapes, we are searching for those images that highlight the photographic variety to be found in our towns & cities.  

The Landscape Photographer of the Year Award is the brainchild of one of the UK’s most famous landscape photographers, Charlie Waite. Charlie set up the Awards to provide “an on-going platform for capturing images that best symbolise our land and our times, and that will stand as a record of our country.” A firm supporter of conservation and the appreciation of our natural environment, Charlie has been taking photos professionally for 30 years. He is now firmly established as one of our most celebrated international landscape photographers. He has published 28 books on photography and has held over thirty solo exhibitions across Europe, the USA, Japan and Australia. Charlie is available for interview and is happy to write tips features on how to take better landscape photography.

All entries to the award must be uploaded via the competition website, and the closing date is 15th July 2010. Entry fees apply. Full terms and conditions can be found on the site.

The 2010 exhibition of winning and commended entries will be held at the National Theatre in London from November 20th 2010 and will also be published in a stunning coffee table book.

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