Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016

The British landscape has provided inspiration for a stunning set of images in this prestigious competition, which is now in its 10th year. Here are some of our favourite winning and commended entries...

Commended, Adult Urban View
Terry Gibbins

Below Waiting for change, Battersea, London

In the autumn of 2012, Battersea power station, a London icon, sits idle on the banks of the Thames, as architects and developers plot her fate.
Canon EOS 5D MkII with EF 16-35mm lens at 22mm, ISO 100, 1.6sec at f/16, adjusted in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Winner, Adult Classic View
Judge’s Choice -- Steve Watkins OP
Dougie Cunningham

Below Shelter from the storm, Loch Stack, Sutherland

Driving through Sutherland during Storm Desmond, I was passing Loch Stack when the wind whipped up a huge waterspout. I pulled in to watch the wind toying with the waters of the loch. With the glen funnelling the storm towards the loch it was too windy to stand outside, so I repositioned myself in the lay-by for a good composition and set up the tripod in the back of the van. With the shot framed through the side door window, each time a big gust ripped the water from the surface of the loch I’d pop the door open for a couple of seconds... then I’d dry my kit and try again with the next gust! This was one of only a handful of frames not spoiled by rain on the filter.  
Canon EOS 5D MkIII with 24-105mm f/4 lens at 40mm, ISO 1250, 1/6sec at f/5.6, 3-stop soft grad for the sky, adjustment to white balance

Overall Adult Winner, Landscape Photographer of the Year
Matt hew Catt ell

Below Starling vortex, Brighton, East Sussex

During the winter months, hundreds of thousands of starlings assemble at Brighton Pier to roost for the night. The birds gather in large flocks and perform beautiful aerial displays before dropping down to the relative safety of the structure below. Standing on the pier allows the viewer to witness these murmurations from within as the birds flow and cascade around you. The windy conditions had whipped up the foam on the surface of the sea and I liked the way the motion of the incoming tide mimicked the movement of the birds. Rather than ’freeze’ the action, I used a longer exposure to exaggerate the vortex of motion. I retained the ruins of the West Pier to help locate the image.
Nikon D810 with 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 95mm, ISO 200, 1/10sec at f/11, minor tweaks to exposure, contrast, clarity, vibrancy and white balance, subtle vignette added

Commended, Adult Classic View
Martin Birks

Below Benniworth, Lincolnshire

I’d been to this location several times and felt it had a creepy atmosphere first thing in the morning. I thought a bit of mist or fog would add to the mood, so when a forecast predicted fog the next day I set the alarm and got up early. I liked how the cow parsley broke up the summer greens, framing my shot around the best patch.
Nikon D750 with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD lens at 70mm, ISO 100, 3sec at f/11, general adjustments including white balance and levels, warming filter

Commended, Adult Classic View
Just in Minns

Below In the dunes, Southwold, Suffolk

I’ve photographed this row of colourful beach huts at Southwold numerous times, but never in such good light as on this winter morning. Winter with its dark skies is surely the best time to be at the coast, especially when there is a bracing wind rippling through the grass on the dunes and whipping the foam off the North Sea. The beach huts looking jolly in the face of such weather struck me as very British, and while I considered cropping the figure out, I felt that his pose as he strode into the wind added to the feel.
Canon EOS 5D MkII with 16-35mm f/4 L lens at 18mm, ISO 100, 1/20sec at f/16, levels and contrast adjustments, dodging and burning, sharpening and removal of some dust spots

Winner, Adult Your View
Judge’s Choice -- Nick Crane
Tony Higginson

Below Shifting sands, Silverdale, Lancashire

Late morning on a sunny day in mid-June is hardly a classic time to be photographing the landscape. When I arrived at Silverdale beach on the Lancashire coast, however, the conditions were unusual as the sea was as flat as a millpond. I noticed that as the water receded from high tide, it was creating amazing shapes, like mini estuaries, at the edge of the sand. After spending some time photographing the interesting patterns, I decided to use them as the foreground for a wider landscape. I opted to use filters to smooth out what little texture there was in the sea and to give just a bit of movement to the sky, which added to the surreal quality of the photograph.
Canon EOS 5D MkIII with 24-70mm f/2.8 lens at 25mm, ISO 100, 30sec at f/14, perspective and colour adjustment in Camera Raw, contrast and curve adjustment in Photoshop CC

Commended, #OMGB Award
Neil Squires

Below Autumn in the vale, Leicestershire

I went out to Whatton, in the Vale of Belvoir, as there was some early evening mist appearing. I arrived at this tree-lined, single-track road to see that the sun had come out over the top of the mist and was producing amazing shafts of light. It was then a case of hoping for a suitable main subject to arrive in the scene, and this cyclist duly obliged.
Nikon D7000 with 105mm lens, ISO 400, 1/60sec at f/16, increased contrast and saturation

Runner-up, Adult Classic View
Scott Robertson

Below Stob Dearg, Buachaille Etive Mòr, Highland

Lagangarbhbothy, dwarfed by Stob Dearg, clings on as another unforgiving winter storm blows through Glencoe. Stob Dearg experiences extremely varied weather and light conditions in every season, but on this morning the mountain took on an almost otherworldly presence as large plumes of freshly fallen snow swirled around the peaks, crevices and corries.
Nikon D600 with 16-35mm f/4 lens at 16mm, ISO 100, 1/160sec at f/9, some basic dodging and burning, lens corrections and cropping in Adobe Lightroom, adjustments in Nik software and Lightroom

Highly commended, Adult Urban View
Sam Proctor

Below Grain silos, Edinburgh

Since moving to Edinburgh, I have been photographing the shore area to get to know the place more, and there’s no better location to start than these mighty silos at Newhaven Harbour. They dominate the area. Being situated beside the harbour, with ships getting ready to leave, there was enough noise to occasionally startle the birds. Setting up a rigid geometry in the frame was a given, but waiting for the birds to scare added movement and action to the image. This specific area is now closed to public access.
Canon EOS 6D at 47mm, ISO 800, 1/80sec at f/8, exposure and white balance adjustment, radial filter, graduated filter and sharpening in Adobe Lightroom

Commended, Adult Classic View
Anita Nicholson

Below Circles and lines, Duddo stone circle, Northumberland

A handheld shot from the edge of a freshly planted barley field. It follows the lines of the crop to the horizon, with a permissive footpath leading to the ancient monument of Duddo stone circle.
Canon EOS 5D MkII with 17-40mm lens at 40mm, ISO 400, 1/125sec at f/11, Lee 0.9 hard ND grad, converted to black & white, exposure and contrast adjusted in Adobe Lightroom

Highly commended, Adult Classic View
Sebast ian Kraus

Below Sgurr an Fhidhleir, Highland

Scotland’s landscape is simply incredible. Having been inspired by summer images of this location, I wanted to have a go at shooting the landmark in early spring when the sun lights up the rocks of Sgurr an Fhidhleir. After a cloudy start, there was little likelihood of decent light, but my patience paid off . A small break in the clouds gave me a few minutes of perfect light.
Nikon D200 with Sigma 10-20mm lens at 20mm, ISO 100, 1/8sec at f/8, panorama from four horizontal shots, 12 Raw fi les stitched for dynamic range, adjustments to contrast and colour

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