Corfe Castle shot scoops Landscape Photographer of the Year award

 2nd Nov 2010

Landscape Photographer of the yearAn atmospheric image of Dorset's Corfe Castle on a frosty morning has netted the photographer, Antony Spencer, the coveted Landscape Photographer of the Year award.

The Take a View ­ Landscape Photographer of the Year awards were founded by photographer Charlie Waite to celebrate photography of the UK landscape and are now into their fourth year.

Dorset-based Spencer, who has a gallery in Dorset’s West Bay, beat thousands of entries of both urban and rural landscapes to take the top spot in the national landscape photography competition. The awards, which were held in association with Network Rail and Natural England, carried a prize of £10,000.

Helen Phillips, chief executive of Natural England, said, “The awards are a reminder of how valuable our landscapes are and how important it is that we look after them.”

The Young Landscape Photographer of the Year award, for photographers aged 16 and under, was given to Taliesin Coombes for his image of a steam train leaving Cardiff station in Wales.

A book featuring 170 entries is published on 31 October and a free exhibition of more than 100 of the very best entries will be held at the National Theatre in London from 22 November.

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