The Landscape Photographer of the Year competition showcases the UK’s varied landscapes captured by some of the country’s most talented photographers. Cityscapes feature prominently – here’s our pick from the Urban View and Your View categories
Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 11 (AA Publishing, £25) showcases Britain’s eclectic landscapes – from misty tors, dramatic coastlines, craggy peaks to shiny cityscapes – as well as the enormous talent of intrepid photographers who love Britain.
An exhibition of the best photos ran from 20 November to 4 February at London Waterloo station.
For now, we hope you’ve enjoyed our favourites from the Urban View and Your View categories.
Experience London as you've never seen it before.
Fractured Vapour Trail
"I was in the Baker Street area of London in late spring and took a walk around to see if there were any photographic opportunities. I was in Dorset Street when I noticed some interesting reflections of the light clouds on the side of an office block. As I was taking the shots a jet flew over, leaving a wonderful straight vapour trail which contrasted so beautifully with the clouds, but its reflection was fractured in the glass of the building. I took a successful shot before the trail faded."
A Shard of Ben
"If you were to ask people for an icon of London, the most likely response would be Big Ben/the Elizabeth Tower. If you were to ask for a modern icon then it’s likely the Shard would feature quite high on the list. So how do you bring the two, quite literally, together to form a unique perspective on the United Kingdom’s capital? Most people’s reaction on seeing these two icons is twofold. Firstly, is it real? The answer is an absolute yes! A long focal length helps to flatten the perspective that our eyes normally see. Secondly, where is it taken from? As I said, it’s somewhere in the middle of London!"
The River Thames Turns…
"The way the River Thames bends around the Isle of Dogs has always fascinated me as it can only be clearly seen from above. I took this shot from Blackheath with Greenwich in the foreground and you can see the whole city in the early morning light."
Relax in the City Redux
“An architectural detail of a new residential building on the corner of Vauxhall Bridge.”
MARK CORNICK – [WINNER OF THE FUJIFILM PRIZE]
“This was a building that I came across by accident when on a London photo walk in the Euston area. The building is located on Howland Street and is part of the UCL campus. I was instantly drawn to its curves and architectural style and knew it would be perfect as part of my ‘Abstract Architectural Details’ project. This project uses a 135mm focal length to isolate details of the building’s character and style, rather than presenting a wide-angle view.”
“This is a photo of an amazing building reflection in South Dock near South Quay DLR station. The title is Unknown Pleasures because the pattern reminded me of the Joy Division album cover of the same name.”
Three Towers from Waterloo Bridge
“From left to right, the three towers in the late evening sun are: the unfinished ‘Boomerang’, the Shard, and the South Bank Tower. Shooting from Waterloo Bridge, I moved up and down the bridge to align the three towers, getting the Shard in the middle, with its left slope parallel to the inverted slope on the Boomerang. I also needed to keep an eye on the smaller OXO Tower as I moved, to make sure it didn’t land in an awkward position, and wanted to make sure none of the towers were clipped."