From urban skylines to cliff top vistas, the landscapes of Britain are a diverse bunch. Veteran snapper, Charlie Waite, set up the Landscape Photographer of the Year Award to celebrate the richness of the British landscape, and this year’s entries offer plenty of choice. While the winner - Anthony Spencer’s haunting shot of Corfe Castle – takes in a rural scene, Pawel Libera’s highly commended urban view of the London Docklands contrasts sheep munching contentedly against a background dominated by the capital’s glass and steel towers. A dramatic depiction of a stormy day on the Isle of Wight and a wave-lashed Norfolk beach were also among the judges' favourites.
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Other highlights include Dudley Williams’ Andy Goldsworthy style shot of sand patterns on a beach on the Scottish Isle of Eigg and Rhys Davies’ striking photo of Beachy Head. Perhaps the most charming is the shot of Malham Moor by Stephen Garnett. Taken on a winter’s day, it shows a flock of sheep being herded down a track by a collie; their greying fleeces contrasting softly with the bright white snow. What makes it particularly lovely is that it shows a living landscape and one that is being used organically for the benefit of all.
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