Steps to Enter

The competition is divided into two main classes, the Landscape Photographer of the Year Award and the Young Landscape Photographer of the Year Award, the latter being for those who are 17 or under on the closing date of 10th July 2016. To enter your images, you have to use the image uploader on the website and the payment of entry fees is via PayPal. The fees for anyone aged 17 and under must be paid by a parent or guardian and payment is seen as granting permission for an entry to be made.

There are four categories within each of the two classes and up to 25 images per person may be entered across the categories.

 

Our image uploader gives you a lot of control over your entry, so no need to leave everything until the last minute. We know it can be frustrating to get that last minute ‘winning’ image when you have already reached the maximum number of entries so, up until the close of the competition, you can change your personal information, amend captions, delete images and re-upload.
* NB. Size for initial entry – 1280 px longest length at 72 ppi *

The minimum requirement, for all categories, is that the image must have been taken using a camera with a sufficiently high resolution to allow the image to be reproduced at A4 size or above (at 300 ppi). We recommend that you use a camera of 6 mega pixels or more. Please ensure that your camera is on its highest-quality setting.

You can also submit images that have been scanned from film or negative to all categories.
Images must be of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands but you do not have to be a UK resident to enter - entries are also welcome from overseas entrants.

It is very important that you read the category descriptions – you must make sure that your image is eligible for the category in which it is entered.

You may already have the images that you want to enter in your files. This is fine, as long as they have been taken within the five years immediately prior to the closing date. Images that have appeared in a previous Landscape Photographer of the Year books or those that have been successful in other national/international competitions are not eligible (see Competition Rules #2). Images taken at the Youth workshops organised for the prize winners of previous competitions are also not eligible for entry.

Images will be viewed by the judges without any accompanying information. The captions will not be shown and images will be judged on their visual interest and impact. No watermarks or signatures should be included and please do not add borders to your images.

Digital Adjustments

Please consider the spirit of the competition when preparing your entry. We want to celebrate the very best landscape photography and allow those viewing the winning images to share the experiences that you felt when you were out in the UK landscape.

Black & White images are allowed in all categories. If you are entering infrared images, B&W can be entered into any category but colour work should be entered into ‘Your view'

Classic view, Living the view & Urban view

The integrity of the subject must be maintained and the making of physical changes to the landscape is not permitted. You may not, for example, remove fences, move trees or strip in the sky from another image. Digital adjustments including dodging & burning, changes to tone & contrast and cropping are allowed, as are High Dynamic Range imaging techniques, stitched panoramas and focus stacking. We will require the RAW file(s) or original camera jpeg(s) for any shortlisted image in these three categories and TAV reserves the right to disqualify any image that they feel lacks authenticity due to over-manipulation.

Your view

Digital manipulation is allowed. This category aims to encourage creativity and a more conceptual approach but is also for images where post-production adjustments have exceeded those allowed in the rules for the other three categories.

Selecting your images

Other hints to help you to select your images:

Focus

The image should be sharp unless blur is an intentional effect. Winning and commended entries will be printed in a book and may be displayed as large exhibition prints, so it is critical that the quality is as high as possible. Please use the best possible camera that you can. The requirements given for camera quality are MINIMUM requirements and the larger the file size you can supply if your image is short-listed, the better. However, this will not change your chance of winning. As long as your image meets the minimum spec, it has an equal chance, but a larger file will mean that your image can be printed at a larger size. If you are shortlisted and asked to supply a high resolution file, please do not upsize your image file in post-production but supply the largest file size that your camera allows.

Light

The use of light is key to a good landscape and the most important thing is that the light is appropriate to the image. There are many different types of ‘good’ light; storm light, early morning light, even flat light can be perfect, depending on the subject.

Composition

When editing your images for entry, make sure that you stand back from them and view them as a whole. Is there a tree growing out of the back of a sheep? Is the whole thing on a slant? Would it have been better if you’d moved a few feet to the left? Or held the camera nearer to the ground? There are a lot of factors that contribute to the overall composition of an image, but it should be very obvious when everything has come together and looks right.

Emotion

This is a tricky one, as it is a very personal thing and hard to define. A good photograph will convey some of the emotion that the photographer was feeling at the time it was taken and a strong emotion, whether good or bad, can lift a picture above the ordinary. It is also a very good idea to seek a few opinions on the images you wish to enter. It can be difficult to assess your own work and be objective as there are always other factors that interfere – it may have been a particularly hard shot to get, you may have waited three days in a rainy camper van – but that does not necessarily make it good, so an opinion from someone who was not there when the picture was taken is invaluable.

Your next decision is to choose a category for each image you wish to enter. There are four categories, as described below. You can enter the same image in more than one category.
Flick through our galleries and you will see all the stunning images that have won each category since the Awards began.

Classic view

We are looking for an image that captures the beauty and variety of the UK landscape. An iconic view; a view along a cliff-side path or of a historic village; a view down a valley; an urban skyline or snow-capped peaks; maybe showing the drama of our seasons. Recognisable and memorable; a true classic. All entries must have been taken using a camera with a sufficiently high resolution to allow the image to be printed at A4 size or above, or scanned from film.

Minor digital adjustments only please – the physical integrity of the image must be maintained. Please read Step 1 - Selecting your images for more details.

Classic View


Living the view

This is a category for images of people interacting with the outdoors – working or playing in the UK landscape. Possible subjects include mountain bikers, kite boarders, walkers, shepherds or even your best friend biting into a sandwich - as long as your picture shows people within their outdoor environment. No close-up portraits please. If you have a picture of animals – eg. one that just shows your dog or sheep in the landscape, it should not be entered in this category. All entries must have been taken using a camera with a sufficiently high resolution to allow the image to be reproduced at A4 size or above, or scanned from film.

Minor digital adjustments only please – the physical integrity of the image must be maintained. Please read Step 1 - Selecting your images for more details.

Living the view


Urban view

It’s hard to pin down an exact figure, but statistics suggest that up to 80% of the UK population lives in towns or cities. That’s a huge number, so we wanted a category that highlights the surroundings that many of us live in every day. It has always been possible to enter city skylines in Classic view and concepts in Your view (and you still can), but this category really focuses on the subject - from historic to modern - but no underground car parks, tube stations etc please – anything urban and of the outdoors is eligible. We will be taking a broad approach subject-wise – the word ‘urban’ is used as a general theme, so ‘suburban’ areas or country towns are fine. You may decide to go on a city break to get inspiration or you may take your camera on your daily commute to work. All entries must have been taken using a camera with a sufficiently high resolution to allow the image to be reproduced at A4 size or above, or scanned from film.

Minor digital adjustments only please – the physical integrity of the image must be maintained. Please read Step 1 - Selecting your images for more details.

Urban view


Your view

What does the UK landscape mean to you? A stream rushing over pebbles, a foggy day in the Peak District, fish & chips on a deserted beach, you and your friends on your first big summit. Pretty much anything goes, as long as it is in the UK and of the outdoors. Use your imagination, as you have the scope for a very conceptual and personal approach. All entries must have been taken using a camera with a sufficiently high resolution to allow the image to be reproduced at A4 size or above, or scanned from film.

Digital manipulation is allowed and creativity is encouraged but it is important to remember that this is a photography competition.

Your view


OMGB Award

The GREAT vision is to get the world thinking and feeling differently about Britain so that we are seen as a vibrant, inspiring and innovative place to visit.

The #OMGB campaign wants everyone to share their most amazing moments. It is looking for those special moments that evoke the feeling of ‘being there’ – the moments you want to share with friends, family and social audiences. The #OMGB Award will be awarded to the photographer of image judged to capture the spirit of the campaign most successfully.

NB. #OMGB – ‘Oh My GREAT Britain’

GREAT Britain; Home of Amazing Moments


Network Rail Award

With 20,000 miles of track, the rail network courses through the country. With its iconic Victorian bridges and viaducts and modern engineering architecture, it helps to shape the visual history of Britain. We’re not looking for details of trains or stations, but images that show the many ways in which the railway forms some of the most impressive views of the British landscape.

Images may be submitted for this Award of the operational national rail network anywhere in Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland). Please enter your image into its appropriate main Award category and then additionally select the ‘Network Rail Award’ option on the entry form.

Please note that images of any underground railway systems, light rail systems, heritage railways, disused infrastructure, pier railways or model railways are not eligible for this award.

NB: Trespassing on the railways is not only dangerous but is a criminal offence which may lead to prosecution. All images must have been taken from public access land or rights of way.

This is an extra prize and does not affect your main entry. The Award is judged by Charlie Waite.

Network Rail


The Sunday Times Magazine Award

The Sunday Times Magazine is world-renowned for its blend of investigative journalism, insightful features and award-winning photography. As media supporter of the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards, The Sunday Times Magazine has always been the first to announce the results and to feature successful images from each year’s competition.

To celebrate this relationship, now in its tenth year, we are pleased to offer this Award for the favourite image of The Sunday Times Magazine.

Entries in all categories will be eligible, with the shortlist being decided by the main primary selection and interim judging panels. The final decision will be made by representatives of The Sunday Times Magazine.

This is an extra prize and does not affect your main entry.

 

The Sunday Times Magazine

* Image size for entries – 1280 pixels along the longest length *

For your initial entry, all images should be jpegs with 1280 pixels along the longest edge at 72 ppi.

This means that your images will need to be resized before being uploaded, as the files from your camera or your scans will be too big. The upload page will not accept images that exceed the maximum size allowed.

When resizing your image, it is very important that you do not save the smaller file over your master original. Please save at quality level 10 in Adobe Photoshop or an equivalent level in other software packages.

File names are for your reference purposes only and so the naming protocol (see panel on right) is suggested rather than required. All images will be cross-referenced, by us, with a unique identifying number. However, please avoid the use of very long file names or the use of unusual characters as this can prevent image upload from proceeding.

Our image uploader means that you have control over your account. If you upload the wrong image…or change your mind…you can delete it and re-upload up until the closing time of midnight on the 10th July 2016

Please make sure that you keep copies of the resized image and, more importantly, that you keep the original, high-resolution image safe. Once the pre-judging stage has been completed, we will contact those on the shortlist for the larger file, which you will then have 10 days to supply. We will also request the RAW file or original camera jpeg for shortlisted images in Classic view, Urban view and Living the view.

Resizing your images