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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.