Landscape photographers take note – there is just over a month to enter the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, of which AP is a media partner. The competition closes on May 31st.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the competition, which was set up by leading landscape photographer and workshop leader, Charlie Waite.

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2022 winner Will Davies

Landscape Photographer of the Year overall 2022 winner William Davies – Brecon In Winter Location: Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

Entries are open for both experienced and amateur photographers, with a prize fund worth over £20,000, plus the chance to appear in a commemorative coffee table book and a nationwide photography exhibition. The Young Landscape Photographer of the Year award is also open to entrants aged 16 and under. If you are looking for inspiration for the competition, here’s a guide to some truly iconic landscape imagery.

Landscape Photographer of the Year, drones

There is a new drones category for this year. This image, of Hyde Hall in Essex by Chris Gorman, was a finalist in the 2022 competition

Details of the categories
Several new categories have been added for this year.

  • Change in the Landscape: reflecting Britain’s changing environment
  • Bird’s Eye View: drone photography
  • Impressions of the Landscape: artistic interpretations of the landscape
  • Coast: coastal landscapes
  • My Railway Adventure: sponsored by Network Rail, this category is for trains in the landscape

    Landscape Photographer of the Year, Lines in the Landscape

    Love railways in the landscape? This contest is for you. This image by Damian Waters won the Lines in Landscape Category in the last LPOTY competition

These are in addition to the existing categories, which include:

  • Classic View: traditional landscapes
  • Cityscapes: urban landscapes
  • Black and White: black and white landscapes
  • Intimate View: macro and detail-focused landscape photography

    Landscape Photographer of the Year, alternative approaches

    Non-conventional landscapes are welcome too. This finalist image from last year’s contest, Cars, was taken by Dave Hudspeth

Don’t forget to check out our interview with the creative director of Landscape Photographer of the Year, Paul Sanders, who talks in more depth about the new categories and what has changed in this year’s competition. We’ve also got some handy guides to getting started with landscape photography along with the best cameras for landscape photography.

Here is more information about how you can enter the Landscape Photographer of the Year 2023.

Landscape Photographer of the Year closing soon

More meditative approaches are welcome too – this was taken by 2022 finalist Gary Colyer

From Landscape Photographer of the Year

Britain’s most challenging photography competition sees photographers scaling mountains, wading rivers, battling snowstorms, chasing sunsets and clambering up skyscrapers to capture the most beautiful locations in the UK.

Entries to the 15th edition of the award are currently open for photographers young and old, experienced and amateur, to be in with a chance of being named Landscape Photographer of the year 2023. With a prize fund worth over £20,000, inclusion in a stunning coffee table book and inclusion a nationwide photography exhibition, photographers have until 31st May 2023 to enter online, with the winning photographers announced at an award ceremony in October. Enter online here:

One of the best photography competitions for encouraging young photography, the prize also celebrates the best landscape photography taken by people aged 16 and under. The Young Landscape Photographer of the Year award is open to all and aims to inspire profound engagement with the British landscape through photography.

About Charlie Waite
Charlie Waite is firmly established as one of the world’s leading landscape photographers. His photographic style is often considered to be unique, in that his photographs convey an almost spiritual quality of serenity and calm.

He was born in 1949 and worked in British Theatre and Television for the first ten years of his professional life. Throughout this period he became fascinated by theatrical lighting and design. Gradually the landscape and the way it can be revealed to us through light and shade stole him away from the acting profession.

He has established a worldwide reputation for his unique approach to landscape photography and runs a successful photography school Light and Land. His photographs are held in private and corporate collections throughout the world. Charlie founded the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards with the aim of providing a showcase for those around the world who share his passion for the art of landscape photography.

Further Reading
Beginners’ guide to landscape photography
Fine-art landscape photography
The best cameras for landscape photography in 2023
How to capture moody monochrome landscapes
The best photography competitions to enter in 2023