The champions of the U.K. Landscape Photographer of the Year 2023 have been revealed, with a captivating image capturing the aftermath of a fire clinching the prestigious $12,119 (£10,000) grand prize.
Renowned photographer Mik Dogherty, who captured the haunting scene in the misty morning of New Forest National Park, expressed his overwhelming surprise and gratitude upon receiving the award.
These striking photographs will grace the walls of Paddington Station in London starting late November, before embarking on a journey across the United Kingdom, making appearances at various train stations.
Marking the 15th edition of the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, the event boasts a substantial prize fund exceeding $24,238 (£20,000).
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#1. Overall Landscape Photographer of the Year: After the Fire by Mik Dogherty
‘After a large heath fire near Beaulieu in the New Forest National Park, I recognised the potential for a picture to highlight the damage caused by the fire. I knew I would need to wait for a foggy or misty morning to hide the view of the large Fawley oil-refinery complex. With its large towers and chimney stacks, it is clearly visible in the background above the tree line, as it is from many parts of the National Park (much like the cement works in the Peak District).
#2. Overall Landscape Photographer Youth Wionner: The Wishing Tree by Aaron Northwood
‘A day off work due to heavy snow meant I could get out with my camera and make the most of the weather conditions. I headed up a local lane to see what I could find, eventually spotting this lone tree on the horizon. I selected a 1:1 ratio as I wanted to create a simple scene; however, there were fences and gates below the tree that made the scene look messy. To get around this problem I positioned the camera in some snow on an old stump. I moved the camera so the bottom of the lens was hidden in the snow, hiding the cluttered foreground. I didn’t realise how well this had worked until I got back home, with the snow looking like fog below the tree.
#3. Commended, Bird’s Eye View: Celestial by Matt Menhenett
#4. Highly Commended, Classic View: Dales Mist by Martin Priestley
#5. Highly Commended, Cityscapes: Reflections in Floodgate Street by Damien Walmsley
#6. Highly Commended, Black and White: Elders by Edd Allen
#7. Highly Commended, Change in the Landscape: Mudflats by James Abbott
#8. Winner, Intimate View: Bladderwrack by Daniel Ward
This image was pretty much the last I took at the end of a week-long stay on the beautiful Ardnamurchan Peninsula in west Scotland. All week I was blessed with some fantastic autumnal weather. Amazing rainbows over flat, calm lochs, dramatic light and colourful trees, but this image was my favourite from the whole trip, I think maybe because it was so unexpected and a little bit different from the usual. It was shot handheld over the side of a jetty. I love its simplicity; it looks a bit like a tree with its beautiful olive greens fading into golden yellows at the tips.’
#9. Commended, My Railway Adventure: Lines of Silver by Jeremy Walker
#10. Winner, Coast: Winter Content by Daniel Ruffles
#11. Commended, Black and White: Forteviot Ploughed Field by Geoff Williams
#12. Commended, Classic View: Thurne Tranquility by Jay Birmingham
#13. Winner, Expression/Impressions of the Landscape: Blizzard London SE9 by Terry Gibbins
‘A freak snowstorm just before Christmas 2022 hit London late one evening. There were barely any vehicles on the road as I tentatively made my way through the back streets of south-east London, when a lone taxi came into sight.
#14. Commended, Expression/Impressions of the Landscape: Forest Fantasy by Graham Macfarlane
#15. Commended, Coast (Youth): Seven Sisters by Aiden Cheng
#16. Highly Commended, Intimate View (Youth): Orange-tip in Summer Colour by Thomas Easterbrook
#17. Winner, Cityscapes (Youth): York Minster by Isaac Savage
‘I took this photo of York Minster from Chapter House Street in the morning, early, before the streets were busy. I was attracted by the limited colours and interesting contrasts.’
#18. Winner, Bird’s Eye View: Ruined Castle by Iain Masterson
#19. Highly Commended, My Railway Journey: Matthew Turner
#20. Winner, Classic View: Julien Delaval
#21. Highly Commended, Coastal View: Mik Dogherty
#22. Winner, Black and White: Nick Green
#23. Highly Commended, Bird’s Eye View: Glastonbury Tor emerging from the morning mist by Adam Burton
#24. Highly commended, Change in the Landscape: Jamie Fielding
#25. Overall runner-up of Landscape Photographer of the Year: Stuart McGlennon