£10,000 Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015 prize winner announced
A picture of the Dorset coastline on a snowy day has won a UK photographer the £10,000 top prize in the 'Take A View' competition. Andy Farrer, a professional photographer from Dorset, England, has become the ninth Landscape Photographer of the Year with his image of 'Bat's Head In The Snow'.
Writing on his blog the winner said:
Winning is a dream come true. I’ve entered each year since 2009 and, until receiving a commendation last year, never made it to the shortlist stage. Making it to the book was exciting and to have made it to the press release would have been incredible. Being honoured with the overall win is pure bucket list stuff.
I was utterly dumbstruck when Charlie called me to deliver the news. Completely blindsided. It took several days for it to sink in.
Being from Dorset, it’s especially rewarding to have won with an image from one of the county’s most visited beaches and one I visit regularly. Dorset has its fair share of “honeypot” locations and, like it or loath it, they are iconic because of their natural beauty. When they are only a short drive away, it allows for one to be more picky with conditions than for those who have to come from further afield. This view, which is an 180 degrees turn from Durdle Door, often plays poor cousin to the arch, but is nonetheless a super bit of The Jurassic Coast.
It’s not often that you see snow in South Dorset, especially on the beaches so seeing snow forecast, it was naturally a time when I was keen to capture some unique images. I had to abandon the car half way up the hill from Lulworth to the Durdle Door campsite and then walk the rest of the way to the coast in the dark.
The curved lines of sand revealed beneath the snow by the sea drew my attention, so I switched to my 50mm Zeiss, popped on a Lee 1.2ND to simplify the water and shot a series of images, this being my favourite.
The Young Landscape Photographer of the Year prize went to Mairi Eyres, for a macro shot of a daisy in water droplet, while the Network Rail award went to Robert France. Adobe chose a picture of a gushing waterfall by Bill Ward for its prize, and other prizes were awarded in the Classic View and Living The View categories for both Adult and Youth entries.
The winning images, as well as a host of commended and runner-up pictures will appear in a book, while a collection will be made into an exhibition hosted in London's Waterloo railway station. The exhibition opens on 23rd November and runs until 7th February 2016, while the book is available from today. See some of the winners above and find out more on the Take A View website.