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The monument rises from a hill behind a shroud of mist. Before it, trees shed their coats into a placid body of water reflecting an cloud-flecked sky.
It could be the setting for a fantasy adventure, a game of thrones played out in murky history, whose heroes have long since been forgotten.
And indeed it probably was once, for this ethereal image is a photograph of Glastonbury Tor, one of England’s most spiritual and historic locations.
Ethereal Tor, Glastonbury, Somerset, England, an entry for the 2014 Take A View Landscape Photographer Of The Year Award
The photo is just one of dozens of entries for the eighth annual Take A View Landscape Photographer Of The Year Award competition, which is open for submissions from now until July 11.
The brainchild of renowned landscape photographer Charlie Waite, it is one of the world’s most exciting photography competitions, but with an exclusive focus on the British landscape.
He said: âThe power of a photograph can be key to conveying information; what better way to encourage visitors to appreciate what Britain has to offer and to discover that there is joy to be had from our landscapes, whether they be large scale and dramatic or small and involving.’
Fiery sky over the Isle of Arran, Firth of Clyde, Scotland, by Peter Ribbeck
Fiddlers Ferry Power Station at dawn, Cuerdley, Cheshire, England, photographed by James Wallace
Curves, Luskentyre, on the Isle of Harris, Scotland, shot by Robert Birkby
City Twilight, the Thames Barrier and Canary Wharf in London, England, photographed by Charlotte Gilliatt
Catbells sunrise, Cumbria, England, photographed by Bart Heirweg
Buckholt Wood, Cranham, Gloucestershire, England, shot by Rob Wolstenholme
Autumn Morning Light, Loch Rusky, Perthshire, Scotland, photographed by David Mould
Unlike many other photographic competitions, the Landscape Photographer of the Year Award celebrates the United Kingdom only, offering photographers worldwide the opportunity to showcase their images of this unique country.
From dramatic cityscapes to rolling countryside, misty tors in the West Country to the turquoise waters of the Hebrides, Britainâs remarkable landscape and volatile weather are showcased in all its beauty.
Last year an atmospheric shot of a misty autumn dawn at Crummock Water in Cumbria won the top spot when Derby photographer, Tony Bennett, became the seventh person to win the prestigious title.
His picture was chosen by the judges from the thousands of entries and appears in the book that accompanied last yearâs award.
A view to a kill? Raddon, Devon, England, shot by Paul Sandy
Sastrugi, Snowdonia, North Wales photographed by Esen Tunar
Morning Light In The Poplars, Herefordshire, England, by Steve Gray
Looking up to the trees, England, by
Lightning strikes the Shard, London, England, by Nigel Morton
Jurassic Coast, Looking East from White Nothe, Dorset, England, by Jake Pike
Jacob’s Ladder, London, England, by David Breen
Horgabost at Dusk, Isle of Harris, Outer Hebrides, Scotland, by Robin Goodlad
There is both an Adult and a Junior title for the award and entries are split into four categories:
- Classic View is the category for landscape photography in its purist form; sweeping views that capture the beauty and splendour of the UK in one image
- Living The View is the category for images of people interacting with the outdoors â working or playing in the UK Landscape
- Your View allows the entrants to express what the UK landscape means to them through photography. It is a way to comment on the way we treat our landscapes and a chance to provide a new way of looking at our environment.
- Urban View is a category for pictures taken in cities and towns. With almost 80 per cent of the UK population living in built up areas, the landscapes that we connect with on a day-to-day basis are increasingly of an urban nature.
Guardians, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England, by Richard Hurst
View over Loch Treig, Lochaber, Scottish Highlands, by David Kirkpatrick
Twr Mawr, Llanddwyn Island (Ynys Llanddwyn), Anglesey, Wales, by Gary Waidson
Towards Slioch at dawn, from Loch Maree, Wester Ross, Scotland, by Jim Robertson
Sturminster Newton Mill, River Stour, Dorset, England, by Mark L Simpson
Sky on Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, by
Sea foam at Bass Rock, Firth of Forth, Scotland, by Stuart Low
The 2014 Awards are being held in association with VisitBritain and Countryside is GREAT.
Jasmine Teer, VisitBritainâs photography manager, said: âCapturing the breath-taking beauty of Britainâs landscapes through the lens is a skill that should be celebrated and shared, so we are very proud to support the Take a view awards.
‘Britainâs natural scenery rivals that of many of our competitor destinations. Photographs that showcase the best of Britain play a vital role in VisitBritainâs mission: to raise our profile and inspire people all over the world to come and experience this beautiful country.â
All entries to the awards must be uploaded via the competition website, www.take-a-view.co.uk and the closing date is 11th July 2014. Entry fees apply. Full terms and conditions can be found on the site.
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South, United Kingdom,
7 minutes ago
They should have shown the Lake district – The New Forest – Parts of Sussex, Gloucester and beautiful Wales, Cornwall Devon -Garden of England – Kent, Devils Punch bowl in Surrey.
I’d better shut up for fear of not putting on so many other parts of Beautiful Britain and upsetting the locals………………I’m backing Britain don’t ya know!
Chippenham, United Kingdom,
24 minutes ago
Where are the ten thousand (so far) wind turbines and their lines of pylons? Where are all the prairies of bio-fuel crops? Where are the pointless building projects given the go-ahead purely for the sake of generating economic activity to satisfy the Stability and Growth Pact of the EU?
Hereford, United Kingdom,
30 minutes ago
One of the most beautiful countries in the world…. Truly stunning… A country to be proud of…
Hereford, United Kingdom,
32 minutes ago
No one can deny the beauty of this land… Stunning….
Chippenham, United Kingdom,
37 minutes ago
The E.U’s Stability and Growth Pact requires our countryside to be built on without limit and occupied by cheap labour from backwards economies. England : best before Bliar, Use by 2030. Get us out now.
40 minutes ago
Beauty at the top and bottom of the island. What about the middle?
47 minutes ago
Why go overseas when we have the most beautiful country on Earth? You could spend a lifetime of travel in Britain and still not see everything worth seeing. If these pictures do not make you fall in love with our wonderful, beautiful, amazing land, then you have no heart.
57 minutes ago
Atlantis, United Kingdom,
1 hour ago
Our green and pastured land has some outstanding, beautifully natural landscapes and we should try and keep it that way!
Daveland, United Kingdom,
1 hour ago
This little island is the most wonderful place on earth – I will never live anywhere else …………
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