I’ve been fortunate enough to have been shortlisted for Landscape Photographer Of The Year in 2011, 2012 and now 2013 with Commended images appearing in the Awards Book and feature Print Exhibition at the National Theatre Gallery on London’s Southbank for the last two years.

The Private View awards night is a great event, it enjoys a sprinkling of celebrity and as you would expect comes complete with one or two nice speeches. This year it was the turn of highly acclaimed actor David Schofield, friend of Charlie Waite, who delivered some fine rousing words on the dedication required in Landscape Photography, and he was right of course. Some of the images I hold dear are the ones where I know I’ve had to get out of bed at 3am, drag myself and my gear into a car, drive for a couple of hours and get myself setup for a freezing sunrise, often to be met with disappointment in the conditions and have to return to do it all again on the following days until the conditions collide to produce something worth recording.

One of those is Red Dawn a scene which I photographed at 5.20am in the middle of the Worcestershire countryside on a near perfect July morning in 2013. It will go forward as an entrant in next year’s competition but you never really know what the judges are looking for. If you ever got any points for endeavour this should score well because I don’t expect to either find conditions or a field like this in combination again any time soon, perhaps for years – I’ve only experienced that magic combination of Poppies and mist once and this was it.

Red Dawn

Red Dawn

A great piece I read a few years back was that Landscape Photographers should lower their expectation every time they set out with camera in handIt’s good advice and I find myself almost whispering that to myself just as I’m about to travel 150 miles to the other side of the Country in the middle of the night. There is also a huge temptation that you can look at books like Landscape Photographer Of The Year and think that you might just capture one of those images the next time you step out. In the back of your mind you also know that just as conditions might not play into your hands, there’s also a decent possibility that they might….There’s an essential optimism in Landscape Photography after all (there simply has to be otherwise no one would do it) because the truth is, by the rule of averages, chaos theory or otherwise, that eventually it has to come good for someone somewhere!

Just like last year though, seeing my image projected from the rooftop of the National Theatre across Waterloo Bridge and The Thames was a real buzz – it’s a part of the night you don’t want to miss. It’s definitely not every day you see a huge projection of an image you’ve taken being shown to the good people of London on the side of a building (accompanied with that lovely little cheer you get from everyone you’re with when it comes up) and this year has once again provided that impetus and simple feeling of “I have to be here again”. It’s certainly enough to help get me out of bed in the middle of the night on a February morning to try and capture that next compelling image anyway…

So here’s this year’s keepsake – I went for the Millennium Wheel angle this time for variation, I’m starting to amass a nice little collection of these views, but I’m not done yet – I hope the organisers keep doing this because it’s definitely getting addictive…

LPOTY 2013-3

My 2012 Rooftop View…

take a view 2012 - building projection 2

Rebourne is featured on a double spread across pages 206 and 207 of the awards book in the Your View Category and can be seen as a feature print in the National Theatre as part of the Landscape Photographer Of The Year exhibition until 8th February 2014.

LPOTY 2013-2