An icy image of a bitterly cold February morning in the Glencoe Highlands has taken out the top prize in this year’s Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year award.
Pete Rowbottom captured the spectacular shot which the judges described as mesmerising and “emotionally strong”. He said he was “absolutely ecstatic” to be the 12th winner of the annual competition, taking home £10,000 in prize money.
Judge Charlie Waite said: “The cold of the mountain and ice together contrast well with the amber of their surroundings. This is an image where you can hear and feel the landscape, as well as see it, so it is emotionally strong and involves the viewer on multiple levels.”
The awards celebrate the best of Britain’s varied countryside, from Cornwall’s jagged coastline to the Scottish peaks – and the amateur photographers who capture it at its very best.
Young Landscape Photographer of the Year was awarded to Josef FitzGerald-Patrick. He snapped a mountain biker in action as the sun was setting over Land’s End in his home county of Cornwall.
Take a View teamed up with Network Rail for this year’s awards. The winning photographs will now go on display at London’s Waterloo Station before the exhibition tours selected stations nationwide. Admission is free.