The Network Rail 'Lines in the Landscape' award is given for the best photography of Britain's railway
The annual Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year competition celebrates imagery of the best sights our country has to offer and is open to everyone, with entrants able to enter up to 25 photographs across four categories.
It’s a chance for amateur and professional photographers alike to highlight the very best imagery of Britain’s beautiful rural and urban scenery – and compete for the top prize.
The photographer judged to have entered the single best image from all four Adult categories will be awarded ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017’ and will receive £10,000.
Full prize details for all categories are available on the Take a View website. A special Youth class is open to those aged under 17.
Above: Ribblehead Viaduct by Robert France: winning image, Landscape Photographer of the Year Lines in the Landscape Award 2015
Lines in the Landscape award
An additional prize – the Network Rail Lines in the Landscape special award – aims to find the photography that best captures the spirit of today's railway as it relates to the landscape around it.
Images of the operational national rail network anywhere in Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland) may be submitted for this award. More information about entry requirements is available on the Take a View website.
Details for this year’s Lines in the Landscape prize will be released soon.
Entries can be submitted until Saturday 8 July 2017.
Above: Forth Bridge by David Cation: winning image, Landscape Photographer of the Year Lines in the Landscape Award 2013
The Network Rail Lines in the Landscape Award is your chance to bring your favourite railway views to a wider audience – capturing the awe and beauty of Britain for everyone to enjoy. You might have a stunning shot of Britain’s railway in the rolling countryside, or a tribute to the power of engineering to transform and modernise, or perhaps an exciting abstract – there are so many possibilities. We have seen memorable images of some of the rail network’s most iconic views over recent years but the winning image could just as easily be on your commute to work or just down the road from where you live. Recent winners have enjoyed trips to photograph some of the most spectacular sights on the rail network, including exclusive access to the Forth Bridge. Top pictures also tour Britain’s stations as part of the Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition. Britain’s railways are very close to my heart and this Award highlights their importance to the nation. I do hope you will get involved.
Exhibition dates this year:
Manchester Piccadilly – Thursday 13 April to Saturday 22 April
Leeds – Monday 24 April to Saturday 13 May
Birmingham – Monday 15 May to Saturday 27 May
London Charing Cross – Monday 29 May to Saturday 10 June
London Paddington – Monday 12 June to Saturday 24 June
All the winning and commended photographs that appear in the exhibition can be found in the books Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 10, as well as Landscape Photographer of the Year: Special Edition 10th Anniversary (both AA Publishing).
For more information on the competition, visit the Take a View website.
Lines in the Landscape 2016 winner
Above: Ribblehead Viaduct by Francis Taylor: winning image, Landscape Photographer of the Year Lines in the Landscape Award 2016
Francis Taylor’s winning photograph of Ribblehead Viaduct in Yorkshire, called Sunshine Breaks Through, was judged the best to capture Britain’s extensive rail network and its relationship with our landscape.
As the winner, Francis will take up an exclusive visit to Britain’s favourite railway landmark, the Forth Bridge in Scotland. He will take the engineers’ lift to the top of this iconic 125-year-old structure to photograph some amazing views of the Forth and see the bridge from a completely different perspective.
I am absolutely thrilled to have won this year’s Network Rail Award in Landscape Photographer of the Year.
As a passionate landscape photographer it has been a long standing goal to be featured in this prestigious competition, so to actually win an award feels amazing.