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.
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.
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.
Above: Sunshine breaks through, Ribblehead Viaduct by Francis Taylor: winning image, Landscape Photographer of the Year Lines in the Landscape Award 2016
Exhibition and book
The Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition tours our stations across Britain.
London Waterloo – Monday 20 November 2017 to Sunday 4 February 2018
London Bridge – Monday 19 February to Sunday 11 March
Edinburgh – Wednesday 14 March to Saturday 31 March
Leeds – Monday 2 April to Sunday 15 April
Further tour venues and timings will follow
The first leg of the free exhibition will feature 148 images, and be held on the balcony of London Waterloo. This will be followed by a tour of over 55 winning and selected images at other stations.
All the winning and commended photographs that appear in the exhibition can be found in the books Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 11 (AA Publishing).
For more information on the competition, visit the Take a View website.
Lines in the Landscape 2017 winner
Above: First train crossing Barmouth Bridge, Wales, after sunrise, by Jon Martin: winning image, Landscape Photographer of the Year Lines in the Landscape Award 2017
As winner of the Lines in the Landscape award, Jon will receive an exclusive visit to Britain’s favourite railway landmark, the Forth Bridge in Scotland. Here, weather permitting, he will have the chance to photograph the 127-year old railway bridge from areas not accessible to the general public.
We will arrange for Jon to take the engineers’ lift to the top of this iconic structure to capture some amazing views of the River Forth and see the Bridge from a completely different perspective. Competition organiser Take a View will also pay £300 to assist with expenses.
I was thrilled and stunned in equal measure on discovering that I had won the Network Rail Award. The bridge across the challenging terrain of the Mawddach Estuary at Barmouth is extraordinary. My favourite viewpoint was on a hill above the estuary looking down on the curves and lines in the landscape. I just had to wait for the next train to pass to get the shot I wanted.
The absence of sky in Jon’s image makes the scale ambiguous, giving the impression of a small train within a vast landscape, and the juxtaposition of the straight lines of the rail bridge with the sinuous curves of water on the sand is very pleasing.
It unquestionably demonstrates the ability of railway engineers, both past and present, to meet the challenges of difficult terrain and I am in such admiration of their ingenuity in providing the links that are so vital to us today.