The Landscape Photographer of the Year 2009 – call for entries

Entries for the Take-a-View Landscape Photographer of the Year Award 2009 are now open. The award, set up by the doyen for landscape photography Charlie Waite, is one of the nation’s most exciting photographic awards – the search for the UK’s Landscape Photographer of the Year 2009.

Following the huge success and popularity of previous years, entrants have until 15th July to enter the ‘Take a view’ Awards by submitting their photographs of the British landscape.

The idea of renowned landscape photographer, Charlie Waite, ‘Take a view’ offers a total prize fund of £20,000, including £10,000 for the overall winner.

The 2009 exhibition of winning and commended entries will again be held, over a seven-week period, at the National Theatre in London. With landscape being one of the most popular styles of photography, it is hardly surprising that more than 70,000 people enjoyed the 2008 event.

Charlie Waite says of ‘Take a view’, “I am confident that, as ‘Take a view’ embarks on its third year, it is now clearly embedded into our consciousness. People are photographing more than ever before and, if ever there was a good time to get out with a camera and to use its wonderful creative potential to help us to engage with our surroundings, it has to be now”.

Over recent weeks, Waite has been working closely with two of the protectors of England’s landscape and is delighted to announce that that the 2009 Awards have the support of Natural England and the English National Parks Authorities.

Dr Helen Phillips, CEO of Natural England, says, “Our landscapes are more than just attractive scenery – they tell a vivid story of how, for centuries, the natural environment and human settlement have influenced each other. They form a vital part of our cultural identity, they inspire art and literature, and provide millions with spiritual fulfilment and places to relax and enjoy. Healthy landscapes give us essential resources such as food and water, provide a living for us and habitats for wildlife, and regulate our changing climate.”

All entries must be uploaded via the competition website, and the closing date is 15th July 2009. Entry fees apply. Full terms and conditions can be found on the site.