Landscape photographer of the year

    Landscape Photographer of the Year: Lines in the Landscape

    21 November 2013 to 5 May 2014 in our Gallery

    The railways have always inspired photography, so it is fitting that we will be showcasing a first of its kind exhibition in our art gallery, drawing together all the winners from the past four years of this prestigious competition.

    Exhibition and museum entry is free.


    The Landscape Photographer of the Year is sponsored by Network Rail and founded in 2006 by Charlie Waite, one of today's most respected landscape photographers. The aim of the competition is to bring landscape photography to a wider audience and showcase the talents from photographers from Great Britain and beyond.

    View Charlie Waite talking about last year's Lines in the Landscape winner.

    The following gallery contains shortlisted entries from 2013 together with the photographer's commentary on how they composed and captured the shot.

    Heading for the Viaduct| North Yorkshire | Robert France
    A Northern Rail Sprinter train passes Ingleborough and heads towards Ribblehead Viaduct at sunset in late November. I had the afternoon off work and had been in the area since lunch time. I'd intended to take some silhouettes of the viaduct but, as I was setting up my tripod, the train approached and I took a few shots of it running towards the viaduct. It was not the shot I had originally intended to take but it is much better than the rest.

    Central Station at night | Glasglow | Neale Smith
    I've always been fascinated by the cathedral to worship the iron horses. This is, arguably, one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture in the great city of Glasgow; its sheer size and grandeur has drawn my attention again and again. If I'm ever in the city, I simply have to take a path through the station, just to be in the place. It's such an immense feat of engineering, built in a way that will never be repeated again. I've always loved the front façade, and I finally got to take the shot I’d been thinking about for a long time.

    Elements of travel | Runcorn Bridge, Cheshire | David Longstaffe
    It has always intrigued me how famous this relatively unknown bridge would be if it had in fact been erected just several miles down the River Mersey to link the Wirral Peninsular with Liverpool. The darkened clouds behind the low sun illuminated the blend of stone, Iron and steel to lift the shape and lines away from the industrial landscape and slowly flowing river. I hope that the image collates all of the elements of the bridge and its local area that make its purpose very essential for modern travel and movement of freight.

    Caught in a web of iron | North Queensferry, Fife David Cation
    The Forth Rail Bridge had recently been repainted and I timed this visit to North Queensferry to coincide with the crossing of a steam train. This was the scene as the LMS Royal Scot Class 6115 'Scots Guardsman' hauled its carriages north over the bridge early one morning. I was drawn to the finesse of the details within the massive structure and chose the gap in the bracing to frame the locomotive.

    The East Coast Lines | Seafield Cliffs, Kirkcaldy, Fife | Stuart Low
    I travel to London a lot on the East Coast Express and I see a lot of fantastic views on the way. This part of the journey is on the coast near where I live and is part of a heritage trail that runs along the top of nearby cliffs overlooking the Forth Estuary towards Edinburgh. I saw lots of classic lead-in lines so I chose to complement these with light trails from the passing express train. It was a challenge trying to keep things sharp due to the vibration from the trains as they passed.

    Going home| Cardiff | Robin Coombes
    Commuters head home on a local Welsh Valley service from Cardiff Central Station, with the City's St Mary Street behind, on a wet Friday evening in March. This is a panned shot, taken from my sixth floor office, before I packed up and headed home too. It captures the ceaseless busy modern railway playing its key role in people's lives; mostly taken for granted.

    Barmouth Bridge | Nprth Wales | Rory Trappe
    I went to take a few photographs at the Cregennen Lakes above Dolgellau. The sun had gone behind a few large clouds that were looming around the summit of Cader Idris, so to kill a bit of time I decided to climb a small hill to get a view of the sea. Luckily, I had a long lens with me and just after setting the camera up on the tripod a train popped into view. As it was taken in mid winter, the sun was quite low which added so much more to the scene.

    Classic train and classic architecture | Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire | Dafydd Whyles
    The iconic Ribblehead Viaduct on the Settle to Carlisle railway line is crossed by an A4 class steam loco on a charter but the entire scene is dwarfed by the massive sky at sunset .

    Perfect Storm | Lune Gorge, Cumbria | Robin Coombes
    This was my chance to shoot the A4 Pacific 60009 'Union of South Africa' on the Cumbria Mountain Express at full line speed in torrential rain during a thunder and lightning storm. Rain was falling so hard I did not even see the train come around the curve, so it was one chance to lift camera, shoot and hope for the best; shot on auto settings speed priority. The camera survived the soaking, so well done Nikon. It is one of my all-time favourite shots and shows that railways continue to run in all winds and weathers regardless of motive power or age.

    Road and Rail | Lune Gorge, Cumbria | Robin Commbes
    The Lune Gorge is one of my favourite locations. The railway first arrived in 1846, when the engineer Joseph Locke proposed the inland route between Lancaster and Carlisle as an alternative to the coast route of George Stephenson. The railway is now part of the West Coast Main line and the approach to the fierce climb to Shap Summit. Locke's course through the Lune Gorge would be used again by the engineers of the 1960s for the construction of the M6 motorway which runs in a split level cutting above the railway. The two are seen running in parallel, with a modern Pendolino train, Saturday traffic on the M6 and an approaching thunder storm.

    Early morning steam at Parkstone | Dorset | Alan Courtney
    A bridge over the railway at Parkstone had always been a great place to see steam engines working up the bank. Nowadays, electric trains glide by effortlessly but, occasionally, you still get the chance to see man and machine battle the 1 in 60 incline. On this day in early September, the Bath Spa Express, headed by a locomotive named 'Britannia', had just passed below me. As the smoke and steam began to dissipate, I managed to get this more unusual 'going away’ shot with the sun's early morning rays penetrating the darkness of the cutting and illuminating the rails and sides of the coaches.

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