Tuesday 2 Dec 2014
Britain’s busiest railway station turns into art gallery for Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition
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Network Rail has transformed Britain’s busiest station into a multimedia art gallery, as London Waterloo plays host to the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards exhibition from today until the end of January.
With over 100m people using the station every year, Waterloo provides a perfect location to display the winning entries from the competition, showcasing the very best of British cities and countryside in the very heart of the capital.
Dozens of images of the winners and commended entries from this year's competition are being exhibited, including the winner of the Network Rail sponsored 'Lines in the Landscape' award, which rewards the best image taken of Britain’s railway network.
The photographs are on display across the station’s balcony and will also feature on Motion@Waterloo, the largest single indoor screen in the UK, spanning 40m of the station between platforms 7 and 11.
Awards founder, Charlie Waite, said: "We are very excited that our long standing relationship with Network Rail has allowed us to work together to bring this unique experience to travellers and visitors alike. Our main stations are becoming much more than spaces to travel through and are offering cultural and retail experiences that can only be positive for everyone. Network Rail has spent a great deal of time making this event happen and we are extremely grateful for their vision. It is the first time that such an exhibition has taken place in Waterloo and the opportunity to exhibit the wonderful photography of our 2014 winners here is a privilege.
He added: "The Awards, this year, are being held in association with the VisitBritain Countryside is GREAT campaign that aims to tell the world that the British landscape is perfect for great experiences of all kinds. We hope that people passing through Waterloo, both regular commuters and visitors from home and overseas, will enjoy the photography of our talented winners and help to spread the word that Britain is a wonderful place to explore and photograph."
David Biggs, managing director of property at Network Rail said: “This competition celebrates something very special – the way this country looks from its coasts, cities and countryside, much of which can be viewed or visited by our rail network. Hosting this competition at Waterloo station lets us share these amazing images with the millions of people travelling through and using Britain’s busiest station.
“This is the first time we’ve hosted an exhibition of this type and it’s another step in making stations a destination for people to meet, eat and shop as well as use the train. We’re proud to support this exhibition and inspire people to travel and see the very best Britain has to offer.”
Notes to editors
The free exhibition runs for nine weeks from 1 December 2014 until 31 January 2015.
A small stand with a selection of previously commended entries ran in London Waterloo during 2013 but this is the first time that Network Rail and London Waterloo station has hosted the full competition exhibition. It has previously been held at the National Theatre, which is undergoing redevelopment.
All of the winning and commended photographs that appear in the exhibition can be found in the Awards book ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 8’ by AA Publishing.
VisitBritain is the national tourism agency, responsible for marketing Britain worldwide and developing Britain's visitor economy. Our mission is to build the value of tourism to Britain. We have a global footprint, thanks to our strong digital presence, and market Britain in 21 countries.The GREAT vision is to get the world thinking and feeling differently about Britain so that we are seen as a vibrant, inspiring and innovative place to visit.
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