Tuesday 24 Nov 2015
Explore Britain’s most breath-taking landscapes at London Waterloo station
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 7th February 2016.
For the sixth year, Network Rail is supporting the competition, where amateur and professional photographers can highlight the very best imagery of Britain’s beautiful rural and urban scenery and compete for the top prize of £10,000.
With over 100 million people using the station every year, Waterloo is a perfect backdrop to display the winning entries from the competition, showcasing the very best of British cities and countryside in the very heart of the capital. This year’s overall winner was Andy Farrer for his photograph of the beach and cliffs at Bat's Head in Dorset.
Dozens of images of the winning and commended entries from this year's competition are being exhibited on the station’s retail balcony, including the winner of the Network Rail 'Lines in the Landscape' award, which rewards the best image taken of Britain’s railway network. A stunning image of a freight train curving through the countryside as it approaches a sun-lit Ribblehead Viaduct in North Yorkshire, taken by Robert France, won the railway award this year.
Awards founder, Charlie Waite, said: "These Awards aim to tell the world that the British landscape is perfect for great experiences of all kinds. We hope that the millions of people who will pass through Waterloo during the exhibition, 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. We want to create truly exceptional stations for passengers and visitors by bringing the arts and interactivity into a natural exhibition space. We’re proud to be able to showcase this exhibition for the millions of visitors and passengers who use London Waterloo, Britain’s biggest and busiest railway station.”
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About Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015
The free exhibition runs from 23 November 2015 to 7 February 2016.
This is the second year the full competition exhibition has run in London Waterloo. It has previously been held at the National Theatre.
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 9’ by AA Publishing.
The Awards are held in association with VisitBritain and the Countryside is GREAT campaign.
VisitBritain is the national tourism agency, responsible for marketing Britain worldwide and developing Britain's visitor economy. Their mission is to build the value of tourism to Britain. They have a global footprint, thanks to a 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.
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 36,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.