Monday 25 Oct 2010


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A photographer from Hitchin in Hertfordshire has won a national landscape photography competition. Chris Howe’s clever image of a speeding train through picturesque Grindleford station in the Peak District wowed judge and expert landscape photographer Charlie Waite to scoop the very first Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ special award at the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2010.

Chris's photograph was selected ahead of more than xxx entries, winning him an exclusive private walking tour of the Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland. The tour is only possible whilst renovation of the iconic structure takes place over the coming months.

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The photograph, along with more than 100 of the very best images from the competition, will premier in a stunning, free exhibition at the National Theatre in London from November 22nd 2010. It will also feature in a book of over 170 winning and commended entries from this year’s competition to be published on 31st October 2010.

Photographer and competition organiser Charlie Waite explains what made Chris' winning shot so special: "This picture works on a number of different levels. It shows the interaction of today's rail network with its surrounding landscape and demonstrates a seamless balance between the landscape, the people, the rail network and the train. These four elements all work together and suggest the importance of our railways to accessibility, discovery and, ultimately, the spread of ideas.

"Photographically its success hinges on a number of wonderfully interlocking elements. The boldest of these are the two sweeping arcs of the platform and the 'phantom like' train rushing through the scene. Then there are smatterings of red strewn throughout the image - from the track itself, throughout the foliage and even up into the sky. Finally, the solitary figure in red remains a powerful punctuation to which the eye is immediately directed. It is a brilliantly constructed image and fully deserves to take the Network Rail 'Lines in the Landscape' special award."

Robin Gisby, director of operations and customer service for Network Rail commented: “For over 150 years, the railway has helped connect people across the length and breadth of the country; it is a big part of British life. As the incredible photographs entered show, the railway helps create so many spectacular views of both our towns and cities and the countryside.

"Chris's photo cleverly depicts the fast modern network set against a quiet, countryside setting. We've been thrilled with the response to our special award for railway photography, and hope that this year's entries have inspired others to pick up their camera and enjoy the amazing views Britain has to offer."

Notes to editors

The Take a view - Landscape Photography of the Year Awards are the idea of renowned landscape photographer, Charlie Waite. From deserted beaches, remote mountains and windswept trees to major cities and industrial works, the highlight the interaction between people and places that is so important for us all.

Please note that all images supplied by Network Rail on behalf of Take a view remain the copyright of their respective photographers. They may only be used for press/promotional purposes in direct connection with the Take a view - Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards and must be credited.

The attached file is sized to print at aprox A5 @ 300ppi.

2010 Results (with image location):
Photographs to the competition are entered into four main categories (both youth and adult). People can then additionally select to enter a Special Award.

Overall winner – Antony Spencer – Corfe Castle, Dorset

Winner – Classic view – Dudley Williams – Isle of Eigg, Scotland
Runner-up – Classic view – Marshall Pinsent – Romney Marsh, Kent

Winner – Living the view – Jon Brook – Lancashire/Yorkshire border
Runner-up – Living the view – Jonathan Lucas – London

Winner – Urban view – Darren Ciolli-Leach – Nottinghamshire
Runner-up – Urban view – David Stanton – Falkirk, Scotland

Winner – Your view – Paul Robinson – Derbyshire
Runner-up – Your view – Tom Fairclough – Liverpool

Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ Award – Chris Howe - Derbyshire

Natural England ‘Landscape on your doorstep’ Award – Slawek Staszczuk

South Downs Environment Films Ltd ‘Britain in our Hands’ Award – Chris Lewis -Shropshire

Youth class (16 and under)
Overall winner – Taliesin Coombes – Cardiff, Wales
Winner – Classic view – William Lee – Northumberland
Winner – Living the view – Taliesin Coombes – Ayrshire, Scotland
Winner – Urban view – Sam Cartwright – Lancashire
Winner – Your view – William Lee – Northumberland

Exhibition details:
Take a view – Landscape Photographer of the Year 2010 Exhibition - In association with Network Rail and Natural England. With over 100 beautiful landscape images printed on the Epson Stylus Pro 9900, using the latest Epson inkjet technology

Admission free
Dates: 22nd November 2010 – 16th January 2011 (Closed 15th December)
Times: Open Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 11pm, all year round (except for Bank Holidays) and on a number of Sundays from noon to 6pm (check NT website for dates).
Venue: Lyttelton Foyer, National Theatre, South Bank, London SE1 9PX 020 7452 3000

PRIVATE VIEW (by invitation only): Thursday, 25th November 2010 (6.00pm)

Seeing landscape - Awards founder, Charlie Waite, will be giving talks on his approach to landscape photography & tours of the exhibition on November 24th & 26th and December 6th & 7th. (Contact National Theatre box office or see NT website for times & ticket information

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