Friday 28 Jun 2013
Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition comes to London
King’s Cross station is set to become an art gallery next week as part of a special exhibition showcasing stunning images from the Take-a-view Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, which is sponsored by Network Rail.
From Monday July 1, for one week only, King’s Cross station will display a series of previously commended entries of places which can be reached by train from the station. The stand will be on the main concourse at the station all week.
The station is one of five of the country’s biggest and busiest stations which will be showcasing the photos over the summer. Visitors will also have the opportunity to get expert advice from celebrated landscape photographer and founder of the competition, Charlie Waite.
On Monday, between 11am and 2pm, visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras, phones, tablets and anything else that has a photograph on it, for the chance to get some commentary, feedback and advice from Charlie. There will also be chances to win a copy of the Landscape Photographer of the Year book (RRP £25).
Visitors can find out how to enter the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, which has a top prize of £10,000 and the ‘Lines in the Landscape’ award which seeks to find the best railway-related photography.
David Biggs, director of commercial property for Network Rail explained why Network Rail has introduced this new series of stations exhibitions: “People don’t just want their stations to be places they catch their trains from; they want to shop, eat, drink and enjoy their surroundings. Our stations are natural exhibition spaces so extending our partnership with Take-a-view to bring amazing photography to King’s Cross seemed a natural fit. We also hope the millions that come through our stations will be inspired to visit the fantastic places they can reach by rail and record their own amazing views with their cameras.”
Notes to editors
The images attached are part of a selection exhibited at five major stations across the country (Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, King's Cross and Waterloo). Some are of places in London and other are of places people can access by rail from King's Cross such as Hitchin, Cambridge and Ely.
More information: For competition entry details visit http://www.take-a-view.co.uk/
The 2013 Take-a-view Landscape Photographer of the Year competition closes on 4 July.
The stations photography exhibitions will be at:
Saturday 08 – Saturday 15 June: Manchester Piccadilly station
Sunday 16 - Saturday 22 June: Leeds station
Monday 24 – Saturday 29 June: Glasgow Central station
Monday 01 – Sunday 07 July: London King’s Cross station
Saturday 10 – Saturday 17 Aug: London Waterloo station
Charlie Waite biography: www.charliewaite.com
Charlie Waite is firmly established as one of the world’s leading Landscape photographers. His photographic style is often considered to be unique, in that his photographs convey an almost spiritual quality of serenity and calm. Charlie's photographs are held in private and corporate collections throughout the world, and he has held numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious venues in the UK, Japan and the USA.
With over 30 books to his name, Charlie's images are recognised around the world. Charlie was recently featured in Amateur Photographer Magazine's series Icons of Modern Photography, and his images have received wide critical acclaim over many years. A recent article in Royal West of England Academy Art Magazine featuring Charlie's work commented “Waite’s landscapes are rare perfections of light, colour and composition, and offer the viewer a luxuriant portrait of a planet at peace”.
In 2000 Charlie was awarded the prestigious honorary fellowship to the British Institute of Professional Photographers and in early 2007 was presented with Amateur Photography’s Power of Photography Award, which is given to a photographer whose work is deemed to effectively demonstrate the powerful and memorable images of which photography is capable. Also a sought after writer, public speaker and television presenter, Charlie has featured in numerous photographic and broadsheet publications, DVDs and television programmes on photography.
About Network Rail
We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.
Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.