Friday 21 Apr 2017
World class photography lands at Leeds station
Visitors to Leeds station will be able to enjoy a free photography exhibition from Monday as Network Rail continues its support for the prestigious Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.
The free exhibition will run until Saturday, 13 May and visitors can enjoy more than 60 winning and selected images from the 2016 competition, alongside a digital display of all 153 images commended by the judges from the many thousands of entries.
Station users will be able to enjoy photographs ranging from scenic views of the Cumbrian wilderness, through to atmospheric shots of iconic structures, such as the Forth Bridge.
The exhibition includes the 2016 winner of the Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ award, which aims to find the photography that best captures the spirit of today's railway as it relates to the landscape around it. Photographed by Francis Taylor, the 2016 winning image was a beautifully composed shot of sunshine breaking through clouds over the Ribblehead Viaduct in North Yorkshire.
Vinny Burke, Leeds station manager for Network Rail, said: “It’s fantastic to have world class photography on display at Leeds station. We are always looking to enhance visitors experience of the station and hosting exhibitions is one way which we can do that.
“The exhibition will provide a warm welcome to those visiting Leeds and we hope that station users will enjoy the exhibition as much as we have.”
To find out more about what’s going on at Leeds station, follow them on Twitter @NetworkRailLDS
Notes to editors:
- The Landscape Photographer of the Year is an annual competition for both amateur and professional photographers and offers a top prize of £10,000. Now in its 10thyear, the competition was founded by renowned landscape photographer Charlie Waite and aims to highlight the very best imagery of Britain’s beautiful rural and urban scenery.
- The exhibition will be situated on the north concourse.
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 38,000 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.