'Lovers of Light' photography competition 2015: Shortlist revealed

Rosie Vare
Durdle Door Sunset
Durdle Door Sunset

These beautiful photos have been chosen as the ten finalists in a photography competition which celebrates light.

VELUX, the blind company, has unveiled the incredible images as part of its annual 'Lovers of Light' photography competition.

This year's there were massive 21,295 entries from participants all over the world, and team of five expert judges had the incredibly tough job of going through the thousands of entries.

BAFTA award-winning photographer Joe Tree, writer and broadcaster Tom Dyckhoff, daylight expert Dr Russell Foster, artist Sarah Butterfield, and Charlotte Chapman of VELUX were charged with finalising the top ten entries.

Joe Tree, who is this year's head judge, said: "The job of selecting this year's Lovers of Light shortlist was practically impossible. The standard of photography is unbelievably high, and the creativity that has gone into interpreting the brief is of the highest order."

The winner of this year's competition will be presented with a trip-of-a-lifetime prize worth £10,000 for themselves and a guest.

First prize will be a summer of endless daylight in northern Finland, where the winner will be sleeping under the midnight sun in a glass igloo and log cabin in Arctic resort Kakslauttanen.

"Each of the top 10 images shows a very different scene - a sun-drenched bench; a tractor in a sea of tulips; a wonderful underwater world - but what unites these phenomenal photographs is their inspiring depiction of daylight. Every one of our top 10 pays true homage to natural light and is a credit to this fantastic photography competition."

The competition winner will be announced over the next few weeks and three honourable mentions will also be selected from the ten finalists.

Take a look at the slideshow below to see the full top ten photos shortlisted for the prize.

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