Best places in the UK for photography

Landscape Photographer of the Year

Looking for some inspiration when it comes to stunning spots around the UK for a scenic holiday?

With the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition celebrating its 10th year the competition's founder, Charlie Waite, has helped us put together a collection of the best spots around the UK for photography.

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From the Outer Hebrides to Dorset we're truly spoilt for choice when it comes to stunning locations for photography.

With everything from stark cityscapes to stunning rural views included, the Landscape Photographer of the Year: 10 Year Special Edition celebrates the beauty of Britain.

The 2017 The Landscape Photographer of the Year competition is now open and closes for entries on 8th July.

For more details, please visit take-a-view.co.uk.

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Landscape Photographer of the Year – VisitBritain Award 2013

Photographers are spoilt for choice in the beautiful Lake District National Park. Look out for lower level fells such as Castlehead, Latrigg and Castle Crag, which all overlook Derwentwater, as a walk up these gives great rewards for reasonably little effort.

Landscape Photographer of the Year – Classic view 2011

The windswept beaches and unspoilt landscape of the Outer Hebrides can produce stunning results when the light is favourable. Conditions can change quickly and weather that looks unpromising can break to give conditions perfect for amazing photography. White sand beaches, such as those at Borve, Luskentyre and  Scarista on the Isle of Harris complement a sea colour that can be almost turquoise and the low-lying salt marshes at Rodel create flowing shapes that fascinate.

Landscape Photographer of the Year – Classic view 2008

Weather is a key factor in the creation of all of Britain’s landscapes and storms can certainly show its physical impact. It is important to have a long/telephoto lens as part of your photography kit, so that you can stand well back, out of harm’s way, to capture the most dramatic images. Britain’s North East coast has many photographic gems. The section north of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with its castles & sweeping beaches is possibly better known that that stretching south but the latter, known as the Durham Heritage Coast below Sunderland, is well worth exploring.

Young Landscape Photographer of the Year - Winner 2008

The changing crops and colours of counties such as Dorset and Wiltshire, from the bright greens of spring through to the red of the poppies and the gold of ripened corn provide a constantly changing patchwork for the camera. Today it  seems that no acre remains completely untouched by mans’ signature.

Landscape Photographer of the Year - Classic view 2016

Wales is home to some of the most photogenic landscapes in Britain, from the beaches at Newborough Warren on Anglesey, to the mountains of Snowdonia in the north and the Brecon Beacons in the south to the beautiful Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Nearly a fifth of the Snowdonia National Park is covered by woodland, providing changing opportunities for photography throughout the seasons.

Landscape Photographer of the Year – Living the view Winner 2013

The ancient, twisted beech trees known as The Dark Hedges in Co. Antrim are well-known to photographers, especially since their appearance in Game of Thrones, but it is still possible to get something that bit different although it’s best to avoid peak times, as it can get very busy. It’s less than 15 miles from the beautiful coast of Northern Ireland, including World Heritage Site, the Giant’s Causeway and there are also plenty of gems to be seen off the beaten track that can form part of a memorable photography tour.

Landscape Photographer of the Year - Classic view 2016

More than 50% of the world’s bluebells are found in the UK and it is a sign that spring has arrived when areas of deciduous woodland become home to carpets of the beautiful flowers. Late April to early May is the perfect time to take out your camera and enjoy the spectacle. The combination of the flowers and the elegant trunks of a maturing beech woodland, such as this at Micheldever, on either a misty morning or a day when the sunlight filters through the trees, can result in a memorable photograph.

Landscape Photographer of the Year – Living the view 2011

The beaches of Cornwall are famous across the world and feature regularly in TV series such as Doc Martin and Poldark. The beautiful coastline around Mount’s Bay, with its picturesque fishing villages and views across to St Michael’s Mount offers great opportunities for photographers throughout the year, particularly in the quieter seasons.

Landscape Photographer of the Year – Classic view Winner 2012

Accessible via a short flight or ferry crossing, the Isle of Man has a varied landscape perfect for photography, which is why it has been used as a location for over 90 film productions in the last 20 years. The island’s capital is Douglas, where Loch Promenade, built in the Victorian era, runs almost the full length of the seafront.

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