A stunning view over the Isle of Skye has taken the top prize in this year’s search to find the ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’. Parisian-born, Emmanuel Coupe becomes the third person to win this prestigious Award and the £10,000 prize. His picture was chosen, by the judges, from the thousands of entries that showcased the richly diverse landscape of the UK.

From salt marshes, chalk cliffs and ancient woodland, to historic villages,parklands and cityscapes, the Landscape Photographer of the Year Award aims to highlight the interaction between people and places that is so important for us all. Over 100 of the very best images will premier in an exciting free exhibition at London’s National Theatre from December 5th.

Charlie Waite, one of Britain’s best-loved landscape photographers & founder of Take a view, set up the Awards to provide an on-going platform for capturing images that best symbolise our land and our times, and that will stand as a record in the future. He says: ‘Seeing the Awards go from strength to strength is very exciting for me. The standard of entries has been exceptional and proves what enthusiasm we have for both our photography and our landscape’.
 
A book, by AA Publishing, will feature over 170 winning & commended entries from this year’s competition. Published on October 31st, it will be available at the exhibition.

The 2009 Awards are held in association with Natural England and the English National Park Authorities. ‘The support we have received from our co-sponsors has been invaluable – the Awards just could not have happened without them,’ continues Charlie. ‘To be helped by people who work hard to ensure that the country is managed in the best possible way for the future has been very exciting for us.

‘Only by being aware of what can be lost and the actions we can take, can we be sure that our landscape remains our most precious asset. The National Theatre is an amazing venue and we hope that as many people as possible will enjoy the wonderful, free exhibition.’