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The finalists of this year’s UK Landscape Photographer of the Year competition have been revealed. Landscape Photographer of the Year is a major, annual competition to find the UK’s Landscape Photographer of the Year. Matthew Cattell, a Berkshire-based photographer, took the top spot with an ethereal view of Brighton’s West Pier. He wins £10,000, and will see his picture published, along with all other shortlisted and commended images, in the annual Landscape Photographer of the Year book.

Overall Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 winner: Matthew Cattell, Starling Vortex, taken in Brighton, East Sussex, England. ‘During the winter months hundreds of thousands of starlings assemble at Brighton Pier to roost for the night. The birds gather in large flocks and perform beautiful aerial displays before dropping down to the relative safety of the structure below. Standing on the pier allows the viewer to witness these murmurations from within as the birds flow and cascade around you. The windy conditions had whipped up the foam on the surface of the sea and I liked the way the motion of the incoming tide mimicked the movement of the birds. Rather than ‘freeze’ the action I used a longer exposure to exaggerate this vortex of motion. I retained the ruins of the West Pier to help locate the image.’

The exhibition, sponsored by Network Rail, will run for 11 weeks and close on 5 February 2017.
Other winners include:

The Great Britain #OMGB ‘Home of Amazing Moments’ Award:
Mark Gillian, Finding Gold, Cumbria

Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ Award:
Francis Taylor, Sunshine Breaks Through, North Yorkshire

The Sunday Times Magazine’s Choice:
Rachael Talibart, Maelstrom, East Sussex

Classic view:
Dougie Cunningham, Shelter from the Storm, Sutherland

Living the view:
Martin Birks, Chrome Hill, Derbyshire

Urban view:
Lesley Smith, Demolition, Glasgow

Your view:
Tony Higginson, Shifting Sands, Lancashire
Youth Class (17 and under)

Overall winner:
Hannah Faith Jackson, Mirror Bar, Glasgow

Classic view:
James Bailey, Hoarfrost at Herringfleet Mill, Suffolk

Living the view:
Rowan Ashworth, Sunset Explorer, Isle of Harris

Urban view:
Henry Memmott, City Lights, Glasgow

Your view:
Henry Memmott, Floating Feather, Lanarkshire

Overall Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 winner: Matthew Cattell, Starling Vortex, taken in Brighton, East Sussex, England.

Overall Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 winner: Matthew Cattell, Starling Vortex, taken in Brighton, East Sussex, England.

The Great Britain Home Of Amazing Moments Award winner: Mark Gilligan, Finding Gold, taken at Wast Water, Cumbria, England.

The Great Britain Home Of Amazing Moments Award winner: Mark Gilligan, Finding Gold, taken at Wast Water, Cumbria, England.

Network Rail Lines In The Landscape Award winner: Francis Taylor, Sunshine-breaks through, taken at Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire, England

Network Rail Lines In The Landscape Award winner: Francis Taylor, Sunshine-breaks through, taken at Ribblehead Viaduct, North Yorkshire, England

The Sunday Times Magazine Award winner: Rachael Talibart, Maelstrom, taken in Newhaven, East Sussex, England

The Sunday Times Magazine Award winner: Rachael Talibart, Maelstrom, taken in Newhaven, East Sussex, England

Your View winner: Tony Higginson, Shifting Sands, taken in Silverdale, Lancashire, England.

Your View winner: Tony Higginson, Shifting Sands, taken in Silverdale, Lancashire, England.

Urban View winner: Lesley Smith, Demolition, Red Road Flats, Glasgow, Scotland.

Urban View winner: Lesley Smith, Demolition, Red Road Flats, Glasgow, Scotland.

Classic View winner: Dougie Cunningham, Shelter from the Storm, taken at Loch Stack in Sutherland, north-western Scotland.

Classic View winner: Dougie Cunningham, Shelter from the Storm, taken at Loch Stack in Sutherland, north-western Scotland.

Living the View winner: Martin Burks, Chrome-Hill, taken in the Peak District, Derbyshire, England.

Living the View winner: Martin Burks, Chrome-Hill, taken in the Peak District, Derbyshire, England.

Overall Young Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 winner: Hannah Faith Jackson, Mirror Bar, taken in Glasgow, Scotland.

Overall Young Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 winner: Hannah Faith Jackson, Mirror Bar, taken in Glasgow, Scotland.

Your View youth class winner: Henry Memmott, Floating Feather, taken at Glengavel Reservoir, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Your View youth class winner: Henry Memmott, Floating Feather, taken at Glengavel Reservoir, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Living the View youth class winner: Rowan Ashworth, Sunset Explorer, taken in Hushinish, Isle of Harris, Scotland.

Living the View youth class winner: Rowan Ashworth, Sunset Explorer, taken in Hushinish, Isle of Harris, Scotland.

Urban View youth class winner: Henry Memmott, City Lights, taken in Glasgow, Scotland.

Urban View youth class winner: Henry Memmott, City Lights, taken in Glasgow, Scotland.

Commended: Justin Minns, Room with a View, East Winch, Norfolk, England

Commended: Justin Minns, Room with a View, East Winch, Norfolk, England

Commended: Gary Horner, Winter Sunrise, Herringfleet Smock Mill, Suffolk, England

Commended: Gary Horner, Winter Sunrise, Herringfleet Smock Mill, Suffolk, England

Highly Commended: Mirek Galagus, The Guardian of The Island, Beachy Head, East Sussex, England

Highly Commended: Mirek Galagus, The Guardian of The Island, Beachy Head, East Sussex, England

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