Image above (c) Tony Bennett

As the year winds down, the photography industry is taking a reflective look back at the pivotal photographers and images that have been taken in 2013.

Landscape Photography Winner

One of the most sought after awards is that of Landscape Photographer of the Year, with the winner recently announced as  Tony Bennett.

His image, ‘Mist and Reflections, Crummock Water’ managed to bag him the prize of £10,000 from the competition, after undergoing scrutiny from a total of 15 judges.

When Tony was told of his win, he was driving and resorted to using his hands free phone to take the call.

Tony said: “I remember Charlie Waite telling me of the win and my brain went into overdrive; intuitively I knew about the Landscape Photography Competition and was steeling myself to be told I had won one of the lesser prizes”

“Charlie then told me to put both hands on the steering wheel and take a deep breath, a lump came into my throat as he told me I’d won first prize”

Trying to claw back a little normality, Charlie and Tony had a little light conversation to break the ice, but Tony has later confessed he doesn’t remember much of it and was totally overwhelmed.

Arriving home, he had a stiff whiskey and a shared bottle of wine to really allow the realisation of his win to sink in.

The Landscape Photographer of the Year award serves as a great incentive for other photographers to get involved next year; in an industry where it can become so hard to be recognised individually, this award is easily accessible to anybody and allows the entrant to submit up to 25 images to be judged.

The best image in each category will win £1,000 and the second best will bag £500.

Winning images will be on display at the National Theatre London from 7th December and entry is free to those who wish to take a peek. The Awards book, Landscape Photographer of the Year – Collection 7 from AA Publishing, will be available from 31st October 2013.

Keep checking for updates as to when the competition opens for budding entrants hoping to win the 2014 title.