Oct 29 2012 By Cheryl Mullin
A STRIKING black and white shot of fishing boat sheds with Lindisfarne Castle in the background has scooped top prize in an annual landscape photography competition.
David Byrne, from Cannock, Staffordshire, won the Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year award and the £10,000 prize for his photograph, which was chosen from thousands of entries capturing aspects of the UK landscape.
Mr Byrne said: “I had no expectations of winning; I took the picture because I love monochrome landscapes and Britain has some of the best landscapes you can find.
“Getting in the final was brilliant but to win was out of this world.”
Mr Byrne also won the “classic view” category for his black and white image of sunlit trees, while a misty view of pines in Hampshire by David Baker won the “your view” section.
Other winners included Paul Bundle, whose shot of Loch Ard in Scotland won the “living the view” category, and the “urban view” award went to Simon Butterworth for his striking shot of buildings on a hilly street in Port Glasgow.
And a train speeding through a coastal wetland scene in Dorset, taken by Graham Hobbs, won the Network Rail ’lines in the landscape’ award for pictures of the rail network within the surrounding landscape.