How to win Landscape Photographer of the Year

Bright Eyes by David Fieldhouse won the Classic View category of Landscape Photographer of the Year 2014. Here David reveals how he captured this mesmerising image.

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‘Bright Eyes’ by David Fieldhouse (Classic View Winner)

How did you capture your winning image - Bright Eyes?

This was actually one of the last shots of a particular day’s photography. I had arrived at Mam Tor, Derbyshire, for sunrise and took a walk along the great ridge to see what other images I could find. Returning towards the car, the composition of the old stone gatepost, with the frosty long grass in the foreground and Castleton Cement Works in the distance, caught my eye. I took several shots and, while the camera was still set up on the tripod, turned to grab my flask. As I turned I noticed something in the corner of my eye, and there was the hare, in the most perfect of spots. I got one photo and then it was gone. Moments like this are few and far between. The image was strong anyway, but the lucky appearance of the hare made it all the more special.

 

Who should enter the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2015?

Anyone who has an eye for creativity, and loves taking images of the world around them. The competition is open to all ages, and professionals and amateurs alike. And it's not all about expensive equipment. I have seen some wonderful images taken on compact cameras and even smartphones. As long as the camera produces an image of 6MP or more it is good enough for the competition.

 

What should a photographer consider before entering the competition?

The standards are very high, so try to be original. Iconic locations such as Durdle Door, Bamburgh Castle and Brighton Pier have been done many times before, so you would need to produce something truly special if it is to stand out. Find a new, lesser-known location and you have already cleared one obstacle. Look through previous editions of Landscape Photographer of the Year to make sure you're not submitting something that has been done previously.

 

How do you capture a wild landscape?

1. Get up early. The best light is often around sunrise.

2. Be patient. Don't get the camera straight out - walk around first.

3. Plan ahead, but be flexible. Research the location, but always be prepared to adapt to conditions on the day.

4. Take a shot then review it. Ask yourself how you can make it better, then take it again.

5. Enjoy it, but don't force creativity. It's hard to make something beautiful when you're not in the mood.

 

See more great photography by David Fieldhouse

The Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015 competition is open for entries until 12 July 2015. This year’s competition is run in association with VisitBritain and Countryside is GREAT. Find out more at www.take-a-view.co.uk.

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