Landscape Photographer of the Year - Jay Birmingham

Landscape Photographer of the Year

Take a View's Collection 11 of Landscape Photographer of the Year was released on Monday (16th October).

For years I have gazed at the beautiful images in the collections. I would receive them as Christmas presents  and longed to be able to take photos as well as many of the photographers in the books. 

Of course I don't argue that the reason to take photographs is for the pleasure of it, to capture that moment in time; a memory of a beautiful moment. Trying to get a photograph into Landscape Photographer of the Year became an added incentive - to join the likes of others that have inspired me.

It is only over the last year that I have had the confidence to enter. A number of people have spurred me on and made me realise that I can occasionally take a nice picture, and to those people I am extremely grateful. 

I entered a number of images with little expectation, but you never know unless you try. One of the images I entered was a shot I had taken in January of Fairy Glen in Snowdonia.

I couldn't quite believe it, therefore when I received an email on the 20th July mentioning I had been shortlisted.

The wait after that was a long one, and it was only on Saturday - two days before the book's release date - that I received an email letting me know that my Fairy Glen image had been commended and would be in the book!

It's also very exciting that the image will also be on display at the exhibition at Waterloo Station from the 20th November.

I really am so delighted and honoured to have my work commended and used in the book. Naturally, I have had a smile on my face since.

So I have achieved one of my dreams of getting one of my images in Landscape Photographer of the Year. Have I got any more aims? Of course... I need to get one in next year too!

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