An extraordinary picture of a ferry leaving Newhaven harbour won a top prize in this year’s Landscape Photographer of the Year awards.
Photograph reproduced by kind permission.
This dramatic picture was selected from thousands of entries to win a top prize in this year’s UK’s Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2013 announced earlier this week.
Dave Lyon’s ‘Ferry leaving Newhaven harbour in a storm’ won first prize in the ’Your view’ category.
Mr Lyon, from Sussex, explains how the image came about: ‘After shooting waves crashing over Newhaven lighthouse for about an hour during a summer storm, I decided to change position and try to get some shots covering the seaward side of the harbour wall from the shingle beach. As I approached the beach, I saw the funnel of the ferry over the sea wall, so I sprinted down the shingle with camera still attached to the tripod and managed to get a few frames before it disappeared.’
Erroneous press reports said the photo had actually been taken from another ship so it’s a relief to hear it was actually taken from dry land, with crashing waves and spray making the scene look even more dramatic than it really was. Rest assured: a ferry wouldn’t set sail in the conditions as they appear here.
Nevertheless it’s a fantastic photo. For a closer look see the official Landscape Photographer of the Year website – www.take-a-view.co.uk/ – or, go to the free exhibition at the National Theatre in London. All the winning and commended entries from this year’s competition will be on display from 7th December 2013 until 8th February 2014.
The Awards, held in association with Network Rail, are also accompanied by a full colour book – Landscape Photographer of the Year; Collection 7, available from 31st October from AA Publishing.