Overall Winner - Matthew Cattell
Starling Vortex - Brighton, East Sussex, England
During the winter months hundreds of thousands of starlings assemble at Brighton Pier to roost for the night. The birds gather in large flocks and perform beautiful aerial displays before dropping down to the relative safety of the structure below. Standing on the pier allows the viewer to witness these murmurations from within as the birds flow and cascade around you. The windy conditions had whipped up the foam on the surface of the sea and I liked the way the motion of the incoming tide mimicked the movement of the birds. Rather than ‘freeze’ the action I used a longer exposure to exaggerate this vortex of motion. I retained the ruins of the West Pier to help locate the image.
Youth Overall Winner - Hannah Faith Jackson
Mirror Bar - Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow is a city of two worlds: the relaxed atmosphere of the bar and the vibrant life of the street. I took this photograph just as the dark van approached and the couple appeared deep in the bar. I love the positive and reverse images created by a sea of glass.
#OMGB 'Home of amazing moments' award winner - Mark Gilligan
Finding Gold - Wast Water, Cumbria, England
As landscape photographers we work with the elements and sometimes that combination creates views that are literally jaw dropping. I was talking to my friend who is in the photograph with my back to the event that began to unfold behind me, when his face lit up and he ran off, shouting ‘Look at that!’ I turned and saw the rainbow forming in a perfect arc over Wast Water. I had my camera to hand. Everything seemed to come together. My friend gave the photograph perspective. The rainbow faded but I felt we had literally found gold.
Classic view adult class winner - Dougie Cunningham
Shelter from the Storm - Loch Stack, Sutherland, Scotland
This was a once-in-a-lifetime scene. Driving through Sutherland during Storm Desmond, I was passing Loch Stack when the wind whipped up a huge waterspout and I pulled in to watch the wind toying with the waters of the loch. With the glen funnelling the storm towards the loch it was too windy to stand outside, so I repositioned myself in the layby for a good composition and set up the tripod in the back of the van. With the shot framed through the side window, each time a big gust ripped the water from the surface of the loch I’d pop the door open for a couple of seconds in the relative lull that followed its passing ... Then I'd dry my kit and try again with the next gust! This was one of only a handful of frames not spoiled by rain on the filter.
Judge’s Choice Steve Watkins
Living the view adult class winner - Martin Birks
Chrome Hill - Peak District, Derbyshire, England
The forecast looked good for a misty autumn morning, so I drove across from Lincoln to Chrome Hill in the Peak District. I’d wanted to capture a dramatic sunrise here for a while. It was a stunning view above the fog and there were a group of other photographers who I enjoyed chatting with. This one eventually made his way back down the hill and I liked the scale he added to the scene.
Urban view adult class winner - Lesley Smith
Demolition - Red Road Flats, Glasgow, Scotland
The original demolition had been scheduled for the opening of Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014 but public pressure put this back to 11 October 2015. I took up position at the gate at about 10am, as demolition had been scheduled for 1pm. Crowds started gathering about noon and my tripod and I stood still. Finally, at 3.17pm, the siren went and 10 seconds later there was a huge boom as the flats started to collapse. A minute later it was all over. It was about another minute before I plucked up the courage to look at the back of my camera to make sure I had my shot.
Judge’s choice Helen Brocklehurst
Your view adult class winner - Tony Higginson
Shifting Sands - Silverdale, Lancashire, England
Late morning on a sunny day in mid June is hardly a classic time to be photographing the landscape. However, when I arrived at Silverdale beach on the Lancashire coast, the conditions were unusual as the sea was as flat as a mill pond. I noticed that as the water receded from high tide, it was creating amazing shapes like mini estuaries in the edge of the sand. After spending some time photographing the interesting patterns, I decided to use them as the foreground for this wider landscape. I opted to use filters to smooth out what little texture there was in the sea and to give just a bit of movement to the sky, which added to the surreal quality of the photograph.
Judge’s Choice Nicholas Crane
Classic view youth class winner - James Bailey
Hoarfrost at Herringfleet Mill - Suffolk, England
Due to a forecast of freezing fog the night before, we left home at 4.30am in the morning to get to Herringfleet for dawn, a location we’d previously discussed as being worth the visit photography-wise. When we got there, there were memorable images everywhere but this picture immediately leaped out – I particularly enjoyed the covering of frost that the grass and the bridge had received. The hoarfrost helps to accentuate the dilapidated nature of the windmill and structures surrounding it.
Living the view youth class winner - Rowan Ashworth
Sunset Explorer - Hushinish, Isle of Harris, Scotland
I was allowed to stay up very late to go and photograph the sunset with my Dad. This is my Dad climbing above the sea
Your view youth class winner - Henry Memmott
Floating Feather - Glengavel Reservoir, Lanarkshire, Scotland
This feather is from the Canada geese that inhabit the reservoir and I decided to compose an image in which the feather floated on the surface. With little wind, the water’s surface was still, which also allowed for the reflection to be seen.
The Sunday Times Magazine’s Choice - Rachael Talibart, Maelstrom, East Sussex
Wave - Maelstrom, East Sussex
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