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Photography competition to showcase finest rail views

Network Rail is to support a national photography competition showcasing the most stunning and beautiful views of the UK landscape, including Britain’s railway network, with its Victorian engineering icons and modern new structures, images of which are captured by millions every year.

Entry for the fourth annual Take a view Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards is now open to amateurs and professionals alike. The competition is the idea of renowned landscape photographer, Charlie Waite and the best images will be showcased at an exhibition at the National Theatre in London.  Network Rail will share the main support of the competition with Natural England and will also give an additional prize for the best photography of its network – The Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ Special Award.

                                       Previous Entry: Newcastle-upon-Tyne by Andrew Whitaker (Commended 2009)

Iain Coucher, chief executive explained why Network Rail was supporting the competition:  "For over 150 years, the railway has helped connect people across the length and breadth of Britain, with some spectacular structures such as the Forth Bridge and Ribblehead viaduct. Network Rail has the special duty of protecting and promoting this legacy as well as building a modern rail network for the 21st century, and we are proud to be part of the visual history of Britain.

"We are very happy to support this competition, and even more so to have a special award for the best photography of our rail network. Travelling by rail is becoming ever more popular, and we hope that, through this competition, even more people will see and appreciate its beauty and importance in Britain today."

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