YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
on show at WATERLOO STATION
To enter the Young Landscape Photographer of the Year competition you need to be 17 years old or younger. This year it goes to 17 year old Sam Rielly, from London, with his photograph taken in Anglesey, Wales.
The judges commented on the strong narrative interest in the picture. Who is this woman walking alone? She grasps a stick, which suggests that her route may not be entirely straightforward. And her attention is on the next step, on the ground immediately beneath her feet. She is not distracted by the young photographer, and therefore not by us, the viewers.
"This image was taken on a particularly wet and windy day on Parys Mountain, the site of a former copper mine. The subject of the image is my mother, who was unaware that I was taking the picture." Sam Rielly
Powerful though the figure is, the photograph leaves us free to appreciate the landscape: windswept ragged turf, hills and hollows, and the chimney of the old tin mine pointing to the sky. a perfect foil to the figure as she breaks into the horizon.
To see this image and many other successful entries to the Competition, climb the steps or take the escalator to the mezzanine balcony overlooking the main concourse of Waterloo, London's busiest station. Many are shown as printed posters. There is also an opportunity to see some displayed on the Motion@Waterloo screen - a display spreading 40m across the top of the station platforms, on and off throughout the day on these dates: 19, 20, 26 & 27 January.A book, Landscape Photographer of the Year 8 (AA), by Charlie Waite, contains many many images which I haven't yet seen because at the Waterloo station bookshop, Foyles, it had sold out. Always a good sign.