The search is on to find the UKu2019s top landscape photographer in a competition boasting a u00a320,000 prize fund.rnrnPicture credit: Chris Calver

The search is on to find the UK?s top landscape photographer in a competition boasting a £20,000 prize fund.

Amateurs and professionals are invited to enter the ?Take a View? competition for the chance of claiming the title of Landscape Photographer of the Year 2009, along with a £10,000 cash prize.

There are four categories: Classic view, Living the view, Your view and Phone view.

The contest, now in its third year, was the brainchild of landscape ace Charlie Waite, who said: ?People are photographing more than ever before and if ever there was a good time to get out with a camera ? and to use its wonderful creative potential to help us engage with our surroundings ? it has to be now.?

Dr Helen Phillips, CEO of Natural England, which is supporting the contest, said: ?This competition is an important initiative to help people value and appreciate the enormous variety of landscapes in this country and the many challenges they face. All landscapes matter ? to people and to wildlife ? and every photograph entered has the chance to emphasise this.’

This year?s competition is also backed by the English National Parks Authorities.

The best images will go on show at London?s National Theatre later this year and will be published in a book.

Entry fees start from £7, for submitting a single image in the adult category.

A separate category for those aged 16 and under costs £2 for up to 15 images.

The closing date is 15 July.

For full details visit www.take-a-view.co.uk

Picture credit: Chris Calver

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