Photographer Antony Spencer has been crowned Landscape Photographer of the Year, bagging him a top prize of u00a310,000.

Winning image

Picture credit: Antony Spencer

Photographer Antony Spencer has been crowned Landscape Photographer of the Year, bagging him a top prize of £10,000.

Spencer scooped the award with his image of Corfe Castle in Dorset.

On his website Spencer writes: ?I have always had a keen interest in photography and started taking photography more seriously in 2007 with the purchase of my first digital SLR.?

Natural England chief executive Helen Phillips said: ‘This year’s extraordinary collection of images captures the tremendous variety of landscapes in this country… The awards are a reminder of how valuable our landscapes are and how important it is that we look after them.’

Meanwhile, Taliesin Coombes’ image of a steam train leaving Cardiff Station clinched the Young Landscape Photographer of the Year title.

The contest, now in its fourth year, was the brainchild of landscape ace Charlie Waite.

The best pictures from the Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year contest are due to go on show at the National Theatre in London from 22 November.

? Keep an eye out for an exclusive feature on this year’s competition in AP’s issue dated 6 November