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‘A good photograph is a received photograph, an exchange between you and the landscape, in which - however unlikely this may seem - there is a dialogue between the two of you. It is simply courtesy to allow the landscape to speak.’

USA Landscape Photographer of the Year was founded in 2013 by Charlie Waite, one of today’s most respected landscape photographers, following on from the huge success of the UK competition ‘Take a view – Landscape Photographer of the Year’ which launched in 2006.

In 2016, there are five main categories and two Special Awards from our partner, DPReview and Future Publishing, with additional prizes offered within each category by our supporters plus an exhibition and Awards book. A total prize fund of $45,000 includes $15,000 for the winner of the overall adult title and $2,500 for the young winner.

USA Landscape Photographer of the Year celebrates all that is great about the American landscape and showcases the work of many talented photographers from both the USA and around the world.

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Winner USA Landcape Photographer of the Year 2014 – Nagesh Mahadev ‘Light of the Wild’

Winner USA Landcape Photographer of the Year 2014 – Nagesh Mahadev
‘Light of the Wild’

Winner USA Landscape Photographe of the Year 2015 – Ted Gore ‘Hourglass’

Winner USA Landscape Photographe of the Year 2015 – Ted Gore

‘A landscape image cuts across all political and national boundaries, it transcends the constraints of language and culture.’

Charlie Waite is firmly established as one of the world’s leading landscape photographers. His photographic style is often considered to be unique, in that his photographs convey an almost spiritual quality of serenity and calm. Represented in private and corporate collections throughout the world, he has held numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious venues in the UK, Japan and the USA.

With over 30 books to his name, Charlie‘s photographs have received wide critical acclaim over many years. A recent article in Royal West of England Academy Art Magazine featuring Charlie's work commented “Waite’s landscapes are rare perfections of light, colour and composition and offer the viewer a luxuriant portrait of a planet at peace”.

In 2000 Charlie was awarded the prestigious honorary fellowship to the British Institute of Professional Photographers and in early 2007 was presented with Amateur Photography’s Power of Photography Award, which is given to a photographer whose work is deemed to effectively demonstrate the powerful and memorable images of which photography is capable. Also a sought after writer, public speaker and presenter, Charlie has featured in numerous photographic and broadsheet publications, DVDs and television programmes on photography.

Aside from his own photography, Charlie also enjoys introducing photography to others. Through his company, Light and Land the leading photographic tour company in Europe, he and his specialist photographic leaders run worldwide workshops and tours dedicated to inspiring photographers and improving their photography.

Charlie founded the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards in 2006 with the aim of providing a showcase for those around the world who share his passion for the art of landscape photography.

Portrait of Charlie Waite