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In pictures: Loch Ard photograph highly commended as Outdoor Photographer of the Year winners revealed

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It attracted a record 20,000 entries and saw photographers from all over the world submitting their most inspiring work. Here we reveal the category winners of the Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2018 competition.

Winning, runner up and highly commended photographs:

The competition’s aim this year as always, is to reveal and celebrate the outstanding work of the most highly talented images makers world-wide and offer up a powerful insight into the landscapes, wildlife and nature of the planet.

The overall winner has been named as Robert Birkby from West Yorkshire in England, for his compelling image of a herd of sheep huddled in a snowstorm in the South Pennines.

Professional and amateur photographers from over 60 countries entered the competition, including South Africa, Australia, USA, Canada, Italy, Spain, the UK and the Falkland Islands.

Photographer Pete Hyde’s shot of a fern on the banks of Loch Ard in the Trossachs of Scotland received the highly commended award in the Small World category.

Category winning images were taken from beneath the waves in French Polynesia, the rock-face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, the wetlands of Louisiana, the wrestling pits of Varanasi, India, the underwater caves of the Yucatan Peninsula and the snowy South Pennines of Yorkshire.

Head judge, Steve Watkins, editor of Outdoor Photography magazine said: “The judges were blown away by the quality of work that we looked at this year, and it shows that the world of outdoor photography is thriving like never before, thanks to the hard work, fresh thinking and deep passion brought by the photographers.”

The overall winner receives £2,000 and each category winner receives a £500 Fjallraven Award.


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