Brighton 'tornado of starlings' photograph scoops top award

Starling Vortex by Matthew Cattell Image copyright Matthew Cattell/PA
Image caption Matthew Cattell's winning photograph "Starling Vortex" reminded judges of the tornado in the film the Wizard of Oz

An image of starlings flying around the remains of Brighton's West Pier has been awarded the top prize in the Landscape Photographer of the Year awards.

The shot by Matthew Cattell, from Bracknell, Berkshire, was likened by judges to the tornado in the Wizard of Oz movie.

It beat thousands of submissions to win the overall title.

Founder of the awards Charlie Waite described it as an "intriguing image".

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Image caption Mark Gilligan, from near Northwich, Cheshire, took this photograph of Wast Water, Cumbria, and won the Great Britain Home of Amazing Moments award
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Image caption Hannah Faith Jackson's shot of a bar window in Glasgow won her the Young Landscape Photographer of the Year award

"The sense of movement is palpable in Matthew's photograph and you really feel what it would have been like to stand beside him," Mr Waite said.

"The starlings seem to be swirling around the iconic remains of Brighton's West Pier in a manner reminiscent of the tornado in the Wizard of Oz."

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Image caption This image of Storm Imogen at Newhaven, East Sussex, was taken by Rachael Talibart, who won the competition's Sunday Times Magazine award
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Image caption Glasgow's Red Road Flats being demolished was snapped by Lesley Smith, who won the Urban View award

A view of a cottage in the Scottish Highlands, a walker on a ridge in Derbyshire's Peak District, a railway viaduct in the Yorkshire Dales, Storm Imogen at Newhaven, East Sussex, and flats being demolished in Glasgow were among the category winners in the Take A View Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, which is in its third year.

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Image caption Tony Higginson's "Shifting Sands" picture, taken at Silverdale, Lancashire, won the Your View award
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Image caption Damian Ward's photo of Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, was the Adobe Prize winner

Shots of Caister-on-Sea in Norfolk and Silverdale in Lancashire also won categories.

Hannah Faith Jackson, 15, from Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, won the Young Landscape Photographer of the Year award for her shot of the reflections in a Glasgow bar window.

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Image caption Dougie Cunningham's "Shelter from the Storm" picture, taken at Loch Stack in Sutherland won the Classic View award
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Image caption An image of a walker on Chrome Hill in Derbyshire's Peak District, taken by Martin Birks, won the Living The View award

An exhibition of winning entries will be held at London Waterloo station from 21 November.

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