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