Jurassic Coast photo wins top prize in Landscape Photographer of the Year awards

The winning photo Image copyright Andy Farrer
Image caption Andy Farrer's winning entry was praised for its "simple, effective composition"

A snow-swept image of the Jurassic Coast in Dorset scooped the top prize in the Landscape Photographer of the Year awards.

The shot of a calm sea alongside warm-coloured sand and snow-capped cliffs at the World Heritage Site was taken by Andy Farrer, from Dorset.

He beat thousands of entries showcasing the UK landscape to win the overall title and £10,000.

Judges praised his photograph for its "simple, effective composition".

Emmerdale actor Bill Ward was also among the category winners for a close-up of a swirling stream in the Yorkshire Dales.

Pictures of dry stone walls in the snow, a train heading over a dramatic viaduct and urban and rural landscapes were also winners.

Image copyright Bill Ward
Image caption This view of a stream in the Yorkshire Dales, by Bill Ward, was named Adobe Prize Winner 2015
Image copyright Robert France
Image caption A picture of a train on Ribblehead Viaduct in North Yorkshire, taken by Robert France, won the Lines in the Landscape Award 2015

Charlie Waite, landscape photographer and founder of the Take A View Landscape Photographer of the Year awards, said the overall winner was a "classic scene".

He said: "Andy's winning photograph of this beautiful area of Dorset's Jurassic Coast is a gentle image with a simple, effective composition that reflects the mood of a cold winter's morning.

"It is believable and appealing, with the snow adding an interesting dimension to a classic scene."

Mr Farrer said he thought he was "hearing things" when he received the call that he was the winner.

The awards were held in association with VisitBritain.

Image copyright Julian Elliott
Image caption This picture by Julian Elliott of Pont Fawr and River Conwy in Llanrwst, North Wales, was named as Countryside is Great Award Winner 2015

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