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Posted 20.11.15

Photo grad Nicholas White wows judges in national landscape competition

By Sarah Packer

'Dartmoor Pony, nr. Little Staple Tor, Dartmoor, Devon, England'. Landscape Photographer of the Year: Commended. Photo © Nicholas White.

BA (Hons) Photography graduate Nicholas White has been commended in the Landscape Photographer of the Year awards, securing a place in the London exhibition and a spot in the commemorative awards book.


Founded and judged by Charlie Waite – one of Britain's leading landscape photographers – the Landscape Photographer of the Year awards is one of the largest competitions of its type with thousands of entries every year.

Speaking of the award, Nicholas said, "I was amazed to be commended in Landscape Photographer of the Year 2015, shown in the exhibition in London and published in the official book.

"It's incredible to be published alongside some fantastic photographers, and has definitely had a positive impact on my motivation going forward with other projects."

BA (Hons) Photography grad Nick White spends weeks planning routes and locations around mountains in England, Scotland and Wales. Photo © Andy Ford.

For Nicholas, this is another great achievement following on from previous wins of the South West Graduate Photography Prize 2013, the Magnum Photography Prize in association with Ideastap and being shortlisted for Millennium Images' Peaches & Cream III competition 2013.

Since graduating Nicholas has exhibited in London, Bristol and Brighton, been part of a UK touring exhibition and had two solo shows, with work focussed on the landscape and the ways in which we interact with our natural spaces.

"It’s incredible to be published alongside some fantastic photographers, and has definitely had a positive impact on my motivation going forward with other projects." — Nicholas White.

"My time at the college allowed me the opportunity to explore my practice, to experiment with the things I liked and to figure out the things I disliked – both of which are of equal importance.

"It was at Plymouth College of Art that I realised exactly what direction I wanted to take my photography, and the facilities, tutoring and my fellow course-mates all played a huge part in this," said Nicholas.

Nicholas works predominantly with large format cameras, meticulously planning shoots and locations. During his first major series 'The Militarisation of Dartmoor' Nicholas would plan and plot each location using a combination of maps, satellite imagery and GPS.

From the photo series 'The Militarisation of Dartmoor' by Nicholas White.

He continues this process with his latest project 'Black Dots', scaling mountainous terrain and rough moorland to capture stunning photographs of the landscape.

Nicholas explained, "My current project 'Black Dots', is an exploration of Mountain Bothies across the United Kingdom, maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association who this year, are celebrating their 50th anniversary.

"It was at Plymouth College of Art that I realised exactly what direction I wanted to take my photography, and the facilities, tutoring and my fellow course-mates all played a huge part in this." — Nicholas White.

"Situated in some of the most remote and challenging landscapes, these vernacular buildings are a refuge from the vast terrain that surrounds them. These unassuming huts – although primitive – are a lifeline offering protection and shelter for all those who love the wild and lonely places.

"I'm spending time travelling around Northern England, Wales and Scotland with a large format camera, documenting the bothies, their inhabitants and the landscapes you must traverse to reach these buildings. I'm keeping a journal as the project develops, which can be viewed at www.blackdotsproject.co.uk."

Nick stays in mountain bothies and tents on his trips into the wild, immersing himself into the landscape. Photo © Andy Ford.

The Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition of winning entries will be held on the Balcony at Britain’s busiest station, London Waterloo, not only will the photographs appear on display stands but they will also make an appearance on the amazing Motion@Waterloo, a 40m wide LCD screen – the largest single indoor screen in the UK.

Opening on Monday 23 November, the exhibition is hosted by Network Rail and will run for twelve weeks, closing on 7 February 2016.

All of the winning and commended photographs from the competition can be found in the Awards book 'Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 9' by AA Publishing.

Discover more of Nicholas' stunning work on his website and take a look behind the scenes via instagram @nicholasjrwhite.

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