Some of the finest shots from the National Railway Museum's collection of almost two million rail photographs will be seen in public for the first time when the York venue hosts the Lines in the Landscape category of the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.
Winners and runners up from the past four years, including this year’s finalists, will also have their photos brought together for the first time.
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"These images convey a sense of momentum and speed," said Ruth Leach, the museum's Interpretation Developer.
“Photography and rail go hand in hand and we’re proud to be the first to showcase the winner by hosting this exhibition at our museum this year.
“It is fitting in a year that has seen the museum celebrate the anniversary of Mallard breaking the world speed steam record."
Established by the celebrated landscape photographer Charlie Waite, the Landscape Photographer of the Year competition is now in its seventh year.
Amateurs and professionals are enticed to enter photographs capturing the best of Britain’s rural and urban scenery. The overall winner of the competition will be awarded £10,000.
The Lines in the Landscape award is presented to the photographer whose entry best captures the relationship between the modern rail network and the landscape around it.
Winners have the chance to join Network Rail’s inspection helicopter for a unique view of Britain’s railway or embark on a trip on Network Rail’s New Measurement Train, a converted high-speed train used to capture geotechnical track data safely.
Both options offer the victors a glimpse of the railways not normally available to the public.
“The exhibition at the National Railway Museum is the perfect complement to our exhibition at the National Theatre in London," said Waite.
“Our entries come from all over the country and beyond. It has always been my dream to exhibit the winning images more widely."
- Exhibition opens November 14 2013.
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