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Dunnottar Castle
Photograph: Tomasz Rojek / Landscape Photographer of the Year

This stunning castle snap is among the winners at Landscape Photographer of the Year 2021

From atmospheric streets to moonlit bridges, these are officially the best landscape photos of 2021

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson
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Perched atop a 160-foot rock and surrounded on three sides by the raging North Sea, Dunnottar Castle is in a pretty unforgiving location. But isn’t it incredible how, when viewed in a certain light, the landscape can be totally transformed? This photograph by Tomasz Rojek captures the northern Scottish scene bathed in a calm, warm sunset – turning the castle’s ruins and its surrounding cliffs to gold. 

The photo was one of the winners of the ‘Historic Britain’ category at the Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2021. The entries show the UK’s natural spaces at their most dramatic, and make for some serious travel inspiration.

Here are some more of our favourites:

Like the moonlit Prince of Wales Bridge.

Prince of Wales Bridge
Photograph: Itay Kaplan / Landscape Photographer of the Year

This windmill in a wheat field.

Chesterton Windmill
Photograph: Philip George / Landscape Photographer of the Year

The spooky streets of York.

York streets
Photograph: Ashley Groom / Landscape Photographer of the Year

This hypnotic railway convoy.

Railway lines
Photograph: Kathy Medcalf / Landscape Photographer of the Year

This mysterious countryside path. 

seeweed forest
Photograph: Mara Leite / Landscape Photographer of the Year

This rainy backstreet.

Rainy city
Photograph: Robert Birkby / Landscape Photographer of the Year

And this marvellous steam train.

steam train
Photograph: Malcolm Blenkey / Landscape Photographer of the Year

Now check out these incredible deep-sea shots from the Ocean Photography Prize 2021.

Plus: here are the hilarious winners of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021

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