Oxford History of Britain Photography Awards 2018 winner

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Treacy’s hemlock cairn and statues in Fife are just some of the iconic images he photographed

A Scot who has spent 30 years sweeping up Scotland’s rural landscapes, capturing Britain’s favourite landscapes through film and in photographs, has been named the winner of the Oxford History of Britain Photography Awards.

Simon Treacy is the 2018 Geographic Prize winner for his work that spotlights stunning vistas across the UK and Ireland.

Wales has well-known winners including Rachel Moon, the photographer who won a £5,000 prize for her personal account of life in Swansea.

Moon was recognised with the Woman’s Prize for “beautiful and surprising portraits of her lifetime in community life”.

Image copyright Rachel Moon Image caption Moon won for her portrait of her childhood sweetheart Simon Dawe as he prepared to get married

Other Welsh winners included Llandrumny School of Art, who won the Images of Countryside competition.

Mathew Jones was named as the BBC East Anglia Student Photographer of the Year for his photograph of Mr Bhatti and Kishan of the Pink Family, a matchmaking couple who walk their dog from London to the village in which they live in south-east London every week.

Also from BBC East Anglia, Team Hire Truck 2018 took the Photographer of the Year award for their playful photographs taken inside a van travelling around New Forest tourist areas.

Two second places were awarded to Lynte and Michael Rust for the “photo project shot across the historic lanes of West Wales”; and to Gina Burnett, who was a runner-up in the Tweet at the Sandwick award for “for her rendering of the exquisite Sussex clifftop and valleys to the east of our coastal towns”.

The work of ten other photographers has also been shortlisted for a digital prize, including the winner being Wales’s Graeme Acton for “the world famous Appledore of the English Dales”.

The Oxford History of Britain Photography Awards 2018 Photograph of the Year: Geoffrey Treacy, Wales Location: Fife Landscape Photograph of the Year: David Caddick, Wales Location: Cornwall Landscape Photograph of the Year: David A. Skinner, UK Location: Dorset Landscape Photograph of the Year: Antonio Stromer, UK Location: UK Landscape: Matthew Smith, Britain Location: Britain Landscape: Francisco Fernando Fernandez Pena, Spain

The awards began in 2010 and is designed to celebrate the greatest individual photographs of the two countries.

They are open to amateur photographers aged 18 or over.

Specialist judging panels in each country are assessing the photographs to ensure that nothing is overlooked by a jury of 60 experts.

The judges have been divided into a “top 40” panel, as well as a “top 20” panel and a “top ten” panel.

The overall winner of each of the three categories will receive a total of £100,000 in cash.

Although not yet announced, entries are open for the previous digital categories and up to 1,000 photographs of the three countries can be submitted.

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