Ben Wayman - Winner of Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2015

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UK landscape photographer Ben Wayman wins Outdoor Photographer of the Year 2015 with his picture of a beautiful forest scene, taken at sunrise, near Haydon Bridge in Northumberland.

His photograph was chosen from more than 12,000 images entered to this year’s competition, submitted by professional and amateur photographers from over 40 countries.

Ben with his winning photograph.

The news was announced at the Outdoor Photographer of the Year awards ceremony on Saturday 13th February at the Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show, London ExCel. British mountaineer Alan Hinkes OBE and Johan Skullman, Head of Product Development at Fjällräven and Scandinavia’s leading survival expert.

Ben wins an exclusive place on the Fjällräven Polar dogsled expedition – a trip of a lifetime where he’ll travel more than 300km over six days across Arctic Scandinavia. The Fjällräven Polar gives ordinary people the chance to discover how amazing outdoor life is in the winter. This April Ben will pack his bags and travel to Signaldalen, Norway, where he’ll steer a dog sled to the forests around Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland, and see some of the wildest and most beautiful scenery in the world along the way.      

You can follow the Fjällräven Polar dogsled expedition live in April at fjallravenpolar.com.

Ben’s photograph was taken one morning after he had parked his car near Haydon Bridge in Northumberland. He set off walking south, following the river Allen. Remembering the scene he photographed, Ben says: ‘I got lucky with the light. There was a beautiful winter sunrise (it was December) and there was a lot of fog and droplets of dew on the branches, which were light up by the sunlight – it looked fantastic so I took a picture.’

Outdoor Photography magazine Editor Steve Watkins says: ‘Ben’s image made an immediate impact on the judges when it came up on the screen. Being so abstract, it allows the subconscious memory and the imagination to fully engage with it, and reflects scenes that many of us may have witnessed during time in the outdoors but never captured with the camera. It was only with closer consideration that the full beauty of it was revealed – always a sign of a great photograph; the wonderful circular swish of the smaller, dew-laden branches echoes the roundness of the sun, and beyond the trees emerge the river Allen and a green field. It’s an enduring and delightful image that perfectly captures early morning in the countryside.'

As well as the Outdoor Photographer of the Year awards ceremony and exhibition of the category winner and finalist’s images, Outdoor Photography were delighted to present a series of excellent talks on their PhotoBox stage at The Telegraph Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show. Highlights included award-winning wildlife and travel photographer, filmmaker and author Sue Flood, mountain, landscape and time-lapse photographer Alex Nail and adventure photographer and filmmaker Nadir Khan.