Do you have a favourite view? find out which vis­tas proved most pop­u­lar as Brits voted for their top uk land­scape in a new survey

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There’s no dis­put­ing that we en­joy some truly fan­tas­tic land­scape views here in the uk. in fact, in terms of di­ver­sity, there’s not many other parts of the world that can touch what we have in such a rea­son­ably con­fined area. the united King­dom has long been at­tract­ing land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers from around the world to its shores in search of im­pres­sive im­agery. But have you ever con­sid­ered which scene is your all- time favourite uk land­scape?

to mark the launch of the sam­sung galaxy s8 smartphone, sam­sung has con­ducted a survey of the Bri­tish peo­ple to see which of our great na­tion’s views ranked high­est amongst its oc­cu­pants. it was a hotly- de­bated topic, with vis­tas from dra­matic coast­lines to moun­tain peaks, quaint cho­co­late- box coun­try vil­lages and in­ner- city sights all be­ing put for­ward.

When the votes were counted, it was the snow­do­nia moun­tain range in north Wales that came out top of the polls – more specif­i­cally, those sur­veyed voted for the stun­ning view of Llyn Lly­daw lake from the sum­mit of snow­don it­self as the best view in the uk. it’s not one that can be en­joyed by the less mo­bile amongst us, or those with a fear of heights, with the sum­mit it­self be­ing some 1,085m ( 3,560ft) above sea level!

the top picks weren’t all snowy peaks and moun­tain ranges – 42% of the 2,500 Brits polled thought that the most quin­tes­sen­tial in­gre­di­ent for a clas­sic Bri­tish view was rolling coun­try­side, fol­lowed by rugged coast­lines ( 21%), coun­try vil­lages ( 20%), his­toric land­marks ( 15%) and churches, cathe­drals and ar­chi­tec­ture ( 15%).

of the top ten views, three were in scot­land, in­clud­ing the view of three sis­ters moun­tains in glen­coe Val­ley, which came in se­cond place, the view from dores beach at Loch ness in sixth place and the view from Conic hill over­look­ing the beau­ti­ful Loch Lomond in dun­bar­ton­shire in tenth place. top english lo­ca­tions in­cluded stone­henge, st ives Bay in Corn­wall, Ched­dar gorge in som­er­set and But­ter­mere in the Lake district. it wasn’t all ru­ral scen­ics, how­ever with the view of Big Ben and the houses of par­lia­ment from West­min­ster Bridge in cen­tral Lon­don com­ing in eighth place.

so what does all of this have to do with pho­tog­ra­phy? Well, as much as ‘ proper’ cam­era- tot­ing pho­tog­ra­phers might not agree with the idea, smart­phones with their in­creas­ingly im­pres­sive cam­eras, sen­sors and pro­cess­ing abil­ity have at­tracted a whole new gen­er­a­tion of im­age afi­ciona­dos to­wards land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy, many of which get the pho­tog­ra­phy bug, and go on to learn how to use a dig­i­tal slr or mir­ror­less model. in fact, the survey re­vealed that, of the im­ages snapped on smart­phones and up­loaded to so­cial me­dia, 42% were of a crack­ing view or vista, 10% were of friends and fam­ily, 6% were food and drink and, per­haps sur­pris­ingly, just 5% were a dreaded selfie. it just goes to show that even the non- pho­tog­ra­phers amongst us are land­scape lovers here in the uk!

to cel­e­brate its find­ings, sam­sung has now com­mis­sioned Land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year Matthew Cat­tell, who we in­ter­viewed back in Fe­bru­ary’s is­sue ( Dig­i­tal SLR Pho­tog­ra­phy, is­sue 123), to shoot a se­ries of im­ages of the top voted lo­ca­tions us­ing only a new sam­sung galaxy s8. sam­sung is also tour­ing some of the top views with a huge seven- me­tre wide scale model of the new phone and fram­ing the land­scape within, which could make for some interesting com­po­si­tions!

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Clock­wise from above: Sam­sung con­structed a seven me­tre replica of the new phone to frame some of the views; the lone tree on But­ter­mere; West­min­ster Bridge was one of the few in­ner- city views; the in­stantly- recog­nis­able Stone­henge came third; the top pick – the view from the top of Snow­don, Wales.

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