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.