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Overall Winner and Light on the Land – Winner

These sheep had found shelter between a snowdrift and dry stone wall near Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, England. (Robert Birkby/UK)

The Great Outdoors! These winning images from Outdoor Photographer of the Year are stunning

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer

These stunning images are the pick of the bunch out of 20,000 entries in this year’s Outdoor Photographer of the Year (OPOTY) contest.

From wildlife to landscapes, this year’s winners really offer up a powerful insight into the beauty of the world.

Now in its eighth year, OPOTY is one of the world’s foremost photography competitions in this genre and celebrates the outstanding work of the world’s most highly talented image makers.

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Winners in the contest receive £2,000, with entrants from over 60 countries submitting their entries this year.

The category-winning images take us from beneath the waves in French Polynesia, to the rock face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park; from the wetlands of Louisiana to the wrestling pits of Varanasi, India; and from the underwater caves of the Yucatán Peninsula to the snowy South Pennines of Yorkshire.

Here are this year’s winners…