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The Gallery | See previous winners as rail photo contest launches

If this gallery of the five previous winners of a Network Rail-sponsored photography award inspires you - then enter this year’s competition.

Entries are now open for the Take A View - Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards 2015, including the Lines in the Landscape special award, which will be given for the best photography of Britain’s rail network.

The special award winner will have the opportunity to take an exclusive trip to the Forth Rail Bridge in Scotland.

Weather permitting, there will be an opportunity to photograph the 125-year old bridge from areas not accessible to the general public. The winner will also take the engineers’ lift to the top of the iconic structure to capture some amazing views of the Forth.

Charlie Waite, renowned landscape photographer and competition founder, is keen to encourage more people to enter the railway award.

He said: “Judging this award is a great pleasure for me as Britain’s railways have always been close to my heart. Network Rail looks after an amazing 20,000 miles of track and owns over 2,500 stations and so the photographic opportunities are endless.

“I will be looking for an image that captures the spirit of today’s railways, be they in the busiest cities or most remote countryside. Details, urban views and sweeping tracks are all eligible and I am hoping to see many photographs that inspire.”

For more details of the competition, which closes on 12 July, see here.

Some of the images featured in this gallery are cropped very slightly to fit production requirements.

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