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Photographic career developing nicely for past pupil Alistair Corbett

A DEVELOPING landscape photographer is focusing on a major award after wowing all with his work.

From gorgeous Gower to the beautiful Brecon Beacons Alistair Corbett, pictured, has been capturing our spectacular scenery on film and drawing admiring glances from around the world thanks to social media.

Mr Corbett, who combines his art with rambling, has now been shortlisted for the Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition run by Outdoor Photography magazine.

It is a remarkable achievement for the 32-year-old from Llanelli, who only picked up a camera in 2007 having been persuaded by his father to leave the comfort of the couch and join him on a trek in the Scottish Highlands. The trip proved life-changing, and these days he is an avid hill walker and much admired landscape photographer.

He said: "The Outdoor Photographer of the Year competition is something I've seen and heard much of over the past few years. I think it's fair to say that it's the competition for all photographers who have a love and passion for nature, adventure and the great outdoors.

"Almost 12,000 images were entered in to the competition this year, and I feel very proud that mine is one of the select few shortlisted. It's a wonderful feeling, and I share the honour with some astoundingly inspiring images.

"This year's submission was my first, and it was with great surprise that my photo was selected as one of those shortlisted in the Live the Adventure category." Of his entry, which is a self-portrait, he added: "The photo in question was taken earlier this year, on the slopes of Pen y Fan, in the Brecon Beacons, in extraordinary Alpine-like conditions.

"That's what I love most about mountains – you never really know what the weather will throw up.

"I love adventure photography, and I think photos with people in them tell a story. I think this is quite an evocative photo, that says a lot about man's eternal struggle with the elements.

"The Brecon Beacons are beautiful at all times of the year, but on this particular morning they were extraordinary."

The winners will be announced on December 3.

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 Courtesy of South Wales Evening Post