The Beautiful Skylines of Europe Contest
You see some amazing skyline views from the comfort of your window seat, but we’ve found that photographs never really seem to capture them in all their glory.
So we asked a selection of some of the UK’s best photographers and bloggers to show us their favourite skyline photographs, which you’ll see below. But now we want to ask you to share your own. Enter your most inspiring skyline views for the chance to win a GoPro Hero4. We’ll be asking our panel of both ACS and professional photographers to choose their favourites from those with the most votes. You'll find all the details you need to enter, as well as the terms and conditions, at the bottom of this article, so enter today and show us what you’ve got.
A View of Canary Wharf, London
by David Clapp
“London is a special place - a cultural location and an epicentre for travellers the worldwide. Many modern cities are linear; straight lines and right angles, drawn with a ruler almost, but London is historical, irregular, unpredictable and magnetic.
“Canary Wharf is a relatively new development in London’s history, a financial district made of steel and glass, but when viewed from Blackwall Basin, a nearby marina, those glowing towers reflected in still waters take on a beauty all of their own.
“If you find yourself in London this year, for business or for pleasure, dig deeper into its amazing buildings and skyline and make it special moment.”
A View of Keswick
by Adam Burton
“The Cumbrian town of Keswick hugs the northern end of beautiful Derwent Water in the Lake District National Park. In this picture, the lake and parts of the town are hidden beneath early morning mist.
The Park offers an array of great outdoor activities to make the most of this spectacular landscape, from walking and cycling routes, to some great fishing. Climbing, horse riding and canoeing are also great ways of gaining a vantage point for spectacular views.”
A View of Malaga City, Spain
by Lou of Little Green Shed
“Last September, Dan and I flew to Malaga for a little weekend away. The weather was glorious, as you would expect for Spain, and we spent most of our time wandering the pretty streets of Malaga City and eating down at the harbour.
“On Friday night we took a taxi to the hilltop Parador Hotel Gibralfaro, a fantastic place for a sundowner on the hotel's terrace and to look out over Malaga's skyline. Once the sun had slipped behind the hills in front, we walked down the winding path which runs from the Castillo to Malaga old town.”
A View of Piazzale Michelangelo, Florence
by Angie of Silverspoon London
“The Piazzale Michelangelo is the perfect vantage point to admire the beautiful skyline of Florence. From here you have a panoramic view of the Renaissance city, the stunning architecture of The Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and the beautiful Tuscan hills of the Arno Valley beyond.
“Although intended by the architect to be an ode and museum to Michelangelo’s work, it is now a restaurant, so once you reach the top, sit back with a good espresso and soak in the views. Now in spring, it’s one of the most beautiful cities to look out on.”
A View of Canary Wharf, London
by Doug Chinnery of Light & Land Photographic Tours
“This is an image of the iconic Canary Wharf, taken from the South Bank of the Thames at dusk and converted to monochrome.
“The image is a long exposure of 30 seconds as the light was very low. It was long after sunset in mid-summer, at almost 10pm, with just a faint glow of light left in the sky and Canary Wharf lighting up.”
Whether it’s through the window of a private jet charter or from a great vantage point, a rich history of architecture and development ensures that Europe boasts some of the most beautiful skylines in the world. Sometimes it’s a view so spectacular it needs to be captured.
Our EU Skylines competition is open to any EU residents currently living within the EU and runs from the 9th of June 2016 to 24:00 on the 28th of June 2016. All photographs must be of a European city and you can enter for your chance to win a GoPro Hero4 by tweeting your photo with the #ACSEUSkylines hashtag. You can then ask your followers to vote for your photo at euskylinescompetition.hscampaigns.com and follow the competition on Twitter by following @Claire_ACS. Click here for our terms and conditions.