VIEWERS will be able to look over the shoulders of three Hampshire competitors as they compete in a TV series to find Britain's best landscape artist.

Katy Rundle from Stockbridge, Michael Weller of Winchester and Lymington's Andrew Halliday have been chosen to take part in the latest series of Sky Arts' Landscape Artist of the Year.

The series, presented by veteran broadcaster Joan Bakewell and actor Stephen Mangan, began last week and features a mix of profession and amateur artists who are given four hours to depict the landscape before them.

Almost 1,600 entries were received for the 2018 competition, giving the judges the difficult task of whittling them down to 48 to compete in the six heats at Fountain’s Abbey and Studley Royal in Yorkshire; Viking Bay, Broadstairs and Inveraray Castle in Scotland.

Each heat is also open to a further 50 “wildcard” artists one of whom is selected each week for a place in the semi finals.

Former palliative nurse Katy, a textile artist and the only amateur of the Hampshire trio, competes in this Tuesday's episode which takes place at the beautiful sandy beach at Viking Bay, Broadstairs, surrounded by Victorian architecture.

Michael Weller appears in the third heat at Loch Fyne and Andrew Halliday is in the sixth, also in Scotland, at Inverary Castle.

Winners of the heats go through to the semi-final at Felixstowe Docks and the three chosen artists from there, will then compete in the final in Greenwich Park.

The judges are artist Tai Shan Schierenberg and independent curators Kate Bryan and Kathleen Soriano.

The winner will receive a prestigious commission from the Imperial War Museum (IWM) to create an artwork to tie in with the centenary of the 1918 armistice. He or she will travel along with an IWM historian to Macedonia, to visit one of the most unchanged battlefields of the campaign.