We are now running regular competitions at UKClimbing.com. These take several forms, the simplest competitions are questions where you have to email an answer to a question. These are very popular and you can win some great prizes. The other types of competitions are what we call Creative Competitions where you have to express your creativity in words, photographs, artwork or film. These are fun (and work) for those who enter, and give pleasure and entertainment to the rest of us who can view the entries and pass comment if we want to. The prAna Photo Competition had over 300 entries, the Lyon Equipment Design A Banner Competition had 53 entries and the DMM My First Lead competition had 122 entries.
And so to film. If we put a video clip anywhere on UKClimbing.com within a couple of days several thousand climbers will have viewed the clip: see the recent shorts by Kevin Jorgeson and the ascents of Team America, Alastair Lee's short film of Jordan Buys on his new route at Earl Crag, Dave Brown and Paul Diffley's (Hot Aches) interview with Johnny Dawes and Nick Dixon about the Indian Face. Film for the climbing media is the present and the future. We like film so much it seemed quite obvious to run a film competition, a first at UKClimbing.com, so we have the MARMOT On Sight CLIP COMPETITION.
To celebrate MARMOT becoming the presenting sponsor of the Posing Productions' new climbing film ON SIGHT they teamed up with UKClimbing.com to run a film clip competition. First Prize: £500 of Marmot Gear; Two Second Prizes: of £250.00 of Marmot Gear, and as usual everyone who enters gets a spot prize. There were 34 entries. Thank you very much to everyone who entered and a huge congratulations to the winners.. The winners and their films are below.
The judges were Hugh Harris of Marmot UK, Mick Ryan of UKClimbing.com and award winning film maker, Alastair Lee of Posing Productions who said, "Overall very impressed with the level submitted to the competition - a success! " Alastair announces the winners below.
FIRST PRIZE: In the Handholds of Greatness by pascalbrown/unclesomebody
A great story summing up the fanaticism and satisfaction of climbing/bouldering. Loved the humour, well shot and very competently edited (nice touch to have Nicol's original ascent in there) with the all important appropriate music - as with most of the clips the editing could be tighter and it could move through the story faster but that's not to detract from an excellent effort at film making.
Watch another clip from Keith Bradbury (aka: Unclesomebody and Pascal Brown) L'Etranger - 85 days in Font and you can download the full 55 minute film at Keith's blog www.unclesomebody.com and congratulations on his recent ascent of Amber an 8B at Brione, Switzerland.
Keith on hearing the news said,
"That's great news. It seems my Christmas is arriving a little early this year. I finally did Amber and now this! I've just arrived in Belgium after a marathon 10 hour drive from Cresciano through serious amounts of snow, ice and rain! The Marmot gear sounds amazing.
Thanks for letting me know and thanks again for picking my video!
JOINT SECOND PRIZE: Meeting Paul Williams by Alison Stockwell
This had what many of the clips lacked - a story! Well told by Nick, who's great camera fodder, good to see lead trad climbing being filmed, the lack of lead trad climbing throughout the competition shows how difficult it is to pull off successfully. Perhaps a bit of context about who Paul Williams is would have been a nice addition but it works very well as is.
Although like lots of other clips it was a purely personal, nostalgic trip, celebrating what great fun going out climbing with your mates is - from a film making point of view I have to give it credit for being shot it on 8mm film! Also must have been a right faff getting it all digitised!
AGAIN, THANK YOU TO ALL WHO ENTERED. It is very much appreciated by all at UKClimbing.com.................and YES..... we have more Creative Competitions coming up in 2009
MARMOT CLIP COMP (30): Queen's University Belfast Mountaineering Club 2007-2008 by Patrick Connally
MARMOT CLIP COMP (33): Horror Arete by Ian Heginbotham/ Iain Johnson
MARMOT CLIP COMP (34): Choose Dumby....choose... by John Sharples
MARMOT CLIP COMP (8): End of the Affair by Simon Gee & John Houlihan
MARMOT CLIP COMP (19): Sheep, Dust and Haribo by Kate Owen
MARMOT CLIP COMP (23): Snapshot of my minds eye by mark reeves