The UKC/UKH Mountain Photography Awards: The Winnersby Mick Ryan and Leo Houlding May/2012
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Prizes have been awarded for the three best photographers at UKC/UKH and single category winners from the 14 photo category galleries.
Leo Houlding announces the winners of the 2011 UKC/UKH Mountain Photography Awards:
"Well I must say the standard is impressively high.
It's been an inspiring pleasure to view so many special places, vistas, moments and moves. I can see why UKCs photo of the week is such a popular feature. It's been really tough choosing the winners, a much more demanding and time consuming task than I envisioned.
I'd like to thank Alex Messenger of the BMC and UKC/UKH Editors Dan Bailey and Jack Geldard for their help in narrowing the selection. I have commented on all the winners' work below.
After careful consideration I am pleased to announce the winners of the UKC/UKH Mountain Photography Awards 2011..."
UKC/UKH Top Photographer: First Place - Jon Griffith
"Jon Griffith is one of the few photographers who's camera and climbing skills seem equally matched"
After much contemplation, for me the stand out winner has to be Jon Griffith. His exceptional shots of the Mont Blanc massif find new, different and alluring scenes within the much photographed region.
He's one of the few photographers who's camera and climbing skills seem equally matched and who knows it's worth its weight, and the wait to get that camera out and make it count even when the going gets tough.
There's some hard earned, stunning shots in his galleries and he is therefore my choice as overall winner.UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
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UKC/UKH Top Photographer: Second Place - Mike Meysner
"I think Mike Meysner really makes the most of some of the exciting new features on modern cameras. Not that these are any replacement for the classical qualities of light, composition and the moment - all of which Mike is a master."
It's really interesting to see the different, and not so different styles that digital photography has opened up. Though I'm not a big fan over overly manicured images I think Mike Meysner really makes the most of some of the exciting new features on modern cameras. Not that these are any replacement for the classical qualities of light, composition and the moment - all of which Mike is a master. His shots of Elbe sandstone, particularly the one above, was probably my overall favourite shot and the most inspiring. I'm already planning a trip.UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
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UKC/UKH Top Photographer: Third Place - Nicholas Livesey
"Our hills are our mountains and Nicholas makes that clear"
Nicholas's pictures are a powerful reminder that this green and pleasant land that puts the UK in UKC has more than it's fair share of epic vistas, greater ranges of light and colour and unforgettable moments of mountain majesty. It's nice to see the Cwms and Glens sitting along side the Dales and Fells in harmony, without the conflict of nationality, nor intimidated or overshadowed in the company of EU grandeur or superlative Asian behemoths. Our hills are our mountains and Nicholas makes that clear.UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
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NOTE: Each category winner gets a Berghaus Remote II 30 Daysac – (RRP £55) and a Rockfax guidebook.
Hillwalking: Winner: Catherine Speakman: Ingleborough, Dawn Inversion
Some of my favourite moments in mountains are those spent above the clouds.
It's such a privilege to be out there like Jack up the bean stalk surrounded by giants. This shot captures the scale and majesty not of a greater range superlative or ostentatious granite fang but of a humble Dale and the fleeting prize of an early start.
Take a look at Catherine's UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
Expedition/Alpine: Winner: Jon Griffith: Torre Group, Patagonia
Not that there is anything wrong with photos of ostentatious granite fangs, especially when it is Cerro Torre. This fresh take on a cliched angle reminds us why some peaks are allowed to be arrogant. For most photographers their mission is just to capture a shot like this, on this occasion it was but a slight delay on the approach to a world class climb.
Great skills from the overall winner.
Take a look at Jon's UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
Sport Climbing: Winner: Hannah Julienne: Ceuse, Bourinator 8a
You can't beat a classic silhouette at sunset on arguably the best sport crag in the world. A shot every climber and snapper wants in their portfolio.
Take a look at Hannah Julienne's UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
Bouldering: Winner: Nick Brown: Angel's Share, Black Rocks
The Angel's Share is the portion of spirit that is lost to evaporation during the ageing of whiskey. It is also the name of this Johnny Dawes master piece.
Once considered Hard Grit, now High Ball, celestial beings are almost present in this image that captures the magic of Black Rocks and the essence of the Grit Winter.
Take a look at Nick's UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
Trad Climbing: Winner: Kyle Wood: Cioch Crack, Curbar
I love the contrast of expression between the climber, maximum exertion, and the belayer maximum amusement "bit of slack did you say?" I should imagine the still is more graceful than the video?
Take a look at Kyle Wood's UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
Winter Climbing: Winner: Pete Macpherson: The Gathering VIII,9, Coire an Lochain
An interesting and unusual composition of a striking line. Does the lens increase the angle, or is it really that steep?
Take a look at Pete Macpherson's UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
Winter Walking: Winner: Nicholas Livesey: Walkers on Choire Chais
A classic shot - is it Scott of the Antarctic or Hillary on the South Col? No it's some blokes out for a stroll in the Highlands.
Take a look at Nicholas's UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
Landscape: Winner: Stuart Holmes (Ice Nine): Concordia with K2, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum IV
Very cool long exposure of the Milky way - happens to have three of the world's raddest mountains in the foreground.
Take a look at Stuart Holmes' UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
Scrambling: Winner: Nicholas Livesey: The Aonach Eagach
© Nicholas Livesey, Dec 2008
Although I'm sure I saw this shot entered in the hillwalking category too, the distinction between serious walking, scrambling and easy climbing can be vague... the warm light on cold earth, perfect composition and whiff of clouds earns a prize this time.
Indoor: Winner: Kamil Tamiola: The Excalibur Tower at the Bjoeks Wall, Holland
Kamil Tamiola, May 2011
Though very much stretching the term 'indoor' - I like the weird view and mix of colour between the natural sunset and flash-lit wall.
Take a look at Kamil Tamiola's UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
Biking: Winner: Sam Halligan:
Not the strongest category but I suppose this is not UK Biking. Perhaps a little over exposed in more ways than one! Great sense of scale and of the riders excitement.
Take a look at Sam Halligan's UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
Running: Winner: Stuart Holmes (Ice Nine): Shine A Light
An unusual long exposure that creates a cool effect. Nice of Stuart to explain exactly how this effect was achieved.
Take a look at Stuart Holmes' UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
Historical: Winner: Ian Campbell/Toy Stead : Sixties Hoodlums - Ogwen Cottage Group 1961
© boje, Mar 1961
The impact of this shot is in the caption. Torching cars in Ogwen - '"they really were happy times" - this our pedigree, let us not forget. These days skipping bolts at the wall is considered rebellious.
Take a look at Ian Campbell's UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
Wildlife: Winner: Garbhanach: A Puffin
© Garbhanach, Jul 2011
I like Puffins.
Take a look at Garbhanach's UKC/UKH Photo Gallery
A big congratulations to Jon Griffith, Mike Meysner, Nicholas Livesey, Catherine Speakman, Hannah Julienne, Nick Brown, Kyle Wood, Pete Macpherson, Stuart Holmes, Kamil Tamiola, Sam Halligan, Ian Campbell/Toy Stead, and Garbhanach.
A big thank you to our sponsors: Berghaus, F-Stop and Rockfax; and the judges Leo Houlding, Alex Messenger, Jack Geldard and Dan Bailey.
Thank you to everyone who shares their photography at UKClimbing.com and UKHillwalking.com.
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