The UKC/UKH Mountain Photography Awards 2012 presented by Berghaus

by Alan James and Mark Glaister - UKC and UKH Mar/2013
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We are pleased to announce the winners of the UKC/UKH Mountain Photography Awards 2012 presented by Berghaus. This is our second annual award - you can read about last year's winners here.

The awards are brought to you in conjunction with Berghaus who support the UKC TopPhotos app (iOS and Android versions) and the UKC/UKH New Photos this week page.

How the Awards Are Chosen

Berghaus Arete Rucksack, 13 kb

The UKC/UKH Photo Gallery is an ever-expanding repository of UKC/UKH reader's photo submissions. The photos appear in a user's personal gallery and are assigned to a particularly group such as trad climbing or winter climbing where other readers are able to vote on them. It is these groups that give the categories the Mountain Photography Awards. At the end of February 2013 we compiled a list of the top 5 photos from each category according to votes received. We waited until the end of February in order to give the photos from later in the year a fair chance to accumulate votes. These 5 photos in each category then formed the basis of our selection. UKC Photos Editor and Mountain and Climbing Photographer Mark Glaister then made the final choice of the winning photo in each category. He also chose the three top photos overall which were selected from all the different categories. You can read Mark's comments under each photo.

How do I Enter Next Year

Every photo voted on at UKC/UKH is eligible for the Mountain Photography Awards. Just make sure you upload some great images and you could find yourself a winner next year.

The Prizes

Berghaus have offered us some great prizes for this year's awards. The top three winners get 1st - £250 worth of Berghaus kit of their choice, 2nd - £200, 3rd - £150. The category winners each receive an Arete Rucksack (above).


Overall Winners

1st - Heading for the Devil's Ridge

Wins £250 worth of Berghaus kit of his choice

+Heading for the Devils Ridge, 118 kbHeading for the Devils Ridge
© Migsy, Feb 2012

Photo by Migsy

An immaculate picture that reflects both the beauty and adventure of UK winter hillwalking and in a place and conditions that I suspect many UKC users would covet.


2nd - Sean Villanueva on a ground-up attempt of 'We're All Learning' E7 6c, on Binnian's Jabberwock Tor, Mountains of Mourne

Wins £200 worth of Berghaus kit of his choice

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Sean Villanueva on a ground up attempt of 'We're All Learning' E7 6c, on Binnian's...
Craig Hiller, Sep 2012
© Craig Hiller/Hillerscapes

Photo by Craig Hiller

A classic trad action shot that not only captures what must have been a big effort on what looks like a very uphill line, but is also well composed and shot in less than ideal light conditions typical of much of the UK weather in 2012!


3rd - Thrust, the 4th Cloud

Wins £150 worth of Berghaus kit of his choice

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Thrust, the 4th Cloud.
© Paul B, Jan 2012

Photo by Paul B

Although the photographer admits to a good dose of filter usage, this is an exceptional bouldering image that places the boulderer and boulder problem firmly in the Peak District.


Group Winners

The selection below is the winner in each category but doesn't include the three overall winners above.

Trad climbing - Archangel

Wins a Berghaus Arete Rucksack

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Archangel
© Nadir khan, Feb 2012

Photo by Nadir Khan

A modern version of a much-photographed bold trad line. New technology has done much to help this contemporary take on this old composition but nothing to help protect the route itself!


Winter Climbing - Solo climber at the top of Escalator

Wins a Berghaus Arete Rucksack

+Solo climber at the top of Escalator, 122 kbSolo climber at the top of Escalator
© BD, Dec 2012

Photo by BD

An inspirational image of a winter mountaineering day out on one of the Cairngorms classic crags. The subject of the shot James Gordon, sums it up 'it felt as good as it looked'.


Landscape - Gategill Fell, Blencathra

Wins a Berghaus Freeflow Rucksack

+Gategill Fell, Blencathra, 182 kbGategill Fell, Blencathra
© Tom McNally, Jan 2012

Photo by Tom McNally

The textbook composition and exposure coupled with the images overall beauty put this magnificent picture on top of what is a group packed with brilliant landscapes.



Expedition and Alpine - Austrian Climber leading on Eternal Flame, Trango Tower.

Wins a Berghaus Arete Rucksack

+Austrian Climber leading on Eternal Flame, Trango Tower. Photo by Alard Hufner., 244 kbAustrian Climber leading on Eternal Flame, Trango Tower. Photo by Alard Hufner.
© saclimber2000, Aug 2012

Photo by Alard Hufner (submitted by saclimber 2000)

This image speaks for itself both in its top-notch composition and technicalities but also for the commitment of the photographer to get into the position to get the picture.


Sport Climbing - Steve on Bibendum

Wins a Berghaus Arete Rucksack

+Steve on Bibendum, 235 kbSteve on Bibendum
© david morse, May 2012

Photo by David Morse

A good shot of a climber in the shade that still manages to capture the scale of the cliff and the background that is still well lit and visible. It also happens to be of one of the planets finest crags which helps.


Bouldering - Bouldering session at Lovrinac bouldering area in Split, Dalmatia.

Wins a Berghaus Arete Rucksack

+Bouldering session at Lovrinac bouldering area in Split, Dalmatia.
Photo by: Luka Kivela, 195 kbBouldering session at Lovrinac bouldering area in Split, Dalmatia. Photo by: Luka Kivela
danicro
© Luka Kivela

Photo by Luka Kivela (submitted by Danicro)

A good bouldering image that captures an obviously desperate move that is enhanced by a smattering of flying chalk and some blurring of the spotters hand.


Biking - The Helvellyn Descent

Wins a Berghaus Freeflow Rucksack

+The Helvellyn Decent , 148 kbThe Helvellyn Decent
© mr rob, Dec 2012

Photo by Mr Rob

A simple but effective shot that captures the essence of winter MTBing in the mountains of the UK usually a careful balance to try and not carry your bike up the hill and then carry it down again!


Running - Lone Runner Stanage Edge

Wins a Berghaus Freeflow Rucksack

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Lone Runner Stanage Edge
Deltona, Jul 2012
© Nick Lukey

Photo by Deltona

The use of black and white and a narrow depth of field gives this inspirational fell running image a dramatic touch.


Winter Walking - Approaching the summit of Sgurr Mhor from the Horns of Alligin

Wins a Berghaus Freeflow Rucksack

+Approaching the summit of Sgurr Mhor from the Horns of Alligin, 163 kbApproaching the summit of Sgurr Mhor from the Horns of Alligin
© Andy Moles, Dec 2012

Photo by Andy Moles

Fantastic colour and compostion plus a backdrop that takes a bit of beating a winner. Like so many of the winter walking shots this is picture is of a classic ridge that is perhaps stretching the definition of winter walking a bit too far?


Scrambling - A brief glimpse of sunshine at the perfect time. Pinnacle Ridge

Wins a Berghaus Freeflow Rucksack

+A brief glimpse of sunshine at the perfect time. Pinnacle ridge, 194 kbA brief glimpse of sunshine at the perfect time. Pinnacle ridge
© aerobiee, Jul 2012

Photo by Aerobiee

A fine picture that puts the people and the location of the activity firmly in the centre of a famous landscape.


Hill Walking - Looking up Ogwen valley to Tryfan

Wins a Berghaus Freeflow Rucksack

+Looking up Ogwen valley to Tryfan, 210 kbLooking up Ogwen valley to Tryfan
© Andy Merrick

Photo by Tim Gardners (submitted by Andy Merrick)

It is hard to fault this shot although some might say the colours look unreal? He even managed to sneak in a pet.


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Many thanks to Berghaus for their kind support of the brilliant photography on UKC and UKH.

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