Best Short: Wordsworth-Quest for the Sublime
Directed by John Whittle and Produced by Dave Brown.
Best Newcomer Presented by V12: Rush Hour Dream
Directed and Produced by Kerim Jasperson & Christian Menn.
Best Feature Presented by Outdoor Research: The Asgard Project
Directed and Produced by Alastair Lee.
People's Choice Presented by Joe Brown Shops: Short Cut
Directed by Dave Brown and Produced by Lynwen Brown.
The LLAMFF - UKC - LIVING ART Photo Competition, run in February on UKC, was a great success. There were over 240 superb photos entered from UKC Users with the winners being displayed during the LLAMFF on the weekend of 6 and 7 March. As a bonus, Living Art agreed to manage moving the images to ShAFF, on the next weekend giving extra exposure for these great photographs.
Below are the winning photos. The selection was made initially on UKC User votes with the final winners chosen by Ray Wood and Sue Peyton. Thanks to all who took part. We can't show all the entries since they have now been merged back into the respective UKC Galleries.
Overall Winner - Andrew Huddart
A Cold Self-Portrait
Taken on the penultimate belay on Pygmy Ridge (IV 5) in November 2008, this self-portrait is part of a project to capture the essence of winter climbing through portraiture. I'd had the idea of this shot for a while but never found the right combination of conditions to make it work – diffuse light, cold enough and with sufficient air moisture for frosting, and time to take the photo. Taken in a near whiteout with my old compact in manual mode, it took a bit of work to control the exposure but it was worth it with the photo's sharpness and limited colour palette. I'm glad it took Pete, who I was climbing with, a while to pull in the ropes!
1st Prize Mountains Category - Brian Duthie
Place of Transference - The Horns of Beinn Alligin from Sgurr Mor
2nd Prize Mountains Category - Alexandre Buisse
The seldom climbed northwest ridge of Nevado Chopicalqui (6345m), seen from close to the summit.
Cordillera Blanca, Peru.
3rd Prize Mountains Category - John Cameron
Loch Achtriochtan in Glencoe with Aonach Eagach Ridge and Aonach Dubh shrouded in Autumn mist.
4th Prize Mountains Category - Damian Porter
Castell y Gwynt and Glyder Fawr
1st Prize To The Limit Category - Mike Hutton
Scott Sadler on the first ascent of 'Super Snatch', E5 6a, Troy Quarry in Lancashire
The route is a direct finish to Quake Flake also claimed by Scott. Initial bold and hard moves lead to gear at 9m followed by an awkward top out.
2nd Prize To The Limit Category - Pete Wood
Lynsey Evans runs 'Mr Clean' at the Thousand Islands section of the Mekong river, Lao PDR.
Engineers for the Si Phan Don dam project were at the islands in 2009, which will change the rapids and also the fortunes of the fishermen who feed much of the region.
3rd Prize To The Limit Category - Kamil Sustiak
Jan Zbranek, 'Conehead and The Barbituates' (F7c+), The Grotto Cliffline, Nowra, Australia
4th Prize To The Limit Category - Tony Moody
Meeting the sun on North Ridge of Gran Paradiso (4061m)
1st Prize Flora and Fauna Category - Martin Sammtleben
Seabird colony, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, West Iceland, May 2009
2nd Prize Flora and Fauna Category - Geraldine Westrupp
Icelandic Poppies in the rain, high above Seydisfjordur, East Iceland, June 2009
3rd Prize Flora and Fauna Category - Roy Plenderleith
An Alpine Marmot high above the Saas-Fee valley with the Taschhorn 4490m behind
4th Prize Flora and Fauna Category - Mark Levitt
A mountain parrot found only in New Zealand. Keas are known for their intelligence and curiosity and have been described as 'cheeky'. I was able to take this photograph with a small compact camera which has no zoom facility. Moments before I had just managed to stop the bird snatching my sweater. The picture was taken on the South Island on one of the summits around Arthur's Pass. The pass is the crossing point between Christchurch and the West Coast through the Southern Alps. The surrounding area is a National Park and one of the best places in the country to see Keas.
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