UKC Top Photos App and the UKC/UKH Photo Awardsby Mick Ryan - Senior Editor - UKC Aug/2011
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The UKC Top Photos App is now available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Each week this app showcases the best mountain, climbing and landscape photography at UKClimbing.com and UKHillwalking.com by downloading the best photographs, as voted by you, on to your iPhone and iPad. The Android version will be available later this year.This is our second UKC/UKH App. The first was the UKC Finder App that contains detailed listings and the locations of Climbing Walls, Outdoor Shops, Accommodation, Guides, Instructors, Outdoor Companies and Climbing Clubs all over the UK.
We are also very pleased to announce that the UKC Top Photos App is sponsored by Berghaus, the UK's leading outdoor clothing and equipment brand and part of this deal is that they are also sponsoring the popular Photos Latest Page and the new annual UKC/UKH Mountain Photography Awards (see below for details). We are very grateful for this generous support from Berghaus.
Angela Turley, UK Marketing Manager for Berghaus had this to say;
"As a brand Berghaus is about adventure and photos are a fantastic way to inspire people and share the amazing places we've been and things we've done.
We're proud to sponsor the UKClimbing and UKHillwalking photos app and Mountain photography Awards to encourage people to get outdoors and capture their experiences."
The UKC and UKH Photo galleries display over 1,000 new images each month - there are over 120,000 photos in total - taken by over 10,000 climbers, mountaineers and hillwalkers who are out there in the world's wild places climbing and hill walking and recording their adventures for us all to witness.
Registered users can then vote and comment on each photograph and each week we publish the Top 10 Climbing & Mountaineering Photos/Galleries at UKC and the Top 10 Hillwalking and Mountain Photos/Galleries at UKH. These are the photos that are downloaded on to the UKC Top Photos App each week.
The quality of the best photographs is stunning and they provide not only pleasing outdoor eye candy to help you if you are bored at work or the weather is lousy, but they also provide inspiration and ideas for places to visit, and motivation.
We thank everyone who has uploaded and shared their photographs.
In the late Galen Rowell's own words: 'You only get one sunrise and one sunset a day, and you only get so many days on the planet. A good photographer does the math and doesn't waste either.' See Galen's work at www.mountainlight.com
The idea for this App came from UKC/UKH Senior Editor Mick Ryan and has been developed by UKC User Stuart Coupe.
This year will see the first Annual UKC/UKH Mountain Photography Awards. Awards will be presented to the top three photographers and the best photographs in each of the Photo Gallery categories.
The winners will be decided by a combination of reader votes and the final decision by a panel of judges: representing Berghaus will be top climber, alpinist and big wall climber Leo Houlding and professional photographer Alastair Lee; representing UKC/UKH will be Editors Jack Geldard and Dan Bailey.
Prizes will be donated by Berghaus and UKC/UKH.
The awards will be for photos uploaded in 2011 only. Judging will begin 1st January 2012 and Prizes awarded 1st February 2012. The awards are open to all registered users at UKC and UKH.
These are the award categories:
1st. Best Photographer/Gallery
3rd. Best Photographer/Gallery
Single Category Awards
Best Photo in each category:
Expedition and Alpine
More details about the awards in the autumn.
Once again a big thank you to all who have uploaded photos to the UKC/UKH galleries and have made this happen.
It is not rare for a photograph to catch your eye at the UKClimbing.com/UKHillwalking.com Photo Galleries. We are blessed with thousands of photographs that inspire, inform and please the eye.
As climbers and lovers of the mountain environment most of us carry a camera to record our adventures; souvenirs of our climbing tourism. We are descendants of the climber-photographers Vittorio Sella in Italy, and George and Ashley Abraham in the UK. Whilst climbing and climbing photography were elite activities back in the 19th and early 20th centuries, nowadays cumbersome and expensive plate cameras, and involved processing, have been replaced by inexpensive and simple to use portable digital cameras, accessible to all.
But whilst photography is more egalitarian and much of the work can be done by modern cameras, those photographers that really shine have several things in common: they always carry a camera with them, they start out early and return late, they get out often, and they have an understanding of light, exposure and composition.
The UKC/UKH Photo Galleries
Using online photo-galleries we can share our adventures instantly and improve our photography by getting feedback on our images and by witnessing the work of others. Online photo-galleries are also where we get exposed to many of today's great photographers and emerging talents, no longer are photographers at the mercy of a magazine's photo-editor, we can all self-publish. Online galleries are also perused by companies and media looking for images to buy, and many photographers who present their work at UKClimbing.com have successfully sold images for editorial and commercial uses.
But more importantly by sharing your adventures with others never underestimate the effect that you have on others, images are very powerful. I personally have done routes, got off my ass when I have had low motivation, and visited areas because of the photographs I have seen on the UKC and UKH galleries, and I am 100% certain I am not the only one.
Whilst the UKC/UKH Top Photos are available online for all to peruse I believe that the UKC Top Photos App will be downloaded far and wide and inspire many to get out there and enjoy the wild places of the world in a quiet way.
Jon Griffith: Gallery
Stuart' Ice Nine' Holmes: Gallery
Mike Meysner: Gallery
Jamie Moss: Gallery
Dan Arkle: Gallery
Alex Messenger: Gallery
Nick Smith: Gallery
Michal Madera: Gallery
Mr. Lopez: Gallery
Jethro Kiernan: Gallery
Adam Long: Gallery
Gordon Stainforth: Gallery
We hope the new UKC Top Photos App will motivate you to take and share your best photographs.