One of the most popular features of UKClimbing.com and UKHillwalking.com is the Photo Galleries.
Above: One of the highest-rated photos on UKC/UKH in 2009 - the Midi-Plan Traverse by tscoobydoo.
It is a joy to view the latest photographs each week at UKC/UKH uploaded by climbers, mountaineers and hillwalkers in the UK and beyond, and see what they have been up to; not only are many pleasing to the eye and of professional quality, but they provide inspiration for us all to get out there and to get on with it.
Prizes will be awarded for the three Best Photographers at UKC/UKH and single category winners from the 14 photo category galleries.
The awards have been judged first by you when you rate a photograph in the galleries. This creates the final selection which is being judged by professional climber and adventurer Leo Houlding, representing Berghaus, BMC Summit magazine editor and professional photographer Alex Messenger and UKC/UKH Editors Jack Geldard and Dan Bailey. The judges will be looking at a photographs composition, point or points of interest, focus, exposure, light, colour, texture, eye path, storytelling, creativity, emotion and that gut feeling that an image has made an impact. Photographs being considered are those that were uploaded in 2011.
Leo, just back from Venezuela, is making the final selection now and we will announce the winners in March.
The awards are being presented by Berghaus who also sponsor the UKC/UKH Photo Galleries and the Top Photos App, with additional sponsorship from F-stop and Rockfax guidebooks.
The awards and prizes are:
1st Prize: UKC/UKH Top Photographer; First Place
2nd Prize: UKC/UKH Top Photographer; Second Place
3rd Prize: UKC/UKH Top Photographer: Third Place
Photo Category Prizes
Each winner will receive a Berghaus Remote II 30 Daysac – (RRP £55) and a Rockfax guidebook.
The Best Photo in each category: Hillwalking, Expedition and Alpine, Sport Climbing, Bouldering, Trad Climbing, Winter Climbing, Winter Walking, Landscape, Scrambling, Indoor Wall, Biking, Historical, Wildlife and Running.
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A selection of some of the best photographs at UKClimbing.com and UKHillwalking.com
Some Facts About The UKC/UKH Photo Galleries
The galleries continue to grow - over 1,000 new photos each month are uploaded, with now over 135,000 photos, contributed by 11,500 different people. Each month, over 1,000 comments are made on uploaded photographs with 10,000 votes assigned.