UKC/UKH Marmot Photography Awards 2014/15 - The Award Winners

After much anticipation UKClimbing/UKHillwalking are happy to announce the winners of the 2014/15 Marmot Photography Awards. We have split the prize-giving into two sections - the winners in each category, and then from those, the three top overall winners. These are presented below for your viewing pleasure. It was a hotly contested event, with a strong field of great images, but the winners really do represent the cream of the crop - congratulations to all those involved.

In terms of the structure, the overall winners have been selected by Marmot's very own Tim Glasby.  Tim has worked closely with Marmot for many years, with images of all their key athletes to his name - Steve McClure, Lucy Creamer, Neil Mawson, Jack Geldard, and Leah Crane - just to name a few. Alongside his top three choices he has offered a paragraph on why he made his decision.

Tim Glasby  © Tim Glasby
About Tim:

Tim has travelled the world on assignment for many of the best clients in the industry, including editorial work for The Times, The IOD, GQ and National Geographic Adventure; and for commercial clients such as Red Bull, Adidas Eyewear, Marmot, Vans and Edelmans Advertising. As an adventurer and photojournalist, Tim has photographed a wide array of assignments including trekking in the Himalaya, rock climbing throughout Europe, ice Climbing in North America, paragliding in Corsica, backpacking in the Scottish Highlands and mountainbiking in France.

For more information on Tim, and to see some of his work, visit his website or follow him on Twitter @Timglasby.

UKClimbing/UKHillwalking would like to thank all the users that have uploaded their images onto the galleries over the past 12 months. The standard has been exceptionally high and continues to grow, we are looking forward to next year's awards already.

How to Enter for 2016 - Entry is automatic, all you need to do is upload your best shots to the UKC Photo Gallery for your chance to be a part of next year's Photography Awards.

Finally, a special word of thanks to Marmot for their support of the Photography Awards/Photo Galleries - without their fantastic selection of prizes the Awards wouldn't be the same.

The Top 3

1st - Sunset at the Tre Cime - James Rushforth

Quark Sleeping Bag Left Zip - RRP £300  © Marmot
Tim's comments:

For me this image had the 'wow' factor. It’s technically impeccable, the composition and exposure are both spot on. There’s a real depth to James' image. The Tre Cime are one of the most instantly recognisable and iconic views in the mountain world and James' image totally nailed it, the moon is just the icing on the cake. Great photo James.

Prize: Marmot Quark Sleeping Bag (RRP £300)


2nd - End of day warm down on 'National Elf Service' at Kyloe - Sean Bell

Sawtooth Sleeping Bag Left Zip - RRP £200  © Marmot
Tim's comments:

Good timing, contrast and composition made this bouldering shot stand out for me. It’s a nice balance between climber and environment which gives the shot a good perspective. Sean's use of light and the climber's red shirt contrasts well against the forests green foliage and really pulls the viewer's eye onto the climber. Great job Sean.

Prize: Marmot Sawtooth Sleeping Bag (RRP £200)


3rd - An absolutely stunning autumn sunset walk up Bidean nam Bien - Kieran Duncan

Trestles 23 Sleeping Bag Left Zip - RRP £100  © Marmot
Tim's comments:

Kieran's shot has buckets full of 'feel good factor'. It makes me want to grab a camera and race up the nearest hill ready for sunset. It’s evocative and that for me is what a great shot should be. It immediately takes me back to times spent on the hills and mountains with dear friends. The colours and exposure are spot on. The composition, although its not classic 'rule of thirds', totally works in this instance. Kieran, I love this shot.

Prize: Marmot Trestles Sleeping Bag (RRP £100)


Category Winners

Marmot Gear Hauler - RRP £65  © Marmot
Each of the category winners will receive a Marmot Gear Hauler.

The Gear Hauler is designed - quite simply - to carry all your climbing equipment to and from the crag. Featuring a 100D Mini Ripstop fabric it is build to last even the toughest treatment. Whether your on approach via track, trail or more technical scramble the Gear Hauler's waist belt can be tucked away neatly or used to take the burden from your shoulders. 

A large front opening zip means access is easy and the compression straps mean that the bag feels snug and secure, even if only partly loaded. It also gives you somewhere to carry those extras if you are packing a heavy load.

Weight: 720g


Trad Climbing - Crimpington Bear

Dale Comley soloing Fluorescent Adolescent, E6 6a/6b  © Crimpington Bear
Dale Comley soloing Fluorescent Adolescent, E6 6a/6b
© Crimpington Bear, Jan 2015


Winter Climbing - Paluchi

Tower Gap Belay  © Paluchi
Tower Gap Belay
© Paluchi, Mar 2014


Landscape - wee jamie

The Matterhorn
© wee jamie, Nov 2014

Expedition and Alpine (and overall first prize) - James Rushforth

Sunset at the Tre Cime  © James Rushforth
Sunset at the Tre Cime
© James Rushforth, Jun 2015


Sport Climbing - Jonas Wiklund

Bourinator in Céüse  © Jonas Wiklund
Bourinator in Céüse
© Jonas Wiklund, Aug 2014


Bouldering (and overall second prize) - Sean Bell

End of day warm down on 'National Elf Service' at Kyloe  ©
End of day warm down on 'National Elf Service' at Kyloe
Sean Bell, Sep 2014


Winter Walking - domscott

Dark Shadows!  © domscott
Dark Shadows!
© domscott, Mar 2014

Scrambling/Via Ferratta - James Rushforth

An alternative Lake Garda perspective...   © James Rushforth
An alternative Lake Garda perspective...
© James Rushforth, Sep 2014


Hillwalking (and overall third prize) - Kieran Duncan

An absolutely stunning autumn sunset walk up Bidean nam Bian  © Kieran Duncan
An absolutely stunning autumn sunset walk up Bidean nam Bian
© Kieran Duncan, Sep 2015





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20 Feb, 2016
Congratulations to everyone involved, some great images - the galleries of UKC never fail to inspire. Thanks to Tim Glasby for taking for taking the time to judge the competition and for some lovely feedback. Thanks to Marmot for sponsoring the competition and to Rob for putting everything together. Finally a quick shout out to Andi Turner who personally had one of my favourite images:
20 Feb, 2016
No problem with the top three chosen. I had them among the favoutites to win. As I mentioned in an earlier post, a slight quibble with a painting in a photo contest, that's all. Congrats to all the prizewinners!
20 Feb, 2016
Congratulations to all the winners, some absolutely stunning images.
Can you check your email. We have sent out a couple of requests to get addresses for the prizes and yours hasn't come back yet. Thanks Alan
23 Feb, 2016
I think Sean was referring to Jamie's landscape winning painting of the Matterhorn (though as that one won through public votes I don't see a problem). And thanks very much, I'm gad you like the website / images :) Congrats on your winning shot, it's a cracker!
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