ShAFF Comp: Win £500 Cash

© Ian Parnell
ShAFF Adventure Shot Open 2010  © Ian Parnell

The Sheffield Adventure Film Festival 2010 is running for its fifth year from March 12th to 14th. More details on

One of the most exciting events this year will be the ShAFF Adventure Shot Quiz and Photography Competition, with prizes from Arc'teryx, the culmination of which is a "shoot out" by five adventure sports photographers; three professionals and two winners from ShAFF Adventure Shot Open, here online on UKClimbing.

Prizes : £500 in cash and £2000 in kit up for grabs!

How to Enter - Now Closed

The competition will be based on UKClimbing readers own photo galleries, with the top 5 galleries in the Gallery of the Week Feature in each of the weeks Feb 15th to 21st, and Feb 22nd to 28th, going through to the Open Final. Two winners will then be selected from those 10 finalists by judges Alan James, head honcho, Ian Parnell, professional photographer and Matt Heason, ShAFF organiser.

Tips in order to up your gallery rating

  • Upload new exciting images during that week
  • Remove any photos from your gallery with low scores
  • Aim to build a good spread of quality images

If you don't make the top five on Feb 21st, you can always try again for the 28th when a different five will be chosen (hence it may be more than the top 5 in week 2).

Judging criteria

The judges will assess the 10 finalists looking for:

  • Consistent high quality across a wide range of images i.e. not just one standout shot
  • Images that capture the essence of the outdoor adventure experience - what it feels like to be deep in an adventure, the emotions, the wonder of it all)
  • Images that "we" haven't seen before, or take an unusual or innovative look at our adventure world

Note: images don't have to be purely climbing, they can involve lifestyle, landscape, details or even an abstract approach, although variety of subject matter is likely to produce greater rewards.


  1. Alex Ekins - gallery
  2. Brian D - gallery
  3. wee jamie - gallery
  4. Alexandre Buisse - gallery
  5. Henning Wackerage - gallery


  1. Mike Hutton - gallery
  2. Roy Plenderleith - gallery
  3. John Cameron- gallery
  4. Sean Kelly - gallery
  5. The rest were winners from the previous week, and the UKC Articles Gallery came in at number 10, so there are just four winners this week.


  1. Alex Ekins - gallery
  2. Alexandre Buisse - gallery


The two chosen winners from the nine galleries above will compete on 13 March as part of the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival's Adventure Shot event. This will require the winners to produce a sequence of images set to music (lasting 3 to 5 minutes) which will be voted on by the audience on the night and an expert panel of judges Ian Parnell, David Simmonite and Matt Heason.

  1. First prize for the SHAFF event is £500 cash and an Arc'teryx Goretex jacket and trousers (approx retail value of £600)
  2. Second prize is an Arc'teryx jacket and trousers (approx value £600)
  3. Third prize is an Arc'teryx jacket (approx value £300)

The winners should be able to attend the grand final on Saturday 13 March (note travel expenses will not be provided) and will receive 2 complementary tickets to another event of their choice during the festival.

The evening will be compered by Sheffield's funny-man Niall Grimes and include a quiz (with 4 fleece jackets from Arc'teryx) put together by renowned photographer David Simmonite, who is busy gathering questions from celebrity climbers! It will start at 8pm, cost £3, and take place in the Café at The Showroom.

Tickets and further details of the event including all the rest of the stuff happening at this year's festival at

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WINNERS - WEEK 1Alex Ekins - D - jamie - Buisse - Wackerage - These five are now on the shortlist to take part in the Adventure Shot Event at ShAFF on 13 March. During week 2 we will consider a different five galleries and the final two winners for the event will be chosen from the 10 winning galleries. Obviously the winners do need to be able to attend the event. Alan
22 Feb, 2010
To get everyone inspired for week two of the comp the three "pros" that UKC photographers will be competing against on the 13th are: Adam Long well known for his climbing images but also with a geat feel for landscape and nature work. Richard Seipp is a Hayfield based photographer specialising in powerful gritty mountain biking, cyclo cross and fell running shots. Robbie Shone who amongst many subjects is one of the countries top caving photographers. Check out their website portfolios and get snapping.
22 Feb, 2010
I am not 100% sure I have understood everything. Are we supposed to come to the event if we are one of the 10 finalists but not one the 2 winners? At any rate, very glad to be up there in such good company!
23 Feb, 2010
Hi Alexandre, sorry it does seem a little confusing. Following this second week of competition we will choose two of the ten UKC finalists. Only those two will be asked to put together a sequence and asked to attend the event on the 13th. What we need to know at the moment is whether in the event that you are chosen as one of those two, you're able to attend?
23 Feb, 2010
Hi Ian, thanks for the clarification, that's what I thought but I wasn't 100% sure. I am planning to come anyhow, ShAFF looks like it will be a lot of fun!
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