2018 Marmot Photography Awards

UKClimbing and UKHillwalking are proud to announce the shortlist for this year's Marmot Photography Awards, plus a major update to our highly prized Photo of the Week.

This year the competition is stronger than ever before, with a blend of professionals battling it out against keen amateurs. Previous category/overall winners such Hamish Frost, James Rushforth, Jonathan Bean, Al Todd, Jethro Kiernan, and 'wee jamie' are back, but Ben Tibbetts is conspiculous by his absence - most likely because of the publication of his forthcoming book. Still, as one familiar name exits the stage a whole host of new ones enter, with first time submissions from John Bunney, Tom Bunn, Mikey Cleverdon, Simon Rawlinson, Marc Langley, Nadir Khan, Myfyr Tomos, and Adam Archibald (just to name a few, there's a lot more!).

This round of the Photography Awards works through an automatic selection for the top five photographs within each category, based around voting throughout 2018. Each of these has been uploaded into a separate 'Competition' category, which wipes the slate clean of their existing votes, leaving the choice of who wins each of the category awards entirely up to you. The Overall prizes (1st, 2nd, 3rd) will be judged by Tim Glasby and collated into a high resolution Digital Feature.

Voting closes at midnight on Friday 15th February, with the final results - and brilliant prizes from Marmot - being announced a few weeks later.

How to Vote

To vote simply click through the range of images, then follow the instructions below. You can vote for as many photos as you like, but there is a limit to one vote per photograph. Alternatively, click here to visit the Competition Gallery in its entirety.

Marmot Photo Awards 2016 voting image  © UKC Gear
click on image - click on title - then vote

In addition to the category awards we also have three overall winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd), which will be selected by professional photographer 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 - to name a few. Alongside his choices he will be including a paragraph on why he has made each selection, just to provide a bit of background on his thinking.

Updates to the Photo of the Week

We never cease to be impressed by the quality of the images that feature within our Top 10, which made it all the more of a shame when cramming them all onto a single page with only the thumbnails to view. As a result we've spread them out, enlarged the images, and created a much easier method to scroll through (either using the arrow keys or by clicking across).

A sneak preview of the Top 10 Photos on the new look UKC Homepage  © UKC
A sneak preview of the Top 10 Photos on the new look UKC Homepage
© UKC

If you prefer white background stay here and scroll downwards  © UKC
If you prefer white background stay here and scroll downwards
© UKC

If you prefer black background click on the image and scroll across  © UKC
If you prefer black background click on the image and scroll across
© UKC

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, back packing in the Scottish Highlands and mountain-biking in France.

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

Prizes

We have some great prizes on offer from Marmot:

1st Place

Sawtooth Sleeping Bag LZ RRP £240  © Marmot
Sawtooth Sleeping Bag LZ RRP £240
© Marmot

2nd Place

Always Summer Sleeping Bag LZ RRP £180  © Marmot
Always Summer Sleeping Bag LZ RRP £180
© Marmot

3rd Place

Long Hauler Duffle (Large) RRP £110  © Marmot
Long Hauler Duffle (Large) RRP £110
© Marmot

Category Winners

Tool Box 20L day bag/pack RRP £80  © Marmot
Tool Box 20L day bag/pack RRP £80
© Marmot

Trad Climbing

Whipper  © Nadir khan
Whipper
© Nadir khan, May 2018

Emma Twyford leading Big Issue last Saturday.  © John Bunney
Emma Twyford leading Big Issue last Saturday.
© John Bunney, Aug 2018
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Not quite.....  © Scott Quinn
Not quite.....
© Scott Quinn, Apr 2018

Emma Twyford - Right Wall   © Marc Langley
Emma Twyford - Right Wall
© Marc Langley, Jul 2018

Wild at Heart E7 6b  © Nadir khan
Wild at Heart E7 6b
© Nadir khan, May 2018

Winter Climbing

David cursing his way up the main pitch   © David Keogh
David cursing his way up the main pitch
© David Keogh , Jan 2018

Into the ice   © Al Todd
Into the ice
© Al Todd, Jul 2018

Winter arrives in the Cairngorms   © Al Todd
Winter arrives in the Cairngorms
© Al Todd, Oct 2018

Head-torch ascent of Great Gully II on Buachialle Etive Mòr  © Jonathan Doyle Media
Head-torch ascent of Great Gully II on Buachialle Etive Mòr
© Jonathan Doyle Media, Feb 2018

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Starting up the last pitch in full conditions
© DundeeDave, Jan 2018

Landscape

Mawddach estuary from Foel Ispri.  © Myfyr Tomos
Mawddach estuary from Foel Ispri.
© Myfyr Tomos, Feb 2016

Cir Mhor Dawn III  © Garry Robertson
Cir Mhor Dawn III
© Garry Robertson, Jun 2018

Floating trees, Great Glen  © wee jamie
Floating trees, Great Glen
© wee jamie, Jan 2018

The Rough Bounds of Knoydart and beyond  © Adam Archibald
The Rough Bounds of Knoydart and beyond
Tricadam, Aug 2018
© Adam Archibald

Coire na Caime, Liathach  © aj71
Coire na Caime, Liathach
© aj71, Mar 2018

Expedition and Alpine

Not your regular crevasse   © James Rushforth
Not your regular crevasse
© James Rushforth, Feb 2018

Meeting the Sun rise.
  © VladimirKopylov
Meeting the Sun rise.
© VladimirKopylov, Jul 2015

Önundarfjörður, NW Iceland   © Al Todd
Önundarfjörður, NW Iceland
© Al Todd, May 2018

On the summit ridge of Monte Forca  © James Rushforth
On the summit ridge of Monte Forca
© James Rushforth, Jan 2018

Sunrise before stepping out from the Aguille du Midi.  © James Keeble
Sunrise before stepping out from the Aguille du Midi.
© James Keeble, Aug 2018

Bouldering

Alex Moore on Floating Point [7C] at St Bees, Lake District.   © Tom Bunn
Alex Moore on Floating Point [7C] at St Bees, Lake District.
© Tom Bunn, May 2018

Pretty pleased with this one, set up on timer. Haytor, Devon.  © mikey.cleverdon
Pretty pleased with this one, set up on timer. Haytor, Devon.
© mikey.cleverdon, Apr 2018

Andy Haley on the rematch, winning this fight with The Full Tony tick 8A.   © mikey.cleverdon
Andy Haley on the rematch, winning this fight with The Full Tony tick 8A.
© mikey.cleverdon, Aug 2018

Undercooke (f7a/V6), Apiary Wall Area, St Bees  © Matt Greenwell @gwell9205
Undercooke (f7a/V6), Apiary Wall Area, St Bees
© Matt Greenwell @gwell9205, May 2018

Liam Fyfe flying in the Preseli's, Grass Gulley 6c+, Presseli  © simon rawlinson
Liam Fyfe flying in the Preseli's, Grass Gulley 6c+, Presseli
© simon rawlinson, Jun 2016

Sport Climbing

Alex Mason on Manic Strain  © jethro kiernan
Alex Mason on Manic Strain
© jethro kiernan, Apr 2018

Sam on Spear of Odin, 7c+ in Thor's Cave  © Jonathan Bean
Sam on Spear of Odin, 7c+ in Thor's Cave
© Jonathan Bean, Jul 2018

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Big Ron Fawcett on Far Country (7b) at Trow Gill (May 2018)
Dan-gerMouse, May 2018
© Dan Matthewman

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What crux move? Gwen Morgan cruising in the Wye Valley.
© Jon_Butters, Oct 2018

Os de Balaguer, Leida, Spain.  © Chris Horobin
Os de Balaguer, Leida, Spain.
WCC, Dec 2018
© Chris Horobin

Winter Walking

Ben Lui  © Alan Hill
Ben Lui
© Alan Hill, Jan 2018

Bla Bheinn summit snap  © Garry Robertson
Bla Bheinn summit snap
© Garry Robertson, Mar 2018

Clouds roll over Cir Mhor during a winter loop of the Sannox Horseshoe  © Hamish Frost
Clouds roll over Cir Mhor during a winter loop of the Sannox Horseshoe
© Hamish Frost, Dec 2017

Summit of Ben Rinnes in winter looking down on the clouds  © AndrewHeaton
Summit of Ben Rinnes in winter looking down on the clouds
© AndrewHeaton, Jan 2018

Approaching the Buachaille  © Paul B
Approaching the Buachaille
© Paul B, Mar 2018

Hillwalking

Ben checking out the cloud inversion in Winnats Pass.  © www.samtaylorphoto.co.uk
Ben checking out the cloud inversion in Winnats Pass.
@samtaylorphotos, Sep 2018
© www.samtaylorphoto.co.uk

Goats summiting Tryfan at sunrise  © sponger46
Goats summiting Tryfan at sunrise
© sponger46, Jun 2018

Crib Goch  © jethro kiernan
Crib Goch
© jethro kiernan, May 2018

Looking along the Ridge  © Roy Plenderleith
Looking along the Ridge
© Roy Plenderleith, Nov 2018

Sunseting behind Snowdon from the Glyders  © jethro kiernan
Sunseting behind Snowdon from the Glyders
© jethro kiernan, Nov 2018

Scrambling

Sgurr Alasdair  © Nadir khan
Sgurr Alasdair
© Nadir khan, Sep 2015

Crib Goch  © jethro kiernan
Crib Goch
© jethro kiernan, Nov 2018

Oscar Bruno Lewis catching a break in the blinding hail up on Crib Goch.  © www.samtaylorphoto.co.uk
Oscar Bruno Lewis catching a break in the blinding hail up on Crib Goch.
@samtaylorphotos, Nov 2016
© www.samtaylorphoto.co.uk

Watzmann traverse  © hwackerhage
Watzmann traverse
© hwackerhage, Sep 2018

North ridge of Sgurr Thearlaich in the best weather ever.  © MarkAcketts
North ridge of Sgurr Thearlaich in the best weather ever.
© MarkAcketts, Jun 2018


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21 Jan

Link to the competitions category page isn't working in the article. Just going to a 'Category not found' page. This is the URL https://www.ukclimbing.com/photos/?category=5

J

21 Jan

There's a couple of shots that won;t allow me to click through and vote - the Sport Climbing ones of Ron and Gwen in particular.

Apologies, that should now be sorted. I omitted to adjust the somewhat critical status from 'Hidden' to 'Public'. It's things like this that make me realise I should stick to selling advertising...

21 Jan

A stunning set of images - great work,

Chris

21 Jan

Very surprised not to find that 'Fortress of Ice' photo in the shortlist, I thought that was one of the best photos I've ever seen on this site.

https://www.ukclimbing.com/images/dbpage.php?id=319999

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