The North Face & Ellis Brigham Photography Awards 2023 - Category Finalists

© Hamish Frost

UKClimbing and UKHillwalking are proud to announce the category finalists for the 2023 The North Face & Ellis Brigham Photography Awards.

Each of the photographs on the shortlist have been selected based on user voting throughout 2023. However, now that they are through to the finals the original votes have been wiped clean and it is up to you - and your votes - which goes on to win its respective category. Voting for Category Winners is open until 15th March.

Overall Winners - 1st, 2nd and 3rd place - will be selected by our judge Dave Parry.

Dave is a Sheffield based photographer, author and writer.

His book, Grit Blocs, outlines 100 of the finest boulder problems on Pennine Gritstone and is an absolute must for any UK based boulderer. He also publishes a fantastic weekly newsletter in the form of Pennine Lines.

For more information on Dave's work visit: www.daveparryphotography.com/

The results will be presented in our high-resolution In Focus format, which will showcase each image in all its glory.

How to Vote

Click on the five stars underneath each photography to vote.

You can vote for as many photos as you like, but there is a limit of one vote per person, per photograph.

Click on the photo to expand it and get a better view.

The Prizes

Our thanks go to The North Face for the fantastic prizes for the winner of each category and the overall winners:

1st Place

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Base Camp Duffel - Extra Large
© The North Face

2nd Place

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Base Camp Duffle - Large
© The North Face

3rd Place

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Base Camp Duffle - Medium
© The North Face

Category Winners

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Base Camp Duffle - Medium
© The North Face

Please note: The order of the photographs below is randomised.

Trad climbing

Greg Boswell & Guy Robertson on the second pitch of their new route on Central Gully Wall, 'The Struggle for Existence' E7 6b  © Hamish Frost
Greg Boswell & Guy Robertson on the second pitch of their new route on Central Gully Wall, 'The Struggle for Existence' E7 6b
© Hamish Frost, Sep 2023
Endless Corner  © Will Rupp
Endless Corner
© Will Rupp
Autumn light and shadow on The Masters Edge  © jethro kiernan
Autumn light and shadow on The Masters Edge
© jethro kiernan, Nov 2023
Tom Randall on Millenium Arch 5.14 in Canyonlands, Utah, USA  © Mike Hutton
Tom Randall on Millenium Arch 5.14 in Canyonlands, Utah, USA
© Mike Hutton, Oct 2016
FA Born To Be Alive E6  © tjmillen
FA Born To Be Alive E6
© tjmillen, May 2023

Winter climbing

Like a breaking wave! Orion Direct vertical panorama. 7th March 2022  © Ice Nine
Like a breaking wave! Orion Direct vertical panorama. 7th March 2022
© Ice Nine, Mar 2022
Jamie Skelton climbing the overhanging third pitch of 'Hung, Drawn & Quartered' on Am Basteir  © Hamish Frost
Jamie Skelton climbing the overhanging third pitch of 'Hung, Drawn & Quartered' on Am Basteir
© Hamish Frost, Feb 2022
Ben escaping the depths of Tower Cleft   © henrygiles99
Ben escaping the depths of Tower Cleft
© henrygiles99, Mar 2023
Digging out the third pitch  © et19
Digging out the third pitch
© et19, Nov 2023
Foot and back, back and foot  © tony ball
Foot and back, back and foot
© tony ball, Dec 2023

Landscape

Aurora over Ben Nevis 11pm  © Al Todd
Aurora over Ben Nevis 11pm
© Al Todd, Feb 2023
Annapurna evening  © 2852tomki
Annapurna evening
© 2852tomki, Nov 2023
Winter storms over Yr Wyddfa  © jethro kiernan
Winter storms over Yr Wyddfa
© jethro kiernan, Dec 2022
Coigach dusk  © Tricadam
Coigach dusk
© Tricadam, May 2021
Petit Dru  © Jamie Hageman
Petit Dru
© Jamie Hageman, Oct 2013

Expedition & Alpine

Early morning traverse of the Aiguille d'Entreves  © PeteMc
Early morning traverse of the Aiguille d'Entreves
© PeteMc, Aug 2023
Aiguille du chardonnet  © Jan Bella
Aiguille du chardonnet
© Jan Bella
Crossing the Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey with the wild south side of Mont Blanc in front of us  © Hamish Frost
Crossing the Aiguille Blanche de Peuterey with the wild south side of Mont Blanc in front of us
© Hamish Frost, Jul 2023
Felicity abbing off the summit block of the Salbitchijen after a long day climbing the west ridge  © Lankcroft
Felicity abbing off the summit block of the Salbitchijen after a long day climbing the west ridge
© Lankcroft, Aug 2023
The Mallory, by night.  © Charley Radcliffe
The Mallory, by night.
© Charley Radcliffe, Feb 2023

Bouldering

Veronica Lee on Baby Babel 6B Shoreline Area Murlough Bay  © Rob Hunter
Veronica Lee on Baby Babel 6B Shoreline Area Murlough Bay
© Rob Hunter, Apr 2023
Rowtor magic  © KGshoots
Rowtor magic
© KGshoots, Jan 2023
James McHaffie climbing at a recently developed area on the rocky southern slopes of Glyder Fach.  © peter.herd
James McHaffie climbing at a recently developed area on the rocky southern slopes of Glyder Fach.
© peter.herd
A composite image of yours truly bouldering at Pednvounder Beach one night in August 2022. All images taken in the same session  © Matt George https://www.mattgeorgephotography.co.uk/
A composite image of yours truly bouldering at Pednvounder Beach one night in August 2022. All images taken in the same session
Matt George, Aug 2022
Worth the walk.  © JohnHartley
Worth the walk.
© JohnHartley, Jul 2023

Sport climbing

My left knee  © jonesdwill
My left knee
© jonesdwill, May 2023
Medium  © jethro kiernan
Medium
© jethro kiernan, Oct 2023
Neil Harrison on Discomancer 7a, Mancer Quarry  © Joe Waskiewicz
Neil Harrison on Discomancer 7a, Mancer Quarry
© Joe Waskiewicz, May 2023
Fighting pump on steep ground  © gowain
Fighting pump on steep ground
© gowain, Jul 2022
Molly cruising up Sky  © Jacob Smith
Molly cruising up Sky
© Jacob Smith, Nov 2023

Hillwalking

Carn Mor Dearg Arete  © AllanMac
Carn Mor Dearg Arete
© AllanMac, Apr 1988
Sunset in Glen Nevis at the end of day's climbing on Aonach Beag  © Hamish Frost
Sunset in Glen Nevis at the end of day's climbing on Aonach Beag
© Hamish Frost, Mar 2022
Spring snow on the Grey One   © Rob Bruce
Spring snow on the Grey One
© Rob Bruce, Mar 2023
Castell Y Gwynt in the evening sunlight  © Jake Webb
Castell Y Gwynt in the evening sunlight
© Jake Webb, Jan 2023
Trudging up through the deep powder with Tryfan as a backdrop.  © Jake Webb
Trudging up through the deep powder with Tryfan as a backdrop.
© Jake Webb, Jan 2023

Scrambling

Fantastic scrambling on Notch Arete  © tmwltn
Fantastic scrambling on Notch Arete
© tmwltn, May 2023
Amazing Coigach, high on Lurgainn Edge  © Rich Cross
Amazing Coigach, high on Lurgainn Edge
© Rich Cross, Sep 2022
Pinnacle ridge. Short but sweet  © Jessica_G
Pinnacle ridge. Short but sweet
© Jessica_G
Gneiss slabs  © rentaghost
Gneiss slabs
© rentaghost
Jake Webb navigating the ridges of Bastow Buttress  © Sam Beaumont Media
Jake Webb navigating the ridges of Bastow Buttress
© Sam Beaumont Media

 



16 Feb

I would undoubtedly vote nearly everything in this stunning collection a 5. But if we are to separate from the excellent to the absolutely outstanding, then that requires me to rate these individual photos somewhere between 1 & 5. But congratulations to all the photographers first, and thanks for submitting their work for us to view and oggle at on UKC!

16 Feb

I agree, I couldn´t bring myself to give any of these amazing photos a 4. So I made it easy for myself and just gave one single photo in each category a 5.

Good luck to all you brilliant photographers!

16 Feb

Bangers. All of them.

17 Feb

Mostly, but I'm finding the ghost figure in the Aurora photo a little bit weird and distracting. (I'm sure others will find the whole photo a bit 'artificial', but that's another debate...).

My god, Dave Parry has got a difficult job here!

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