The UKC/UKH Mountain Photography Awards 2011

© Paul Phillips - UKC

One of the most popular features of and is the Photo Galleries.


Midi Plan Traverse  © Tommy Harris
Midi Plan Traverse
© Tommy Harris, Jul 2009

Above: One of the highest-rated photos on UKC/UKH in 2009 - the Midi-Plan Traverse by tscoobydoo.

Click to visit the App store for UKC/UKH Top Photos App

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.

Each week you can see the best images, as voted by you, at UKC/UKH Top Photos which are also featured on our Top Photos iPhone App - which will soon be available for Android devices.

This year sees the first annual UKC/UKH Mountain Photography Awards (2011) presented by Berghaus, with additional sponsorship from F-stop and Rockfax guidebooks.

Prizes will be awarded for the three Best Photographers at UKC/UKH and single category winners from the 14 photo category galleries.

The Judges

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



  • Berghaus Attrition Jacket (RRP £320)
  • F-stop Satori EXP and Medium Pro ICU- £310
  • Rockfax guidebook

2nd Prize: UKC/UKH Top Photographer; Second Place


  • Berghaus Mount Asgard Jacket (£260)
  • F-stop Kago Belt, Harness, Large Barrel, Wide Barrel, Pro Wide Barrel, FC wallet, & Digibuddy - £225
  • Rockfax guidebook


3rd Prize: UKC/UKH Top Photographer: Third Place


  • Berghaus Baffin Island Jacket (RRP £150)
  • F-stop Millar Brooklyn Sling - £72
  • Rockfax guidebook

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.

About Berghaus

Berghaus logo  © Berghaus

Berghaus Team  © Berghaus

From the Berg rucksacks, and the first GORE-TEX® jackets in the 70's to todays body-mapped hydrophobic goose jackets and our EXTREM range, the dress code for the most inhospitable places on earth; Berghaus have been designing and building outdoor gear for the last 40 years. Whether hiking in the Lake District or exploring the summits of the Himalaya we partner with you to keep you comfortable and safe.

Explore their full range at

About F-stop

F-stop logo  © F-stop

F-stop believe your camera bag should assist you in getting the perfect shot--not hold you back. That's they have created a line of packs and bags with the adventure photographer in mind. Whether you are skiing down the backside of the Alps, climbing in Patagonia, exploring the rain forest in Brazil, or just on holiday F-stop bags will get your equipment there safely no matter the conditions.

The Mountain series melds hardcore functionality with intelligent design to create the ideal pack for the serious outdoor professional. Constructed of high-quality weather resistant ballistic nylon and weatherproof zippers, all Mountain series packs are amazingly weather resistant, ready to take on the most extreme conditions. From the expedition-sized Satori to the nimble Mala beltpack, these packs will keep your camera gear organized, safe and easily accessible no matter the situation.

Explore their full range at

About Rockfax guidebooks

Rockfax logo  © Rockfax

ROCKFAX publish rock climbing guidebooks to areas all over the world. Our printed guidebooks use every available modern publishing technique to create visually-stunning guidebooks which use full colour photos, photo-topos, text descriptions and maps to create the most user-friendly rock climbing guidebooks anywhere in the World. We also have a series of climbing performance coaching books and downloadable PDF MiniGUIDES.


A selection of some of the best photographs at and


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.

Balancing act on the stunning snow arete of the Innominata- Mont Blanc S face. One of my favourite shots  © Jon Griffith
Balancing act on the stunning snow arete of the Innominata- Mont Blanc S face. One of my favourite shots
© Jon Griffith

Dan - Trying for a font 8a that hasn't been downgraded yet ;o)  © Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH
Dan - Trying for a font 8a that hasn't been downgraded yet ;o)
© Paul Phillips - UKC and UKH, Mar 2008

The Hanging Gardens of the Cairngorms  © hwackerhage
The Hanging Gardens of the Cairngorms
© hwackerhage, Feb 2010

Shine a light!  © Ice Nine
Shine a light!
© Ice Nine

Gurnard's Head  © Dan Arkle
Gurnard's Head
© Dan Arkle, Apr 2009

Y Gribin in the rain - Why would you want to be anywhere else?  © Migsy
Y Gribin in the rain - Why would you want to be anywhere else?
© Migsy, Apr 2010

Diamond Solitaire (VS)** Lundy.  © rockcat
Diamond Solitaire (VS)** Lundy.
© rockcat, Aug 2009

Hazel Gilpin. Paul Ross. Pete Greenwood. Langdale.1955.To the 5th ascent "Do Not",12th ascent "Kipling Groove.  © USBRIT
Hazel Gilpin. Paul Ross. Pete Greenwood. Langdale.1955.To the 5th ascent "Do Not",12th ascent "Kipling Groove.

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