UKC/UKH Mountain Photography Awards 2013

© Simon Cardy

Berghaus logo  © Berghaus

We are pleased to announce the winners of the third annual UKC/UKH Mountain Photography Awards presented by Berghaus

Each year the top five voted photos from each category of the UKC/UKH photo galleries are looked over by our Photo Editor Mark Glaister. Mark chooses the winning photo in each category. He also chooses three overall top photos from all the categories.

Berghaus Arete 45 Rucksack  © UKC Articles

The Prizes

Berghaus have offered us some great prizes for this year's awards.

The top three winners get 1st - £250 worth of Berghaus kit of their choice, 2nd - £200, 3rd - £150.

The category winners each receive an Arete Rucksack (pictured right).

How do I Enter Next Year?

Every photo voted on at UKC/UKH is eligible for the Mountain Photography Awards. Just make sure you upload some great images and you could find yourself a winner next year. It's that simple.

Overall Winners

1st - Stepping onto the Rainbow

Wins £250 worth of Berghaus kit of his choice

Stepping onto the rainbow  © Simon Cardy
Stepping onto the rainbow
© Simon Cardy, Sep 2013

Photo by Simon Cardy

Mark Glaister commented: Simon’s shot has captured not only the relief of the rainbow feature that gives the slab its name but also the movement of the climber as he is stepping up on to it. The composition is pretty much perfect and leaves in no doubt the sense of what it means to tackle this iconic piece of Welsh slate.

2nd - Tre Cime di Lavaredo by night

Wins £200 worth of Berghaus kit of his choice

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo by night  © James Rushforth
The Tre Cime di Lavaredo by night
© James Rushforth, Oct 2013

Photo by James Rushforth

Mark Glaister commented: James’s after dark image of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo combines a textbook composition with great technical expertise and of course three of the Italian Dolomites' greatest faces.

3rd - The Potato Picker - Fiesta de los Biceps

Wins £150 worth of Berghaus kit of his choice

The Potato Picker -  Fiesta de los Biceps  ©
The Potato Picker - Fiesta de los Biceps
Dan Arkle

Photo by Dan Arkle

Mark Glaister commented:Dan does it once again with his unique take on the unpredictable permanence of the Spanish Riglos conglomerate. The pic took some setting up and that’s a considerable amount of rope out too! 

Group Winners

The selection below is the winner in each category but doesn't include the three overall winners above.

Trad climbing - David 'Nails' Ewing feeling the pressure of Fair Head!

Wins a Berghaus Arete 35 Rucksack

David "Nails" Ewing feeling the pressure of Fair Head! :)  ©
David "Nails" Ewing feeling the pressure of Fair Head! :)
©, Jun 2012

Photo by pedropimentel

Mark Glaister commented: A classic shooting angle captures the story of climbing way above the shoreline at Fairhead in N.Ireland, on what looks to be a neat crackline. My only reservation is that I would have gone for a big cam rather than the nuts looking at the width of the crack in shot?

Winter Climbing - Mad Hatter's Gully

Wins a Berghaus Arete 45 Rucksack

Mad Hatter's Gully  © RAB623
Mad Hatter's Gully
© RAB623, Jan 2013

Photo by RAB623

Mark Glaister commented: A great action shot taken ‘on the hoof’ of a rarely climbed Scottish classic in lean conditions. The drapes of thin icicles frame the action nicely – its is interesting to contrast the conditions in the picture with those later in the same season -

Landscape - The Shining

Wins a Berghaus Arete 45 Rucksack

The Shining  © mr mills
The Shining
© mr mills, Nov 2013

Photo by Mr Mills

Mark Glaister commented: An evocative landscape of Lake Padarn and the Llanberis Pass with Castell Dolbadarn picked out in silhouette. One of many magnificent Snowdonia images on the UKC database from Mr Mills.

Expedition and Alpine - Roger Knox on the Brenva Spur

Wins a Berghaus Arete 35 Rucksack

Roger Knox on the Brenva Spur  © Ben Tibbetts
Roger Knox on the Brenva Spur
© Ben Tibbetts

Photo by Ben Tibbits

Mark Glaister commented: Ben's shot captures not just the superb evening light, but also the climber within the endless mountain environment that surrounds them.

Sport Climbing - 

Wins a Berghaus Arete 45 Rucksack

I have take the whipper
© footwork, Jun 2013

Photo by footwork

Mark Glaister commented: As many observed in the comments attached to this image - it looks like it was going to hurt! - but didn't apparently. A fine action shot capturing the fall without blur in what looks to be less than ideal light conditions.

Bouldering - Ned Feehally on The Ace

Wins a Berghaus Arete 35 Rucksack

The Ace
© Nick Brown

Photo by Nick Brown

Mark Glaister commented: Nick Brown’s image of a near airborne Ned Feehally perhaps? latching the final sloper on The Ace at Stanage. A fine study of what it takes to conquer this hard boulder problem.

Biking - The Pamir Mountains

Wins a Berghaus Arete 35 Rucksack

The Pamir mountains, Tajikistan  © SherlockTales
The Pamir mountains, Tajikistan
© SherlockTales, Nov 2011

Photo by Sherlock Tales

Mark Glaister commented: A thought provoking image of a very remote and wild looking part of the planet. However if you delve in to the blog of UKC user Sherlock Tales you will see that this is just the tiny tip of a huge berg of travels by her and her bike.

Running - Crib Goch Run on a Bank Holiday Morning

Wins a Berghaus Arete 35 Rucksack

Crib Goch Run on Bank Holida Morning  © MattH
Crib Goch Run on Bank Holida Morning
© MattH, May 2013

Photo by MattH

Mark Glaister commented: Matt’s shot pretty much sum’s up what most UK based fell runner/climbers would describe as a perfect day out - high up on Crib Goch with the cloud anchored firmly down in the valley.

Winter Walking - Winter Scotland

Wins a Berghaus Arete 45 Rucksack

Winter Scotland   © Al Todd
Winter Scotland
© Al Todd, Feb 2013

Photo by Al Todd

Mark Glaister commented: Al’s picture of a lone figure high above a wintery looking Scottish backdrop is very atmospheric. The scene combines a good deal of both sunlight and shade, which is never easy to handle when photographing snowscapes.

Scrambling - Cuillin Rooftop: Cameron on Sgurr Thearlaich

Wins a Berghaus Arete 35 Rucksack

Cuillin Rooftop: on Sgurr Thearlaich  © kwoods
Cuillin Rooftop: on Sgurr Thearlaich
© kwoods, Oct 2012

Photo by Kevin Woods

Mark Glaister commented: A days worth of the best scrambling in the UK awaits the lucky person in this nicely composed study of the Cuillin by Kevin Woods.

Hill Walking - Descending Beinn a'Chuirn

Wins a Berghaus Arete 45 Rucksack

Descending Beinn a'Chuirn  © AllanMac
Descending Beinn a'Chuirn
© AllanMac, Nov 2011

Photo by AllanMac

Mark Glaister commented: Allan’s sublime image of a break in the clouds flags up many scenarios faced by hill walkers everywhere, whether it is relief at being able to see the way ahead – or trepidation of heading up into more challenging conditions.

Berghaus logo  © Berghaus

Many thanks to Berghaus for their kind support of the brilliant photography on UKC and UKH.

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25 Mar, 2014
Excellent! So much better than last year's grotesquely photoshopped collection (apart from the unnatural "daylight at night" photo in second place and the staged one in third).
25 Mar, 2014
It seems to be a dead link?
25 Mar, 2014
Hi, we had some errors with this article yesterday, you probably have a cached version of the old error page. Refresh your browser and I'm guessing it will work ok. Any further issues, let me know. Thanks, Jack
25 Mar, 2014
Oh, and well done to all the photographers - as ever some stunning images in the UKC galleries - great stuff. Jack
25 Mar, 2014
Fantastic! Thanks for choosing my picture, some brilliant shots taken throughout the year. How can I claim my rucksack please?
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