UKClimbing and UKHillwalking are proud to announce the category finalists for the 2020 Marmot Photography Awards.
Stunning!!! And voting on them is therapeutically satisfying to boot 👍🏼
Bit unfair to give one in each category a bigger image than the others?
> Stunning!!! And voting on them is therapeutically satisfying to boot 👍🏼
The updates to the voting were Andy's idea and are a marked improvement on previous years, where an entire paragraph was needed to explain how to vote. Now it couldn't be much more simple, which is more than can be said for who to vote for with so many good photographs!
> The updates to the voting were Andy's idea and are a marked improvement on previous years, where an entire paragraph was needed to explain how to vote.
I must admit that when the new voting method was introduced for photos in general it left me completely baffled for quite a while and I thought there was some glitch going on until I stumbled across how you had to click on the stars! I actually don't think it is, although simple, terribly intuitive and should be more fully explained here in case anybody else is in the same predicament. Or maybe my brain is just wired weirdly..........
Strong north wales representation
Having re-read the 'How to Vote' section, I really don't see how we could make it any more simple than it is.
In short: there's some stars, click on them...
> Bit unfair to give one in each category a bigger image than the others?
Whilst I haven't done extensive scientific research in this field I'd say that most people will vote for their favourite photograph, not the photograph that is the biggest.
For what it's worth, I'd highly recommend viewing each image expanded anyway, because you get a lot more from them this way.
> Having re-read the 'How to Vote' section, I really don't see how we could make it any more simple than it is.
Sorry, yes, apologies. I didn't look for the instructions because I'd already eventually worked out how to do it for the usual photos. But I'm glad they are there, because otherwise it might have been as baffling as it was when introduced for the usual photos without explanation (unless I missed something). Anyway, I'm obviously an idiot, so I'll shut up now!
There does seem to be a blurred line between the landscape and hillwalking categories; some of the hillwalking photos don't have any walkers in them. Is this just self-identificatioin when the photos were submitted. In a way it doesn't matter because they are all great shots, but a clear distinction might be preferable.
We adjusted a number of photo's categories whilst compiling the finalists; however, shifting photos from their original categories can distort things, as some categories tend to get more votes than others - hence we didn't want to skew things. In this case a couple have slipped through the net, but like you say - they're all amazing images - so it's hopefully not the end of the world.
Fantastic set of images, huge congratulations and good luck to all!
Some amazing photos but I think look for different things in bouldering photos if these are the best from the year. I do like the one on Art Nouveau but I didn't instantly recognise it as a boulder.
These photos are all very nice but I can't believe Wharncliffe crags 'Climb Safe Chihuahua' didn't get first place or even a mention! Scandalous!
> Some amazing photos but I think look for different things in bouldering photos if these are the best from the year.
I like them. They mostly show bouldering really well in the context of beautiful surroundings; they almost make me want to go bouldering! From photos on UKC I was beginning to wonder if anyone actually went bouldering in daylight these days.
This year must be the first year we haven't had any of yours in Rushy, but I'm guessing you've been busy writing books? Think I'm right in saying that I saw you were working on an Iceland guide for fotoVUE. Hope all's well anyhow - it's been a while!
We are all waiting with baited breath for the names of the winners. Is this happening soon?
Voting is open until 11th Feb. We'll announce shortly after then.
There's one week left to vote on your favourites in each of the categories!