Winners, 2018 photo competition

In this year’s annual photo competition, held February 2018 we restricted entries to photos taken in the preceding 12 months. This helped encourage people to keep the competition in their minds throughout the year, creating a freshness to the entries. It was a good decision because the overall standard was very high with multiple photos in each category being shortlisted. Our judge, member Ken Prandy said that in each category, any one of several photos could have won, so this made his job much harder but also more enjoyable.

Congratulations to all winners. To find out who won, carry on reading … …

Winners are listed below in reverse order for each category, with the overall winner at the end.

Mountain Landscape Category

In the mountain landscape category, third place goes to Dave Beer with his photograph of Crummock Water from Low Fell, in the English Lake District.

In second place is Lee James for his early morning photograph of Llyn Padarn in North Wales.

And in first place in the mountain landscapes category is Lee James’ silhouette of Pan y Fan.

Mountain Action Category

Whereas mountain landscape is mainly a question of careful composition whilst waiting for the right weather and light, mountain action demands the photographer on the ball and in the moment, watching like a hawk to capture that moment that conveys a sense of action and a story.

Here, with “Descending” Richard McAllister gains third place for capturing what the paraglider pilot might see in front of him or her.

In second place, Peter Salenieks very ably captured this moment of climbing above the tide at Huntsman’s Leap in Pembrokeshire.

And first place in this category goes to Lee James for his shot of descending the Grossglockner.

Mountain Flora and Fauna Category

This category demands an attention to detail because of the closeness of the subject (focus) or its quick movements.

For third place, Dave Beer captured this close-up of a soldier fly at Waitby Greenriggs in Cumbria.

For second place, Richard Dowle captured a fieldfare on Gilwern Hill.

And to take first place, Peter Salenieks offered this combination of woodland flora in Ennerdale, English Lake District.

Overall winner

For the second year running, Lee James is the overall winner of the competition for his photograph of a silhoutted Pen y Fan. Well done, Lee!

We’re very grateful to Ken for the judging and hope everyone will take on board his comments to improve their mountain photography.