Photo Competition 2017

 Adventures in the Uplands Photographic Competition - Touring Exhibition

As one of the 15 celebrations to mark the 15th anniversary of Moors for the Future Partnership, you can come along and see the winning and shortlisted images from the competition on display at:

Date Event Name Location Venue
14/06 to 29/06 Photo competition exhibition Hayfield Library
29/06 to 20/07 Photo competition exhibition Sheffield Eccleshall Wood Discovery Centre
20/07 to 10/08 Photo competition exhibition Halifax Dean Clough Mills
10/08 to 31/08 Photo competition exhibition Sheffield Central Library
31/08 to 21/09 Photo competition exhibition Oldham Brownhill Countryside Centre
21/09 to 12/10 Photo competition exhibition Castleton National Park Visitor Centre
12/10 to 02/11 Photo competition exhibition Marsden National Trust Visitor Centre
02/11 to 23/11 Photo competition exhibition Hathersage Alpkit Store
23/11 Photo competition exhibition Manchester Manchester Museum


We're delighted to announce the winning photographs in the adventures in the uplands photo competition, which celebrates getting out and about in Britain's mountains, moorlands, blanket bogs and upland woodlands.

Adults category 1st place - Jay Birmingham

Jay Birmingham

Comments from judges Kate MacRae and Jack Perks: "Such an atmospheric shot! The colour combination of blue sky and purple heather and the rising sun make you just want to get outdoors and have a moorland adventure. I wanted to get into the photo and share the view over those rocks! You can almost feel the chill in the air. I love this image!"

"Timing is everything and this image certainly has everything coming together with the jet lines leading you in to the hiker. The sun bursting through the rock is fantastic along with the late summer heather."

Prize: 1st prize is a telescope bundle courtesy of Opticron, this IR60R ED/45 telescope includes an HR2 16 - 48x zoom eyepiece. The winner will also receive a Community Science 'species chart' t-shirt.


Adults category 2nd place: Lee Cooper

Lee Cooper

Comments from judges Kate MacRae and Jack Perks: "This image just had the ‘wow’ factor! To be up so high with such a wonderful view of the landscape below is fantastic! The smile on the photographer’s face just says it all! This is a true adventure!"

"A unique view of the park, the use of a fisheye lens has given it some distortion making it look like a globe."

Prize: Walking adventure gear bundle. A Berghaus 247 25 litre daypack, a pair of Highlander 'Mull' walking poles and a Highlander waterproof map case, courtesy of AdventureQuip outdoor shop Castleton, plus a Community Science 'species chart' t-shirt.


Adults category 3rd place: Geoff Shoults

Geoff Shoults

Comments from judges Kate MacRae and Jack Perks: "At first, you may not notice the climber… such a small part of the incredible landscape shrouded in low cloud. I loved the composition of this great shot, with the eye being drawn to the dark rock and its tiny silhouette, precariously balanced against the harsh stone. A super image!"

"A cloud inversion is always a special thing so to capture this moment with a abseiler for scale really puts you in the moment."

Prize: a £50 voucher to spend on technical outdoor clothing and equipment, courtesy of Alpkit, plus a Community Science 'species chart' t-shirt. The voucher can be used online or in store. 


Aged 15 and under category prize: James Fleet

James Fleet

Comments from judges Kate MacRae and Jack Perks: "A very challenging subject to photograph and get exposed correctly! The combination of the stars, the colour on the horizon and the lights in the tents all add up to make this a wonderful image of an overnight adventure."

"I love the colours in this image with the warm glow of the city in the backdrop and cold blue glow of the tents making a lovely contrast. Add in the stars and it was a clear winner for me!"

Prize: A high Resolution Bird Box Camera System with microphone and night vision, courtesy of Gardenature, plus a Community Science 'species chart' t-shirt.


You can view all the shortlisted images for both categories in this Flickr album.

The winning  and shortlisted entries will also be displayed as part of a touring exhibition at venues around the Peak District and South Pennines area during 2018.


The prizes for the competition have very kindly been donated by:


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