OWPG Awards for Excellence

Each year the guild makes literary and photographic awards to its members in recognition of their work during the previous twelve months

  • Awards 2017

    The award rules and entry form can be found here from March each year. Closing date for 2017 will be 26th June 2017.
    Download Entry-Form2017 .
    Entries may be submitted by Publishers or Editors of books, features, and digital media: however this must be with the consent of the author in every case.
  • Awards 2016

    The 2016 OWPG Derryck Draper Award for innovation was won by Pertex for their CS10 Technology fabric. See forthcoming news posting (in sidebar on right) for details of the award.
    The OWPG Golden Eagle was not awarded.
    The full list of previous winners of the Golden Eagle, Lifetime Achievement and Derryck Draper Awards is here; that of past winners of the six Awards for Excellence to Members can be found here. Winners in various categories no longer awarded are listed here.
  • Outdoor Book

    Chris Townsend for Out There

    published by Sandstone Press
    The judges commented: "A thoroughly engaging account of the author’s lifelong involvement with the great outdoors ('a world unconstrained and free'), the people and places that have inspired him, and his passion for wild places. With plenty of ready quotes to delight winter night conversations for fellow dreamers of wild places, Townsend speaks frankly, and with the authority of a connoisseur."

    Highly Commended

    Kev Reynolds for Abode of the Gods, published by Cicerone Press
    "The author skilfully conveys the excitement, joys, and physical and spiritual fulfilment of trekking in the Himalayas. This affectionate memoir brings the colour, sells and grandeur of the region to every page."
     
    Judged by Chris Bagshaw, editor, writer and former Guild member; and Mark Whitley, the senior editor at Country Publications
  • Guidebook

    Max Landsberg and Jacquetta Megarry for Trek to Everest

    Published by Rucksack Readers
     The judges commented: "A disarmingly simple and credible guide, packing in as much information in its 80 pages as many books will bloat out in over 200. The quirky format matches maps to words and pictures in a straightforward way, rendering this classic trekking expedition believably do-able."
    An extract from the book is in our Awards Special here .

    highly commended

    Vivienne Crow  for Wales Coast Path, Pembrokeshire , published by Northern Eye Books. The judges commented: "An admirable and welcome addition to the genre. Clear and easy-to-follow route directions, complemented by a good mix of background information (history/wildlife etc) and practical information (travel, where to stay etc), all well-organised into day-walk sections."
     
    Category sponsored by Aquapac
    Judged by Chris Bagshaw, editor, writer and former Guild member; and Mark Whitley, the senior editor at Country Publications
  • Photography

    CHRIS HOWES for portfolio Great Caves of Borneo

    Dave Willis said: "Chris’s caving photography, continues to be the yardstick by which this award can be measured. His images show a technical mastery of camera and lighting technique, which must now be expected in contemporary professional photography. At the same time he is able to consider sensitive composition, paying close attention to line, shape and form to convey a sense of place and a sense of adventure in his work and importantly, because he is often working literally in the dark, Chris able to pre-conceive his images and make them happen. These are not 'snapshots' and demonstrate a professional and rigorous approach to creating a visual narrative."
    Ashley commented: "For me this has to be the out and out winner. The subject matter is undoubtedly different from the every day, his use of models is great, with really interesting lighting and some great compositions. I’ve been down hundreds of caves in my time, many of them a lot more interesting looking than Bridge Cave, but what Chris has achieved here really makes me want to go and explore the cave. A brilliant overall submission."

    Highly Commended

    David Forster for portfolio 'Weather'
     Category sponsored by Pàramo
    Judged by Ashley Cooper and Dave Willis
  • One of the cascades in the larger section of Bridge Cave

  • Digital Media

    two prizes were awarded

    TERRY ABRAHAM for his feature film 'Blencathra: Life of a Mountain'

    The judges commented: "The film is simply tremendous and a very worth award winner. But Terry has also very successfully built a strong following for this work through the use of social media and through his website/blog. And then with the support and encouragement of this community behind him, he is cleverly building his profile, gaining commercial commissions and television broadcasts. Terry has almost created a blueprint for using digital that others may want to try to follow."

    STEPHEN NEALE for his Wild Essex website

    The judges commented: "Although technically basic and rather quaintly old fashioned, the information on it makes it a genuinely useful and engaging resource. The most personal entry must surely be the audio/video with his daughter singing a song Stephen composed when he returned to the UK many years ago (aged 22) after a backpacking trip. The Wild Essex website continues to improve and is growing into a valuable resource."

    highly commended

    In addition, the judges commended Rob Yorke's blog, commenting that it is very well executed and makes for good pithy reading. They would have like to see more regular updates to build a stronger following.
    They also congratulated Kieron Gribbon for his interesting High Point Ireland website, but would have loved to see more information on the individual peaks themselves in order to enrich the site and further engage the reader.
     
    Category sponsored by Cordee
    Judged by Craig Wareham, Founder of Viewranger, and Lois Sparling, formerly of Cicerone Press
  • Outdoor/Travel Feature

    JUDY ARMSTRONG for Land of the Crusaders

    Published in France magazine
    Judges' comments: “The winners’ entries, for me at least, were fresh, less hackneyed and held my attention throughout... Judy has natural flare as a writer and her work has precious few clichés.”
    The article can be read in our Awards Special here .

    Highly Commended

    James Forrest for Australia's Top Trek published in Adventure Travel magazine
     
    Category sponsored by OS/Pathfinder
    Judged by former Guild member Carlton Reid, founder of On Your Bike magazine; and Elizabeth Multon, Commissioning Editor of Adlard Coles Nautical, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Technical Feature

    Chris Townsend for Hydration: water filters and purifiers, and water containers

    Published in The Great Outdoors magazine Highly Commended Ronald Turnbull for Flat Rate VAT published in Outdoor Focus Winter 2015–16
     Judges’ comments: “The winners’ entries, for me at least, were fresh, less hackneyed and held my attention throughout.”
    Category sponsored by Cicerone Press
    Judged by former Guild member Carlton Reid, founder of On Your Bike magazine; and Elizabeth Multon, Commissioning Editor of Adlard Coles Nautical, Bloomsbury Publishing
  • 'Hydration' in The Great Outdoors, September 2015

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