OWPG Member Terry Abraham’s film Life of a Mountain: A Year on Blencathra debuts tonight on BBC Four

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 by Committee OWPG No Comments

Life of a Mountain: A Year on Blencathra by Terry Abraham will be screening tonight at 9pm on BBC Four. Make sure you don’t miss it!

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08f1cc0

Media News Bulletin | Winter 2016

Posted on: December 19th, 2016 by Committee OWPG

mnb-thumb-2016-12The winter 2016 OWPG Media Bulletin can now be viewed online (not suitable for Android or iOS devices) or downloaded as a PDF.  If you are an editor or publisher and want to know something about somewhere or you want somebody to go somewhere, then the chances are that someone from the OWPG is there already, has just come back or is about to set off. Take a look and see if one of them can help with your editorial requirements…

Outdoor Focus Autumn 2016

Posted on: December 1st, 2016 by OWPG web_editor

of2016-11-fcThe Autumn Edition of Outdoor Focus (ably edited and put together by Stephen Neale) is now available to view online.

There’s a compelling article by Gary Richardson about why DSLRs have “run aground on a Mirrorless tide”

A photo-montage and highlights of the AGM at the Isle of Wight

Ronald Turnbull charts his way through the hazards of map publishing for outdoor writers – a very useful topic for any of us getting into self-publishing of routes online or in print.

And as usual book reviews, movie making, the mystic world of Mr Main and Kev sounds off again (this time reminiscing about how some London children were evacuated to a hill underneath a German bombing route).

The paper issue (for those who haven’t requested digital-only OF) will be arriving in the next few days, or download the PDF version for tablets and other smaller devices.

Pertex winners of the OWPG Derryck Draper Award for the second time.

Posted on: November 4th, 2016 by Andrew Galloway
Steve Laycock receives the Derryck Draper Award for Technical Excellence from Dennis Kelsall. ©Di Taylor

Steve Laycock receives the Derryck Draper Award for Technical Excellence from Dennis Kelsall. ©Di Taylor

At the OWPG Annual Awards Ceremony held at the Medina Valley Centre on the Isle of Wight on 8 October this year, Pertex Ltd were announced as this year’s winner of the Derryck Draper Award for technical excellence for their revolutionary CS10 Technology fabric.

On Wednesday 2 November Dennis Kelsall, former Chairman of the Guild presented the award to Steve Laycock, Brand Director of Pertex at The Bowland Brewery, Clitheroe. This is the second time that Pertex have been presented the award, the first being in 1999.

Speaking about the award the Guild judges said “whereas in general there had been little innovation seen in the outdoors technical market in the past 18 months, the Pertex CS10 technology fabric was truly ground breaking.“

Pertex fabrics with CS10 technology use yarns with unique diamond shaped filaments, which lock together to provide a very stable construction. These tightly interlocking filaments give the fabric superb abrasion resistance along with improved water beading properties.

For further information on Pertex CS10 fabric please contact the Pertex Marketing & Design Centre, Twitter Lane, Waddington, Clitheroe, BB7 3LG. Tel. 01200 444123.

OWPG at Isle of Wight: our Awards Special

Posted on: October 26th, 2016 by OWPG web_editor

of2016-10asFor those who were at the AGM weekend at the Isle of Wight, the Awards Special will bring back reminders and memories of the various outdoor and indoor events. For all of us, it also showcases our prizewinners, with extracts from Jacquetta Megarry and Max Landsberg’s ‘Trek to Everest’ (Best Guidebook), Judy Armstrong’s ‘Land of the Crusades’ (Best Feature) and Chris Howes’ photos of Bridge Cave (Photography Award). The Awards Special is available online here, or as a pdf download here.

Media News Bulletin | Autumn 2016

Posted on: October 18th, 2016 by Committee OWPG

mnb-thumb-2016-10Members’ News The autumn 2016 OWPG Media Bulletin can now be viewed online (not suitable for Android or iOS devices) or downloaded as a PDF.  If you are an editor or publisher and want to know something about somewhere or you want somebody to go somewhere, then the chances are that someone from the OWPG is there already, has just come back or is about to set off. Take a look and see if one of them can help with your editorial requirements…

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Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild appoints Peter Gillman as Chair and Stephen Neale as Secretary

Posted on: October 17th, 2016 by Committee OWPG

With great pleasure the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild announces that the Annual General Meeting, held at the Medina Valley Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight on Saturday 8 October 2016, approved the appointment of two of its members to senior committee positions: Peter Gillman as Chair and Stephen Neale as Secretary.

About Peter
Peter Gillman, the new chair of the OWPG, is an award-winning writer with a long and distinguished career in journalism. Peter spent fifteen years on the staff of the Sunday Times during the memorable Harold Evans era, five of them with the ground-breaking Insight investigative team. A freelance since the early 1980s, he has written for most national newspaper titles, with a long record of writing investigative features for the Sunday Times Magazine, often co-authored with his wife Leni.   Peter has specialised in covering outdoor topics throughout his career, and The Wildest Dream, a biography of George Mallory, written with Leni, won the prestigious Boardman Tasker prize in 2000.   More recently their book Extreme Eiger, an account of a dramatic ascent of the North Face of the Eiger in 1966, won the OWPG Outdoor Book of the Year award in 2015.  Peter has won seven OWPG awards for excellence – three jointly with Leni – in all.  He also works in television and for the past thirty years has run acclaimed training courses and workshops for writers and journalists.

About Stephen
Stephen has worked as a staff and freelance editor and journalist for many years having begun his career as a trainee reporter with the Ipswich-based East Anglian Daily Times, in 1993. Over several years he has contributed to Xinhua News Agency, The New Economy, World Finance, EuropeanCEO. Stephen holds the distinction of being the first UK freelance journalist employed in London by the Chinese state news agency Xinhua.

As the first journalist on the scene at Aldgate station during the London bombings on 7 July 2005, his eyewitness account was broadcast live on BBC radio around the world. His feature on one of the Aldgate survivors won several awards.

Stephen has been Editor of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild’s magazine, Outdoor Focus, for three years. He is author of two books: Camping by the Waterside and Wild Camping – Exploring and Sleeping in the Wilds of the UK and Ireland – both published by Bloomsbury.

He is also a former lecturer in journalism for the University of Essex and South East Essex College.

Stephen is the recipient of the following awards:

Digital Production of the Year (Joint Winner) for wildessex.com, Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, 2016

Outdoor Book of the Year (Highly Commended) for Wild Camping, Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, 2015

Reporter of the Year – East of England, Hold the Front Page/EDF, 2007

Best Campaigning Journalist, Newspaper Society, 2006

Best Feature Writer (runner-up), Newspaper Society 2006

 

 

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Outdoor Writers & Photgraphers Guild Awards Ceremony 2016

Posted on: September 9th, 2016 by Committee OWPG

OWPG Awards Weekend Promo Image 2016BRITAIN’S TOP OUTDOOR WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS PREPARE TO MEET AT THE OWPG ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

Many of Britain’s top outdoor writers and photographers will be gathering for the ‘Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild’ (OWPG) Annual Awards ceremony to take place on Saturday 08 October at the Medina Centre, Isle of Wight.

The Awards celebrate the very best in British and European outdoor and adventure writing and photography and are judged by a range of panelists from across the outdoor industry.

The awards are as follows:

Derryck Draper Award for Outstanding Innovation in Outdoor Equipment, For 2016 this prestigious award has been presented by the OWPG to Pertex Ltd for their product Pertex® fabric with CS-10 Technology.

Guide Book Award, sponsored by Aquapac International

Outdoor Travel Feature, sponsored by OS Pathfinder Guides

Technical Feature Award, sponsored by Cicerone Press

Award for Digital Production, sponsored by Cordee

Photography Award, sponsored by Paramo

Best Outdoor Book Award, (sponsorship opportunity available – please contact Andrew at pressoffice@owpg.org.uk)

The Outdoors Writers and Photographers Guild would like to thank the following organisations for their kind support in organising the Awards weekend: Wightlink Ferries, Tackt-Isle Adventures, Isle of Wight Adventure Activities, the Medina Valley Centre, the National Trust and English Heritage.

Outdoor Focus Summer 2016

Posted on: August 19th, 2016 by OWPG web_editor

OF2016-08The Summer issue of Outdoor Focus (ably edited and put together by Stephen Neale) is now available to view online at http://free.yudu.com/item/embedded_reader/3805468/OF-Summer-2016?refid=608919

50 years on the Pennine Way with Andrew McCloy

Our first-ever Golden Eagle winner, Ken Wilson (1941-2016): Roly Smith remembers

A new trail in the Middle East (Tony Howard) you just have to ssee his inviting imagae on pages 8–9

Ebook in a day – a preview for the workshop at Isle of Wight

Book reviews, movie making, the mystic world of Mr Main and Kev sounds off again…

The paper issue (for those who haven’t requested digital-only OF) will be arriving in the next few days. PDF download for tablets and other smaller devices.

Media News Bulletin | Summer 2016

Posted on: June 27th, 2016 by Committee OWPG

MNB-THUMB-2016-06Members’ News The summer 2016 OWPG Media Bulletin can now be viewed online using Yudu (not suitable for Android or iOS devices) or downloaded as a PDF.  If you are an editor or publisher and want to know something about somewhere or you want somebody to go somewhere, then the chances are that someone from the OWPG is there already, has just come back or is about to set off. Take a look and see if one of them can help with your editorial requirements…

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