PRESS RELEASE – 22 October 2018
The Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild (OWPG) has announced the winners of the 2018 Awards for Excellence.
Designed to celebrate outstanding achievement among members, the Awards recognise excellence across six categories: Outdoor Book, Guidebook, Outdoor/Travel Feature, Technical Feature, Digital and Photography.
Sponsored by Aquapac International, the Guidebook category featured a good representative selection of guides with several submissions from lesser-known areas. There were three ‘highly commended’ runners up, but Vivienne Crow was the clear winner for Walking in Northumberland.
Vivienne was also awarded top place in the Crimson Publishing-sponsored Outdoor/ Travel Feature category, wowing judges Carlton Reid and Elizabeth Multon with her article for The Great Outdoors: Autumn in the Valleys.
The judges commented: “This article sums up how hard it is to be original when writing about the Lake District, but this honesty gives the article an original angle, and allows the author to weave in a history of writers and artists who’ve attempted to capture the essence of the Lakes, alongside other observations on the changing seasons and the impact of human activity on the landscape. Fascinating examples and contemporary quotes add colour and back up points. And all this interwoven with a walk.”
Judy Armstrong’s Riding Lines in the Mountain of the Gods was also highly commended.
This year’s Technical Feature Award was sponsored by Cicerone Press. The winner was Climb the Eiger by Kingsley Jones, which combined history, legend and philosophical musings with a practical, how-to guide.
The Digital Award was sponsored by Cordee and judged by Lois Sparling and Craig Wareham.
The judges commented: “We enjoyed reading all the entries again this year and enjoyed the range, once again, from Rob Yorke’s campaigning (or at least controversial) blog to Jacquetta Megarry’s smart reference tool, from a passionate focus on one geographical area in Wild Essex to inspirational writing covering all the continents, all the seasons and most self-powered outdoor activities in Cicerone Extra. In the end, it was a close call.”
The award went to Jacquetta Megarry for ‘Scotland’s Great Trails’.
“As well as having the key digital attributes of being easy to find, quick to load and instinctive to navigate even on a mobile this attractive if unpretentious website is a comprehensive resource for anyone considering tackling one of Scotland’s official long-distance paths,” said the judges.