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“We’re back in the days of the Mass Trespass on Kinder Scout”says Chris Packham at OWPG Golden Eagle Award Presentation

Posted on: November 15th, 2018 by OWPGWordsmith

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15th November 2018

 

“WE’RE BACK IN THE DAYS OF THE MASS TRESPASS ON KINDER SCOUT” SAYS CHRIS PACKHAM AT OWPG GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD PRESENTATION

 

Chris Packham has declared himself determined to step up his campaigning after receiving the OWPG Golden Eagle Award for distinguished services to the outdoors. The naturalist, author, wildlife photographer and presenter was given the award during a presentation made by guild chair Peter Gillman and his wife Leni, guild meetings secretary.

 

Chris Packham receiving the Golden Eagle Award

 

In a brief presentation speech, Peter said that the guild members had selected Chris for the award as someone who has been in the vanguard of boosting public awareness of vital environmental issues. He has become an outspoken champion of causes such as opposing badger culling, fox-hunting, driven grouse shooting, the slaughter of migrating birds on Malta and the illegal persecution of raptors. He has done so in the face of powerful opposition and has been courageous in using his own high public profile to take a stand on a range of vital issues.

 

Peter commented: “We admire Chris for his strength and determination, and for his willingness to put his head above the parapet on causes we hold dear.”

 

Chris used the presentation to reinforce his commitment to environmental campaigning. “We’re back to the days of the mass trespass on Kinder Scout,” he said. “We’ve got to make people listen. Everyone out there needs to empower themselves. We’ve got to get up and make a difference.”

 

Chris is working with Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton, with the aim of creating strategic alliances across the environmental sector. The pair hope to bring NGOs together so that they act in a more unified way.

 

He comments: “I’m trying to be the umbrella, get them into a room together and show them that there is a commonality”.

 

The Golden Eagle Award presentation took place at Kensington Town Hall, where Chris was fronting an evening devoted to wildlife travel and photography in tandem with Paul Goldstein of Exodus Travel. The award consisted of an original water colour painting by guild member David Bellamy.

 

Chris said he was “flattered and honoured” to receive the award, and that the guild had been “very kind” to him. He also admired the David Bellamy water colour – an evocative painting of Clougha Pike in the Forest of Bowland, with a hen-harrier gliding just below the summit to highlight Chris’s work combatting the illegal harrying of these birds.

 

“I’m very impressed and very grateful – it’ll look great on the wall,” he added.

 

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OWPG Awards for Excellence

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 by OWPG_Secretary

The Awards for Excellence 2018 have been launched by the Outdoor Writers and Photographers’ Guild (OWPG).

These awards recognise the very best of writing and photography from OWPG members in a range of categories:

 

Outdoor book
Guidebook
Outdoor/travel feature
Techincal feature
Digital
Photography

 

If you are interested in joining the OWPG prior to applying for an award then click on the link below to see how to apply. Membership is open to professionals involved in the outdoors, whether it is writing, filming, blogging, publishing, walking, hiking, rock climbing and everything in between.

Looking to join

 

Previous winner Chris Townsend said:
“Winning an Award for Excellence from the OWPG means a great deal to me. Having experienced and knowledgeable judges feel my work is worthy of the award is very satisfying. It gives me confidence that my writing is worthwhile and encourages me to try and do even better.”

 

The closing date for Award submissions is 31st May 2018.

Plas y Brenin Awards Special

Posted on: November 6th, 2014 by OWPGWordsmith

Awards Special coverFollowing the AGM and Awards at Plas y Brenin, the OWPG Awards Special is now on line.
As well as accounts of various different ways of getting wet in Wales, it has a brief accounts of the winners of our Golden Eagle award (John Grimshaw the founder of Sustrans) and our Derryk Draper Award for technical innovation, Primaloft’s performance Down Blend (a combination down-and-synthetic insulation material). You can also be inspired by awardwinning words and pictures: the full text of Carey Davies ‘Rambling in Palestine’ (best outdoor/travel feature); Chris Townsend’s Tarps and Shelters (best technical feature);  David Taylor’s winning portfolio of Glen Coe and the Black Mount; and stills from Terry Abraham’s ‘Scafell: Portrait of a Mountain’ (best digital production).

Dr Adam Watson wins OWPG Golden Eagle Award

Posted on: October 18th, 2012 by OWPGWordsmith
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The Golden Eagle Award painting by David Bellamy shows Luibeg Burn leading up towards Ben Macdui, Cairngorms

Dr Adam Watson, who has devoted his life to the study and protection of the magnificent Cairngorm mountain range in Scotland, has been named by the Outdoor Writers & Photographers Guild as the recipient of the 2012 Golden Eagle Award.

The award is made annually to a person deemed to have “rendered distinguished or meritorious service to the outdoors generally”.

It was announced on Saturday (October 13), at the OWPG’s annual awards dinner held at the Dodo Restaurant at the Durrell Wildlife Trust on Jersey in the Channel Islands. At the same time, the Guild’s Derryck Draper Award for technical innovation went to BioLite for its CampStove (news story here), and the Guild presented its annual awards for excellence to members’ work in writing and photography (more here).

Adam Watson was born in 1930 and has devoted his life to the study and protection of the Cairngorms. A biologist, ecologist and mountaineer, his contribution to the understanding of the flora and fauna of his native Scotland is probably unparalleled.

However, he is perhaps most widely recognised as the pre-eminent authority on the Cairngorm range. His vast academic and written output includes 23 books (including the definitive mountaineering guide published by the Scottish Mountaineering Trust, The Cairngorms), almost 300 scientific papers and nearly 200 technical reports.

Adam was an advisor to the John Muir Trust and has served on both the Countryside Commission for Scotland and the Cairngorms Partnership, and has campaigned tirelessly for the conservation of the Cairngorm range.

He was editor of the Scottish Naturalist from 1956 to 1964 and has served on various editorial boards. His many awards and honours include the John Muir Trust’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Medal of the RSPB, and he is an honorary member of WWF UK in recognition of a lifetime’s work in protecting the Cairngorms.

The award takes the form of a painting by OWPG member and landscape artist David Bellamy.

Dr Watson will receive his award at a special presentation in Scotland later this year.

Previous winners of the Golden Eagle Award include writer and broadcaster Bill Bryson, naturalist Sir David Attenborough, mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington CBE and prominent access campaigner Marion Shoard.

OWPG Derryck Draper Award goes to BioLite Campstove

Posted on: October 18th, 2012 by OWPGWordsmith
Biolite CampStove

The Biolite CampStove (the iPhone is not included)

A backpacker’s stove which recharges your mobile phone as it cooks dinner has been named winner of the UK’s most prestigious outdoor gear award, by the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild. It was announced on Saturday (October 13), at the OWPG’s annual awards dinner held at the Dodo Restaurant at the Durrell Wildlife Trust on Jersey in the Channel Islands. At the same time, the Guild’s Golden Eagle Award for services to the outdoors went to Dr Adam Watson (news story here), and the Guild presented its annual awards for excellence to members’ work in writing and photography (more here) .

The BioLite CampStove is fuelled by nothing more than easily sourced twigs or pinecones, so there’s no need for the weight-conscious backpacker to carry or burn fossil fuels such as petrol or canister gas.

The stove also converts some of the heat generated to electricity, with which it recharges small electronic gadgets such as smartphones, GPS units, cameras or torches, via a common USB cable. It will be available exclusively in the UK from Cotswold Outdoor from December 2012.

The OWPG’s Derryck Draper award recognises innovation in outdoor products or services during the previous year and is named in honour of OWPG founder member and past chairman Derryck Draper, who died in December, 2004. It is judged by a panel of gear experts drawn from within the OWPG’s own membership.

The stove was designed by BioLite founders Jonathan Cedar and Alex Drummond. The BioLite HomeStove, a larger version incorporating similar technology, is used in the developing world to provide families with heat and electricity. It uses 50% less fuel than an open fire and produces 91% less carbon monoxide and 94% less smoke.

Mr Cedar, BioLite’s chief executive officer, said: “We are thrilled to receive the Derryck Draper Award and honoured that the OWPG considers us an innovative contributor to the outdoors community.

“It has been a long journey bringing the BioLite CampStove to launch and we are grateful for the recognition from those who are engaged with the outdoors on a daily basis.’

The award, which took the form of a painting of Lether Tor on Dartmoor, by OWPG member and landscape artist David Bellamy, was accepted by Tristen Naylor, on behalf of BioLite. He said: “The company is very pleased to receive this prestigious award and proud that its work has been recognised by such an important body in the UK outdoor community.”

Previous winners of the award have included Neoshell Fabric by Polartec (2011), the Laser Photon tent by Terra Nova (2010) and the Therm-a-Rest NeoAir mattress by Cascade Designs (2009).

 

BILL BRYSON awarded Golden Eagle

Posted on: January 30th, 2012 by OWPGWordsmith

Best-selling author and environmental campaigner Bill Bryson was presented with the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild’s Golden Eagle Award at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge.

The prestigious annual award, voted on by OWPG members, is presented to someone who has rendered distinguished or meritorious service to the outdoors. Bryson’s award was made for his campaigning work to protect the British countryside.

Receiving the award, an original oil painting by Guild member David Bellamy, from Guild president Roly Smith, Bryson commented: “I really couldn’t be more thrilled or honoured to receive this award – it is really beautiful.”

Smith described Bryson as “the world’s No 1 Anglophile”, and paid tribute to his passion for walking and the British countryside, which was recognised by his election in 2007 as president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). “Among the many campaigns in which Bill has been involved is his ‘Stop the Drop’ anti-litter and fly-tipping campaign, which is supported by the Keep Britain Tidy and the Local Government Association,” said Smith.

“Bill’s love for the British countryside is second to none, and viagra online uk was perhaps best expressed during the successful CPRE campaign for the designation of the South Downs as Britain’s 15th and latest national park in 2010, when he said he said he often wondered why we don’t make the whole of England a national park.”

Hailing from Des Moines, Iowa, Bryson moved to Britain in 1973, and worked for various national newspapers and has lived here ever since – apart from an eight-year spell back in New Hampshire while his four children were at school. He lived for many years in Kirkby Malham in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, and now lives with his English wife Cynthia, in a Victorian rectory in rural Norfolk.

Bryson is best known as the best-selling author of books such as The Lost Continent, Notes from a Small Island, A Walk in the Woods, Notes from a Big Country, A Short History of Nearly Everything and his latest blockbuster At Home, in which describes the history of each room in his home. His 1995 travelogue Notes From a Small Island was voted as the book which best represented England in a 2003 poll for World Book Day.

After the presentation, members were taken on a tour of the recently-refurbished Polar Museum at the SPRI by Heather Lane, keeper of collections.

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Notes for editors

  1. The attached photograph shows (L to R) Guild president Roly Smith; Bill Bryson, and artist David Bellamy with the Golden Eagle painting.
  2. For further information about this year’s Golden Eagle Award, contact Roly Smith on 01629 812034 or by email at roly.smith@btconnect.com.
  3. The OWPG Golden Eagle Award has been presented annually since 1995. Previous

winners of the award have included naturalist Sir David Attenborough in 2004, mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington CBE in 2008, and prominent access campaigner Marion Shoard in 2009.

  1. The Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild represents professional journalists, writers, photographers and others who specialise in covering sustainable outdoor activities and the environment in the British media. More information about the Guild can be found on its website: www.owpg.org.uk.
  2. The Scott Polar Research Institute, part of the University of Cambridge, is a long-established centre for research into both polar regions. The Polar Museum, where the presentation took place, recently underwent a £1.75 million refurbishment, and holds a unique collection of artefacts, journals, paintings, photographs, clothing equipment, maps and other materials illustrating polar exploration, history and science. It has been shortlisted for the European Museum of the Year, 2012.

OWPG 2011 Awards Showcase Special

Posted on: December 1st, 2011 by OWPGWordsmith

A special OWPG 2011 Awards Showcase magazine is now available to view.

This contains the winning entries in the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild’s Awards for Excellence 2011 and gives extra information on the venue for this years awards ceremony at Plas Y Brenin and our Awards Sponsors.

It includes the work of some of the order viagra online most talented and outstanding outdoor writers and photographers working in the British Isles.

View the special magazine here

Press Release – Outdoor Excellence Rewarded

Posted on: November 4th, 2011 by OWPGWordsmith

Press release For immediate use

OUTDOOR EXCELLENCE REWARDED

The cream of Britain’s outdoor journalism was recognised at the awards dinner of the Outdoor Writers’ and Photographers’ Guild, held at the National Mountain Centre at Plas y Brenin in the heart of Snowdonia over the weekend of October 28-30.

More than a dozen outdoor writers and photographers received awards for the excellence of their work over the past year, in a record-breaking entry of over 60.

Winner of the 2011 Derryck Draper Award for innovation in the outdoor trade was the American fabric manufacturer Polartec for its revolutionary NeoShell breathable fabric, soon to be seen in the shops in a variety of outdoor clothing.

Judge Chris Townsend commented: “It’s the most breathable membrane I’ve ever tried,” and Ben Whalley, Polartec’s UK Sales Manager, accepting the award from Guild president Roly Smith, said it was really special to have their work recognised by a panel of independent reviewers.

The winner of the Guidebook category, sponsored by Aquapac International, was Kev Reynolds, contributing editor of Trekking in The Alps: 20 Classic Routes, published by Cicerone Press. Judge Christina Hardyman commented: “This is a book that will make you plan the next 20 years of Alpine holidays straight away.”

Highly commended in this section were Chris Craggs for France: Côte d’Azur, published by Rockfax; Keith Fergus for Ayrshire and Arran Coastal Paths, published by Cicerone, and Carl Rogers for Classic Fell Walks in the Lake District, published by Mara Books.

The Outdoor Book Award sponsored by Country Publications went to Adrian Hendroff for From High Places – A Journey through Ireland’s Great Mountains, published by the History Press, which the judges described as “an eye-opener of a book.” Highly commended were

Alf Alderson for Ultimate Surfing Adventures, published by Wiley Nautical and

Karen Frenkel for Peak Landscape and Light: A Photographer’s Guide, published by Frances Lincoln.

In the features categories, Jon Sparks won the Outdoor Feature award, which was sponsored by Crimson Publishing, for his article On the Beaten Track, which appeared in Cycle magazine. The Travel Feature award went to Judy Armstrong for Rivers Deep, Mountain High, which appeared in France magazine.

There was a double success for TGO magazine in the Words and Pictures category, which was sponsored by Cicerone Press. The winner was Ian Battersby for Winter comes to Yorkshire, and highly commended was Adrian Hendroff for Mountains of a Lonely Land, which also appeared in TGO.

The Photography Award sponsored by Páramo Directional Clothing Systems was won by David Taylor for Northumberland in Mono, and highly commended were Jon Sparks for his Nikon DSLR guides, published by Ammonite Press, and Dave Willis for Isle of Wight Cowes Week, published by Halsgrove.

The top award of the OWPG’s Golden Eagle for outstanding service to the outdoors went to travel writer and CPRE president Bill Bryson, who was unfortunately unable to attend the dinner. He will be presented with his award, which takes the form of an original watercolour painting by David Bellamy, in the New Year.

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For more information, contact: John Gillham (01254 773097); Dennis Kelsall (01257 793062), or Roly Smith (01629 812034).

Notes for Editors

  1. Founded in 1980, the OWPG is the only UK-based association of media professionals working largely or entirely in the outdoors. All members are actively and professionally involved in sustainable activities, providing words and pictures on the outdoors for a variety of media. Visit our website at: www.owpg.co.uk
  2. The links to download the following photos are shown beneath the following captions.

Roly Smith, President of the OWPG, presents the OWPG Outdoor Feature Award for Excellence to Jon Sparks for On the Beaten Track, which appeared in Cycle

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Roly Smith, President of the OWPG, presents the Derryck Draper award to Ben Whalley, the UK Sales Manager of Polartec

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Roly Smith, President of the OWPG, presents Martin Chester, the Senior instructor and mountain guide at Plas y Brenin with his book A Camera in the Hills in gratitude for hosting an extremely successful AGM weekend

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Jonathan Williams of Cicerone presents the OWPG Words and Pictures Feature Award for Excellence to Ian Battersby for Winter comes to Yorkshire.

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John Kelly of Aquapac presents a ‘highly commended’ ward in the Guidebook category to Carl Rogers for Classic Fell Walks in the Lake District, published by Mara Books.

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BILL BRYSON WINS PRESTIGIOUS GOLDEN EAGLE AWARD

Posted on: August 26th, 2011 by OWPGWordsmith

August 26, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Best-selling author and environmental campaigner Bill Bryson has won the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild’s prestigious Golden Eagle Award for his campaigning work to protect the British countryside from litterlouts, fly tipping and other threats.

The annual award is presented to “a person who has rendered distinguished or meritorious service to the outdoors generally”.

Although born in Iowa in the United States, Bill is passionate about the British countryside and has been described as “the world’s No 1 Anglophile”. He has made his home in rural Norfolk, after many years living at Kirkby Malham in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

Bill is an ardent campaigner for the UK environment and since 2007 has been president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). In this role he has spearheaded the ‘Stop the Drop’ anti-litter and fly-tipping campaign, which has gained the support of Keep Britain Tidy and the Local Government Association.

His love for the British countryside was perhaps best expressed during the successful CPRE campaign for the designation of the South Downs as Britain’s latest national park. “Something I have often wondered is why we don’t make the whole of England a national park,” he claimed.

Bill is probably best-known as the author of best-selling, often hilarious travel books such as A Walk In the Woods (1998) and Notes From a Big Country (1999), as well as acclaimed popular science works such as A Short History of Nearly Everything (2003) and history volumes including his most recent book At Home: A Short History of Private Life (2010).

Despite his American origins, his 1995 travelogue Notes From a Small Island was chosen as the book which best represented England in a 2003 poll for World Book Day.

OWPG President Roly Smith commented: “Although Bill is perhaps best-known as a very funny travel writer, I don’t know anyone who is more in love with the British countryside, and who campaigns more vigorously to protect it. He is a very worthy recipient of our Golden Eagle Award, and I am delighted that he is our 2011 winner.”

The award takes the form of an original watercolour painting by the renowned outdoor artist David Bellamy, who is a long-standing member of the Guild.

The Golden Eagle Award has been presented annually since 1995. Previous winners of the award have included naturalist Sir David Attenborough in 2004, mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington CBE in 2008, and prominent access campaigner Marion Shoard in 2009,

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Notes for editors

1. Bill Bryson will receive the Golden Eagle Award at a special ceremony, to be arranged, to which the press will be invited.

2. The Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild represents professional journalists, writers, photographers and others who specialise in covering sustainable outdoor activities and the environment in the British media. More information about the Guild can be found on its website: www.owpg.org.uk.

3. For further information about this year’s Golden Eagle Award, contact OWPG president Roly Smith on 01629 812034 or by email at roly.smith@btconnect.com.

Guidebook publishers win Golden Eagle award

Posted on: November 9th, 2010 by OWPGWordsmith

PRESS RELEASE
November 9, 2010

Jonathan and Lesley Williams receive their award from Guild President Roly Smith, left

Guidebook publishers Jonathan and Lesley Williams, of Cicerone Press, have won the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild’s prestigious Golden Eagle award.

The Golden Eagle, sponsored by Hawkshead Brewery, is the Guild’s top award and is presented for distinguished contribution to the outdoors world. Previous recipients have included Sir Chris Bonington CBE, Sir David Attenborough, Doug Scott CBE and the late Chris Brasher CBE.

Presenting the award at the Guild’s annual dinner in Lancaster on Saturday, November 6, Guild President Roly Smith said: “When Jonathan and Lesley Williams took over Cicerone Press from Walt Unsworth and Brian Evans in 1999, there were more than a few raised eyebrows.

“The story swiftly went round the small community which is the outdoor world that Jonathan was a City accountant – so what would he know or care about the outdoors?

“It didn’t take long for Jonathan and Lesley to prove both the sceptics wrong and their credentials as active and knowledgeable outdoor lovers. The string of new and re-designed guides they produced – and they keep coming at the rate of about 30 a year – quickly confirmed Cicerone’s position as the leading footpath guide publisher in Britain.

“An unqualified love of the outdoors has seen Cicerone commit a four-figure sum each year to the Fix the Fells footpath restoration project in the Lake District, and sponsor mountain safety leaflets.

“It was this generous spirit of wanting to ‘give something back’ which, I am sure, was behind Jonathan and Lesley’s nomination for this year’s Golden Eagle.”

Speaking at the awards ceremony, Jonathan Williams said that he and Lesley were interpreting the award as being for “Cicerone as a whole”.

Andy Utting, left, of Terra Nova, receives the Derryck Draper award from Guild President Roly Smith

Terra Nova’s Laser Photon, said to be the world’s lightest double-wall tent, won the Guild’s Derryck Draper award for innovation in the outdoors.

Accepting the award, Terra Nova’s managing director Andy Utting said: “As a business we always feel humbled to receive awards, and are especially grateful to be recognised by such a prestigious and knowledgeable organisation as the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild.

“Our philosophy at Terra Nova Equipment is to design ‘best-in-class’ products and this award demonstrates that the thought, research and hard work that goes into each of our products is working and we are achieving what we set out to do.”

The winners of the Guild’s awards for excellence, given to members in recognition of their work during the previous 12 months, were:

Guidebook, sponsored by Aquapac International – The Lake District by Vivienne Crow, published by Cadogan

Outdoor book, sponsored by Dalesman Publishing – Granite and Grit by Ronald Turnbull, published by Frances Lincoln

Outdoor feature, sponsored by Crimson Publishing – Vivienne Crow for Special Report – Skiddaw House, published in Lakeland Walker

Travel feature – Judy Armstrong for The Journey Home, published in France

Words and pictures, sponsored by Cicerone Press – Ed Ewing for Brazil’s Best Carnival, published in the Guardian Online

Photography, sponsored by Páramo Directional Clothing Systems – Andy Latham for Reserved Landscapes

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