2020 Award Winners

(Please scroll to bottom of page for link to the lists of winners in previous years.)

Outdoor Book: David Lintern for The Big Rounds published by Cicerone Press

The judges commented: “The Big Rounds is a great contribution to the sum of outdoor knowledge, especially in the current context of the running revival. It is an outdoor book, rather than a guidebook: instruction on the routes is detailed in places, broadly generalised in others. The book is well designed and produced, with inspirational photos. Including the word Walking in its subtitle is a neat way of considerably broadening the potential market.” 

Award currently sponsored by: OWPG

Judges: Sue Viccars, commissioning editor of Dartmoor Magazine and Chris Bagshaw, editor, writer and former OWPG member.

Guidebook: Lisa Drewe for Islandeering (Published by Wild Things Publishing

The judges said: “Lisa Drewe has put in the legwork and visited every one of the 50 islands described. Her book features detailed primary research, mapping, nicely balanced writing and excellent photos. It’s not a book to slip in your rucksack, but it is one to sit down and plan a trip from. In a Covid world, we like a book that explores the untapped parts of the UK. It is innovative, passionate and detailed – wonderfully inspirational and a solid bit of publishing.

Highly Commended: John Gillham for The Shropshire Way (Cicerone Press)
Highly Commended: Kingsley Jones for Tour du Mont Blanc (Vertebrate Publishing)

Award sponsored by: Aquapac International 

Judges: Sue Viccars, commissioning editor of Dartmoor Magazine and Chris Bagshaw, editor, writer and former OWPG member.

Digital Award: Chiz Dakin for the OWPG website owpg.org.uk

The judges said: The new OWPG website is the product of Chiz Dakin’s outstanding talent and sustained hard work. Not only does it have great visual appeal, but also it is a technical tour de force. On an extremely tight budget, Chiz has had to provide many levels of access, from public and member-only areas to restricted Committee areas. The finished site is a testament not only to Chiz’s technical skill but also to her sustained and thorough programme of testing and piloting.

Highly Commended: David Taylor for davidtaylorphotography.co.uk

Award sponsored by: Cordee 

Judges: Jacquetta Megarry (OWPG Awards Organiser, 2019 winner) and Lois Sparling (formerly of Cicerone Press)

Venomous cave centipede

Photography: Chris Howes for his portfolio “Japanese Karst”

The judges said: “Once again Chris Howes is the very well-deserved winner. He has a clear theme, powerful imagery, great use of lighting and models with the bonus that these are scenes that you don’t see every day. His imagery is visually arresting, fresh, impactful, powerful and achieves great story-telling. We particularly liked the use of the macro shot showing invertebrate life of a cave.

Highly Commended: David Forster for “Weather”. 

Award sponsored by: Conway (Bloomsbury Publishing) 

Judges: Ashley Cooper (GlobalWarmingImages) and Nori Jemil

The winning photography image is © Copyright Chris Howes – many thanks for permission to reproduce it.

Outdoor/Travel Feature: Huw Kingston for Burning Questions (published on adventure.com)

The judges said:Unsettling and personal, this feature is nevertheless relevant to all, and the strong, well argued writing supports this. The anger against the government and politicians failing to do their duty by Australia, the horribly close call for the author, the heroes battling to help their communities, the call to action for everyone – this is a powerful piece.”

Highly Commended: Viv Crow for Into the Night (published in TGO)
Highly Commended: James Forrest for Lake District without a car  (published in The Sunday Telegraph)

Award sponsored by: Crimson/OS Pathfinder

Judges: Carlton Reid (founder of On Your Bike magazine/former OWPG member) and Elizabeth Multon (Conway/Bloomsbury Publishing)

Technical Feature: David Lintern for Greener Gear Guide published on WalkHighlands.com

The judges commented “A thorough review, but an enjoyable read too. Lintern flags up the importance of our own mindset  as customers, and he makes sensible suggestions ranging from whether you buy, to what you buy, to where you buy it.

Highly Commended: Chris Scaife for Boreo caving helmet (published in Descent magazine)

Award sponsored by:
Cicerone

Judges: Carlton Reid (founder of On Your Bike magazine/former OWPG member) and Elizabeth Multon (Conway/Bloomsbury Publishing)



Past Winners:

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