Past OWPG Awards for Excellence Winners

Each year the Guild makes literary and photographic awards to its members in recognition of their work during the previous twelve months. Current award winners are listed here, and previous ones are listed below. Other categories of past winners can be found at:


2022: James Rushforth for Photographing Iceland (fotoVue)
Highly Commended: David Taylor for 111 places in Newcastle you shouldn’t miss

2021: No award this year

2020: Lisa Drewe for Islandeering (Wild Things Publishing)
Highly Commended: John Gillham for The Shropshire Way (Cicerone Press)
Highly Commended: Kingsley Jones for Tour du Mont Blanc (Vertebrate Publishing)

2019: Jan Bakker (and Christine Oriol) for Trekking in Tajikistan (Cicerone Press)
Highly commended Lily Dyu for Fastpacking (Cicerone Press)

2018: Viv Crow for Walking in Northumberland (Cicerone Press)
Highly commended Rudolf Abraham for Trekking the Peaks of the Balkans Trail, Adrian Hendroff for The Mourne and Cooley Mountains and Jacquetta Megarry for Arran Coastal Way

2017: Kingsley Jones for Trail and Fell Running in the Chamonix & Mont Blanc Region (Cicerone Press).
Highly commended Steve Davison for Walking the Kennet and Avon Canal (Cicerone Press) and Adrian Hendroff for Family Walks Around Dublin (Collins Press).

2016: Max Landsberg and Jacquetta Megarry Trek to Everest (Rucksack Readers)
Highly commended Vivienne Crow Wales Coast Path: Pembrokeshire (Northern Eye Books)

2015: Ronald Turnbull Walking the Jurassic Coast (Cicerone)
Highly Commended David Taylor Mastering Landscape Photography (Ammonite Press)

2014: Carl Rogers and Tony Bowerman Wales Coast Path – Llyn Peninsular (Northern Eye)
Highly Commended Ben Hoffler Sinai – the Trekking Guide (Trailblazer)

2013: Vivienne Crow Walks to Waterfalls (Northern Eye)

2012: John Gillham Best Day Walks in Snowdonia (Frances Lincoln)
Highly Commended Adrian Hendroff, Keith Bradbury

2011: Kev Reynolds Trekking in the Alps: 20 Classic Routes (Cicerone Press)
Highly Commended Chris Craggs, Keith Fergus, Carl Rogers

2010: Vivienne Crow The Lake District (pb Cadogan)

2009: Chris Craggs Lofoten Rock by Chris Craggs and Thorbjørn Enevold (Rockfax)

2008: Rudolf Abraham The Mountains of Montenegro (Cicerone Press)

2007: Bill Birkett A Year in the Life of the Duddon Valley

2006: Andrew Bibby Wensleydale & Swaledale (Frances Lincoln)

2005: Christopher Mitchell Lake District Natural History Walks

2004: Chris Craggs & Alan James (non-member) Western Grit (Rockfax)

2003: Chris Barber Exploring Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site
Highly Commended Andrew McCloy The Land’s End to John o’ Groats Walk

2002: Chris Craggs Peak Gritstone East (Rockfax)
Highly Commended Roger Thomas Brecon Beacons: Official National Park Guide

2001: Ian R. Mitchell
Highly Commended Terry Marsh AA Essential England

2000: Terry Marsh The Shropshire Way (co-author Julie Meech)

1999: Ronald Turnbull Coast to Coast Trail Guide
Highly Commended Leigh Hatts

1998: John Spencer & Ann Beedham The Star Family Walks – The Peak District and South Yorkshire

1997: Brian Evans (with Aileen Evans) Short Walks in Lakeland Book 2 North Lakeland

1996: John & Anne Nuttall The Tarns of Lakeland Vol 1
Highly Commended John Macadam

1995: Richard Gilbert Exploring the Far North West of Scotland

1994: Terry Marsh Northern Coast to Coast (Cicerone)

1993: John & Anne Nuttall Walking Round The Lakes

1992: Don Philpott

1991: Leigh Hatts Walks Along the Thames Path

Outdoor Book

2022: Josephine Collingwood for Geology of Dartmoor
Highly Commended: Viv Crow for Joss Naylor’s Lakes Meres and Waters of the Lake District

2021: Ralph Storer for Corrour Bothy
Highly Commended: Roly Smith for Walking Class Heroes

2018: Chris Townsend for Along the Divide (Sandstone Press)
Highly Commended
Tony Howard for Quest Into the Unknown (Vertebrate Publishing)

2018: Andrew Bibby Backroads Through Middle England (Gritstone Co-operative)
Highly Commended Kev Reynolds The Mountain Hut Book (Cicerone)

2017: David Bellamy Arctic Light (Search Press)
Highly Commended Andrew McCloy The Pennine Way (Cicerone)

2016: Chris Townsend Out There (Sandstone Press)
Highly Commended Kev Reynolds Abode of the Gods (Cicerone)

2015: Peter and Leni Gillman Extreme Eiger (Simon & Schuster)
Highly Commended Stephen Neal Wild Camping (Adlard Coles); Julian Rollins Wilder Wales (Graffeg)

2014: no award

2013: Terry Marsh Great Mountain Days in the Pennines (Cicerone)

2012: Ronald Turnbull Sandstone and Sea Stacks: a beachcomber’s guide to Britain’s coastal geology (Frances Lincoln)
Highly Commended Karen Frenkel, Chris Townsend

2011: Adrian Hendroff From High Places – a journey though Ireland’s great mountains
Highly Commended Alf Alderson, Karen Frenkel

2010: Ronald Turnbull Granite & Grit: a walkers’ guide to the geology of British mountains (Frances Lincoln)

2009: Fran Halsall The Peak District (Frances Lincoln)

2008: Ronald Turnbull The Life & Times of the Black Pig: a cultural biography of Ben Macdui (Millrace Books)

2007: Graham Swanson Cruising Cork and Kerry

2006: Martin Varley Wild Lakeland (Halsgrove)

2005: Bill Birkett A Year in the Life of the Langdale Valleys (Frances Lincoln)

2004: Jon Sparks Lake District Moods

2003: Richard Sale To the Ends of the Earth
Highly Commended Terry Marsh & Jon Sparks The Magic of the Scottish Islands

2002: Ronald Turnbull The Book of the Bivvy  (Cicerone)
Highly Commended Ian R. Mitchell

2001: John Gillham & Ronald Turnbull Coast to Coasting (David & Charles)

2000: Marion Shoard A Right to Roam

1999: Ian R Mitchell Scotland’s Mountains before the Mountaineers (Luath)
Highly Commended John Macadam

1998: Ed Douglas Chomolungma Sings the Blues

1997: Alf Alderson Surfing – A Beginner’s Manual

1996: David Bellamy Wilderness Artist (HarperCollins)

1995: Gordon Stainforth The Cuillin

1994: Peter Gillman – Everest anthology

1993: Chris Townsend The Backpacker’s Handbook

1992: Stephen Venables

1991: not awarded

1990: Stephen Venables

Outdoor Feature

2022: Jon Sparks

2021: Huw Kingston Highly Commended Andrew McCloy

2020: Huw Kingston Highly Commended Viv Crow and James Forrest

2019: Jen Benson Highly Commended David Lintern

2018: Viv Crow Highly Commended Judy Armstrong

2017: John Metcalfe Highly Commended James Forrest and John Metcalfe

2016: Judy Armstrong Highly Commended James Forrest

2015: Chris Townsend

2014: Carey Davies

2013: Judy Armstrong

2012: Vivienne Crow

2011: Jon Sparks

2010: Vivienne Crow

2009: Rudolf Abraham

2008: Chris Townsend

2007: Peter Gillman

2006: Anthony Toole

2005: Anthony Toole

2004: Paul Lamarra

2003: Marion Shoard

2002: Stephen Goodwin

2001: Stephen Goodwin

2000: Mike Gerrard

1999: Stephen Goodwin

1998: Peter Gillman

1997: Judy Armstrong

1996: Leni & Peter Gillman

1995: Alistair Macdonald

1994: Ed Douglas

1993: Roly Smith

1992: Steve Ashton Highly Commended Roly Smith

1991: Nick Crane

1990: Catherine Moore

Technical Feature

2022: Tony Howard

2021: Ronald Turnbull

2020: David Lintern Highly Commended Chris Scaife

2019: Alex Roddie

2018: Kingsley Jones 

2017: Chris Townsend Highly Commended Kingsley Jones and Stephen Neale

2016: Chris Townsend Highly Commended Ronald Turnbull

2015: David Lintern

2014: Chris Townsend

2013: John Manning

1999 – 2012 not awarded

1998: John Manning

1997: John Manning

1996: Chris Townsend

1995: Peter & Leni Gillman

1994: Alec & Val Scaresbrook

1993: Pat Constance

1992: Hazel Constance

1991: Pat Constance

1990: Hazel Constance

Digital production

2022: No outright winner this year Highly Commended Jon Doolan

2021: Alex Roddie

2020: Chiz Dakin Highly commended David Taylor

2019: David Lintern

2018: Jacquetta Megarry

2017: Thomas Smallwood. Highly Commended John and Ann Nuttall

2016: Two awards – Terry Abraham and Stephen Neale. Highly commended Keiron Gribbon, Rob York

2015: Henry Iddon

2014: Terry Abraham

2013: Alf Alderson


2022: Josephine Collingwood, Highly Commended James Rushforth, Felicity Martin

2021: James Rushforth

2020: Chris Howes Highly Commended David Forster

2019: Chris Howes Highly Commended Mark Gilligan

2018: Chris Howes Highly Commended David Forster

2017: Chris Howes Highly Commended David Forster

2016: Chris Howes Highly Commended David Forster

2015: Chris Howes

2014: David Taylor

2013: Chris Howes

2012: Rudolf Abraham

2011: David Taylor Highly Commended Jon Sparks, Dave Willis

2010: Andy Latham

2009: Fran Halsall

2008: Chiz Dakin

2007: Andy Latham

2006: Allan Wright

2005: Jason Friend

2004: David Chapman Highly Commended Jon Sparks

2003: Jeremy Moore Highly Commended Karen Frenkel

2002: David Chapman Highly Commended Jon Sparks

2001: Jeremy Moore

2000: Tom Hutton

1997-8 Awards sponsored by Fuji Professional with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places

1998: 1st Chris Howes; 2nd Ray Wood; 3rd John Beatty

1997: 1st Rob Howard; 2nd Jeremy Moore; 3rd Bill Birkett