In this issue of Outdoor Focus, with a summer-themed cover by Simon Whaley, are articles on a wide variety of outdoor topics: explore the intricacies of current copyright law and how it affects photographers, read what Michael Gove has to say about his role as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and discover the importance of a Mr Fixit when in the Himalaya.
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:
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.
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.
TGO turns 40 this year and the OWPG send our very best wishes to all those who have been part of this magazine over the years from editors and staff to contributors and of course, those who read it.
OWPG has many long-standing and current contributors to TGO amongst its membership including Vivienne Crow, John Gilham, Hanna Lindon, David Lintern, Fiona Barltrop and Ronald Turnbull.
To celebrate this milestone, the team at TGO have compiled a list of the 40 best mountains and OWPG members have contributed to this list. The souvenir edition of the magazine includes their words and photos on their own personal favourites. The top 40 include 25 in Scotland, seven in England and eight in Wales. Ben Nevis and Snowdon are included but Scafell pipped it’s higher neighbour Scafell Pike to the post in England.
Here’s to the next 40 years for TGO and its continued success.
Liathach by Chris Townsend
The spring 2018 OWPG Media Bulletin can now be viewed online (requires Flash, so 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…
The winter 2018 OWPG Media Bulletin can now be viewed online (requires Flash, so 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…
In this issue of Outdoor Focus you’ll find a heartfelt tribute to Octavia Hill by Kev Reynolds, the pressures and pleasures of shooting a tough hill race in the Lake District by Jon Sparks, Roly Smith’s Book Reviews, and coverage of this year’s OWPG AGM weekend at Newlands including details of the winners of the coveted OWPG Awards for excellence.
The OWPG has just celebrated its annual Awards and AGM weekend, this year held in the Lake District.
Based at Newlands Activity Centre in the Newlands valley, highlights included a visit to Lanercost Priory/Hadrian’s Wall with OWPG member/Hadrian’s Wall expert Mark Richards, a walk exploring the benefits of the Viewranger GPS mobile app with Associate Member Viewranger, a practical video workshop with OWPG member/video expert Andrew White, a scrambly walk over Causey Pike in strong winds, kayaking on Derwent Water and of course our Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation, where the OWPG’s Golden Eagle Award, Derryck Draper Award and OWPG Members Awards are presented.
For more information on the awards please see our Awards Page.
The autumn 2017 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…
In this issue of Outdoor Focus, you’ll find tributes to Walt Unsworth and Nick Channer, two prolific writers and steadfast champions of the outdoors who have sadly passed away. You can also read about the The Man from Alaska and his friendship with Kev Reynolds; Andrew White talks about Walks around Britain and the challenges and joys of making a TV series; and Ronald Turnbull celebrates the Lake District and its World Heritage status.
Destiny decreed that Nick would write about the history of the countryside and intriguing houses. He was born at Home Farm Cottage in the grounds of Elstree boys school at Woolhampton, Berkshire, where his father was a teacher and his mother the assistant matron.
The school, an old Georgian manor house surrounded by parkland, almost certainly kindled Nick’s love of walking and the countryside; it belonged to a former age and, surely, was the inspiration for his life’s work. Beautiful countryside and intriguing waterways lay beyond the school gates, as well as places like Mapledurham, featured in Nick’s book Writers’ Houses.
Nick was an only child, and as a youngster he spent hours at an old typewriter, creating his own stories from the programme synopses in Radio Times. Visits to his cousins in Wolverhampton gave him the opportunity to tour Pebble Mill studios, leading to a lifetime fascination with the place.
The family moved to Thatcham, near Newbury, when Nick started at secondary school. Then, after leaving school, he had a couple of office jobs before finding work with an estate agent and writing in his spare time. Later, inspired by Sunday walks with his old school friend Ian Knapp, Nick began writing local walking guides for Countryside Books in Newbury.
Nick steadily broadened his repertoire, and retraced fictional journeys such as Richard Hannay’s possible route across Scotland in The Thirty-Nine Steps. He branched out on several overseas forays, covering topics as varied as the D-Day landings and Sherlock Holmes’ fateful trip to Switzerland. He wrote regularly for the AA Pub Guide and the Reading Chronicle, and contributed to broadcasts on national and local radio.
Besides writing over 50 books, Nick wrote extensively for newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph, Country Walking and Country Life. Meanwhile,The Guardian featured extracts from his magnum opus Writers’ Houses, with its foreword by Julian Fellowes. He travelled widely, talking about his books to clubs and societies like the WI.
Yet Nick rarely talked about himself, and remained to the end a very private man. But, says OWPG’s vice-president Roly Smith, “Nick was a loyal member of the Guild committee for many years, and also acted as the Guild’s archivist. He was a gentle, quiet and very kind man, who was always good company on our many excursions together. Well read, he was an accomplished writer and meticulous in his research.”
True to his character, Nick coped with terminal illness by not talking about it. Eventually, in May, he had confided in his cousin Anne that he was being treated for cancer, but his death in July came as a massive shock to us all.
Nick will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but his legacy lives on in his writing.
Based on an original tribute by Anne Hastings