“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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Chris Packham nets OWPG Golden Eagle Award

Posted on: October 30th, 2018 by OWPGWordsmith

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29 October 2018

 

Chris Packham has been honoured by the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild (OWPG) for distinguished service to the great outdoors.

 

The naturalist, television presenter and author received the 2018 OWPG Golden Eagle Award, winning an original watercolour by Guild member David Bellamy.

 

Chris is a long-term champion of outdoor causes. He has campaigned vocally against badger culling, fox hunting, driven grouse shooting, the slaughter of migrating birds on Malta and the illegal persecution of raptors in the UK, frequently endangering his own presenting career in the process.

 

His nature programmes have helped boost public awareness of environmental issues. Earlier this year, his autobiography Fingers in the Sparkle Jar was also voted the UK’s favourite piece of nature writing.

 

Chris will join a star-studded line-up of Golden Eagle Award winners, including Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott, Sir David Attenborough and Bill Bryson. His prize – a David Bellamy painting – will be presented in November.

 

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OWPG 2018 Awards for Excellence – winners announced

Posted on: October 23rd, 2018 by OWPGWordsmith

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.

 

Viv Crow receiving her OWPG Guidebook Award from Chairman Peter Gilman

 

Winner of the Outdoor Book category was Back Roads Through Middle England by Andrew Bibby. Judges Mark Whitley and Chris Bagshaw called it “An original concept, well executed. An appealing mix of travel writing and journalistic reportage”. Kev Reynolds bagged the ‘highly commended’ spot with The Mountain Hut Book.

 

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.

 

Chris Howes is presented with the Photography award

 

Finally, Chris Howes netted the Photography award, sponsored by Conway – an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing, for his spectacular portfolio ‘The River Cave of Xe Bang Fai’. The judges, Dave Willis and Ashley Cooper, dubbed it “a clear outright winner”. David Forster also received a highly commended mention for Heather Burning.

 

OWPG members watch the presentation

 

The awards ceremony took place at the OWPG’s annual AGM weekend at Simonsbath Hotel in Exmoor.
The full list of awards winners including Highly Commended entries is on our awards page.
Membership of the OWPG is open to professionals involved in the outdoors – visit www.owpg.org.uk to find out more.

 

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Garmin receives OWPG Derryck Draper Award

Posted on: October 18th, 2018 by OWPGWordsmith

PRESS RELEASE – 18 October 2018

 

The Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild (OWPG) has announced this year’s Derryck Draper Award winner.

 

Garmin received the prestigious accolade for its InReach Mini Satellite Phone and GPS, which was commended by a panel of the Guild’s expert gear testers.

 

The Derryck Draper Award is given in memory of Derryck Draper, one of the Guild’s founder members. It aims to recognise outstanding innovation in outdoor equipment design and celebrate the OWPG’s close association with the outdoor gear trade. Each year, a panel drawn from the Guild’s experienced gear testers looks at the new products coming on the market and selects a winner.

 

This year, the testers felt that the Garmin InReach Mini was a clear winner.

 

Panel member and seasoned gear tester Chris Townsend comments: “The InReach Mini is a very small ultralight satellite communicator with two-way messaging and an SOS function. It measures 10cm by 5cm and weighs 120 grams. This is much smaller and lighter than alternatives. The small size is good for sure. Particularly as these days all mobile phones are huge!

 

Garmin was presented with the Derryck Draper Award at the OWPG’s annual AGM weekend. To find out more about the Guild, please see “About Us”, “Need Content” and “Join Us” from the menu above.

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OWPG celebrates 2018 Awards for Excellence

Posted on: October 12th, 2018 by OWPGWordsmith

Members of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild (OWPG) will gather at Simonsbath House in Exmoor over the weekend of 12th-14th October to celebrate the annual Awards for Excellence.

 

The Awards aim to recognise outstanding achievements in outdoor journalism across six categories: Outdoor Book, Guidebook, Outdoor/Travel Feature, Technical Feature, Digital and Photography. This year saw 66 entries submitted by 30 different members.

 

OWPG membership secretary and past award winner Ronald Turnbull says: “It’s a special thrill to gain such an honour from one’s fellow professionals, who really appreciate what’s what when it comes to writing walking guidebooks.”

 

As well as celebrating excellence within the Guild, the Awards weekend will honour outstanding contributions to the outdoors world with two prestigious external awards.

 

The Derryck Draper Award rewards outstanding innovation in outdoor equipment design. Commemorating one of the Guild’s founding members, it sees the most ground-breaking products on the market assessed by a panel of expert gear testers.

 

The Golden Eagle Award is given annually for distinguished service to the outdoors. Past winners have included Bill Bryson, Sir Chris Bonington, Doug Scott, Sir David Attenborough and John Grimshaw. The winner receives an original watercolour painting by Guild member David Bellamy.

 

This year’s Awards will be held at Simonbath House Hotel in Exmoor. Members will enjoy a packed programme of events and activities, including workshops, film screenings, horse riding, gin tasting and archaeology walks.

Media News Bulletin | Autumn 2018

Posted on: October 3rd, 2018 by OWPGCommittee

The autumn 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…

Outdoor Focus | Autumn 2018

Posted on: August 28th, 2018 by OWPGCommittee

In this issue of Outdoor Focus, with a autumnal cover by David Forster, Jon Sparks is your guide through the challenging issue of rights of way, Tony Howard takes you along the Jordan Trail, Ronald Turnbull helps you get your head around the histogram, OWPG says a fond goodbye to Kate Spencer, and, in a new series, OF introduces the companies and organisations that share OWPG’s aims and values – in this issue: Aquapac.

To read Outdoor Focus in a web browser click here (requires Flash). You can also download a PDF version of Outdoor Focus – to read offline on PCs, tablets or smartphones – by clicking here.

Media News Bulletin | Summer 2018

Posted on: July 16th, 2018 by OWPGCommittee

The summer 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…

Outdoor Focus | Summer 2018

Posted on: June 1st, 2018 by OWPGCommittee

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.

To read Outdoor Focus in a web browser click here (requires Flash). You can also download a PDF version of Outdoor Focus – to read offline on PCs, tablets or smartphones – by clicking here.

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.

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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.

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