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Faces of the Mountain photo competition winners

Wednesday 10th July 2019, 9:30am


Mountaineering Scotland are delighted to announce the results of the 'Faces of the Mountain' photo competition.

First prize is a fantastic camera backpack worth 230 from f-stop, with the runner up receiving a signed copy of 'Extreme Scotland' by Nadir Khan, and second runner up prize is a one day winter skills course with Mountaineering Scotland.

The competition, launched in the May issue of Scottish Mountaineer magazine, attracted over 200 entries and some outstanding images celebrating the diversity of people who enjoy Scotland's mountains and the variety of mountain landscapes through the seasons. Entries included everything from exciting action shots, dramatic landscapes, quite a few dog photos and many of people enjoying all that we love about Scotland's mountains.

10 images were shortlisted (see below) and the top three chosen by Nadir Khan, photographer and author of 'Extreme Scotland'. 

Congratulations to the three winners and a huge thank you to everyone that shared their photos and took part.

And the winners are... 

First prize: Kevin Beck - Challenging conditions on Braeriach 

Runner up: Zak Mooney - Night time ascent on Beinn Alligin

Second runner up: David Blighford - Morning mist lifts on the Aonach Eagach ridge

Nadir says: Loved the atmospherics in this shot, the sense of wind and light, the solitude and peace even amongst the wind and battering spindrift is really stunning. It's what makes Scottish winter mountaineering so alluring, the sense of being transported to another planet but within just a few hours of the normal daily routine.

Runner up: Night ascent of Beinn Alligin - Zak Mooney

Nadir says: This image captures the cold and beauty of an early morning start in winter, beautiful, surreal, moving by head torch before dawn the viewer can feel the cold sharp air on the lungs and feel the exhilaration of being in the mountains on a day like this. An inspiring shot.

Second runner up: Morning mist lifts on the Aonach Eagach ridge - David Blighford

Nadir says: This image captures so much atmosphere, the clouds rolling over the hills and the layers of the ridge and the figures on the mountain in the distance are inspirational to keep moving, keep climbing higher through the clouds. It captures a feel of being in the mountains with friends and the monochrome edit is superb. A great shot.

Shortlisted images

A perfect perch - Darren Jones
Face of achievement - Ramsay Sutherland
Above the clouds on the Arrochar Alps - Kevin Beck
Fresh Air - Deniz Ustuner
Spring snow on Sgurr na Lapaich - Kevin Beck
That 'first Munro' feeling - Nikki Maclean
Exposed and Committed - John McKenna


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