Writer, journalist and campaigner Chris Townsend gained the top feature award

Writer, journalist and campaigner Chris Townsend gained the top feature award

Writers and photographers were honoured for their work covering the outdoors at a ceremony held in Northumberland.

Members of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild held their annual ceremony at the Calver Trust in Kielder on Saturday.

The prize for the best outdoor book went to Peter and Jenni Gillman’s Extreme Eiger.

Top outdoor feature award went to British Mountaineering Council hillwalking ambassador Chris Townsend for his High and Wild piece in The Great Outdoors magazine.

Ronald Turnbull’s Walking the Jurassic Coast scooped the guidebook prize, while Chris Howes was given the photography award for his portfolio of the Great Caves of Borneo.

Henry Iddon’s commissioned video Lapierre Cycle Classics gained the prize for digital production and David Lintern’s Photography at Night piece on the Walkhighlands website won the award for technical features.

Osprey's Anti-Gravity system caught the judges' eyes

Osprey's Anti-Gravity system caught the judges' eyes

Dennis Kelsall, chairman of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild, said: “The spirit of adventure is alive and well, and the quality of outdoor writing and photography in the UK and Europe remains as high as ever.

“It has been incredibly satisfying to be able to recognise the lifetime achievement of Hamish Brown MBE for his outstanding work over three decades, bringing to life through poetry and words some of the UK’s best loved landscapes.

“All the nominees have demonstrated outstanding skill and talent which has made the selection of winners incredibly hard; our warmest congratulations to all nominees and winners.”

The Derryck Draper Award for outstanding innovation in outdoor equipment design was awarded to Osprey for its Anti-Gravity back system.

The guild is a not-for-profit association of writers, journalists, photographers, illustrators, broadcasters, film-makers, artists, web designers, publishers and editors who share the common bond of a passionate interest in the great outdoors.

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