Chris Townsend gained two awards. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Chris Townsend gained two awards. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

A seasoned journalist and campaigner, and an acclaimed film-maker were among those honoured by a body representing outdoor writers and photographers.

And the prize for innovation in equipment awarded by the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild went to a new fabric developed by Pertex.

The guild’s annual awards celebrate the best in British and European outdoor and adventure writing and photography and are judged by a range of panellists from across the outdoor industry.

Chris Townsend’s Out There, published by Sandstone Press gained the prize for top outdoor book. Abode of the Gods, written by Kev Reynolds and published by Cicerone, was highly commended.

The award for digital production was shared by Terry Abraham, for his Life of a Mountain: Blencathra, and Stephen Neal’s Wild Essex.

The guild’s Derryck Draper Award for outstanding innovation in outdoor equipment, presented in the name of one of its founder members, went to Pertex for its product Pertex fabric with CS-10 Technology.

Judges said the best guide book was Trek to Everest by Max Landsberg and Jacquetta Megarry and published by Rucksack Readers. Vivienne Crow’s Wales Coast Path: Pembrokeshire, from publisher Northern Eye Books, was highly commended.

Terry Abraham shared the digital feature prize. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Terry Abraham shared the digital feature prize. Photo: Bob Smith/grough

Winner of the outdoor travel feature, which had 27 entries, was Judy Armstrong’s Land of the Crusades, published in France magazine. Highly commended was James Forrest’s article entitled Australia’s Top Trek, published in Adventure Travel.

Chris Townsend picked up a second award for the best technical feature, on hydration: water filters and purifiers and water containers, which appeared in The Great Outdoors magazine.

The photography award went to Chris Howes for A Day in Bridge Cave, with David Forster’s portfolio of weather photography highly commended.

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