The outstanding upland landscape photographs of the year have been named as winners in the 2018 Moors for the Future photo competition.
The competition showcases Britain’s upland mountains, moorlands and bogs, and is organised by the Moors for the Future Partnership, formed to protect and restire the ecology of the moorlands of the Peak District and south Pennines.
Wildlife photographers Kate MacRae and Jack Perks chose the winners – and here they are…
1 Standing on the Sun
by Jay Birmingham from Staffordshire
Winner – adult category
Jay took the top prize for his image of sunrise in the Peak District, featuring his wife Mim. Judge Kate said “This is such an atmospheric shot; you can almost feel the chill in the air.”
2 Paragliding above Mam Tor
Lee Cooper from Derbyshire
Second place, adult category
Lee took this selfie while paragliding. He said: “This photo is from an epic flight that optimises what this sport means to me – a sense of living life and a roller coaster of emotions. I spent over 45 minutes bimbling about with a big grin to my face, before flying like a startled rabbit frantically trying to find some stable air.”
3 The Cioch
By Geoff Shoults
Third place, adult
Judges were impressed by the incredible landscape and sense of scale captured in the photo. Geoff said he took the image on a day of “cloud inversions and really terrible midges.”
4 Camping in the Lake District
By James Fleet
Winner, 15 and under
Judges praised the vibrant colour contrast in his image of a family camping trip to the Lake District. Judge Kate MacRae said “it’s a very challenging subject to photograph and get exposed correctly, and a wonderful image of an overnight adventure.”
And the best of the rest…
• Main picture (top): Geoff Shoults
About the organiser…
The Moors for the Future Partnership was set up in 2003 to protect the moorlands of the South Pennines and the Peak District – whose ecology has been so damaged by industrial pollution, that they ate ranked among the most degraded landscapes in Europe.
The organisation is working to improve 32 square km of black degraded peat in the Peak District National Park and South Pennines.
The partnership works with the Peak District National Park Authority and iss supported by the Environment Agency, Natural England, National Trust, RSPB, Severn Trent Water, United Utilities, Yorkshire Water, Pennine Prospects and representatives of the moorland owner and farming community.
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