Top upland landscape shots of 2018 named

Hilltop adventures dominate Moors for the Future photography competition


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…

Dawn breaks on the Peak District by Jay Birmingham.

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.”

Lee Cooper took this image while 5,000ft above Mam Tor.

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.”

Geoff Shoults pictures a climber scaling the Cioch, a rock pinnacle on Skye.

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.”

A family camping trip provided this moment of intense colour for James Fleet’s winning entry.

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…

Misty view
“I took this photo at sunrise after a camp near Edale with my friend,” says Ben Sykes. “We arrived in the fog the night before, but knew, from walking this area in the past, that the view, if you could ever see it was beautiful, perfectly summing up the stunning High Peak.”
Jeff Shoults
Jeff Shoults took this spectacular shot in Scotland.
15-year-old Joe Lomas says: I was following this fox and thought I’d got all the photos I could and started walking back, I turned and saw that the fox was now stalking me, we watched one another for a few moments and then the fox just strolled off.”
James Cox
“This image was taken in the Ochil Hills, central Scotland,” says James Cox. “I live very close by, so I can be on the spot most of the time when conditions look right. I have been climbing and photographing the Ochils for a few years now, and would say that really getting to know an area in all weathers is unbeatable.