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IOL Photography Competition 2015

IOL Photographic Competition 2015 WINNERS!

on a theme of 'Outdoor Learning - Whatever the Weather'

Photo comp 1st prize 2015   Photo comp 2nd prize 2015

1st Prize by Julie White
  2nd Prize by Ian Healey

3rd Prize by Kate O'Brien

Our judge this year was Alan Hinkes, OBE

Alan Hinkes is the first Briton to climb the world's highest mountains.  These are the 14 8000m peaks, all of which are in the 'death zone', where human survival rate is measured in hours.  They are the most dangerous mountains on the planet.  Alan is part of an exclusive club of only 12 people alive who have achieved this feat, which is the same number of people who have stood on the moon.  Many have perished attempting this challenge.

Alan began his mountaineering career whilst at Northallerton Grammar School, North Yorkshire.  He progressed to the Alps with ascents of many difficult mountains, including the notorious North Face of the Eiger, eventually graduating to the Himalaya.

He works as an outdoor equipment technical consultant, writes for magazines and lectures on his exploits.  He is an accomplished cameraman (filming 11 documentaries), photographer, author, motivational speaker, environmentalist and mountain guide. His book 8000 Metres Climbing the World's Highest Mountains won TGO Awards Outdoor Book of the Year.

Alan was awarded the OBE in the 2006 New Year's Honours.  He is an Honorary Citizen of his home town, Northallerton; Yorkshireman of the Year; an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sunderland; Honorary Doctor of the University of York, Honorary Doctor of Professional Studies, University of Teesside and has received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Royal Institute of Navigation and the President’s Award for Outstanding Voluntary Contribution to Water Aid.  He is involved in charitable work including : Water Aid, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, British Red Cross and Mountain Rescue.

Alan lives in North Yorkshire and enjoys being in the hills, rock climbing and fellwalking.  You will regularly see him in the Lake District and Yorkshire tramping the fells and moors, clinging to a rock face or climbing a frozen waterfall


Alan Hinkes 

Alan says of the winning images... they are "emotive and say 'lets have fun' and learn and experience the conditions - get in amongst it!"

  • 1st Prize - £150
    Plus a framed print of the winning photograph AND a framed winners certificate.
    The winning photograph will also be a front cover photo for Horizons magazine.
  • 2nd Prize - £100 Plus a framed certificate.
  • 3rd Prize - £75 Plus a framed certificate.

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