We are excited to announce the winner of the 2019 Photography Competition presented by Heart of the Lakes 

Now in its 12th year, this prestigious competition has cemented a reputation for discovering new talent and celebrating some of the most captivating imagery from the world of outdoor adventure.

The winner, Virgil Reglioni will receive a £500 holiday voucher to spend at Heart of the Lakes, the perfect opportunity for a photographer to stay in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage Lake District and capture the beautiful surroundings.

On finding out the news Virgil says: “I feel delighted to have my two photos displayed at the Brewery Arts Centre during the festival weekend. I would love to be there but I am be located in the Norwegian Arctic (town of Tromso) where I work full time in tourism, guiding and photographing the auroras.”

WINNER: 

  • ‘Higher Lands’ in by Virgil Reglioni

SHORTLISTED:

  • ‘Central Sadness’ by Jethro Kiernan
  • ‘Centre Your Thoughts’ by James Kirby
  • ‘Derwentwater Mist’ by Jonny Gios
  • ‘Fun’ by Samantha Saskia Dugon
  • ‘Icelandic Sunrise’ by Joseph Shelly
  • ‘Reach for the Sky’ by Jonathan Doyle
  • ‘Rise From The Deep’ by Virgil Reglioni
  • ‘Sidetracked in Tuscany’ by Rachel Keenan
  • ‘Ski Touring in the Lechtal Austria’ by Jonathon Williams
  • ‘Tophet Wall - Still the Cutting Edge’ by Tom McNally
  • ‘Training for a Marathon in the Himalayas’ by Kasia Biernacka

All shortlisted images are being displayed in a six-week exhibition at the Brewery Arts Centre, including over the festival weekend, and will be seen by over 20,000 visitors. Each of the photographers will receive a goody bag, including tickets to Kendal Mountain Festival 2020.

About our partner Heart of the Lakes 

Founded in 1975, Heart of the Lakes is responsible for letting and managing an unsurpassed selection of the most fantastic cottages, farm houses, apartments and outstanding luxury properties – all within the heart of one of Britain's loveliest corners.

With holiday self catering cottages to suit every party size, budget and location; plus an outstanding selection of pet friendly cottages. Heart of the Lakes are the perfect choice for your Lake District self catering holiday.

Exhibition and prizes

A panel of judges shortlisted 12 images that stand out from the crowd, these images are on display for six weeks in a prestigious exhibition at the Brewery Arts Centre, including over the Festival weekend where they will be seen by over 20,000 people. 

From the shortlisted 12, one photograph will be selected as the Grand Winner; the winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to spend at Heart of the Lakes. The perfect opportunity for a photographer to stay in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Lake District and capture the beautiful surroundings.

The Grand Winner will also receive one of our world-renowned 'Kendal' awards, produced by Andy Parkin, this will be presented at our prestigious Festival awards ceremony on Saturday 16 November.

Theme

For 2019 our Festival theme was openness – a call to the Festival, audiences and adventurers to be open to all people, places and ideas. With this theme in mind, we encourage entries that celebrate a wide variety of adventures and landscapes – from the shores of an isolated tarn here in the Lake District, to a paddle down an urban canal, to the solitude of a high alpine peak. We want to see what adventure means to you!

The competition was open to all, including images taken on smartphones. The goal was to bring together the best images from across the globe that can leave lasting impressions on the viewer.

Photography Competition launch

Matt Hartnett, Heart of the Lakes Head of Marketing, says: “Heart of the Lakes are proud to be the new headline sponsor of the Kendal Mountain Festival 2019 Photography Competition. We are excited to see all the images that will be entered in 2019 and will be shown across the Festival weekend.

Henry Iddon, Kendal Mountain Festival Arts Officer and professional photographer, says: “Still images have always played an important part in sharing peoples’ experiences of the outdoors. We’re always excited to see how photographers capture their adventures."