Win a £500 Heart of the Lakes voucher with the Kendal Mountain Festival Photography Competition

For 2019 the Festival is delighted to welcome new partners – Heart of the Lakes to present the Photography Competition. Heart of the Lakes is the perfect choice for your next Lake District self-catering holiday; they manage an unsurpassed selection of the most fantastic properties all within the heart of one of Britain's loveliest corners.

This year the Festival is looking for images from the world of outdoor adventure that fit with the Festival theme of 'Openness' – a call to the Festival, audiences and adventurers to be open to all people, places and ideas. With this theme in mind, they encourage entries that celebrate a wide variety of adventures and landscapes – from the shores of an isolated tarn in the Lake District to a paddle down an urban canal to the solitude of a high alpine peak. They want to see what adventure means to you!

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

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

Exhibition and prizes

A panel of distinguished judges will shortlist 12 images that stand out from the crowd, these images will be displayed in a six-week exhibition at the Brewery Arts Centre, including over the Festival weekend, which will be seen by over 20,000 visitors. Each of the 12 photographers will receive a goody bag, including tickets to Kendal Mountain Festival 2020.

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 Prize winner will also receive one of the world-renowned 'Kendal' awards, produced by Andy Perkins, this will be presented at the prestigious Festival awards ceremony on Saturday 16 November.

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: “We’re always excited to see how photographers capture their adventures. Images play an important part in sharing peoples’ experiences of the outdoors. "

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The full Kendal Mountain Festival film and speaker programme will be going on sale in September. It promises to be another unmissable year, watch this space.