The grand winner of the 2019 Kendal Mountain Festival Photography Competition, presented by Heart of the Lakes has been revealed today - 16th November 2019.

Now into its 12th year, the 2019 competition explored the festival’s theme’s of ‘Openness', challenging photographers to embrace and capture the diversity found in mountain culture and landscapes. Open to all, this year’s competition included images taken on smartphones. It received over 450 entries from all over the globe, with submissions coming in from both new talent and those already established in the world of outdoor adventure photography.

Henry Iddon, Arts and Culture Officer, Kendal Mountain Festival says: “It’s been fascinating to see how this year’s entrants have embraced and captured the theme of Openness. The standard has been exceptionally high, leaving us with the tough but enjoyable task of whittling it down to a shortlist and winner.”

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.”


  • ‘Higher Lands’ in by Virgil Reglioni


  • ‘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.