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.

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.


‘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.
Higher Lands

Grand Prize Winner | Virgil Reglioni

Training for a Marathon in the Himalayas

Kasia Biernacka

Centre Your Thoughts

James Kirby


Samantha Saskia Dugon

Ski Touring in the Lechtal Austria

Jonathon Williams

Derwentwater Mist

Jonny Gios

Central Sadness

Jethro Kiernan

Tophet Wall - Still the Cutting Edge

Tom Mcnally

Reach for the Sky

Jonathan Doyle

Rise From The Deep

Virgil Reglioni

Icelandic Sunrise

Joseph Shelly

Sidetracked in Tuscany

Rachel Keenan