Photography Competition

Flash It Photographic Competition

Sponsored by f-stop, Lilianfels, Onsight Photography and AG Outdoor Magazine

As a part of the Australian Climbing Festival 2014, a photographic competition will bring some of the best photographic talent from Australian climbing communities together in one place. The objectives of the competition are to motivate and create interest in mountain and rock climbing photography while portraying a high standard of photography.




There will be three categories in which you can enter a maximum of three images in each. Categories are:

Climbing Action (ACTION)

Photographs of climbing (aid, rock, alpine, etc) and bouldering that have strong visual impact and creative composition.

Climbing Lifestyle (LIFESTYLE)

Looking for entries that portray the climbing life and places and people encountered by climbers. Entries might include travel photography (as long as it’s strongly related to climbing) or documentary-style images, covering any aspect of the climbing life.

Environment and Landscape (NATURE)

Entries identifying with the natural environment seen by mountaineers and climbers. For example, the natural wildlife around crags, natural beauty of the mountains or crags, or environmental statements.

A panel of selected judges determines the winners, and prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category, as well as an overall Champion photograph. At the conclusion of the competition a set of selected images will be displayed on the Australian Climbing Festival website, at the festival, and in Vertical Life publications.

Judges for the photographic competition are:

Simon Carter, Onsight Photography

Mark Watson, Incite Images

Ross Taylor and Simon Madden, Vertical Life Magazine


1st prizes: f-stop Loka Backpack valued at $340 ea (one for each category winner)

2nd prizes: f-stop Slope ICU bag valued at $110 ea (one for each category winner)

3rd prizes: Simon Carters new book Rock Climbing Down Under: Australia Exposed (Action category); Simon Carter pack including World Climbing Calendar 2015 & climbing guidebook (Lifestyle category); one year subscription to AG Outdoor magazine (Nature category)


Champion photo prize: From Lilianfels Resort and Spa A night’s accommodation in a deluxe resort room, mid-week with breakfast for two adults, from Monday to Thursday at Lilianfels Resort and Spa, an award winning Blue Mountains hotel, valued at $399 (terms and conditions apply, subject to availability).




Submissions will be accepted until midnight Friday 26 September 2014. For more information and conditions of entry, download the Flash It Photography Comp ACF14 document. Submissions should be emailed to


WINNERS of the 2014 Flash It Photographic Competition


Action Category


1st Place and overall Champion Photo Jeremy Roop on ‘Hydraulic Pump’, 5.12d, Indian Creek, Utah. Photographer Flint Duxfield.








2nd Place Self portrait working an unnamed problem somewhere between Las Vegas and Indian Creek, Arizona, USA. Photographer Flint Duxfield. (left)


3rd Place Chris Pegelo on ‘Shelia’ 5.10a(18) at Pine Creek Canyon, Bishop area, California, USA. Photographer Adam Demmert. (right)






Lifestyle Category



1st Place Unknown climbers inspecting the storm clouds. Trout Creek, Oregon, USA. Photographer Flint Duxfield.





2nd Place Person unknown. A porter carrying a load on the way to Lobuche, Sagarmatha National Park, May 2013. Photographer Ben Sanford. (above left)


3rd Place Shawn McLaren, Northern Beaches, Sydney. Photographer Darian Woods. (above right)


Nature Category


1st Place Ryan Tarves on the long walk back from climbing the Becky Chouinard. Left peak is Bugaboo Spire, right is Snowpatch spire. Bugaboo range, BC, Canada. Photographer Flint Duxfield.






2nd Place Sunset on Pariott Mesa, Moab area, Utah, USA. Photographer Adam Demmert. (left)


3rd Place My shadow admiring Snowpatch spire, Bugaboo range, BC, Canada. Photographer Flint Duxfield. (right)

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