The image of an initiated mountaineer on a rock in the Czech Republic has beaten hundreds of other astonishing, and sometimes dizzying, entries in a prestigious mountaineering photo competition.
Organized by the Vasco mountaineering club of Camping Elkartea in Spain, the competition brought together 372 photographers from 58 countries, with the first prize awarded to an image taken by Polish snapper Marcin Ciepielewski of his friend.
“I was fascinated by the geometric shapes of the large Vraní věže crag fireplace in Adršpach, an incredible place full of huge peaks and edges,” Ciepielewski said of the picture he simply called The ex.
“My idea was to balance the available light with a flashlight to illuminate the dark shadows of the fireplace. I wanted to create a ray of light on the edge of the rock and connect all the lines – rock edges and ray (s) of light in (one) letter X with the climber – my friend Paweł Zieliński – in the center of (the) composition . “
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Ciepielewski wins € 1,400 (NZ $ 2,370) and a trophy.
In second was Mill by Alex Buisse who took the photo of Jeff Mercier emerging from a deep crevasse formed by summer meltwater at Mer de Glace in France.
Third place went to Italian Alessandro Cantarelli for his moody image of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo rock formation in the Dolomites.
“I wanted to photograph the Three Peaks as they had never been seen before, so we decided to climb the summit of Monte Paterno.”
Contest organizers said despite the many challenges of trying to take pictures during the pandemic, entries had been “exceptional.”
They stated that the aim of the competition was to promote mountain activities using photography, and the competition is organized in collaboration with two mountain film competitions – BBK Mendi Film Bilbao Bizkaia and FIFAD (Festival International du Film Alpin des Diablerets).
You can see more finalists in the video at the top of this article or go to cvcephoto.com for more details.