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28 September 2023

Trail Magazine Crowns 2023 Mountain Photo of the Year

Trail Magazine is delighted to announce that Martin Hornsey has taken the top prize in the Mountain category in its 2023 Outdoor Photo of the Year competition with his stunning image of Great Langdale and the Langdale Pikes at dawn.

The photo, taken on a smartphone, was chosen from hundreds of entries and through thousands of voted by readers as well as by a panel of judges, who were impressed by the moment he’s captured.

Oli Reed, Editor of Trail Magazine comments,We’ve been running this competition for 10 years now and I don’t believe we’ve ever had a higher standard of entries than 2023. As ever, there was plenty of fierce debate between the judges over which images should make the final shortlists, but with the help of our magazine readers through an online poll, we believe we have a very worthy winner in the mountain category with Martin’s stunner of the Langdale Pikes. 

His image captures pretty much everything Trail magazine is about – which is people putting themselves out there in nature and experiencing the incredible things Britain’s landscapes have to offer. That photo was taken of a landscape that hundreds of thousands of people visit every year, but so few of them see it like this. That’s the benefit of packing a tent in your rucksack, pitching it somewhere cool, then waking up and capturing magical moments while the rest of the world is still sleeping down below.”

Winner of Mountain Photo of the Year, Martin Hornsey told TrailHonestly I’m blown away,” Martin told Trail. “I hoped this pic may get noticed amongst the hundreds of other entries, but I never expected to win. Just goes to show you don’t always need to have top-end camera gear to capture these magical moments – this pic was taken on my Samsung S20 phone!”

Follow Martin on Instagram @martin_hornsey and go to for the full list of Outdoor Photo of the Year winners and runners-up.


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For further press information, please contact:
Jyoti Mand – Senior Communications Executive, Bauer Media UK

About Trail Magazine

Trail is a monthly magazine for everybody who loves hiking, backpacking, climbing mountains and exploring the great outdoors. Basically, if you like chucking your mountain kit in a rucksack and heading for the hills at the weekend, Trail has you covered. It’s been the UK’s biggest and best-selling hillwalking magazine for over 30 years and every is issue packed with award-winning writing and photography, mapped walking routes, expert reviews of all the latest outdoor gear, interviews with the biggest names in mountaineering, and expert advice from mountain pros on how to improve your hill skills.

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