Our roster of awards continue to expand, find out more below...

Film Competition

The 'Oscars' of mountain film!

Each year we host an international film competition with hundreds of entries from across the globe, our team carefully curate these into the film collections shown at the Festival and from here our panel of expert judges select the winners who receive prize money and a prestigious 'Kendal' award.

We're proud to have given away over £50,000 worth of prizes to filmmakers over the years, and evolve our awards carefully to reflect focuses and needs of the outdoor zietgiest.'The Changemaker Award', established in 2019, is one example. Through such commitments, we hope to encourage emerging storytellers, a diversity of projects, and true development of our industry.

Nature Chronicles

Introducing the Nature Chronicles Prize, a new £10,000 nature writing award!

We are proud to be working alongside the The Nature Chronicles Prize, a brand new nature writing award, a global biennial competition.

Created in memory of Prudence Scott, a lifelong nature diarist who died in 2019, the award aims to find engaging and unique essay length works which share a commitment to truth telling and respond to the time we are in and the world as it is.

We'll be hosting the award-ceremony in November 2022 when one writer will win £10,000! And a further 5 shortlisted writers will receive £1000. Shortlisted entries will be published in an anthology and it is hoped that the result will be a book of surprising works that vary in style but share a commitment to truth and fellow feeling.

Future places - environmental essay prize

The Future Places Prize calls for essays and poems that illustrate how literature can be a revelatory and imaginative force for transforming the way we encounter—and understand our place within—the living world.

The winning entries will show literary flair as a vehicle for communicating that both environmental and human change is not only possible, but inseparable—perhaps now more than ever in the heart of the Anthropocene.

We are delighted to host The Future Places Prize at our Festival this year.

A big thank you goes out to our partners - The Eden Project North, Lancaster University, Saraband Publishing, Emergence Magazine,Iceland and Lancaster Litfest.

More information coming soon.

Boardman Tasker Award for Mountain Literature

Every year we have the honour of hosting the famous award at Kendal.

Established in 1983 to commemorate the lives of Peter Boardman and Joe Tasker, the Boardman Tasker Charitable Trust celebrates their legacy by awarding the annual Award for Mountain Literature and the Lifetime Achievement Award.

(Photo: 2019 Boardman Tasker winner - Kate Harris, author of Lands of Lost Borders)

Photography competition

Coming soon!

Each year we host a vibrant global photography competition to celebrate the outdoors through the eyes of amateur photographers. Category winners receive prizes from our partners and the ultimate winner will see their image feature on our Festival programme!

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