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Idwal photo is winning national parks picture

Posted 16 May 2012
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Idwal photo is winning national parks picture
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A snap of Cwm Idwal in Snowdonia has won a competition to find the best photograph of a spot in a UK national park.

The contest - judged by explorer Ben Fogle - saw the image chosen ahead of hundreds of others, with the shot picking up the small lakes of Llyn Ogwen and Llyn Bochlwyd, both reflecting the sky, as well as the rocky slopes of Tryfan and pen Yr Ole Wen, two of the peaks over 3,000 ft that rise upon either side of the Ogwen Valley.

It was taken by Slovakian photographer Michal Tekel, who lives in Nottingham with his wife and two sons.

He said: "I took this photo because it was a really breathtaking view - it was the combination of the mountains surrounding the lakes that I thought was really special," adding he had never entered a photo competition in Britain before.

Ben Fogle explained the winning choice: "It is a beautiful photograph in its composition of green rolling hills, rugged rock, soaring mountains, reflective lakes and thousands of acres of sky."

The picture was chosen from a shortlist of 32. Others included a snow-covered view from Kinder Scout towards Kinder Reservoir, the summit of Ben Arthur (also known as the Cobbler) and the view across Blea Tarn to the Langdale Pikes.

Few places may be more likely to entice people to reach for their walking boots and Ordnance Survey maps than the Ogwen Villay in which Cwm Idwal is situated. Tryfan is one of the most visually iconic mountains in the UK, as well as the only one over 3,000 ft on the British mainland that requires extensive scrambling to climb. Above the Cwm is the Glyderau range, including 3,000-footers Glyder Fach, Glyder Fawr, y Garn and Elidir Fawr. Scramblers may particularly enjoy Tryfan's north ridge and Glyder Fach's Bristly Ridge.

On the other side of the valley is the Craneddau Ridge, which stretches northwards from Pen Yr Ole Wen and offers six tops (some list seven) over 3,000 ft, the highest of which is Carnedd Llewelyn at 3,491 ft.

With another small lake in the form of Llyn Idwal and a youth hostel, it is small wonder the Ogwen Valley is popular with walkers, scramblers and climbers. And to that list may be added photographers.