The “Where in the World with Paddy Pallin” photo contest has been run and won with over 1200 amazing outdoor & travel images entered. Grant Rees’s image of Son Doong Cave in Vietnam, where his Paddy Pallin gear helped keep him cool and comfortable in the sweltering heat and humidity of the Vietnamese jungles has won him an incredible World Expeditions adventure including flights provided by Thai Airways! Congratulations Grant!! Son Doong Cave in Vietnam. My paddy Pallin gear helped keep me cool and comfortable in the sweltering heat and humidity of the Vietnamese jungles. Grant Rees Base camp on Lobuche East with Cholatse towering above – our Black Diamond head torch from Paddy Pallin came in super handy for our early rises and night photography. Tina Lacey Nepal – Pokhara. Chilling out with some R&R after just getting out of the Annapurna region. Was kitted up with my Osprey pack and Marmot sleeping bag/gear. Timothy Starkey The high trail on the opposite side of the valley to Tangboche on the way to Periche with Ama Dablam in the background. Phillip Gordon Went to Norway to chase the aurora. Got some great gear and advice from the friendly staff at Paddy Pallin in Perth. Michael Goh My Petzl Elios helmet from Paddy Pallin was a non-negotiable when abseiling into Oman’s massive Majlis Al Jinn cave chamber. Mark Daffey This photo was taken on Kopra Ridge in Nepal. I had joined a World Expeditions trek that would take almost 12 days to go from the quiet town of Dhampus and through the relatively busy towns of Ghandruk and Tadapani before meandering off on to a less worn track to this sublime ridge. From here, we could see the mighty Annapurna mountains up close and personal as well as the amazing Dhaulagiri mountains. In this photo the latter is seen with the sun casting a yellow, orange glow as it started to set. Locals and their mules were still getting construction goods from lower down on the ridge to an eco-lodge not far from where this shot was taken. On any trek, hydration is paramount and I guzzled a couple of litres from my sturdy, 360 Degrees Water bottles. There’s no way I would have gotten to the top to take these photos without them! Jonathan Abdipranoto This shot was taken up from the Nub near Mt Assiniboine in the Canadian Rockies. I stopped by Paddy Pallin before the trip to stock up on all the gear I needed for this trip – including thermal underwear, fleece jumpers, down jacket, beanie, socks, rain jacket, camel pack and an inflatable pillow… we camped out there for two nights and I have to say this is the most astonishing place I have ever seen in my life. I wish I had more time out there!! Hannes Nitzsche Paddy Pallin helped with advise on pack size to go touring at Mt Buller. Dominic Kieler Crossing 9 passes over 5000m and trekking for 61 days and 700km across western Nepal, on the Great Himalaya Trail, would have been impossible without a good pair of Scarpa boots from Paddy Pallin. Not a single blister! This shot was taken shortly after descending from Jungben La (5600m) in the Upper Dolpo region. David Bibby A good pair of boots from Paddy Pallins is all I needed to reach the Swing At The End Of The World in Ecuador and a good grip is all I needed to stay on. Chris Staring Haleakala volcano on the island of Maui, Hawaii. With rapidly changing weather at the summit I knew it was going to be important to have good gear when I researched the trip. Salomon gear from Paddy Pallins worked great and certainly helped with the hike to get this shot. Navin Bopitiya Milford Track, November 2014. Being a guided walk the Osprey Talon 33lt pack from Paddy Pallin was just big enough to carry my gear with the outer front pocket perfect for a rain jacket. Sholto Douglas Had a fantastic time hiking around Mt Blanc. The Osprey day pack, Z Poles and Scarpa lightweight boots from Paddys were greatly appreciated. Brian Eglinton Going back down from Everest Base Camp, which I wouldn’t have been able to do without my hiking boots from Paddy Pallin. Michael Zanon Milford Track, NZ. The Mackinnon Memorial just visible in the pass on the left, with the Arthur River below. I really needed my Komperdell Carbon trekking poles from Paddy Pallin for balance on the descent as the main route down to the river was closed due to the avalanche risk. The alternate ‘track’ pretty much goes does straight down before rejoining the main track far below. Sholto Douglas Feeling toasty in my Patagonia downie from Paddy Pallin. Bruny Island light house, October 2015. Pierre Feutry High camp on Lobuche East 5300m in the Nepal Himalaya- lucky we had our Icebreaker merino thermals we purchased from Paddy Pallin to keep us warm. Tina Lacey Trekking in Nepal heading towards Tilicho Lake. Thanks to the assistance of staff at Paddy Pallin Melbourne who have always been helpful in helping me to choose the right equipment. John Tolar Ocean Peak Corner on the Routeburn Track, New Zealand (November 2015). Over almost a week on the Grand Traverse we dodged all the bad weather, which came overnight, and had just a little rain some mornings. Having prepared for the worst I used a Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Dry Sack from Paddy Pallin as a pack liner. I also use this all year round for my walk to and from work. Sholto Douglas Thanks again to our friends at World Expeditions & Thai Airways. 4 Responses David McGrath January 12, 2016 I would like to enter my photographs in the next competition. I’m a user of Paddy Pallin from my Paddy Pallin Kammura backpack that Gortex over trousers and Gortex rain coat Reply Fiona Ludbrook January 13, 2016 Inspiring photographs! Thanks to all the finalists and congratulations to Grant Rees. Please include a wilderness wildlife photography section next year, as those of us who choose to photograph wildlife in remote ad exotic locations are also heavily reliant on Paddy Pallin’s wonderful gear and specialist clothing. Another category could be faces in remote places! Thesedays there is more to adventure travel than just simply accessing and experiencing incredible mountains and wild place scenery, much and all as we all continue to relish such experiences. There is an entire community of avid birders and wildlife watchers who go to pretty extreme lengths and places to witness and experience rare and unique species all over the world. We too endure extreme conditions on our wildlife adventures, including high altitude and jungle treks, extreme heat and cold, siting still in mosquito and leech infested spots to get a perfect shot. We too need super lightweight, practical, versatile and durable gear that is as specialist as that required for mountaineering. Oh to be able to purchase lightweight birding hide gear from within Australia! Help! Yes there is an existiing market, albeit a specialist one! Reply Paddy January 13, 2016 Hi Fiona The photography contest interest was greater than all of our expectations. We are working on another photo contest for 2016 and will keep your suggestions in mind. In regards to wildlife photography keep an eye out for an interesting post from Alex Cearns on wildlife photography in the coming month. Thanks for taking the time to comment Reply Lynna Tan January 14, 2016 Most inspiring photos. My hubby and I are both users of Paddy Pallin products and keen photographers and would like to join in the next 2016 photo contest. Kindly keep me posted. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.