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Ben Nevis shot wins mountain photo award

Winning image of Ben Nevis Image copyright Paul Brett
Image caption Paul Brett beat off competition from more than 500 others to win first prize

A hillwalker took a prize-winning photograph of Ben Nevis shortly before having to stop himself falling off the mountain.

Edinburgh resident Paul Brett has won Trail Magazine's 2015 UK Mountain Photo of the Year.

After pausing to take the photograph, he rejoined a friend to finish an ascent of Britain's highest mountain.

On the way up he slipped and had to use his ice axe to arrest a potentially dangerous slide down the peak.

Mr Brett was among more than 500 people who entered the annual competition.

'Very scary'

He told Trail: "It was a perfect spring day with no wind.

"After cresting the summit of Carn Dearg Meadhonach we were rewarded with this amazing view. My friend was already heading up Carn Mor Dearg, which really helped give an amazing sense of scale to the scene."

He added: "I had to use the pick of my ice axe to stop myself sliding down the mountain on the push to the summit of Ben Nevis, which was very scary at the time - but it was good to know I had the knowledge to do what was needed."

The other images to make the competitions top 10 were:

Image copyright Ian Allington
Image caption Blencathra, Lake District, by Ian Allington
Image copyright Justin van Marle
Image caption Glyder Fawr, Snowdonia, by Justin van Marle
Image copyright Greg Whitton
Image caption Tryfan, Snowdonia, by Greg Whitton
Image copyright Dave Atkinson
Image caption Snowdon, Snowdonia, by Dave Atkinson
Image copyright Grant Hyatt
Image caption Corn Du, Brecon Beacons, by Grant Hyatt
Image copyright Adrian Trendall
Image caption The Cuillin Ridge, Isle of Skye, by Adrian Trendell
Image copyright Daniel Groves
Image caption Wild camping on Dartmoor by Daniel Groves
Image copyright Robin Shaw
Image caption Glyder Fawr, Snowdonia, by Robin Shaw
Image copyright Adrian Trendall
Image caption The Isle of Skye by Adrian Trendell

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