Winner of the August/September H2Open/Selkie Reader Photo Contest

As ever, it was a difficult decision choosing the winner of our H2Open / Selkie Reader Photo Contest. From over 100 entries we eventually whittled it down to our first, second and third choices, and four runners up. First place goes to Pat Denston, who wins a bundle of kit from Selkie Swim Co

The competition for our October/November issue is now open so if you have great pictures from your summer swims, email them to us and you could be next issue’s winner! Full details here

Editor's choice


Rhapsody in blue

Our Editor’s Choice is this beautiful image of Pat Denston testing the water in Iceland. We thought that it captured perfectly that moment of trepidation before being immersed in the freedom of the open water.  

Second place

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Scream if you want to go faster

Second place went to Katia Vastiau with this image of her and Francesca Fay having a ball swimming off Tresco, Isles of Scilly. 

Third place

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Agony & ecstasy

Third place goes to Siobhan Russell with this image of ecstatic Myrtleville Swimmers after the RNLI 2km Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim. 

Runners up

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Orlando Hill standing on the Dutchman rock, approximately 750 metres off Myrtleville beach. Photo by Gordon Adair.


Dawn Evitt couldn’t resist taking this photo of the swim course in the Avenger Triathlon at Ragley Hall.

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The  Bluetits swimmers, Porthsele beach, St Davids, Pembrokeshire. Photo by Ella Richardson.


Simon Willis swimming  with the fishes off Playa Blanca, Lanzarote. Photo by Liz WIllis.

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Jonathan is a year-round skins swimmer with a particular love of very cold water. He has competed in ice swimming competitions around the world. He is a qualified open water coach with a particular love of introducing new swimmers to the open water.