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2015 Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition


2014 Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition Jury

Gordon Wiltsie is an award-winning photographer, writer, mountain guide and explorer who has spent more than four decades leading or documenting expeditions to some of the wildest places on earth. He has shot numerous feature stories for National Geographic Magazine, as well as scores of other publications around the world. Gordon has taught numerous photography seminars and has twice won top awards for environmental and cultural photography in the Banff Mountain Photography Contest. Gordon also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations and is a long-time member of the advisory board for the National Geographic Expeditions Council.

Beth Wald combines a lifelong love of the natural environment and a fascination with the world’s diverse cultures. These two passions have led her from the Arctic to Argentina, from Cuba to Afghanistan, in a wide-ranging visual exploration of how we as humans interact with the land and environment that surrounds us. National and international assignments have included work for National Geographic, Smithsonian, The New York Times, National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Men’s Journal, and many others, and commercial clients such as Nikon, Patagonia and The North Face.

Sadie Quarrier is a senior photo editor at National Geographic Magazine where she is in charge of adventure and exploration stories in addition to editing a diverse range of other genres. She is also a voting member on the National Geographic Society's Expeditions Council and Young Explorer's Grant Committee. Sadie started working at the Geographic in 1992, left to work as a Photo Editor and Designer at Smithsonian Magazine in 1998, and returned a few years later as a Photo Editor for NG Books where she helped produce over a dozen books, two of which received national awards. Two years later she returned to NGM as a Sr. Photo Editor and has won a number of awards for her editing.

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Presented by:

The Camera Store

Yamnuska Mountain Adventures

Sponsored by:

rocky mountain photo adventures


2014 Winner announced!

Banff Wilderness Photography Workshop

An opportunity for emerging photographers to work with experienced outdoor professionals.