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2015 Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition


Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner!


We invite photographers to submit photo essays to illustrate their mountain related stories whether culture, adventure, wildlife, sport, environment, or natural history.

  • Each essay submitted is to consist of two (2) to five (5) images.
  • We suggest photographers include only those images required to tell their story - unnecessary images may reduce the overall impact of submissions.
  • ENTRY DEADLINE: April 30, 2015. $3000 CDN will be awarded to the winning essay. Read the competition procedures for full details.

The competition's goal is to showcase the best in mountain-themed photo essays – to recognize the best stories told through a series of still images. The jury is seeking a sequence of images that conveys a compelling story or message – with each image strong enough to stand on its own while conveying a greater narrative when viewed in the photographer’s desired sequence.


  • All entries are viewed by a selection committee chaired by the Programming Director.
  • Finalists chosen by this committee are viewed by an independent jury.
  • The top contenders will be presented to the public at the end of August 2015 who will vote for the winner.
  • The winner will be announced prior to the 2015 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.
  • The winning essay will receive $3000 CAD and be displayed at the 2015 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival

View 2015 Procedures and Regulations (PDF)

Past Winners

2014 Grand Prize


Arctic Surfing, Norway
© Chris Burkard

2014 Photo Competition Gallery

Past Winners of the
Banff Mountain Photography Competition

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Photography Competition Inquiries

Phone: 1.403.762.6347


2015 Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition Jury

Dan Hudson For twenty-five years Dan Hudson worked as a photo journalist specializing in travel, backcountry snow sports and mountain adventure. He has more than sixty cover shots to his credit and thousands of images published internationally. Hudson's photography has won numerous awards and his artwork has been exhibited across Canada and in Europe.

Henry Iddon Henry Iddon has been a full time professional photographer for nearly 20 years and has been participating in outdoor sports since he was young. His award-winning action sports, documentary, and portrait photography has been commissioned by a variety of commercial, non-profit, and news organizations as well as UK Central Government departments and BBC World News. Images from his exhibitions 'Spots of Time', 'Hill People', and 'A Place to Go' have been exhibited in galleries in the UK, Italy, Brazil, and Nepal.

Ian McAllister Ian McAllister is a co-founder of the wildlife conservation organization Pacific Wild. He is an award-winning photographer, a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and author of The Great Bear Rainforest and Last Wild Wolves. His images have appeared in publications around the world. He has been honoured by The Globe and Mail as one of 133 highly accomplished Canadians, and he and his wife, Karen McAllister, were named by Time magazine as one of the "Leaders of the 21st Century" for their efforts to protect British Columbia's endangered rainforest.

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