2016 Film and Book Festival Signature Image Announced

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Ines Papert, Senja Island, Norway © Thomas Senf

Ines Papert, Senja Island, Norway © Thomas Senf

Ines Papert, Senja Island, Norway © Thomas Senf

The annual Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival signature image represents the best in mountain adventure images from around the world. Each year we put the call out for images through a public competition and receive a diverse range of inspirational mountain images.

This year, we are pleased to announce that the 41st annual Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival will be represented by Thomas Senf’s image of professional alpinist Ines Papert. This action shot was captured by Senf on a climbing expedition to Senja Island, Norway’s second largest island.

“It was our second trip to Senja Island in northern Norway. A year before, Ines Papert had spotted that line while establishing another first ascent at the wall. Senja stands for wilderness, loneliness, adventure, and beauty. All of these qualities came together that day. This is why I go out with my camera time and time again, to capture moments like these.”

Thomas Senf is a qualified mountain guide and photographer, specializing in mountaineering, rock climbing, ice climbing, expeditions, base jumping, and skiing photography. He grew up in Leipzig, Germany and moved to the mountains of Switzerland at the age of 21. Senf studied mechanical engineering at University but his love of peaks and adventure drew him to the mountains. Senf has made first ascents of the route Harvest Moon at the Thalay Sagar, and the North Face of the Arwa tower, both situated in the Garhwal Himalaya in India. Senf currently lives in Interlaken in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, and works in partnership with the outdoor photo agency Visual Impact.

For more information on Thomas Senf visit: www.thomassenf.ch

For more information on Ines Papert visit: www.ines-papert.de


It was our second trip to Senja Island in northern Norway. A year before, Ines Papert had spotted that line while establishing another first ascent at the wall. Senja stands for wilderness, loneliness, adventure, and beauty. All of these qualities came together that day. This is why I go out with my camera time and time again, to capture moments like these.

Thomas Senf
2016 Signature Image Competition Winner, Thomas Senf

2016 Signature Image Competition Winner, Thomas Senf