Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition

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Sky Islands © Prasenjeet Yadav

The 2017 Photo Essay Competition is now open!

Entry deadline: May 1, 2017.

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

Entry Guidelines

  • Each essay submitted is to consist of three (3) 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: Wednesday, May 1, 2017.
  • $2000 Grand prize and a trip to Banff (Trip includes airfare, 3 nights' accommodation and select Festival tickets for the 2017 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.)

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Entry Rules & Regulations

Selection Process

  • All entries will be viewed by a selection committee chaired by the Programming Director.
  • Finalists chosen by this committee will be viewed by an international jury.
  • The Grand Prize winner will be announced in June, 2017.

2016 Photography Essay Winner

Prasenjeet Yadav

Sky Islands

The sky islands of the Western Ghats in south India are unique both in its geography and biodiversity.  Photographer Prasenjeet Yadav, along with bird ecologist Dr. Robin Vijayan, explored this landscape to understand the role these mountains play in the formation of new species, with a focus on the Shortwing - a small bird endemic to the sky islands.  

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