Signature Image Search

Calling all Professional Mountain and Adventure Photographers

Enter your photography for an opportunity to have one of your images selected to represent the 2022 Festival and 2022/23 World Tour. To see the quality of image we are looking for please see Christian Pondella's image of basecamp in Denali National Park, Alaska, which represented the 2021 Festival and currently represents our World Tour.

The annual signature image is used on our marketing materials which includes posters (both in Banff and in over 40 countries on the World Tour), banners, website (Festival website as well as World Tour host sites), and any marketing materials including brochures, programs, and our Festival/World Tour magazine. 

  • We offer a payment of $3000 (CAD) for the selected image. 
  • The photographer also receives far-reaching exposure to their work, and the chosen image will be featured prominently on our website along with the winner's biography. 
  • Plus the opportunity to attend screenings and events at the Festival.
  • We are looking for work by experienced/professional photographers.

How to Enter and Technical Requirements

Deadline:  Was March 1, 2022 

Please first read through the image elements below to find out what we are looking for. 

  • We are looking for images by professional photographers.
  • Submit the online form with your contact information and include: 
    Link to a Photo Gallery/Dropbox that you've prepared specifically for the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival. 
    We must be able to download the images for our team to review them.
    Please do not include an expiry date for downloads. (Or give minimum 3 wk expiry date) 
    Please specify in the "Notes" section of the form if you are sending a We Transfer file separately. 

Tecnical Requirements:
JPG files only.
File size for initial entry:
Between 1 MB (minimum) – 3 MB (maximum) per image.

Final file size: 
If selected, you will be asked for higher resolution images in April.
The photographer of the chosen/winning image will be asked to provide a high-resolution RAW or TIFF file.
The image needs to be used in large formats sizes such as tall banners, 11 x 17 posters and larger, therefore the final image will need to be these approximate sizes:
Vertical – 300 dpi at 18 inches x 24 inches or larger
Horizontal – 300 dpi at 24 inches x 18 inches or larger

Please contact if you have any questions. 

Image Elements: What we are looking for?

Theme: The signature image reflects our mountain-themed Festival.
The image can be taken from anywhere in the world, as long as it's mountain-themed.

Concept: We look for an image that evokes passion and energy, has a dynamic and enticing landscape and/or features a mountain activity. 

Orientation: The image must work well both vertically and horizontally. Most of our marketing materials are vertical (posters, banners, postcards, ads, etc.), but for web and video production, a horizontal orientation is preferred. Many of our winners have been horizontal originals that crop well vertically for marketing materials.

Clean: We incorporate the placement of numerous sponsor logos, so we are looking for images where these can be easily incorporated.

Exposure: Ideally, we would like an image that hasn’t already appeared in a national ad campaign or featured on a cover of a major magazine. However, if your image has already been used in other major publications/campaigns, please let us know just so we know it's history and previous use. That would be appreciated, many thanks in advance.

Free of commercial elements: We want an image without prominent commercial elements such as clearly visible logos.

The image will be used by Festival and World Tour hosts and partners who are third parties connected to the Festival and may be used on items such as shirts, merchandise, banners etc.