Mountain Photo Essay Competition

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Banff Mountain Photo Essay Winner

Guassa Geladas © Jeff Kerby

The 2018 Photo Essay Competition is now open!

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View the 2018 Rules & Regulations.

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 2, 2018.
  • $2000 Grand prize and an opportunity to attend the 2018 Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival.

2018 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, 2018.

2017 Photography Essay Winner

Jeff Kerby

Guassa Geladas

Geladas are the last grass-eating monkeys.  Isolated in the mountains of Ethiopia, these bleeding-heart monkeys have a bizarre diet, social system, and morphology that are reflections of their alpine habitat.  This ecosystem braces the Great Rift Valley and brims with uniquely adapted plants and animals, yet it is rapidly disappearing.

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2017 Photography Essay Special Jury Mention

Steve Shannon


Skiing in Iceland is both an incredible experience and one of incredible frustration.  The rewards far outweigh the days spent waiting on the weather and suffering up long approaches.  These photographs were taken during a month of exploring the incredible island on skis.

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