Mountain Photo Essay Competition

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 2020 Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition Grand Prize, Shadows of Kurdistan, Murat Yazar

 2020 Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition Grand Prize, Shadows of Kurdistan, Murat Yazar

The 2021 Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition is now open!

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.
  • Please include a short description of the photo essay.
  • ENTRY DEADLINE: Monday, May 3, 2021.
  • $2000 CAD Grand prize 

2021 Rules and Regulations 

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Selection Process

  • All entries will be viewed by a selection committee chaired by the Festival Director
  • Finalists chosen by this committee will be viewed by an international jury
  • The Grand Prize winner will be announced in June 2021


2020 Mountain Photo Essay Competition Winner

The Grand Prize winner is  Murat Yazar for his photo essay: Shadows of Kurdistan.

A Special Jury Mention goes to Mauro Cironi for his photo essay: The Last Shepherd.

A sincere thank you to all the photographers who entered the competition. 

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 photos 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.