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Mountain Photography Residency

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Program Information

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Program Overview

Banff Mountain Photography Residency provides photographers with an opportunity to learn how to tell compelling visual narratives through images. Individualized interaction with celebrated photographer Ace Kvale will allow participants to address aspects of the creative process, artistic voice, storytelling, and authenticity in their mountain-themed photographic project.

What does the program offer?

Set in the heart of Banff National Park, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a perfect locale for photographers seeking focus and inspiration for their mountain culture based projects. In addition to learning from world-renowned faculty, you'll find the time, space, and facilities for creative thinking and project development. Through faculty presentations, individual critiques, group discussions, peer interaction, and one-on-one consultations, participants will gain new ideas and contemporary insights that can be applied to the development of their work.

Who should apply?

Emerging and seasoned photographers are encouraged to apply. Applicants can be of any age and at any career stage, but must demonstrate exceptional talent, and a strongly focused interest in the mountain theme central to this opportunity. Applicants must have a mountain-themed photographic project already in progress that they wish to develop and work on during the residency.

Enrolment is limited to eight participants.

Program generously supported by:

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What's Included

Single RoomRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes a single bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

Regular Meal PlanRead MoreClose

Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Regular Flex meal plan includes $29 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee*
$2 700.00

Application fee: $65

*Financial Aid up to 50% of the program fee may be available


Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, scholarships are available for this program. Let us know how financial assistance will help you participate in this program and be sure to complete the Financial Assistance section in SlideRoom to be considered.

Help fund your experience at Banff Centre! View a compiled list of national and international opportunities here.

How to Apply

Cover Letter

In 500 words or less, explain both your background and your long-term goals as a photographer, and explain why you are interested in this program, as well as what you hope to achieve by attending it. 


A one-page resume or CV describing professional education and achievements, including your most recent projects and your role in them, as well as where your photographs/projects have been shown, and relevant academic, personal, and professional experience.

Financial Assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

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