The 2020 Signature Image will be Christian Pondella's image of Hilaree Nelson and Jim Morrison  venturing into the Sierra Nevada backcountry for some outlandish ski touring above 14,000 ft.!

See the winning image and learn more about Christina Pondella


- Competition Now Closed -

Calling all Mountain and Adventure Photographers

Your image could represent the 45th annual Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival - and World Tour! 

The annual signature image is used on our marketing materials which includes posters (both in Banff and in over 45 countries on the World Tour), postcards, banners, website (Festival website as well as World Tour host sites), 30,000 Festival brochures, 32,000 Festival programs, and over 120,000 World Tour Magazines.

  • We offer a payment of $3000 (CAD) for the winning image. 
  • The photographer also receives far-reaching exposure of their work, and the winning image will be featured prominently on our website and during an exhibition at the 2020 Festival, along with the winner's biography. 
  • The winner also receives 10 tickets to attend events at the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival. 

Deadline to enter: Monday, March 2, 2020 (10 pm MST)

The 44th annual Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival was represented by Ben Tibbetts' image of Valentine Fabre on the Dent Blanche, Switzerland.
Read more about the 2019 image. 

How to Enter and Technical Requirements

Deadline: Monday, March 2, 2020 (10 p.m. MST)

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

1. Submit the online form with your contact information and include the following:

a.) Your image(s): No more than 10 images,
b.)  A link to a Photo Gallery/Lightbox that you've prepared specifically for the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival
Please do not have an expiry date to download images.
Please specify in the "Notes" section of the form if you are sending a We Transfer file. 

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


Click here to Enter Now

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.

NOTE: In 2019 we received quite a few "high altitude basecamp" images that we liked. Although they weren't selected as the chosen image, we certainly considered a few, and we'd love to see more of those types of images entered. 

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: We want an image that hasn’t already appeared in a national ad campaign or been featured in magazines.

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.