Banff Mountain Film Festival Photo Essay Competition

Once again Mountain Life has partnered with the Banff Mountain Film Festival, nine days bursting with stories of profound journeys, unexpected adventures and ground breaking expeditions told by renowned authors, photographers, adventurers and filmmakers from around the globe.

Mark your calendar for the 2016 Festival, October 29 – November 6, 2016 in Banff, Alberta. Tickets on sale Wednesday, August 3 at 12 p.m.


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The Photo Essay 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. Photographers were invited to submit photo essays to illustrate their mountain related stories whether culture, adventure, wildlife, sport, environment, or natural history. The jury was 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.


Photo: Justa Jeskova

Check out the entries and vote for your favourite now.


  • View each of the four finalists
  • Choose your favourite (You can only vote once!)
  • Voting closes Tuesday, July 12 at 12:00 p.m. (MDT)
  • Winner will be announced on Wednesday, July 13
  • Prize – Entry with the most votes will win $3000 CAD
  • What is a photo essay? Learn more about the competition


Photo: Justa Jeskova