Banff Mountain Film Festival Calling for Photo Essay Competition Entries

Calling all photographers. The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival is looking for entries for it’s Mountain Photo Essay Competition, as well as a Signature Image for its 2018 program. See the details from the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity below:


John Price’s image of Larry Shiu ice climbing, Cascade Mountain, Banff National Park.

Mountain Photo Essay 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.


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2017 Essay Winner Jeff Kerby’s image of Guassa Geladas.

The Signature Image
The annual signature image is used on our marketing materials which includes posters (both in Banff and in approximately 40 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 are now offering a payment of $2,000 (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 2018 Festival, along with the winner’s biography.
  • The winner will also receive 10 tickets to attend events at the 2018 Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival.
  • Deadline to enter: Tuesday, February 27 (10 pm MST)
The 42nd annual Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival was represented by John Price’s image of Larry Shiu ice climbing, Cascade Mountain, Banff National Park.