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Deadline: April 30, 2014
Winner is: Judged & Voted
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: $10 CDN

Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition

Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition The 2014 Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition continues with the format of the photo essay, and the theme in the coming year will be MOUNTAINS – IN ALL THEIR WONDER. We invite photographers to submit photo essays to illustrate their mountain related stories whether they be culture, adventure, wildlife, sport, environment, or natural history. Each essay submitted should consist of two (2) to five (5) images. We suggest you include only those images required to tell your story – unnecessary images may reduce the overall impact of your submission.

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. The jury will be 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.

At its simplest, the definition of a photo-essay (or photographic essay) is a set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story or evoke emotions in the viewer. Photo essays can be sequential in nature, intended to be viewed in a particular order, or they may consist of non-ordered photographs which may be viewed all at once to reveal their character and dynamics.

To capture the viewer’s interest, good photographic technique must be evident. The intent of a strong photo essay can be difficult to transmit – each image, and the group as a whole, must captivate the viewer with a singular vision and purpose. These visual stories require emotion, narrative arc, and discipline in the editing process. It is crucial that the story-teller think about what they want to say and how one photograph links to the next. Does each image contribute to the telling of the story? Photo essays require planning, structure and careful editing.

Within the theme, images can depict any mountain story consisting of cultural, environmental, sport, wilderness, wildlife, exploratory, or adventurous aspects


All entries will be viewed by a selection committee chaired by the Programming Director. Finalists chosen by this committee will be viewed by an independent jury, with the top contenders then being presented to the public who will vote for the winner.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: $3,000 CDN Grand Prize
On exhibition at the 2014 Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in Banff, Alberta, Canada ELIGIBILITY: Open to All

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COPYRIGHT: The Entrant owns all right, title and interest, including the copyright and all intellectual property rights, in and to the images being submitted to the Competition and has the right to distribute, exhibit and promote the images in or through all media formats now known or hereafter devised, including, but not limited to, the Internet throughout the universe. You must be the author and sole owner of the copyright for all images you enter USAGE RIGHTS: To the extent that the Entrant may now or in the future be entitled to any so-called moral, author’s or similar rights in the images pursuant to the Copyright Act (Canada) or otherwise, the Entrant hereby allows The Banff Centre to reproduce, display and archive the images, for use by the Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition and related exhibitions. Entry in the competition allows photographs chosen as the winner or for special mention to be reproduced, published, and/or exhibited for promotional purposes, only as they pertain to the Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition and Banff Mountain Festival.

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