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Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival | Photo Essay Competition

The Mountain Photo Essay Competition is a program of Mountain Culture at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. We
promote understanding and appreciation of the world’s mountain places by creating opportunities for people to share and find inspiration in mountain experiences, ideas, and visions. Other Mountain Culture programs include the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival and World Tour, a world-renowned Adventure Filmmakers Workshop and other programs.

The competition format is the photo essay. At its simplest, the definition of a photo-essay is a set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story or evoke emotions in the viewer. We invite photographers to submit curated photo essays to illustrate their mountain related stories that fall under the sub-categories of culture, adventure, wildlife, sport, environment, or natural history. The selection committee and 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.

The deadline is May 2, 2022. 

  • Please submit your completed entry form 
  • Max of 5 images (Please keep images less than 2 MB)  

Please review the 2022 Photo Essay Rules

Submissions are accepted online through this form to the festival office. 

Need Help? Contact the Film Fest team at (403) 762-6347 or

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