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VIMFF 2018 Photography Competition

The 2018 VIMFF Photography Competition is now open for submissions.

Deadline: All photos must be submitted by 23:59, January 15, 2018

The Categories

Submissions must be identified as being under one, and only one, of the following categories, although the same image may be submitted more than once under different categories.

Mountain Adventure & Sport: Photos of people engaged in climbing, running, hiking, or any other sport;

Mountain Culture and People: Photos of people, who are not engaged in sport. Perhaps making a meal, or someone you came across on the trail;

Mountain Landscape: Photos of the natural setting, possibly with people, but the people are not the core subject;

Mountain Painting: We are happy to announce a new category for paintings and other non-photographic art. Take a photo of your work, and submit. As far as possible, we will judge on the merits of the art piece rather than the quality of the photograph, but a good quality photograph will make it easier to appreciate the piece in question.

Additional Prizes:

Grand prize: Best of all submitted images

Best of BC: Best image taken in BC by a photographer based in BC

Best Animal: Best image where the animal is the key element

Best Environmental: Best image promoting protection of the environment


• Images must be submitted in JPG, GIF or PNG formats ONLY. Bitmap, raw formats, and other formats will not be accepted;

• Images must be no larger than 5Mb – if your image is a finalist, you will have the opportunity to submit a high-resolution image;

• Images must be no smaller than 600 pixels on their short side;

• Images must be named “[firstname]_[lastname]_[title]” – for example, if Bob Fast submits an image called “Happy Dog” in JPG format, the file should be named “bob_fast_happydog.jpg”. Failure to do so may result in the photo being disqualified.

• Any image selected as a finalist must be sent on request in a resolution of at least 1,536 pixels on the short side.

• There must be no watermarks, borders, or text imposed on the image – any image with any such markings will be disqualified;

2016/2017 Winners

2017 VIMFF Photo Competition Partners

Grand Prize: $1,000 cash

HITCASE builds products that transform Apple iPhones into mountable high-performing, weather- and shock-resistant video cameras. Now you to fearlessly share your adventures with the world.  Both its, flagship product, HITCASE® PRO and HITCASE SNAP allow users to easily capture action photo and video content hands-free, using a variety of HIT Technologies’ patented Railslide® mounts that attach to virtually any surface. Swappable lenses and accessories provide a variety of perspectives otherwise unattainable. HIT Technologies is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Best of British Columbia: $400 cash & $400 voucher to Capra Running, Squamish

Capra is the only specialty trail and mountain running store in Squamish, founded from a passion for trail running and established to meet and serve the unique needs of running in the Sea to Sky corridor. Carrying a curated selection of shoes, gear, and clothing from unique technical brands founded and tested on the trails and in the mountains, Capra is set on creating and fostering a local community of like-minded and passionate trail runners.

First Prize for Each Catgory: Bella Coola Bear Viewing: two nights for two at Bella Coola Mountain Lodge and two seat on Kynoch river bear viewing tours

Join Kynoch Adventures on fully guided grizzly bear viewing tours in the pristine wilderness of Tweedsmuir Park in BC’s remote Central Coast and enjoy the hospitality of Bella Coola Mountain Lodge. As premiere wilderness tour operators Kynoch Adventures and Bella Coola Mountain Lodge will ensure your visit to the great Bear Rain Forest is unforgettable and inspiring. Bear tours on the Atnarko River offer opportunities to photograph grizzly bears in their natural environment, surrounded by towering coastal mountains, cascading waterfalls, eagles soaring overhead, and, Pacific salmon spawning in the clear river waters. Lodge accommodations include well appointed rooms and local hospitality with dining and meal options available in the bistro, as well as garden areas to relax in among the splendor of Bella Coola Valley.

2017 VIMFF Photo Competition Adjudication Committee

Brian McCurdy

Brian is a North Vancouver based outdoor adventure and lifestyle photographer who can usually be found playing in mountains with his wife and dog. His photographs are an extension of his lifestyle of spending countless hours biking, running and skiing in BC’s Coast Mountains. His photographs strive to capture the essence of the beautiful environments we choose to play and live in. He is perhaps best known for his action photography, focusing particularly on trail running, mountain biking, and ski touring.

Alex Buisse

Alex, the Grand Prize winner from the 2015 VIMFF Mountain Photography Competition with his stunning “Steep Ice”, is a photographer who walks the walk, capturing adventure and lifestyle imagery. He lives, breathes and takes active part in the variety of assignments and personal projects he undertakes. His expedition photography has led him around the world and the mountains are where Alex is most comfortable and where he thrives, both as an image maker and as an alpinist. Alex is an alumnus of the Eddie Adams Workshop, and is based out of Chamonix, France – the mountaineering capital of the world.

Hilary Matheson

Hilary Matheson is a Vancouver based photographer and brand content creator. She lives to spend all her free time in the mountains, and when she isn’t running ultra marathons, she can be found enjoying a host of other activities ranging from ice climbing to mountaineering and skiing. Her passion for photography stems from her desire to showcase everything that the mountains have to offer, and she seeks to inspire others to get outside as well.

Dylan Morgan

Dylan grew up rock climbing, mountaineering and distance cycling in South Africa. His drive is to explore the mountains through ultramarathon running, rock climbing and ski touring. These activities have taken Dylan to six continents, and from the Arctic to the Argentine Andes. When he isn’t exploring the mountains for himself, Dylan directs ultramarathon races and training camps. Dylan is the organizer of the Photographic Competition; he coordinates the adjudication, though is not a member.

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