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VIMFF 2019 Photography Competition

The 2019 VIMFF Photography Competition is now closed for submissions.

Stay tuned to this page for the winner announcement, and join us at VIMFF 2019 for the awards presentation and insightful talks on Photography

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. All photos have a clear mountain connection and are submitting under one of the following categories; submissions may come from any part of the world.

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 of Environmental: Best image taken with subject relevant to environmental messaging.

Youth Prize: Best image taken by a photographer 16 years or under on February 22, 2019

Other additional categories to be announced.

2019 VIMFF Photo Competition Partners

vimff 2018 photo comp media partner mountain life magazine

Thank you to Mountain Life for being the official Media Partner for the VIMFF 2019 Photography Competition.

vimff 2018 partner david suzuki foundation

Thank you to the David Suzuki Foundation for generously donating the  Environmental prize.

2019 VIMFF Photo Exhibition Partners

VIMFF photo exhibit 2018 partner InBiz Squamish square
VIMFF photo exhibit 2018 partner bean around the world lonsdale
VIMFF photo exhibit 2018 partner the ledge squamish

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you charge an entry fee?

There are two reasons for charging an entry fee. We obviously need to cover our costs in running the competition – the technical platform, printing, trophies, etc. But, more importantly, we want to make sure that we give our full attention to the best photos – by charging a small fee, we hope that people will be sending us their best work. Our aim is to find a balance where people can easily submit their best work.

Can I get a reduced entry fee?

We offer discounted rates to a number of clubs and groups around the world… ask your camera club if they have talked to us. We are also partnering with high schools in Vancouver and the Sea to Sky Corridor to gain entries into the youth category – if your school is not yet participating, please contact us a photos@vimff.org.

You only provide five slots on the entry… am I allowed to enter more photos?

Yes! We would love to see as much of your work as you want to share. The five photo limit is for technical reasons. If you want to enter more, enter the first five, then go back in and enter the remaining photos.

Do you accept mail-in or email entries?

Unfortunately, given the volume of submissions, we can only accept entries through our website.

I don’t have a credit card, or PayPal… is there another way to pay for my entries?

Unfortunately, we do not have any other way to receive the funds. The best option would be to ask a friend to make the payment, and then refund them in cash.

What is the deadline for submissions, and when will finalists and winners be announced?

The deadline for submissions is February 3, 2019. Finalists will be chosen by February 20, 2019 – contributors will be advised soon after if their work has been chosen as a finalist. Winners will be told in advance of the Festival’s Photography Night that they have won, but not which prize, and asked for some additional information about their work – each photographer will receive two complimentary tickets to Photography Night. The winners will be publicly announced at the Photographic Night, and some winners will be asked to accept their prize on stage, if they wish.

Where can I see the winning images?

The winning images will be announced at our Art & Photography night during the VIMFF festival and shown at all shows afterwards. They will be highlighted on the VIMFF website and officially exhibited at the VIMFF Summer Series (announced soon).

I want to host an exhibition!

Fantastic! The Exhibition is one of the newer aspects of the competition, and we are looking at ways to grow it. Please contact us by email: photos@vimff.org.

2018 Winners

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