Skies are clear and the morning is cold on our first full day of the 2012 Banff Wilderness Photography Workshop. I am feeling very fortunate to attend as a Banff Centre staff member who has worked as an administrator with artists for the past seven years. Our small group of participants and faculty meet in the parking lot, each one of us loaded with gear: camera bodies (plural); lenses: fish-eye, macro, zoom, wide-angle, telephoto (Gus from Canmore has a lens wrapped in camouflage that approximates a bazooka); tripods; filters; memory sticks; secure digital cards; and laptops. Continue Reading →
Last year, we made a few changes to the popular Banff Mountain Photography Competition. Instead of asking amateur and professional photographers to send in great individual mountain-themed photos, we asked them to send in photo essays, in a maximum of seven frames. We got more than 80 submissions, and put them in front of our three judges, Don Lee, who heads up The Banff Centre’s photographic department, and Alberta-based photographers Craig Richards and Dianne Bos.
“A good photo essay must be able to tell a story, even without text,” Don told us, after the finishing this year’s jury process. “Each image should be strong enough to stand on its own while at the same time it should blend with the other images to create something that’s even stronger or more interesting. Similar to a written story, there should be a strong start and finish, with the images in the middle working to fill out the essay, and just because a maximum of seven images are allowed, that doesn’t mean that seven images should be used if five will tell the story.”
Don shared a selection of several of the really strong finalists in this year’s competition: