In search of the mountain photo of the year

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UIAA member federations are informed about the opening of the application process for the 7th edition of the IMS Photo Contest. 

The seventh edition of the IMS Photo Contest has started. At the world’s largest photo contest for mountain photography, photographers are competing for seven awards in six categories. This year’s prize money will be a total of over € 18,000 and the coveted title “Mountain Photo of the Year “. A number of UIAA member federations participated in the 2016 edition which has held in parallel with the UIAA General Assembly in Brixen/Bressanone, South Tyrol (Italy).

“Over the past six years, more than 12,000 photographers from 110 countries have submitted their pictures This great encouragement has inspired us to design the IMS Photo Contest even bigger and more international. Our goal is to create a new platform, honour photographic achievements, and promote photo-culture.” so the Contest President Markus Gaiser and Vice President Alex Ploner.

No matter whether it is a rugged rock, the extraordinary peak-selfie with the mobile phone, rushing streams or the impressive mountain man – creativity has endless space in the search of the MOUNTAIN PHOTO OF THE YEAR with six categories.

Mountains may appear immutable. But their interplay with nature creates ever new perspectives and captivating sights. Photos that capture these moments are summed up in the category Mountain Nature, which is presented by the world’s leading manufacturer of personalised decorative and lifestyle products Picanova.

The Mountain Action category includes photographs of people who are involved in mountain sports: skiers, who descend steep slopes, paragliders and hang gliders who are looking for the adrenaline rush or slackliners who find their right anchor points on the peaks. This category is powered by a long-term partner of the IMS Photo Contest, the premium apple label KIKU.

Rain, snow covered landscapes or impressive waterfalls; there are endless forms of water in the mountains. Submitted photos may highlight the beauty – or the beast – of the fascinating pair mountain /water but also how it is used by mankind, from water reservoirs to energy production. The category Mountain Water is powered by the South Tyrolean energy provider Alperia.

For people who like to spend their free time in the mountains and capture great impressions with their smartphone, for the first time there is the Mountain Mobile category. This is supported by the International Mountain Summit.

Photographs that tell stories of mountain lovers of all kinds and show faces that are characterized by life with the mountain and the daily influences can be found in the Mountain Faces category.

Having a strong team at one’s side is important In the Team Spirit category you will find shots that reflect the special importance of unforgettable experiences in the team. Whether on the mountain as a rope team, in sports as a team, in the company as an employee or in the leisure time as a circle of friends, the special team moment should be held. The net receipts of the administation fee for uploading photos to this category will be used to support the charity Laureus project “Schneetiger” targeted at kids and young people with a disability, helping them to enjoy an active lifestyle by performing winter sport activities.

“We are delighted to have an international jury with renowned photo professionals at our side,” congratulates Contest Project Manager Verena Klinger. The members of this year’s Jury include, among others, Ray Demski, international photographer with focus on action and adventure photography, who has worked for Audi, BMW, Adidas, Red Bull, National Geographic and many more magazines and companies. Also part of the international Jury is Ulla Lohmann, a German photojournalist and documentary filmmaker with a BSc degree in Natural Resource Management who works freelance for clients like e.g. National Geographic, GEO, Stern View, the BBC, The New York Times.

Deadline for submissions: 31st August 2017. The Award Ceremony takes place on Saturday, 14th October 2017 at the IMS Photo Night at the International Mountain Summit (IMS) in Brixen/Bressanone, South Tyrol (Italy).

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The IMS Photo Contest 2017 is supported by KIKU, Picanova, Alperia and International Mountain Summit.