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Award Winners of the Banff Mountain Book Festival
Mountain Image Category

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Since 1994, the Banff Mountain Book Festival has brought together writers, publishers, editors, photographers and readers. The festival explores the world of mountain literature through speakers, readings, seminars, book signings and launches, a book fair and the presentation of internationally recognized awards for mountain literature. In addition to the Grand Prize Winners selected from all of the books, awards are also presented to the best books in each of the categories of:

bullet Adventure Travel
bullet Canadian Rockies
bullet Mountain Exposition
bullet Mountain History
bullet Mountain Image
bullet Mountain Literature


The Mountain Image Award Winners

The Mountain Image category includes books with a primary focus on mountain images with text in a subordinate role. Images may include photographs, drawings and reproductions. There are two lists of books on this page. The first list includes all of the winners in the Mountain Image category since the award was first made in 1995. The second list includes all of the finalists. Please note that a number of these books are still unavailable in the US (at least through and that these are shown in red.

  Year   Mountain Image Winning Titles and Author

World Climbing: Images From The Edge
Simon Carter

Comments from the jury include:

bullet“Carter consistently dodges the clichés of climbing photography and captures with unsettling intimacy moments of truth and beauty on the great walls of the world,” jury member David Leach says.

Mountain Ranges of Colorado
John Fielder

Comments from the jury include:

bullet“A wonderful testament to the observation that luck favours the prepared and persistant. How else do you get a mountain goat to lie down and sit still for 10 minutes, 15 feet from where you your 4x5 view camera is set up? A great eye coupled with wonderful technique, and then married to a beautifully produced book.”
2004 Great Sand Dunes National Park: Between Light and Shadow
John B. Weller

The author photographed this Colorado landscape once a month for three and a half years, accompanying the images with his own essays, poetry, and journal entries.

2003 Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land
Subhankar Banerjee

Banerjee, a photographer, in collaboration with six essayists, presents a portrayal of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a unique landscape made up of equal parts of beauty and hazard. The U.S. is currently considering this area for oil drilling. "This book does what it was meant to do: stimulate the senses and debate. It accomplishes both beautifully," says Ramsay.

2002 Bruno Engler Photography
Susan Engler Potts, Vera Matsarova Engler

A compilation of mountain images by Canadian Rockies mountaineer, filmmaker and photographer Bruno Engler (1915-2001). This book also wins the Canadian Rockies Award for the best book on the local area.
2001 The High Himalaya
Art Wolfe (photos) and Peter Potterfield (text)

"Visually, a superb book," says Maria Coffey, one of the 2001 judges. "Wolf brilliantly portrays so many facets of Himalayan culture and landscape. This is the work of an artist with a great passion for the places and people he captures on film."
2000 Mountain Photography
Bradford Washburn

The book reflects the eight decades that Bradford Washburn has spent documenting mountain landscapes from the Grand Canyon to Mount Everest. Edited and compiled by Antony Decaneas, the book includes one hundred large format mountain photographs selected from the over 10,000 images in the Washburn portfolio.
Read Our Review
1999 Summit: Vittorio Sella, Mountaineer And Photographer, The Years 1879-1909
Vittorio Sella

At the turn of the century, carrying a supply of glass-plate negatives, Italian photographer Vittorio Sella climbed scores of the world's most perilous mountains and photographed them, many for the first time. His strikingly beautiful photographs offered groundbreaking scientific and documentary information and are still used by climbers to map routes. This is the first comprehensive volume of Sella's photographs. "The book is convincing in its brilliant text and images and it shows Sella's significant contribution to mountain photography," jury member Michael Pause says.

A Special Mention award was earned by Fat Tire: A Celebration Of The Mountain Bike by Amici Design

1998 Stone and Silence
Linde Waidhofer

This is a book of landscape photographs taken in the desert country of the American southwest. Stone and Silence made a "particularly stunning impression" on the jury members.
1997 Tibetan Voices: A Traditional Memoir
Brian Harris

1996 Tibetan Portrait: The Power Of Compassion
Phil Borges

1995 The Last Forbidden Kingdom: Mustang, Land Of Tibetan Buddhism
Vanessa Boye and Clara Marullo

1994 The Cuillin: Great Mountain Ridge of Skye
Gordon Stainforth




The following table includes a list of the finalists for the Banff Awards in the Mountain Image category since the award was first established.

  Year   Mountain Image Finalists
bulletArctic Wings: Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by Stephen Brown
bulletThe Last Place on Earth by Michael Nichols
bulletSahyadris: India's Western Ghats - A Vanishing Heritage by Sandesh Kadur
bulletLiving with Wolves by Jim and Jamie Dutcher
bulletMountain Ranges of Colorado by John Fielder
bulletYellowstone to Yukon: Freedom to Roam by Florian Schulz
bulletArtists of the Rockies: Inspiration of Lake O'Hara by Jane Lytton Gooch
bulletEdge of the Earth, Corner of the Sky by Art Wolfe
bulletGreat Sand Dunes National Park: Between Light and Shadow by John B. Weller
bulletHigh Rocks & Ice: The Classic Mountain Photographs of Bob & Ira Spring by Ira Spring
bulletThe Path to Buddha: A Tibetan Pilgrimage by Steve McCurry
bullet Antarctica: Explorer Series, Volume 1; Pat & Rosemarie Keough
bullet Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Seasons of Life and Land; Subhankar Banerjee Available at Amazon UK  
bulletCanmore Miners: Coal Miner Portraits and Stories; Lawrence Chrismas
bullet Himalayan Quest: Ed Viesturs on the 8,000-meter Giants; Ed Viesturs Available at Amazon UK
bulletOff the Road; Felix Oppenheim
bullet Andes; Pablo Corral Vega
bullet Bruno Engler Photography; Susan Engler Potts, Vera Matsarova Engler
bulletA Nepalese Journey: The Essence of the Annapurna Circuit, Andrew Stevenson
bulletTexas Mountains; Laurence Parent, Joe Nick Patoski
bulletDas andere Bild der Berge; Jurgen Winkler
bulletThe Great Divide: Photographs from the Canadian Rockies; Ernie Kroeger
bullet The High Himalaya; Art Wolfe (photos) and Peter Potterfield (text)
bulletMillennium Experimenta #3; Betta Gobbi
bulletChasms of Silence; Marten Berkman
bullet Denali; Reflections Of A Naturalist; Kennan Ward
bulletMillennium #2; Betta Gobi
bullet Mountain Photography; Bradford Washburn
bulletFat Tire: A Celebration Of The Mountain Bike; Amici Design
bulletFootsteps In The Clouds; Kangchenjunga A Century Later; Pat and Baiba Morrow
bulletLandscapes Of The Spirit; William Neill (used via Marketplace or Powell's Books
bulletMillennium; Various
bulletRock Prints; Greg Epperson  Read Review
bullet Summit: Vittorio Sella, Mountaineer And Photographer, The Years 1879-1909; Vittorio Sella
bulletStone and Silence; Linde Waidhofer
bulletThe Rockies; David and Marc Meunch
bulletTibetan Voices: A Traditional Memoir; Brian Harris
bulletThe Yukon; Pat and Baiba Morrow
bulletA Mountain Alphabet; Margriet Ruurs
bulletPoles Apart: Parallel Visions Of The Arctic And Antarctic; Galen Rowell
bulletTibetan Portrait: The Power Of Compassion; Phil Borges
bulletWild Colours; Paul Gilbert and Kathryn Graham
bulletCanadian Rockies: Where Eagles Soar; Scott Rowed
bulletThe Last Forbidden Kingdom: Mustang, Land Of Tibetan Buddhism; Vanessa Boye and Clara Marullo


If you like this list and want to see other award winning books on mountaineering and the outdoors, check out the winners of these three awards:
bullet American Alpine Literary Award
bulletBoardman-Tasker Memorial Award for Mountain Literature
bulletNational Outdoor Book Awards


Return to TheRagens Books homepage. For other books on our lists of recommended books, follow the links below.
bulletOur Current Book List. The list of books on our current reading list.
bulletMountain Climbing and Outdoor Adventures with the cover graphics.
bullet Books on Wine Appreciation and Winemaking.
bulletChildren's Books that our boys or their cousins are reading. Click here for the Seattle Children's Theatre recommended booklist.
bullet History Books that relate to our family history or that we have enjoyed.
bulletOther Books that we are waiting to categorize.


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