Open Call

Mountain Photography Residency | Mountain Culture

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

With Funding
Banff, Canada


The Mountain Photography Residency offers structured time for photographers, with an interest in cultural landscape and the outdoors, to create work and discuss pertinent themes related to culture and the outdoor industry. Through peer interaction, discussion groups, field work, lectures, and community visits, participants gain new ideas and insights that can be applied to creative exploration of their work and professional development. Photographers will receive direct mentorship on research practices and methodologies that support the creation of new work. They will also engage in critical analysis of methods of production, cultural engagement, and use of artistic work in promoting protecting communities, culture, and the environment.

Number of Participants

This program is designed for photographers exploring mountain and wilderness themes and cultivating new directions in their work, as well as experimenting with production techniques. We welcome applications from photographers who have an interest in documenting and protecting communities, cultures, and the environment, as well as those who are involved in shaping community transformation by amplifying marginalized stories and voices. Applicants should have an interest in relationship building, culture, landscape, natural history, geography, and photography, as well as a desire to create in a community of peers.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


August 31, 2019 - September 07, 2019


  • CA$1,646.00 stipend (one-time)


  • CA$65.00 application fee
  • CA$2,646.00 program fee (one-time)


Private Room


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Discussion, Mentors, Professional Development, Retreat, Visiting Professionals, Workshops




No languages listed

Program Description

The Mountain Photography Residency provides an opportunity for photographers to learn how to tell compelling visual narratives through images. The program examines photography and its methodologies, processes, and uses when working in mountain or wilderness communities with deep ecological history, cultural history, or spiritual significance. Participants will explore how artistic practice can change in relation to our shifting and evolving sense of self in today’s world. They will also reflect on the communities with which we identify, participate, and create – as well as the vital cultural significance of human connection through land, the outdoors, story, culture and art. Individualized interaction with celebrated photographer Ace Kvale and guest faculty will allow participants to address aspects of the creative process, storytelling, and culture in their artistic work.

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