Mountain Photography Residency

  By Ryley Smith

Hannah Campbell (left) and Jiri Rysanek (right). All photos by Jeff Yee

The Camera Store has proudly supported the Banff Mountain Film Festival for over a decade and specifically sponsored the Mountain Photography Residency program last week. The Camera Store’s very own Jeff Yee got to go up to Banff for the Mountain Photography Residency to represent TCS, bring up gear for participants to test, and take some amazing shots of the participants during the program. 


About the Program:

The Photo Residency Program is a fantastic opportunity to learn how one can evolve and adapt, to fully embrace a strongly rooted culture defined by the wilderness, and illustrate themselves beyond an image, through the significance of visual storytelling. With renowned photographer Ace Kvale and guest faculty member Pat Kane, participants had the opportunity to dive deep into methodologies, processes, the creative process, and much more, in order to strengthen their cultural and ecological accountability, responsibility, and awareness, while enhancing their photography. This residency program speaks to people on a national and international spectrum; bringing like-minded people far and wide to come together to play around with all kinds of gear and experience the beautiful intensity of Banff. An excellent opportunity to expand wilderness knowledge, skill and perspective. 

Participant Lisa Milosavljevic

Darilyn Sewap photographs Jiri Rysanek, while instructor Ace Kvale assists

Future Participants: 

If you are a photographer driven by ever-changing wilderness and mountainscape with the desire to learn new techniques and perspectives, consider applying for the 2020 BMFF’s Mountain Photography Residency. With collective interests in vocalizing and positively impacting marginalized communities around the world, connecting with culture through geography and photography, this residency program gives participants an unbelievably fun and enlightening experience. This unique program will give you the opportunity to take your skills and expand them, while appreciating the historic significance of culture and community in the Banff area. You will be able to get your hands on specifically selected gear, chosen by The Camera Store, experiment with new techniques and collaborate on evolving ideas. 

Hannah Campbell and Nasuna Stuart-Ulin

Click here for more information on the 2019 Mountain Photography Residency, other programs, and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.


Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C, with a bachelor in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time, Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.