The Winner of the Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition is….

  By ColinTyler

The Camera Store is a proud sponsor of the The Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition. The competition’s goal is to showcase the best in mountain-themed photo essays – to recognize the best stories told through a series of still images. We invited photographers to submit photo essays to illustrate their mountain related stories whether culture, adventure, wildlife, sport, environment, or natural history. The jury was seeking a sequence of images that conveys a compelling story or message – with each image strong enough to stand on its own while conveying a greater narrative when viewed in the photographer’s desired sequence

Congratulations Prasenjeet Yadav for his winning essay “Sky Islands” The The 2016 Banff Mountain Photo Essay Competition received 121 Entries, and an International Jury selected four Finalists. Over 1500 votes were cast, and Sky Islands stood out as the clear winner!

2016 Winning Photo Essay: “Sky Islands”
By: Prasenjeet Yadav

The sky islands of the Western Ghats in south India are unique both in its geography and biodiversity. Photographer Prasenjeet Yadav, along with bird ecologist Dr. Robin Vijayan, explored this landscape to understand the role these mountains play in the formation of new species, with a focus on the Shortwing, a small bird endemic to the sky islands. This story was part of Prasen’s National Geographic young explorers project which was essentially to photo document the beauty, ecology, and biodiversity of these Sky-islands.

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Prasenjeet Yadav is a molecular ecologist turned wildlife photographer. Early in his scientific career, he realized that his true passion lay in story-telling. He now combines his research experience with his photography skills to tell stories about science, exploration, and conservation. He is a National Geographic Explorer and is currently producing a story on evolution in the Sky-islands of Southern Western Ghats, India.

Jury Comment
“The story of the Shortwing, a bird endemic to the sky islands in the Western Ghats of India, is an evolutionary one. It may be impossible to photograph every aspect of this evolution, but Prasenfeet Yadav has managed, through an intense mix of colour, scale and content, to weave a tapestry of images as beautiful and alluring as the country of India herself.”