Incredible images of mountain adventures win the International Mountain Photo Contest 2022

The winners of the International Mountain Photo Contest 2022 have been announced. Now in its eighth year, the contest is organized by the Club Vasco de Camping Elkartea, a mountaineering club, based in San Sebastian, northern Spain. After sifting through thousands of entries from more than 60 different countries, the jury selected the 20 finalist photos.

The First Prize winning entry was taken from Yabril Morofrom Biscay, with “Young Gun”, a spectacular photograph of a ski jump under the lights of the sunset, in Baqueira, a Catalan ski resort.

1st Prize

Yabril Moro – “Young Gun”, Baqueira

This year I went to photograph the Freeride World Tour in Baqueira. I took thousands of photos and, after the race, I meet my young friend Urko Yarza by chance. He is the future! In a moment we improvised a plan at sunset and he gave me the best photo of the day, better than all the ones I had taken for professionals. For the composition I took into account the position of the pilot, the sun and the snowy trail, and I shot with an external flash to slightly raise the shadows and blacks of the pilot who was dressed very dark. As for the editing, I worked mostly on focus and white balance and turned it up to warmer tones to be faithful to the sunset light.

2nd Prize

Paolo Zizka – “Winter Window”, Stutfield Glacier, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

Sasha Galitzki skies over the frost from inside an ice cave in the Canadian Rockies. “Fenêtre Hivernale” was born out of curiosity. Our group was moving past the tip of Stutfield Glacier in Jasper National Park and we noticed a small hole in the snow covering the ice. As the main focus of the day was to locate and photograph the ice caves, we poked our heads into every hole we saw, in case it opened onto a large chamber. That one in particular did not: it was a space spacious enough for one or two people. However, the view from a small frosted window offered great framing possibilities. I waited for my friend Sasha to ski through the frame and I liked the result. I heard he conveyed the magic of winter to the Canadian Rockies.

3rd Prize

José Allende – “Desert in flames”, via Merlín, Wadi Rum desert, Jordan

While my friends climbed the route, I was looking for frames with a different point of view. I was on a dune where there were small plants and I took some photos that I really liked. I saw that the effect of the branches was very similar to a flame, showing just what I felt at that moment in the middle of the desert. The problem was that from there I could only photograph the climbers on the first pitch, so I decided to climb a mountain that was right in front of me. I was surprised to find more of those plants up there so I repeated the same frame again and this time I was able to photograph the climbers and give the image that feeling of desert warmth.

Award poster for filming

Sandi Bertoncelj – “Ski is Life”, Zauchensee, Austria

One of those perfect powder days you dream of. Super light powder and perfectly spaced trees. What more could you ask for?

FIFAD poster award

Yabril Moro – “Moon dreamers”, Villanua, Huesca, Spain

I had been looking for a photo like this for a long time, but I knew it would be difficult for me to find the right location. The place we live in, Villanúa, is a small village in the Pyrenees surrounded by mountains where you have to climb very high to see the moon in time. I spent about a month searching until I decided to choose this place at a height of about 2500m. I also tried to make sure it happened during the blue hour so that I could capture the contrast between the sky, earth and moon with that special light. On the day of the photo, the weather was cold and windy. It took several attempts. I also had to move to correct my position as the moon kept rising, while they had to push the bike back to ride again until I got the composition I was looking for.

Here are some of my favorites from the other finalists:

David Nogales – “Fearless Aniol on a Postcard”, Aldeyjarfoss, Iceland

While working on a documentary project about extreme kayaking, we traveled all over Iceland until we reached Aldeyjarfoss. It’s one of the most scenic waterfalls I’ve ever seen thanks to the energy of the water and the strange basalt rock formations on its sides. It was late afternoon and the sun wasn’t that strong so we had this epic dim light.

Felice Urruzia Uriarte – “Couple”, Urkiola Natural Park, Bizkaia, Spain

Snow was expected at high altitude, so I went to the Urkiola Natural Park with the intention of taking some photographs in the beech forest. I usually go it alone because I focus more on what I like to capture in my photographs. Sometimes it snowed and so I decided to immerse myself in the forest without a tripod. Shortly after I saw that there were more people walking in the area, and after noticing those trees, again, with autumn-colored leaves, I took advantage of the moment when that couple passed through the hole, to take the picture. The truth is, I spent a fruitful morning in that wintry setting.

Julia Roger-Veyer – “Escape”, Mer de Glace, Chamonix, France

This photo was taken in the fall of 2021, during a 2-day exploration of the Mer de Glace, in Chamonix, with a friend and athlete Jeff Mercier, one of the best ice climbers in the world. Through this photo I wanted to convey both the beauty of this fragile element, the ice, and to be able to capture the action of the climber and his precariousness. Most of the time I have 2 lenses with me, the EF 24-105 f / 4 and the EF 16-35 f / 8, but I don’t carry a lot of equipment with me as I already have enough to carry with all the mountain and climbing equipment! I find that when you don’t have many lenses and conditions don’t allow you to carry equipment, it forces you to think more about the shot. Increase creativity.

Cristoforo Giordano – “Fragile”, Pitztal Glacier, Tyrol, Austria

Each year a dedicated team of snowboarders and skiers travels to one of the last remaining glaciers in Tyrol. Mostly we go to the Pitztal glacier. There are two reasons for this: Firstly, by going there every year, we see how quickly this beautiful and ancient world of glaciers is disappearing due to climate change. After the photo was taken, usually about 4-6 weeks later, this unique location of thousands of years old ice is gone forever. We want to document this rapidly disappearing world for generations to come. My children will no longer be able to see it. Secondly, we use this wonderful glacier world as a great place for stunning ski / snowboard photography. In this photo, rider Jochen Mesle is skiing on a fragile ice cave.

Florence Corrado – “Holidays on the beach”, Onton, Cantabria, Spain

Kevin climbs alone on a day of big waves. He feels the wall vibrate with the violence of the Cantabrian Sea and smiles.

Nicolai Brugger – “Star Hotel”, Stellisee in Zermatt

I took this photo near a new moon phase. I was up there with some friends and spent the night at the lake to tour the Milky Way.

The 20 winning photos will be exhibited in large format in the gardens of San Sebastian Boulevard from May 26, 2022. Alternatively, you can see them on the competition website.

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