Yukon Sunset Scene Wins Mountain-Photo Competition

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Best Photo—Mountain Culture: "SkiJ-CH," François Portmann, New York City

Best Photo—Mountain Environment: "Davos-II," François Portmann, New York City

Best Photo—Mountain Flora and Fauna: "Big Leaf Maple: Leaves and Reflection," Jeff Friesen, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Best Photo—Mountain Landscape: "Mountain Goats and Glaciers, Kluane National Park, Yukon," Fritz Mueller, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada

The photos will make their public debut in November during the Banff Mountain Festivals at the Banff Centre, where they will remain on display until October 2004. Some images will go on to travel with the Banff Mountain Film Festival tour and make other select appearances in North America and other parts of the world.

Founded in 1933 by the University of Alberta, with a grant from the U.S.-based Carnegie Foundation, the Banff Centre operates under the authority of the Canadian provincial government of Alberta. It is Canada's only learning center dedicated to the arts, leadership development, and mountain culture. Mountain culture includes natural history, human heritage, arts, philosophy, lifestyle, adventure, economics and environment.

The Banff Centre is 75 per cent self-reliant, generating revenue from conference sales, donations, sponsorship, program grants, and tuition. It receives an operating grant from the Alberta government.

The National Geographic Society is a co-presenter of the Banff Mountain Photography Competition and Banff Mountain Film Festival & North American Tour. The Society also sponsors the Banff Mountain Book Festival, Banff Mountain Speakers' Bureau and Banff Mountain Summit 2003 - Mountains as Water Towers.

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