PICTURES: Best Mountain Photos of 2009 Announced

 PICTURES: Best Mountain Photos of 2009 Announced
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Grand Prize
Banff Mountain Photography Competition


To capture the "abandonment and desolation" she felt when faced with the "eerie perfection" of the Swiss Alps in 2007, Canadian photographer Nathalie Daoust turned to practically prehistoric photo techniques--a pinhole camera, black-and-white film, and hand tinting. The result, "Tamas--Frozen in Time," took top honors at the 2009 Banff Mountain Photography Competition.

Altogether, 18 winning pictures--a selection of which are shown here--were named in early October 2009 at the Banff Centre in the Canadian Rockies. The center's Mountain Culture program, which organizes the competition, "promotes understanding and appreciation of the world's mountain places."

The competition was presented in part by the National Geographic Society. (National Geographic News is part of the National Geographic Society.)
— Photograph courtesy Nathalie Daoust, Banff Mountain Photography Competition
 
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