Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining. That’s our mission statement and we think it nicely captures what we’re about. We wonder what it may convey to others.

To help us find out, we’re launching a contest leading up to our 2010 festival to find photos that communicate either all or any part of our mission statement. What kind of photos do we expect to find? Anything from inspiring adventure photos to landscape shots of beautiful natural spaces to portraits of people taking action and working for positive change. The contest theme is broad because we want to see all the ways that our mission may speak to you.

As incentive to enter our Mountainfilm Photo Contest, we’re offering a chance for a little fame and fortune. Every week leading up to the contest, we’ll be featuring a photo on our blog, The Conversation. We’ll also be giving away prizes each month of the contest to photographers whose images especially resonate with us.

Talon44_magnesiumUp for grabs are cool goods from Osprey Packs, Horny Toad, JanSport and First Ascent. And because there’s no better way to be inspired by the Mountainfilm mission than actually being here, for our grand prize we’ll be giving away a VIP festival package including lodging!

This month we’ve got three Osprey Talon 44 packs up for grabs!

Entering is easy! To submit, upload your photo(s) to the Mountainfilm Flickr Pool. Make sure your photo has a title and a description. We look forward to seeing your work and, we hope, seeing you in May!

To win you must be a US resident or have a US shipping address. Sorry!