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Drew Ludwig, a photographer and expedition leader, is one of our special guests this year, presenting an exhibit of photos shot last summer during a solo walk of 120 miles from the Ninth Ward of New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana.

What Drew says about his show:

During August of 2010, I walked 120 miles from the Ninth Ward of New Orleans to the Gulf Of Mexico in Louisiana. It was the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the oil spill in the Gulf was about to be capped.

I came to help. I came to work. I held lofty goals of an activist, and I wanted to use my hands. What transpired was far more etherial and bordering upon obscurity. I walked, I listened and I came to pick up the work gloves of others rather than my own.

I believe gloves connect a hand with purpose and as I walked, I began to see the story of Louisiana between the marks, the scars and the holes of the discarded gloves I found beside the highway. I became a collector of these gloves.

My eye quickly turned to the strangers I met along those roads; towards the helping hands that invited me into their homes and fed me after those twelve hour days of walking. These are the faces that came to gaze into my camera, and it was their gloves that I carried across the state of Louisiana.

The show will be a sampling of the gloves and photos I collected along the way.

On the one year anniversary of the BP oil spill, his experiences bring him back to thinking about the people of the region:

On the eve of the anniversary I am thinking about the people I met along the way. I am wondering if they found that place to live, upped their quotas, found their water’s clean and had a good football season? I am lucky enough to call a few Louisianan locals friends and I am sending them all my best on a somber day.

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Kayaking on Hubbard Lake, MI

Wave Back

Divide Wisdom

In this final round of our photo contest, we had even more amazing photos to choose from. The big congrats goes out to: Kayak, Wave Back and Divide Wisdom.

Stay tuned for our grand prize winner announcement at the end of this week. And if you haven’t already, go take a look at all of the excellent submissions in our Flickr pool; there’s some great travel and adventure inspiration in there.

As part of our photo contest, we’re featuring some of our favorites here on the blog. Every week we’ll be bringing you another photo that in one way or another reflects our mission statement: educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining.

We chose this photo because it speaks to us of the euphoria often felt watching the sun go down on a day spent outdoors, and also fills us with a sense of the unknown and exploration. Really, it’s a conversation worth sustaining: How can we initiate adventure in our lives? Do we take enough time for wilderness escapes and glorious sunsets? Every year, Mountainfilm hopes to inspire people to get outdoors, get involved, and challenge themselves, not only immediately after the festival, but for the rest of the year and beyond, as well.

For your chance to be featured on The Conversation and possibly win free gear, please submit your photo. More details here.

Mt Adams

As part of our photo contest, we’re featuring some of our favorites here on the blog. Every week we’ll be bringing you another photo that in one way or another reflects our mission statement: educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining.

We chose this photo for two reasons: one, the hard-earned mountaintop view of a glorious sunset fiendishly plucks on our adventure heartstrings; and two, we love that these guys are camped out with First Ascent gear. First Ascent helps people get to places like the one featured in this photo, and as Mountainfilm’s Presenting Sponsor, they also help us reach the people and places we do – we couldn’t be more grateful!

For your chance to be featured on The Conversation and possibly win free gear, please submit your photo. More details here.

Denali Summit

As part of our photo contest, we’re featuring some of our favorites here on the blog. Every week we’ll be bringing you another photo that in one way or another reflects our mission statement: educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining.

We had a bit of synchronicity today – prior to selecting a photo for this week’s blog post, we read an article from Outside Magazine about a 13-year old who plans to summit Mt. Everest in May. If he is successful, he will become the youngest person to have climbed the Seven Summits. Mt. Everest and Vinson Massif (in Antarctica) are the two remaining mountains he has yet to conquer, meaning he’s already stood atop Denali, in more or less the same place the photographer who took today’s featured image was standing. Here’s to adventure, no matter how old (or young) you might be!

For your chance to be featured on The Conversation and possibly winning free gear and a VIP Festival Package, please submit your photo. More details here.

Hanging Bridge

As part of our photo contest, we’re featuring some of our favorites here on the blog. Every week we’ll be bringing you another photo that in one way or another reflects our mission statement: educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining.

This year’s symposium addresses the extinction crisis. Most people associate extinction primarily with loss of habitat and animal species due to human expansion and mismanagement of resources, but another type of extinction that is often overlooked is culture extinction. It is estimated that half of the approximately 6,000 languages currently spoken will disappear within this century; often, when a language goes, the culture of the people speaking it dissolves, as well. This photo represents a culture worth preserving, certainly, and one that seeks to celebrate and preserve its longstanding historical traditions. There seems to be more than a little adventure involved in crossing that bridge, too!

For your chance to be featured on The Conversation and possibly winning free gear and a VIP Festival Package, please submit your photo. More details here.

mountainfilm banner

As you may have heard, we’re running a photo contest leading up to this year’s festival, and now it’s time for a second round of prizes!

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 looking for 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.

Horny Toad Jackets

JanSport MazamaThe lucky winner for this month will score a JanSport Mazama, a backcountry pack that’s equipped to take you on any alpine adventure; it even has water resistant zippers to keep your stuff nice and dry.

There is also a Horny Toad Men’s Woody Jacket and a Women’s Skylar Jacket, both water repellent windbreakers up for grabs.

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!

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!

ram in Glacier National Park

As part of our photo contest, we’re featuring some of our favorites here on the blog. Every week we’ll be bringing you another photo that in one way or another reflects our mission statement: educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining.

This photo struck us because the ram appears quite majestic, and seems un-phased as it confronts the photographer head-on. However, the balance struck also seems tenuous; though the ram doesn’t seem to mind the intrusion, he also seems poised and ready to leap at the merest hint of danger. The fragility of the circumstance depicted in the photograph mirrors an equal fragility between humans and their environment, one of which we must constantly be aware to maintain balance across all living systems.

For your chance to be featured on The Conversation and possibly winning free gear and a VIP Festival Package, please submit your photo. More details here.

Yak Herder Hut

Yak Herder Hut

Night in Hammaskaira

Night in Hammaskaira

Mist Near Ophir

Mist Near Ophir

In the first portion of our photo contest we’ve had some amazing submissions, and choosing wasn’t easy, but a big congrats goes out to these three amazing shots: Yak Herder Hut, Night in Hammaskaira and Mist Near Ophir. All three of these excellent photographers win an Osprey Talon 44 pack, and if these photos are any indicator, we’re sure those packs are going to go some pretty great places.

But it’s not over yet… we’ll be announcing new prizes from Horny Toad and Jansport later this week, so stay tuned and keep submitting!

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As part of our photo contest, we’re featuring some of our favorites here on the blog. Every week we’ll be bringing you another photo that in one way or another reflects our mission statement: educating and inspiring audiences about issues that matter, cultures worth exploring, environments worth preserving and conversations worth sustaining.

We chose this photo of the Beartooth Highway because it represents a critical dilemma we face in preserving beautiful landscapes and yet making them accessible to everyone. As the highway provides access to Yellowstone and has been dubbed the most beautiful highway in America, it certainly must suffer from congestion and (relatively) heavy traffic during the high season. However, it is also critical that Americans, and people worldwide, have access to such an important part of our heritage and the ability to appreciate its beauty. Thus, the image pertains to both an issue that matters and an environment worth preserving.

For your chance to be featured on The Conversation and possibly winning free gear and a VIP Festival Package, please submit your photo. More details here.

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