Neal Grundy Wins 2012 Banff Mountain Photography Contest


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Boulder Chimney, Eridge Green, Kent, U.K. © Neal Grundy

Photographer Neal Grundy took home the grand prize in the Banff Mountain Photography Competition for his series Night Climbing. The Brighton, U.K.-based lensman set long exposures to capture climbers with headlamps scaling routes in the Central Weald area of southeast England.

“By producing these images at night, I sought to recreate the juxtaposition of natural and man-made forms,” he says. “While the images were exposed, climbers ascended the route using head torches, rendering the climb significantly more difficult.”

Tunnel of light © Sandro Sedran

While Grundy won the top prize of $3,000, Italian photographer Sandro Sedran garnered a special mention for his series following a group of cavers near Venice. His series was called Lights in the Dark.

You can view all of the photos on the 2012 Banff Centre website.

—Joe Spring