Majesty, mystery, and a dash of daring reign in these mountaineering photos

four cyclists silhouettes against the moon
“FIFAD moondreamers”. Yhabril Moro

A lone skier sails past chillingly beautiful ice crystals. Two climbers hang precariously from a cliff at golden hour. Four cyclists ride in the glow of the moon. These are just a few of the thrilling entries of this year’s CVCEPHOTO contest, a program that  works to promote mountain sports and activities through photography. 

About the CVCEPHOTO contest

Hosted by the Club Vasco de Camping Elkartea, a mountaineering association in San Sebastian, Spain, the photo contest, now in its eighth year, promotes mountaineering activities in collaboration with Bilbao Mendi Film Festival, a mountain film contest.

Participants are invited to submit their very best images of any non-motorized sport that takes place in the mountains, including alpinism, climbing, skiing, trekking, speleology, and paragliding. Amateurs and professionals are eligible to enter. 

The honorees include the top three photos, 15 honorable mentions, and two winners whose photos will appear as the BBK Mendi Film Bilbao-Bizkaia and International Alpine Film Festival Les Diablerets posters. 

The first-place winner receives 1,400 euros and a trophy created by artist Iñgio Arístegui; second place, 700 euros; third place, 300 euros; and honorable mentions nab a diploma. The awards ceremony takes place on May 28 in San Sebastian, and the exhibition runs from May 30 to July 29 at the Club Vasco de Camping Elkartea.

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First place

skier at sunset jumping off slope
“Young gun.” Yhabril Moro

First place winner Yhabril Moro shot this photo at the Freeride World Tour in Baqueira, after running into a friend. “In just a moment we improvised a plan at sunset, and he gave me the best photo of the day, better than all the ones I had taken from the pros,” Yhabril Moro recalls, (Read more…)