2016 Banff Mountain Book Competition Award Winners


The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival has been a premier film, book, and photography event for 41 years. The 2016 event was hosted by the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Canada. It took places over 9 days from October 29 to November 6, 2016. During the course of the event an international jury selects and awards over $50,000 in prizes for films and books that were featured in the competition.

See Who Won The 2016 Banff Mountain Film Festival

During the 2016 Banff Mountain Book Festival, 27 finalists were selected out of 147 book submissions. The jury for the book competition included: Paul Pritchard, Hilaree O’Neill, and Harry Vandervlist.

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Below you’ll find the winners of the 2016 Banff Mountain Book Competition:

The Phyllis and Don Munday Award – Grand Prize

  • $4000 – Sponsored by the Alpine Club of Canada
  • Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir by Jean McNeil

2016 Banff Mountain Book Competition Category Award Winners:

Adventure Travel

  • $2000 – Sponsored by Banff Gondola
  • Ice Diaries: An Antarctic Memoir
  • Jean McNeil, ECW Press (CAN, 2016)

Mountain Fiction & Poetry

  • $2000 – Sponsored by Fjällräven
  • Martin Marten: A Novel
  • Brian Doyle, Thomas Dunne Books & St. Martin’s Press (USA, 2015)

Mountain & Wilderness Literature – Non-Fiction – The Jon Whyte Award

  • $2000 – Sponsored by the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
  • The Bond
  • Simon McCartney, Vertebrate Publishing (UK, 2016)

Mountain Image

  • $2000 – Sponsored by Lake O’Hara Lodge
  • Yosemite in the Fifties
  • Dean Fidelman, Patagonia Books (USA, 2015)


  • $2000 – Sponsored by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides
  • 1001 Climbing Tips
  • Andy Kirkpatrick, Vertebrate Publishing (UK, 2016)

Mountaineering Article

  • $2000 – Sponsored by Canadian Mountain Studies Initiative, University of Alberta and the Alpine Club of Canada
  • Searching for Superman
  • Jeff Long, Ascent (USA, May 2016)

Mountaineering History

  • $2000 – Sponsored by Sherpa Adventure Gear
  • Rock Queen
  • Catherine Destivelle, Hayloft Publishing Ltd. (UK, 2015

Special Jury Mention

  • Across the Arctic Ocean: Original Photographs from the Last Great Polar Journey
  • Sir Wally Herbert & Huw Lewis-Jones, Thames & Hudson (USA, 2015)

Special Jury Mention

  • The Bold and Cold: A History of 25 Classic Climbs in the Canadian Rockies
  • Brandon Pullan, Rocky Mountain Books Ltd. (CAN, 2016)

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