Mountain Lodge at Telluride, Mountainfilm Announce Photo Contest, Telluride Resort Invites Photographers to Enter Images that Best Capture ‘Population’ Theme

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Mountain Lodge at Telluride, Mountainfilm and Little Bear Productions invite photographers around the world to enter photos that best illustrate the theme “Population Explosion.” The topic coincides with the theme for Telluride’s 34th Annual Mountainfilm Festival, which will take place Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28.

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Mountain Lodge at Telluride, Mountainfilm Host 'Population Explosion' photo contest.

We are excited to see what people come up with to conceptualize this intriguing topic of the evolution of Earth’s population.

Mountain Lodge at Telluride, Mountainfilm and Little Bear Productions invite photographers around the world to enter photos that best illustrate the theme “Population Explosion.” The topic coincides with the theme for Telluride’s 34th Annual Mountainfilm Festival, which will take place Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28.

The “Population” festival theme highlights the United Nation’s report that the earth’s population now exceeds seven billion people. This year’s Mountainfilm festival will center around the effects of population on energy, water, food and extinction. The photo contest gives shutterbugs the chance to illustrate their interpretation of this theme in photographs.

How to Enter
To enter the photo contest, individuals may upload their photographs through the Mountain Lodge at Telluride Facebook page between now and 12 p.m. (MST) on April 1. Public voting begins on April 1 at 12:01 p.m. (MST) and ends on April 7. During this timeframe, individuals may vote for their favorite photo (one vote, per photo, per day) through the Mountain Lodge at Telluride Facebook page. The panel of judges will review the photos with the most votes from April 7-14. On April 15 Mountain Lodge at Telluride will announce the winners on its blog.

Judging Panel
The distinguished judging panel for the photo contest includes Neil Hastings, an accomplished professional photographer and the Director of Sales and Marketing for Mountain Lodge at Telluride; Robert Glenn Ketchum, world-renowned conservation photographer and Founding Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP); Peter Kenworthy, Executive Director for Mountainfilm; and Rochelle Bernet, President of Little Bear Productions (a new-media marketing agency headquartered in San Francisco).

“We are excited to see what people come up with to conceptualize this intriguing topic of the evolution of Earth’s population,” says Hastings. “Mountain Lodge at Telluride has a long history of partnering with Mountainfilm. This is an excellent way to show our support for an event that is a quintessential part of the Telluride summer festival scene.”

Contest Rules
There is no limit to the number of photos one may enter, though once submitted, photographers cannot edit or re-upload images. The contest is open to amateurs and professionals, ages 18 and up. Employees (and their immediate family members) of the sponsors and parent companies, affiliates and agents are not eligible. For complete contest rules and details visit https://apps.facebook.com/contestshq/contests/171989.

Contest Prizes
One or more winners will be selected. The grand prize winner will receive a four-night stay at Mountain Lodge at Telluride during the 2012 Mountainfilm festival in Telluride (May 25-28), two full passes to Mountainfilm, and a welcome basket upon arrival at the hotel. The second-place winner will receive a two-night stay in a Mountain Lodge at Telluride junior suite anytime between May 25, 2012, and May 24, 2013. The third-place prize is dinner for two at The View Restaurant and Bar at Mountain Lodge at Telluride, for use by June 1, 2013.

Mountain Lodge at Telluride
Mountain Lodge at Telluride is an exclusive, upscale resort. At 9,500 feet in the San Juan Mountains, the ski-in/ski-out resort offers luxury suites, lodge rooms, one-, two- and three-bedroom condominium units, and private cabins with up to six bedrooms. All feature private balconies or patios, jetted tubs, and luxurious robes, and, in condo units and cabins, fireplaces, and gourmet kitchens or kitchenettes with granite countertops.

Junior Suites are 650-square-foot suites with separate master bedroom and living area, separated by a rock wall gas fireplace (dual access into both rooms). Each unit features a king bed, Tempur-Pedic sofa bed, gourmet kitchen (no oven), balcony, jetted tub, two flat-screen TVs, iPod docking station, hairdryer, iron and board, and safe.

Property amenities include concierge services, full 24-hour front desk service, daily housekeeping, grocery shopping service, fitness center, massage room, steam room, fitness room, outdoor deck with heated pool and spa, and complimentary wireless Internet service in all units and in the main lodge. The View restaurant and wine bar offer upscale tavern dining, magnificent views of 14,000-foot peaks, a 50-foot vaulted ceiling and massive stone fireplace.

The resort is listed as one of the top 50 ski hotels in North America in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2010 annual “Best Places to Ski & Stay in North America” readers’ poll.

Mountainfilm in Telluride
Started in 1979, Mountainfilm in Telluride is one of America’s longest-running film festivals. In addition to screening leading independent documentary films from around the world, the festival includes a full-day symposium on a critical contemporary issue, art and photography exhibits, early morning coffee talks, a book signing party, an ice cream social, student programs and a closing picnic/awards ceremony. Presentations and panels are scheduled throughout the Memorial Day weekend event with a wide diversity of special guests, ranging from artists to adventurers and academics to activists.

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