The best mountain photos of the last 5 years

The International Mountain Summit just picked its 10 favourite pics from its annual photo contest.
The starry sky over La Palma de Mallorca
The starry sky over La Palma de Mallorca © Javier Martinez Moran/Der Atem der Berge, Bruckmann
By Sissi Pärsch

The International Mountain Summit has taken place annually in Bressanone, Italy since 2009. Over 10,000 images have been submitted to their annual photo contes and now the winners of the last five years have been used to create a photo book, entitled The Breath of the Mountains. From Ethiopa to Alaska, from Val Gardena to Greenland – check out these incredible (and incredibly emotional) images! 

Omo Valley, Ethiopia

Sunset in southwest Ethiopia
Sunset in southwest Ethiopia © Goran Jovic/Der Atem der Berge, Bruckmann

This World Heritage Site in Ethiopa is known as the 'cradle of humanity' – because 200,000-year-old human bones were found there. Photographer Goran Jovic shows two shepherds at sunset. 

Sigmund-Thun-Klamm, Kaprun (Austria)

Rudolf Hauser climbing ice in Austria
Rudolf Hauser climbing ice in Austria © Markus Berger/Der Atem der Berge, Bruckmann

Ice climber Rudolf Hauser picks his way up some ice in the Sigmund-Thunn canyon near his home in Kaprun, Austria. 

Himachal Pradesh, India

High over the mountain pass in India
High over the mountain pass in India © Sankar Sridhar/Der Atem der Berge, Bruckmann

Calcutta-raised photographer Sankar Sridhar shows us Saju, a shepherd from the tribe of Gaddi. Here, he takes his flock over the Thamsar Pass – at an altitude of 4,800m.

Mayon Volcano, Albay, Philippines

One of the prettiest volcanos in the world, Mayon
One of the prettiest volcanos in the world, Mayon © Jon Erick Dizon/Der Atem der Berge, Bruckmann

2,462m tall with 40 eruptions in the past five years, the Mayon Volcano is captured by local photographer Jon Erick Dizon – who's more accustomed to shooting weddings.  

Uummannaq, Greenland

Modern tradition and ancient living in Greenland
Modern tradition and ancient living in Greenland © Camille Michel/Der Atem der Berge, Bruckmann

Uummannaq is a 1,175m high mountain which dominates the island of Greenland. Photographer Camille Michel was travelling in this remote corner of north-western Greenland, where she hoped to portray the life of the Inuit.

Dhauladhar, India

Lights above the Himalaya
Lights above the Himalaya © Abhinav Pratap Singh/Der Atem der Berge, Bruckmann

Triund lies nearly 3,000m high amidst the Dhauladhar region of the Himalaya. At sunrise, you can still see the Milky Way, as snowflakes fall to the ground. Self-taught photographer Abhinav Pratap Singh is originally an engineer, and loves to experiment with his shots.

Glencoe, Scotland

Loch Etvie in Scotland
Loch Etvie in Scotland © Philip Gunkel/Der Atem der Berge, Bruckmann

"Highland Fairytale" is what Philip Gunkel named this pictures of the Loch Etvie in Scotland. The Berliner is known worldwide as a fine-art photographer on the go. While camping in the Southern Highlands, he caught these incredible colours just a few minutes before cooking dinner. 

Noravank, Armenia

A remote monastery in Armenia
A remote monastery in Armenia © Tigran Lorsabyan/Der Atem der Berge, Bruckmann

A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996, this 13th-century monastery is located in the Lesser Caucasus. Definitely a place to meditate! The photographer Tigran Lorsabyan is actually a geologist, but shows his work in exhibitions worldwide.

The plant above the clouds

High above the mountain clouds
High above the mountain clouds © Der Atem der Berge, Bruckmann

Where? We don't know. But it's high. That's one tough mountain-living plant. 

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