Mountains are incredible and unique landscapes that offer a wealth of natural and cultural resources on every continent. Mountain ranges have distinct climatic, ecological, and geological characteristics. They are a crucial component of the cryosphere and hydrosphere, providing water storage and distribution that extends to lower elevations. Mountains also occupy a central cultural and social role, with many cultures considering them as sacred places and sources of inspiration for histories and sagas. Alpine regions represent the opposition between refugee and hazard, solitude and danger, and environmental sensitivity and harsh conditions.
As part of the global activities for International Mountain Day on December 11th, we invite you to share your mountain experiences both artistically and scientifically through contributions in two formats: photo entries and graphical abstracts. All eligible submissions will be displayed on the APECS website and social media. The form to submit contributions is available on the APECS website.
For photo entries, we invite contributions in two categories:
- Nature: photos expressing the complex natural dynamics in mountains, such as landscapes, environment, flora, and fauna
- Culture: photos reflecting the cultural and social role of mountains, including people, architecture, customs, and religions