Bruno Engler was born in Lugano, Switzerland, in 1915. He came to Canada in 1939 and spent over 60 years photographing the Canadian Rockies. The last of the Swiss mountain guides hired by Canadian Pacific he was a climber, ski instructor, cinematographer, occasional actor, writer, story teller and high altitude photographer.
He was the recipient of numerous awards including the Alberta Achievement Award for Excellence, the Premier Cup for Photography and Mountaineering, and the prestigious Rose Award presented at the World Environmental Festival in 1986 in Ottawa, Canada. He also received an honourary lifetime achievement award from IATSE, the international photographer’s guild. He was named an honourary member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides in 1975.
In 1987, at the Banff Festival of Mountain Films, Bruno was selected as the recipient for the inaugural Summit of Excellence Award, representing the highest of honours from his peers in the mountain community for his contributions to Canadian Rockies culture and for his enthusiasm and dedication to photography, guiding and skiing.