For a couple years now, my friends have been pushing me to throw my hat into the ring for the annual Deep Winter Photo Challenge, a photography competition that has a reputation for being a fiercely competitive 4 day grind. 2011 marks the fifth round of a contest that has been won 3 years straight by Vancouver-based photographer Jordan Manley. I was shooting in Whistler during last year's contest and mentioned that I'd be interested in competing someday, provided Jordan got tired of winning.
As fate would have it, Manley has graciously decided to give someone else a shot at the top prize this year, and I jumped on the opportunity to be a part of the Deep Winter experience. Despite this, the competition is intimidating: Blake Jorgenson and Tim Zimmerman (so badass that he doesn't even need a website) are top names in the ski and snowboard worlds, John Scarth is the photo editor of Snowboard Canada Magazine, and while I'm not all that familiar with ski photogs Ilja Herb and Robin O'Neill, I'm sure they'll have a thing or two to say about my bid for a share of a $6000 prize purse.
For those unfamiliar with the contest, photographers have 3 days to shoot in-bounds at Whistler Blackcomb followed by a day to put together a 3-5 minute slideshow, presented and judged live before an audience of 1000. 1st place takes home $3000 in prize money and is crowned the "King of Storms".
The slideshow presentation runs Jan 15th this year. Get your tix ASAP - this event sells out well in advance every year. Needless to say, I'm thrilled and honoured to be one of the competitors and I'm really looking forward to see what the collective minds of the photographers and our teams are able to produce during the 72 hour shooting window. I'll be posting blog updates before, during, and after the contest - next up, an introduction to my team of athletes. Stay tuned!