Revelstoke’s Zoya Lynch takes home top prize at Whistler’s Deep Winter Photo Challenge

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The 8th annual Arc’teryx Deep Winter Photo Challenge took place over this past weekend, with Revelstoke’s Zoya Lynch taking home the top prize and $5000. Lynch produced a slide show titled “Winter Canvas,” with photos, shot over three days at Whistler Blackcomb, that represented the marriage between Whistler’s artists and the mountain environment they call home. Nicholas Teichrob came in second place, taking home $2500, and Jason Hummel bagged third place and $1000.

In addition, the People’s Choice Award contest will go live at, at midnight on January 21. Each photographer will post a Deep Winter image of their choice to the web site, and the fans will decide who wins the grand prize of $1000 and a trip with Whistler Heli Skiing.

Press Release, Whistler, British Columbia, January 19, 2014:

Revelstoke’s Zoya Lynch speaks with pictures not words and at the 8th annual Arc’teryx Deep Winter Photo Challenge, presented by GORE-TEX®, she told a story about the relationship between Whistler’s most inspiring fine artists and the mountains they love in her show, “Winter Canvas”. The judges deemed Lynch’s photo slideshow, shot over three days on Whistler Blackcomb, the best of the night, and awarded her $5000. Nicolas Teichrob, in second place, took home $2500; and Jason Hummel came in third with $1000.

“It’s crazy, I’m so excited right now,” said Lynch after being named ‘Queen of Storms’. “I considered myself a wildcard competitor coming in so I am really happy to have won first place.”

The live event at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler had six professional photographers enthrall a sold out crowd of 1,100 with their story-based slideshows expressing the deep winter theme. Lynch’s unique show juxtaposed the process of artists Vanessa Stark, Vincent Massey and Kris “KUPS” Kupsky finding inspiration while snowboarding on Whistler Blackcomb and then harnessing that inspiration creatively in the studio. The judges remarked her show was clean, and found it to be the most creative, cohesive and original in the theme.

Second place was awarded to photographer Nic Teichrob who is no stranger to the Deep Winter scene having taken home third place in 2010 as well as first place in Deep Winter’s sister event, the Deep Summer Photo Challenge, in 2013. His perfect use of light to capture a silhouette of a skier against moody clouds also earned him $500 for the single best photo of all the slideshows.

“Nic Teichrob had really amazing action going for him,” said head judge and ski photography legend, Paul Morrison. “He had a vision and a strong concept.”

The Arc’teryx Deep Winter Photo Challenge, presented by GORE-TEX® People’s Choice Award contest is now live at Each photographer has a Deep Winter image of their choosing posted to the site, and everyone is encouraged to vote for their favourite photo. Voting will be open until midnight January 21 and the photographer with the most votes at the end of the three days will win $1000 and a trip with Whistler Heli Skiing.

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