Pemberton-based Russell Dalby took top honors at the 2013 Arc’Teryx Deep Winter Photo Challenge, presented by Gore-Tex; this was Dalby’s first time competing in the competition. “I wanted to tell a story and showcase the lifestyle behind skiing and riding everyday on the hill,” he said. “A lot of photographers focus too much on the action and getting the most epic shots possible. I wanted to tell the entire story.”
Dalby presented an all black and white slideshow, juxtaposing images of an acoustic guitar with shots of professional skier Dan Treadway. For his efforts, Dalby took home the first place prize of $5,000.
Taking second this year (and $2,500) was two-time competitor Reuben Krabbe, while Andrew Strain took third ($1,000). Competing photographers had three days to shoot in-bounds at Whistler Blackcomb to produce a body of work. The final slideshows were played before a sold-out crowd at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Judges included Photo Editor at Coast Mountain Culture Magazine, Peter Moynes; veteran photog, Eric Berger; freelancer for CanWest Global newspaper, Bonny Mackarewicz; former Director of Photography at SKI Magazine, Keri Bascetta and ski photography veteran, Paul Morrison.
Online voting for the People’s Choice award is open through February 19, 2013. Participating photographers each submitted three images, and you can vote for your favorite via the Whistler Blackcomb Facebook page.
Below are the top three slideshows: