Team Icelantic and Team Discrete take top honors at Sony Eye of the Condor 2

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After a week’s worth of competition, Sony Eye of the Condor 2 came to a close on Friday with the first ever iF3-La Parva in Santiago de Chile. Before a large crowd at Mallsport, Team Discrete walked away with a win in the photography category while Team Icelantic earned the award for Best Film. A People’s Choice award will also be voted on later this week.

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Photo by Chris Bezemat (Discrete). Image courtesy of La Parva.

Chris Bezamat of Team Discrete topped photographers Jordan Ingmire (Team WIDSIX), Roberta Rebori (Team Icelantic), and Juan Luis de Heckeren (Team Chile); Bezemat was awarded for his ability to capture Chilean mountain culture and for his creative use of flashes. While Bezamat competed at the inaugural Eye of the Condor, this marks his first win.

“Last year’s winner, Juan Luis de Heckeren, is a really talented photographer so I was pretty nervous about what team Chile was going to have—plus we didn’t see them the entire week,” said Bezamat. “But, the portrait shot I had of Rachael [Burks] and the sunset shot of Parker [Cook] were pretty strong images, so I thought I had a pretty good chance, but I definitely wasn’t sure we had it by any means.”

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Photo by Roberta Rebori (Icelantic). Image courtesy of La Parva.

On the film side of things, Team Discrete and Team Icelantic had a close race to the finish. Ultimately, Team Discrete’s film, produced by John Roderick, tallied just one vote shy of Katy-Robin Garton and Team Icelantic’s piece—an honest, upbeat tribute to the mountains.

“Having people appreciate the video meant so much [to us] because of everything that went into it as a team,” said Team Icelantic editor and producer Katy-Robin Garton. “I’ve never experienced such an incredible group of women working together and it showed, and that’s what carried [the film].”

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Photo by Juan Luis de Heckeren (Chile). Images courtesy of La Parva.

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Photo by Jordan Ingmire (WIDSIX).

While Icelantic’s video is successful in its own right, Team Discrete is commended by the staffers here at Freeskier for producing a well rounded, action packed video. We also extend congratulations to all four teams for producing a fantastic gallery of imagery.

Stay tuned this week as you’ll have a chance to vote for the People’s Choice award. For more information on the event, visit laparva.cl/eyeofthecondor/ or become a friend of Ski La Parva on Facebook.