This time last year, the community of Whistler was on edge, anxiously anticipating the arrival of the Olympic torch and the hordes of athletes, international visitors and media that were sure to follow for the 2010 Winter Games.
Writers and staff here at Pique Newsmagazine spent plenty of time covering the Olympic and Paralympic Games, sharing stories from the lead-up to the wrap-up of all the action and now, with the one-year anniversary of the main event almost upon us, we're calling on you, the Whistler residents and readers, to share all of your most memorable Games moments with us.
We're looking for short stories (maximum 250 words) and photos that capture your epic Olympic moments: brushes with greatness, Olympic gold moments, the best candid shots of the beloved Captain Canada, costumed super-fans, encounters with international visitors and those loveable Smurfs, and late-night shenanigans, just to give you a few ideas. The top entries will win some great prizes and be published in the February 10th issue of the Pique, just in time for the Whistler Winter Arts Festival, which runs from Feb. 11 to 13.
Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Feb. 3, or upload images to Pique's Facebook page.
Last call for powder hounds
The Whistler Arts Council is on the lookout for Sea to Sky- and B.C.-based photographers to throw down during their epic annual sports action photography competition, Out of Bounds: Tales from the Backcountry.
This is the sixth year for the contest and exhibition, which showcases emerging and professional backcountry sport photographers while promoting mountain culture and B.C. based athletes. But the deadline for application is looming: photographers have only until this Friday (Jan. 7) to submit their images of skiing and snowboarding in the B.C. backcountry.
All entries will be judged by a panel of industry professionals, athletes and photographers based on artistic merit, composition, technical skill and adherence to focus on the theme, Out of Bounds: Tales from the Backcountry (so, no photos taken from chairlifts, please). Selected photographers will receive an honorarium to assist in printing costs. Ultimately, a People's Choice Award and Best of Show will be presented, along with trips into Whistler's scenic backcountry courtesy of Coast Range Heliskiing. Images that have been digitally manipulated or developed into artwork will be eligible for entry in the competition, but they will be judged in a separate category and are not eligible for the heliskiing prize.
The Out of Bounds opening reception will take place on Friday, Feb. 4 at Millennium Place. The free exhibit will remain on display in the gallery throughout February. For more information and application details, visit artswhistler.com.