Pemberton photographer Russell Dalby was crowned the King of Storms at the 2013 Deep Winter Photo Challenge Saturday night.
Six pro photographers spent 72 hours capturing Whistler Blackcomb last week to make a three to five minute slideshow that was presented to a sold out crowd at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. A panel of professional photographer judges chose the winners based on both the technical aspects of the photos and the overall presentation.
Dalby’s entry featured black and white photos that transitioned between images of musical instruments and local bands and riders on the mountain set to a soundtrack by Colorado indie-folk band The Lumineers.
“I just kind of wanted to focus on not all of the action and have a story and concept behind the whole thing,” he said after the winner was announced. “I just decided to compare the music to the mountains.”
Along with the title, Dalby took home a $5,000 prize. Reuben Krabbe, who won the Deep Summer Photo Challenge last year, won the $2,500 second-place prize, while Andrew Strain, a last minute addition to the competition, placed third.
A photo by Mike Helfrich of a snowboarder soaring through the air won best single image and a $500 award.