Jordan Manley has solidified his reputation as one of the top action sports photographers in the industry, winning yet another photography competition. (This makes it seven for seven, if anyone's counting.)
On Wednesday evening, Manley enthralled the audiences and judges at the second annual Deep Summer Photo Challenge, a competition that saw six very talented photographers head out into the bike park and trails surrounding Whistler over the span of three days, aiming to capture all the awe-inspiring action on offer. Each photographer then created a slideshow, which was presented to a panel of judges and a sold-out house of 1,100 people at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
After some serious deliberation, Manley emerged victorious, taking home $3,000 for his efforts. Nicolas Teichrob of Robert's Creek captured second place and a $2,000 prize. And legendary Whistler photographer Paul Morrison took home $1,000 for third place, plus an additional $1,000 for Best Photo. Sven Martin and Saint Wildcard photographers Steve Lloyd and Adrian Marcoux were also contenders at this year's competition.
Manley's team was made up of pro riders Darcy Turenne, Mike Hopkins and Thomas Vanderham, but he also showed some love to the unsung heroes of the bike park: the Whistler Mountain Bike Park Trail Crew. His images captured this motley crew in action, giving people a glimpse into the effort and dedication that's infused in the dirt and wood on every trail in the park.
"I think this event is super important to the progression of mountain biking," Darcy Turenne, Deep Summer emcee, pro rider and member of Manley's team said. "Events like this allow people to see what is going on deep in the woods and it is such a beautiful visual showcase to expose the soul of the sport. As an athlete I felt honoured to be a part of this competition. It is prestigious to work with such talented photographers. The time constraints make it a huge team effort and we really bonded. Definitely some of the most fun shooting I have ever done."
Film Festival Society gathers this week
The Whistler Film Festival Society (WFFS) is hosting their Annual General Meeting on Friday, Aug. 20, and inquiring minds are welcome to attend and find out what the society has been doing over the past year and what their plans are for 2010/2011.
The society aims to further the art of film by providing programs that focus on the discovery, development and promotion of new talent, culminating with the Whistler Film Festival in December.
The WFFS board of directors is comprised of up to 11 directors, with up to eight elected annually for a one- or two-year term. Two directors may be appointed and the two Co-founders may hold Founding Member Directors positions. Appointments and election of the executive are made following the AGM at a board meeting.