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Andy Wright wins Pro Photographer Showdown 2013

The popular WSSF event recruits top names to display career-spanning slideshows

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UPDATED: Andy wright has won the Pro Photographer Showdown for 2013. The People's Choice Award was won by Chris Burkard.

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If you weren't one of the lucky 1,500 people who manage to snag tickets to the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown, which sold out in a week this year, you might want to avert your eyes — or go ahead and take a look at what you're missing. Pique caught up with the five photographers who are vying for the $10,000 Best in Show prize to find out a bit more about their submissions — which compress their entire careers into a nine-minute slideshow — and hear their thoughts on the World Ski and Snowboard Festival's popular event.

Darcy Bacha
  • Darcy Bacha

Darcy Bacha

His submission might be diverse, depicting every sport from fly fishing to backcountry skiing and snowboarding, but Oregon photographer Darcy Bacha hasn't seriously considered winning the Pro Photographer Showdown. "I'm just super amped to put a body of my work together that I can share with everyone," he says. "And I can't wait to see everyone else's show."

Concerned that the audience — well-versed in the world of action sports — might need more than just awesome photos to be wowed, Bacha's show takes us through various seasons. "Fly fishing takes you to just as many beautiful places as snowboarding and skiing, so I wanted to show that part of my life as well during the middle section of the show," he says. "I end it in the heart of winter leading into spring with some of my favourite ski and snowboard images shot around Whistler and Revelstoke, B.C."

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