Italian freeride mountain bike photographer Ale Di Lullo won the 2019 Pro Photographer Showdown on Thursday, April 11.
The title of "Best in Show" came with a $10,000 prize.
"This was my vision of freeride, from hanging out with friends at competitions, to hanging out with friends on big mountains," Di Lullo says in a press release. "It was about pushing the limits of the sport, like any extreme sport aims to do."
His nine-minute slideshow took the audience through the last 15 years of his career set to a soundtrack by Nine Inch Nails. "It's amazing," Di Lullo says. "I've been looking at this contest forever. I thought I would never be able to even get invited. For some lucky alignment of planets I got invited in, and I even won it. I'm speechless."
The event, which runs at the Whistler Conference Centre as part of the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, also featured career-spanning slideshows by surf photographer Marcus Paladino; Tal Roberts, who focuses on skate, snow and adventure-based photography; Hawaiian surf and sea photographer Zak Noyle; and Whistler outdoor lifestyle and action photographer Robin O'Neill.
O'Neill took home the People's Choice award.