The names are now in and its camera-fuelled crunch time for six action sports photographers, potentially on the verge of the big league.
Thirty-eight entries from Canada, the U.S. and Europe made this years selection the largest ever for the World Ski and Snowboard Festivals annual Pro Photographer Search, to be held April 14 and 15. This years finalists covered a range of action sports including mountain biking, kayaking, skiing, and snowboarding. They are: Sterling Lorence of Vancouver; Peter Moynes of Solcan; Ryan Creary from Canmore; Jonathan Selkowitz of Jackson; Dave Humphreys of Squamish and Matt Power from Aspen.
These guys are now no doubt sweating on ideas for their 12 minute challenge. Each photographer will have to present a body of work expected to inspire and move the audience. They will need to provide a vivid journey through their lens into the world of action sports, all choreographed to music. The winner will be deemed Best of Show, and given an automatic wildcard entry in to Exposures premier event, the Pro Photographer Showdown. The Best of Show wildcard winner will present their work beside three invited photographic legends: surf photographer Warren Bolster, Swedish-based outdoors photographer Mattias Fredriksson, and skateboarding photographer Jon Humphries.
The WSSF Pro Photographer Searches have fast become one of the premier platforms for getting noticed. It has catapulted the careers of many photographers and been a platform for inspiring action sports photographers.
The Pro Photographer Search, presented by Sony as part of the Exposure line-up of events, will be held at the Delta Whistler Resort. Tickets are $10, available April 1.
For those wanting a heads-up on who made the shortlist, heres a bit of background.
Sterling Lorence: Best known for his daunting mountain bike images of Vancouvers North Shore, Lorences work has been published in Penthouse, Maxim, Mens Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. Lorence is senior photographer with Bike Magazine and hes also worked for Asics, Adidas, Sombrio, Manitou, Rocky Mountain Bikes, Cove, and Race Face. To view his work on-line visit www.eyeroam.com.
Dave Humphreys: Has been photographing landscape, wildlife and adventure for more than a decade and was a finalist in last years Pro Photographer Search. His studio is in Squamish where he freelances, frames prints and produces media projects, his latest being a DVD tool for First Nations to rediscover their lost language. His photos can be seen at www.digitalredpoint.com .
Ryan Creary: An outdoor action sports photographer from Canmore, Alberta, Creary only picked up a camera three years ago. His work can be seen in Powder, SBC Skier, Snowboard Canada, Rapid, and Bike.
Peter Moynes: Innovative image-maker Peter Moynes from Nelson, B.C., has been supplying images to magazines, stock agencies and corporate clientele throughout the globe for over 10 years.
Matt Power: Power, 31, is an action sports photographer based in Aspen, Colorado. His work can be seen in Powder, Skiing, Transworld Snowboarding, Snowboarder, Freeze, Freeskier, and Ski Press. Clients include Aspen Skiing Company, Ripcurl, and Smith.