Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ski Salt Lake Shootout

Last week I was fortunate enough to be an athlete in the Ski Salt Lake Shootout.  This is a week-long photo contests that takes eight pro photographers, pairs them each with three athletes, and then unleashes them upon the four cottonwood canyon resorts outside of Salt Lake City for an all out photo frenzy.  Each team gets one day at each of the ski areas, and then submits a portfolio of the best two images from each day at the end of the contest.
I was placed on a team with Lee Cohen (photographer), Pip Hunt (skier), and Tony Pavlantos (snowboarder).  The night before the contest it snowed 16 inches, and then went blue for the rest of the week- perfect conditions to get some incredible photos.  We took full advantage of this- maximizing our days with early mornings and long days of skiing and hiking in and around Snowbird, Solitude, Alta, and Brighton.  The crew worked together really well, and we definitely came away from the week with some incredible images, but so did of the other teams.  Our portfolio didn't end up placing, but we did win the bonus "Urban Meets Mountain" category, and we still have this image from a jump outside of Solitude in the running for the Facebook Favorite section of the contest:
Corked 720 at Twin Lakes Pass, photo by Lee Cohen
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Also, here is slide show of the final images from all eight photographers.  I would hate to have had the job of judging this thing, because all of the the photos entered were amazing.

Powder Magazine also has a gallery of some more of the photos here

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