Shoot-out in the Andes

Inside Skiing Magazine’s South American Photo Challenge.
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What happens when you pluck five photographers and five athletes from the clutches of August and throw them into a Chilean winter? And what do you get if you add an interrupted military exercise, drinking games with Hermann Maier’s groupies, a 5,000-foot couloir, and Chilean hotties dancing on table? Usually just sore legs and gonorrhea. Only we got dozens of coverworthy shots. The athlete-and-photographer teams were given six days to shoot for five categories: Creative Angle, Powder, Air, Big-Mountain, and Ski Culture. On the final night, each team presented a slideshow to an audience of 300 skiers, who voted to determine an overall winner. Here are the highlights.


OVERALL WINNER: JORDAN MANLEY

CATEGORY: CREATIVE ANGLE
Winner: Athlete Erik Roner photographed by Adam Clark
Runner-Ups: Athlete Chad Sayers photographed by Jordan Manley, Self-Portrait by Steven Lloyd

CATEGORY: POWDER
Winner: Athlete Pep Fujas photographed by Grant Gunderson
Runner-Ups: Athlete Josh Van Jura by Gene Dwarkin, Erik Roner by Adam Clark

CATEGORY: AIR
Winner: Pep Fujas by Grant Gunderson
Runner-Ups: Athlete Jason West photographed by Steven Lloyd, Erik Roner by Adam Clark

CATEGORY: BIG-MOUNTAIN
Winner: Pep Fujas by Grant Gunderson
Runner-Ups: Josh Van Jura by Gene Dwarkin, Jason West by Steven Lloyd, Erik Roner by Adam Clark

CATEGORY: SKI CULTURE
Winner: Jason West by Steven Lloyd
Runner-Ups: Chilean Military photographed by Jordan Manley, Pep Fujas by Grant Gunderson

- SKIING MAGAZINE, FEBRUARY/MARCH 2009

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What happens when you pluck five photographers and five athletes from the clutches of August and throw them into a Chilean winter?  And what do you get if you add an interrupted military exercise, drinking games with Hermann Maier’s groupies, a 5,000-foot couloir, and Chilean hotties dancing on table?  Usually just sore legs and gonorrhea.  Only we got dozens of coverworthy shots.  For Skiing Magazine's 2008 South American Photo Challenge, the athlete-and-photographer teams were given six days to shoot for five categories: Creative Angle, Powder, Air, Big-Mountain, and Ski Culture.  On the final night, each team presented a slideshow to an audience of 300 skiers, who voted to determine an overall winner.  Here are the highlights. Photo: Athlete Chad Sayers photographed by Jordan Manley. "We thought we were on track but we weren't sure we were going to win," says Manley. "There was a lot of talent there.  Anyone could've take the cake."

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