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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