SANTIAGO, CHILE – July 25, 2008 – Ski Portillo announces the South American Photo Challenge from Aug. 23 – 30, 2008, co-sponsored by Skiing magazine. After a five-year hiatus, Portillo will once again welcome five of the worlds' premier ski photographers and five professional skiers to the test the limits of exposure and gravity in the spectacular Andes Mountains. This will be the first South American Photo Challenge that will be all digital photography, reflecting the changing medium since the first two South American Photo Challenges were held in 2002 and 2003.
"Skiing Magazine is photo-driven so we rely on the dedicated people behind the lens," says Jake Bogoch, Skiing's editor-in-chief. "By sponsoring photo contests such as the South American Photo Challenge, we're encouraging creativity through competition."
The teams (Gene Dwarkin, shooting Jeff Annetts, Steve Lloyd shooting Jason West, Grant Gunderson, shooting Pep Fujas, Adam Clark shooting Eric Roner, and Jordan Manley shooting Chad Sayers) will have five days to explore Portillo and the surrounding Andean backcountry, striving to capture the best photographs in five different categories: Ski Culture, Powder, Air, Big Mountain Line, and Creative Angle.
On the final day of the challenge, each photographer will present their top images, and a panel of judges – including Jake Bogoch, Editor-in-Chief of Skiing magazine, and Mark Lesh, Photo Editor of Skiing Magazine – will award prizes in each category. The overall winner will receive a feature assignment with Skiing for the 2009/2010 winter season as well as a vacation for two. Skiing will publish the award-winning photographs during the 2008/2009 winter season, and skinet.com will post daily updates about the Photo Challenge during the event.
Portillo, internationally recognized as one of the most beautiful and scenic alpine sports destinations on the planet, combines old-world elegance and superlative service with breathtaking scenery and epic skiing. Located at 9,500 feet on the Lake of the Incas, surrounded by 19,000-foot peaks and neighboring Aconcagua, the western hemisphere's highest summit, Portillo is a skier's paradise. The ski season in Portillo runs from June 15 to Oct. 5, 2008.
Following are quick bios of the five teams competing in the 2008 Photo Challenge:
Adam Clark / Eric Roner – Adam Clark has made a name for himself by traveling the globe and shooting the world's best skiers attempting some of their craziest tricks and drops. One top shot includes shooting Jamie Pierre's famous record air huck – which Clark admits was 'really scary.' Appropriately, Clark will shoot Eric Roner, who made a quick name for himself in Teton Gravity Research's film 'Tangerine Dream,' by pushing the forefront of the freeskiing movement with his BASE jumping segment.
>Gene Dwarkin / Jeff Annetts – Gene Dwarkin's resume includes shooting for virtually every A-list outdoor specialty publication in existence. Dwarkin is teaming with Jeff Annets, based out of Jackson Hole, WY. Annetts skis for Fischer Skis, along with fellow photo competitor Chad Sayers, so look for some serious one-upping from these two.
Grant Gunderson / Pep Fujas – Grant Gunderson was recently named one of the world's top 50 action sport photographers by Red Bull, and has shot for nearly every outdoor publication in the world. He also serves as the photo editor at the coffee-table worthy The Ski Journal. Gunderson's medium, Pep Fujas, who needs no introduction is synonymous with today's progressive ski movement. Fujas has been featured in virtually every ski movie and ski publication available. He always pushes the limitations of the sport of skiing, and there's no doubt he'll be throwing down in Portillo at this year's photo challenge.
Steve Lloyd / Jason West – Steve Lloyd, a Utah-native, has shot for all the top outdoor publications. Lloyd specializes in capturing the commitment of today's athletes surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors – a perfect fit, as he'll be teaming up with Jason West using the beauty of Ski Portillo as a backdrop. Jason West, the only telemark skier in the 2008 photo challenge, might be the dark horse in this year's competition, but he's out to prove that telemark skiers go bigger than their alpine counterparts, and Lloyd will be there to get it on film.
Jordan Manley / Chad Sayers – Jordan Manley, based in North Vancouver, BC, has shot for Canada's SKIER, Ski Canada and Backcountry among others. Manley will shoot Chad Sayers, also Canadian, who has graced many magazine covers, and skis for Fischer Skis with fellow competitor Jeff Annetts.
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