Photo Talk with Snowboarder Magazine’s Ryan “Huggy” Hughes

10 Dec, 2009

We are living in the age of the internet where anyone with a camera can call themselves a photographer but no matter how many shots you take, that first photo in a magazine is celebrated. Their hard work is paid off in the issue dedicated to snowboard photography, the Photo Annual.

I caught up with Snowboarder Magazine’s photos editor Ryan “Huggy” Hughes to find out more about their Photo Annual’s selection process and who is the most interesting man in snowboarding.

Shay:  Describe how the selection process is what photos make the Snowboarder Magazine photo annual?
Huggy: In the selection process I look for the most compelling an unique photos of the year. Also I look for commonalities between photos so the layout flows well.

Shay: Is the Photo Annual just for on staff photographers or can freelance photographers get their shots published?
Huggy: The photo annual is for Senior photographers as well as contributors. It fluctuates, but its a around a 50-50 mix.

Shay: What’s your personal favorite photo from the Photo Annual and why that shot?
Huggy: Oh geez, that’s hard to say. If I have to pick one I’d say the Johnnie Paxson shot on Page 95, shot by E-stone. Its the action that is mind blowing in this shot, and the high contrast black and white image printed very well… I love the gaping skier in the background too.

Shay: What do you recommend to upcoming photographers today, what does Snowboarder Magazine look for?
Huggy: Get out in the backcountry. Further and higher. Shoot that pow!

Shay: So who is the man from the “most interesting man in snowboarding” video? Was he modeled after anyone we might know of?
Huggy: He is a mysterious man eh? Not sure of his true origins, but I overheard people calling him “Taters” whatever that means.


Shay: Thanks to Huggy for photo talk!

About the author


From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. December 10, 2009

    Huggy calls it like he sees it! Always respect his views and thoughts on photographing snowboarding. Maybe one day I will get a cover shot that is EPIC!

  2. December 11, 2009

    Nice interview!

  3. Monica
    December 13, 2009

    You crack me up, Ryry!