WSSF Pro Photographer Showdown

24 Apr, 2010

One of the most popular events at the Telus Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler, BC is the pro photographer showdown and it went down on Thursday night at the conference centre (sold out as usual).  This was the first year that I bought a ticket in advance and made it into the show to see what the commotion was about.  The end result was sitting through amazing photography and everyone enjoying what photos can show & tell to us.

6 photographers were chosen to display a slideshow of their work presented with music to match, the shows entertain and inspire the audience.   The photographers this year were:  Grant Gunderson, Brian Bielmann, Yves Garneau, Jeremy Koreski, Mason Mashon, Erik Seo.  The photography varied from sports like surfing, snowboarding and biking to a mix of portrait and lifestyle shots.  Each photographer took their own take on what they covered and some brilliant shots came out of it.

Whistler’s local photographer Mason was the youngest on the stage, 24 years old and showcasing his work for the world to see.

I focused on the photography instead of getting shots of each photographers work to post on here.  My personal favorite was Mason’s biking shots with some extraordinary ways to see downhill biking and Erik Seo’s colors in freestyle skiing.  There were photos that just blew me away, breathtaking images and the level of skills were amazing.  I really enjoyed the show for just being so captured in each shot and surrounded by people who enjoyed it as much as I did.

The 2010 Pro Photographer Showdown winner was Brian Bielmann who won the audience over with his insane Hawaii’s North Shore surfing photography.  His website shows off some of the amazing work he has done.

At the Pro Photographer Showdown they gave away a couple other prizes including prizes for those in attendance (didn’t win unfortunately) and prizes for the amateur showdown and re: action portrait photography.

Re:  Action Portrait Photography Winner

Gorio and Amy during the downtime

The showdown lasted from 8pm when the doors opened until after 11pm when we hit the streets again.  It was definitely the fun event of the show and glad I enjoyed it with friends.

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