Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown

Whistler BC • April 10-19, 2015

Crowd Scene at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival



Last night at the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) in Whistler, BC, five of the top action sports photographers from around the world competed at the prestigious OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown. The crowd was wowed by five amazing slideshows, showcasing everything from skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, surfing and skateboarding, but when all was said and done the judges named Lorenz Holder Best In Show and awarded him the $10,000 grand prize.

Local ski and mountain bike photographer, Reuben Krabbe, won over the audience with his slideshow and took home the People’s Choice Award, earning him $1,000 in prizing.

This year, in celebration of the 20th annual WSSF in Whistler, the selection process for the OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown was modified. Instead of accepting submissions from photographers who wanted to compete in the event, the WSSF team handpicked, invited and flew in the photographers, including Brian Gaberman, Mattias Fredriksson, Todd Glaser, Reuben Krabbe and Lorenz Holder.

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As one of the most prestigious action sports photography competitions in the world, the OLYMPUS Pro Photographer Showdown has seen some of the top action sport and lifestyle photographers in the game battle it out for the title of Best in Show during the World Ski & Snowboard Festival.

Every year, photographers from around the world submit their best work to the WSSF team in hopes they will be selected to compete in the event. This year, in celebration of the 20th annual World Ski & Snowboard Festival, no pre-submission was required. Instead, these five photographers, some of the very top in the action sports world were handpicked, invited, and will be flown in to compete at the event.

Get ready to go on a stimulating visual journey with some of the best photography they have gathered throughout their careers. This year’s event will showcase a broad range of action including skiing, snowboarding, surfing, skateboarding and mountain biking.

The coveted title of Best in Show will be awarded the $10,000 grand prize!


Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival

When: Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 
Time: Doors: 8:00 PM, Show: 9:00 PM

Ticket Price: CAD $30.00
Where: Whistler Conference Centre, 4010 Whistler Way  
Hosted byMike Douglas

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Join the Photographers after the show at the official After-Party.
Where: Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC)
When: Thursday, April 16, after the show ~11pm-1am



Brian Gaberman will never grow up. An international photographer based in Northern California, Brian has spent the last 19 years traveling the world with camera, producing countless editorial pieces and ad campaigns. The youngest photographer to ever be featured in B&W Magazine, Brian took a detour from his art and dove head first into skateboard photography. By merging his background in fine art photography with his skateboarding work, he revolutionized the look of skateboard magazines forever. He continues to explore his medium and brand the companies he works for with his unique aesthetic, style, and easy going nature. His personal projects still find their way into galleries from time to time.

Brian Gaberman at the 2015 World Ski and Snowboard Festival Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown



I grew up in Munich, close to the Bavarian mountains, and it is those mountains that have always played a major role in my life. I was a semi-professional snowboarder back in the day, until I injured myself badly and I pretty much had to quit snowboarding for a whole season in 2003. In that time I discovered the pleasure of photography for myself. 
I was fascinated by photos that could describe a whole scene, a whole story or even a whole day, in just one small moment caught on film. This fascination was one of the biggest motivations for me to start my career as a professional photographer. Right now I work as senior photographer for Pleasure Snowboard Magazine and as a staff photographer for Nitro Snowboards. I travel pretty much the whole winter, always on the search for the best snow conditions and creative locations. I love shooting snowboarding in fresh, uncommon locations. In my photos I like to show the viewers a different angle, something they normally wouldn’t notice, even if they were there at the scene. I might use colorful flashes, different camera angles or tilt and shift lenses – always trying to capture something a bit different. On the other hand, I also love the documentary style; simple black and white documentary is something very real.

Lorenz Holder at the 2015 World Ski and Snowboard Festival Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown



Mattias Fredriksson

Swedish sharp shooter, Mattias Fredriksson, is one of the most published photographers in the ski and mountain bike industries with over 300 magazine covers to his name. With a distinctive editorial style, his work has been featured in international print and commercial campaigns for the last 20 years. He started his career as a writer, but his passion for capturing skiing and mountain biking through his camera lens took over and he moved on from the position of editor and photo editor at the legendary Swedish ski magazine Åka Skidor. For the last 15 years Mattias has been freelancing and he is the only European photographer who has the honorary title of Senior Photographer at both Powder and Bike Magazines. The winner of the 2010 Bike Magazine Photo of the Year, inaugural champion of the 2009 Deep Summer Photo Challenge and Pro Photographer Showdown Finalist in 2003, Mattias is no stranger to Whistler. When he’s not capturing moments in the Swedish mountains around his homebase, Åre, he travels the world in search of deep snow, majestic mountains and epic single track. 

Matthias Fredriksson at the 2015 World Ski and Snowboard Festival Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown


Reuben Krabbe

Reuben Krabbe grew up on the flat prairies of Alberta staring west at the Rocky Mountains, he now calls Whistler home, working as a ski and mountain bike photographer. As a younger photographer in the competition, he has quickly become known for unique creative photographs, and remote destination trips that have brought him to the Tombstone Mountains of the Yukon Territory, and the remote Alaskan Aleutian Islands between the mainland and Russia.

“I aim to photograph not the athletes who are in front of my lens, but moreover the soul, culture, community and natural beauty that defines the lives of my subjects. Most skiers and bikers can relate to a constant state of wanderlust, after staying in one place one becomes restless. Creative and physical wanderlust and restlessness drive me to find unique perspectives and methods by which to capture the evolving world of action sports.

Reuben Krabbe at the 2015 World Ski and Snowboard Festival Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown



Todd Glaser

Todd wanders the world with his camera, one step at a time. Based in his hometown of San Diego, Todd's work has taken him to remote surf spots from Europe to Fiji to Tahiti to Indonesia to Mexico.  
As a staff photographer for Surfer Magazine, Todd has captured some of the biggest names in the surf world and photographed some of the world's most famous and dangerous waves.  Featured in the 2010 release "Surfer Magazine: Fifty Years," Todd was awarded a Follow The Light Foundation grant in 2008 and won 2009 Surfer Magazine Photo of the Year, amongst numerous other awards.

Todd Glaser at the 2015 World Ski and Snowboard Festival Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown


Click here for a Behind the Scenes look at being involved in the Pro Photographer Showdown. 



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