Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown

Whistler BC • April 10-15, 2018

Crowd Scene at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival


Thursday, April 12, 2018
Whistler Conference Centre
Doors: 8pm / Show: 9pm

Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival
The Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown is an awe-inspiring celebration of the craft of action sports photography, bringing together some of the world’s best to share some of their all-time favourite images capturing sport, culture and the human spirit. Regarded by many as one of the preeminent action sports photography events in the world, over the years the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown has seen some of the top action sport and lifestyle photographers in the game battle it out on stage, each vying for the title of Best in Show. 2018 will be no different, with four invited photographers, plus one wild card entry, bringing their best to the World Ski & Snowboard Festival and sharing their skill, devotion and unfailing passion.

Official Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown After-party at the Firerock!
Subject to capacity.



Ashley Barker

Los Angeles and Vancouver-based photographer and RVCA Clothing advocate Ashley Barker has been shooting photos of sport and cultural luminaries since her first image published 18 years ago. An avid adventure seeker, surfer and snowboarder, Ashley thrives on spontaneity and scaring herself silly. In her work, she fosters an open, interactive environment with her subjects and brings their personalities to life with sharp and vibrant imagery. In both the commercial and editorial environments, she values hard work, teamwork and passion and leverages those principles to showcase talent, creativity and unique perspective with her award-winning action and lifestyle photography.

Chris Burkard 

Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author. Traveling throughout the year to pursue the farthest expanses of Earth, Burkard works to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places everywhere. 
Layered by outdoor, travel, adventure, surf, and lifestyle subjects, Burkard is known for  images that are punctuated by untamed, energized landscapes and peak moments of adventure. He has accumulated an audience of over one million followers to become a globally recognized social influencer. 
Burkard is often central in synthesizing the creative projects he is involved in, across stakeholders. His holistic and visionary perspective has earned him opportunities to work on global, prominent campaigns with Fortune 500 clients, appear as a TED speaker, develop specialty product lines, teach national and international photography workshops and publish a collection of books, including a children’s book. Along with his team, Burkard is based out of his full-scale production studio and art gallery near his hometown in Central Coast California.  
At the age of 31, Burkard has established himself as a global presence and influencer, accomplishing a prolific portfolio, connecting people from around the world and producing some of the most recognized creative work of our time. 

Fred Mortagne
Fred is a self-taught French director and photographer who is internationally acclaimed for his images of skateboarding and street photography. His book Attraper au vol (Catch in the Air) is the culmination of his photographic career, from 2000 to 2015. Since 2013, French Fred closely collaborates with Leica camera, as one of their ambassadors. He currently lives and work in Lyon, France.

Mortagne is fascinated by classic masters of B&W photography like Willy Ronis, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Joseph Koudelka, to name a few, as well as Anton Corbijn, who wrote the foreword for Attraper Au Vol.
French Fred is a very unique phenomenon in the world of skateboarding photography. While the majority of sports photographers concentrate on athletic achievements, Mortagne produces a completely different perspective, by working exclusively in black and white and focusing on the style and aesthetics of the sport, being fascinated by the elegance of the movement. His dramatically composed photographs merge the plunging lines of the architecture with the skateboarders in flight, appearing to be  a natural part of the urban biotope. Being a skateboarder and a photographer spending most of his time in the streets, Fred Mortagne is naturally widening is photographic range, observing and capturing street and urban life from a privileged position.

Grant Gunderson

One of the outdoor industry’s most dedicated photographers, Grant founded The Ski Journal where he served as Photo Editor for over six years.  In addition to curating his passion for the mountains, he has shot for every major snow sports and outdoor publications worldwide including ESPN, Outside, Skiing, Backcountry, Aka Skidor, Fri Flyt, and Kootenay Mountain Culture. He currently serves as a Senior Photographer for Powder Magazine and is Photo Editor Emeritus of The Ski Journal. From Iceland to Patagonia, and Japan to Sicily, Grant routinely produces unique deep powder imagery and authentically documents the lifestyle and culture of the mountains. He skis close to 200 days a year and when he is not on snow you can find him on his bike or trekking throughout North America and beyond. 

Roberto is a Spanish photographer based in Barcelona. He’s been passionate about photography since he was a child. Photography has always been one of his main hobbies, the other being skateboarding.


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