Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown

Whistler BC • April 8-17, 2016

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Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival

The Preeminent Action Sports Photography Event in the World
Thursday, April 14th, 2016
The craft of action sports photography requires constant devotion and unfailing passion. As the preeminent action sports photography contest in the world, the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown is an unparalleled celebration of commitment to still images that capture both time and the human spirit.  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 of Show during the World Ski & Snowboard Festival.

Once again, there were 5 spots up for grabs in the Pro Photographer Showdown, this year, 4 of those photographers are invitees and 1 is the Wild Card Entry.

In tribute to the masters in their field, all 5 photographers will be flown in to showcase their work for an audience of sports enthusiasts, media & industry professionals at the ultimate showdown here in Whistler, BC on Thursday, April 14th. The coveted title of Best of Show will be awarded the $10,000 grand prize!

Get ready to go on a stimulating visual journey with some of the best photography the 5 finalists have gathered throughout their careers. 

Show Details
When: Thursday, Apr 14, 2015 
Time: Doors: 8:00 PM, Show: 9:00 PM
Ticket Price: CAD $32.00
Where: Whistler Conference Centre, 4010 Whistler Way
Hosted by: Mike Douglas 

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The photographers for the 2016 Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown are...



"A world traveler hailing from the former Czechoslovakia and now living in Vancouver, B.C., Jussi brings a global perspective to his work. Equally at home in backcountry mountain ranges, double-overhead barreling waves, or the relative safety of the studio this award-winning photographer is a storyteller at heart, always searching for the defining moment." Gerhard Gross, Transworld Media


Jonathan Mehring is an award-winning photographer originally from central Virginia. In 2015 he released his first book, Skate the World – Photographing One World of Skateboarding, published by National Geographic. His unique style of adventure travel coupled with action and lifestyle photography has taken him to over 30 countries around the globe. Some of these epic journeys include riding motorbikes through Vietnam, taking a riverboat up the Amazon, riding the Trans Siberian Railway, and road tripping through India, all with a skateboard by his side.

Mehring earned a BFA in Photography from Virginia Commonwealth University, and was the first of his class to be published, completing stories for Thrasher and Slap magazines before graduating. He has since been published in national and international editorials including Rolling Stone, Vice, Details, Le Monde, The Wall St. Journal, Huck, Skateboarder, Transworld, Thrasher, and Monster Children. He has exhibited his photographs at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Sydney, Rotterdam, Köln, Honolulu, and Richmond, Virginia. Commercial clients include Nike, Converse, Vans, Adidas, Levis, Burton, RVCA, Quiksilver, and Red Bull. 

Based in NYC, he often travels to LA and internationally for work. 



Scott Rinckenberger is a Seattle based fine art landscape and adventure photographer specializing in capturing the most pristine and wild places his legs will carry him. Scott's work has been featured in art exhibitions worldwide, and he has appeared widely in the North American media both as a photographer and as an outdoor athlete. Scott's clients include MSR, REI, Apple, Patagonia, Powder and Outside. 



With an attention span of a goldfish, Krystle Wright could never survive a career involving an office. Her friends currently give her the title of 'a child of the universe' since the excessive traveling has lead her to officially becoming a non resident of any country. An adventure photographer by trade, her camera becomes the passport that often leads Krystle over the hills and far far away to engage, to experience, to connect, to fail, to succeed, to live and ultimately document these vulnerable moments and share with compassion and honesty to a greater audience. 



Gabe L’Heureux is a professional photographer and cinematographer based in southern California. Growing up in Washington, DC, Gabe discovered his passion for photography while skateboarding with his friends, always arriving with a camera in his hands. He currently travels the world capturing images and shooting campaigns for Burton Snowboards. With a brilliant and versatile eye for both still and moving photography, Gabe brings a unique perspective to the environments he photographs, whether capturing campaign imagery, action shots or the beauty he finds in the everyday.

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

Join this year's photographers at the Official After-Party! Featuring DJ Kori K and DJ Surgeon
Where: Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC)
When: Thursday, April 14, after the show (~11pm) -1am

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