Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown

Whistler BC • April 7-16, 2017

Crowd Scene at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival


Thursday, April 13, 2017
Whistler Conference Centre
Doors: 8pm / Show: 9pm

Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival

The Preeminent Action Sports Photography Event in the World
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.

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

2017 Pro Photographers





  Jake Darwen @jakedarwen
Jake Darwen is a New Zealand-born skateboard photographer. Currently based in Melbourne, Australia, the 24-year-old Kiwi has developed a signature style for capturing skateboarding and the unique lifestyle and landscapes that go with it. Sought after by some of the biggest names and brands in skating, Jake constantly strives to find new ways and geographic locations - no matter how remote - to document the sport he loves.
  Bruno Long @eye_b_long
Bruno Long is a professional adventure photographer originally from Grand Falls, NB but has called Revelstoke, BC home for over a decade. Over that time, he has developed an eye for mountain adventure photography, inspired by the endless mountain bike and skiing opportunities that British Columbia has to offer. Rarely able to turn down the invitation for an adventure, Long enjoys bringing his camera along to places that many other photographers wouldn’t. Long’s mission is to document the struggle and effort it takes to reach the most beautiful places on earth. Long tends to focus more on the large landscapes and small details, searching for the most unique images that each destination has to offer.
  Andrew Miller @andrew_miller
Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Andrew Miller is primarily a snowboard photographer whose work has taken him to remote mountain ranges all over the world, including Europe, Nepal, Japan, and Chile. Previously a senior photographer for TransWORLD SNOWboarding magazine, his work and images are focused across a vast range of clients including Patagonia, The North Face, Jones Snowboards and editorial titles worldwide. From the skin track, helipad to the resort lift and sled trail, Andrew has been out there creating his work and quickly establishing himself as one of the most well rounded photographers in the snow industry. 
  Ben Thouard  @benthouard
Ben grew up in the South of France where the waves were small. His father was a sailor, who taught him everything about the ocean. Soon after, Ben found his love for surfing and spent most of his time honing his skills. In his teens, Ben discovered photography and started shooting his surfer friends which led him to study photography in Paris. During the next couple of years, Ben traveled the world alongside professionals in search of photogenic landscapes and waves that had never been surfed before. Ben has risen to the top of the game being one of the leading photographers based in the tropical paradise of French Polynesia. Magazine covers, advertising campaigns, award winning images from the water and everything around it has led to Ben’s global success.
  WILDCARD ENTRY - Daniel Rönnbäck @danielronnback
Daniel Rönnbäck is a Swedish photographer who travels 300 days a year photographing action sports and commercial work. With a background as an exam ski instructor and ISIA ski guide, he started his photographic journey in Sälen, Sweden and from there explored the world. With a big passion for skiing, biking and sports, with a mix and drive of art and design, Daniel gets his inspiration and influence from everything from fashion to art to music. 



This year, in addition to the action sport photography we all know and love, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival is excited to premiere a slideshow by Sea Legacy at the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown on Thursday, April 14. Sea Legacy was founded by renowned photographers Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier, who have just returned home to Vancouver Island from the Antarctic peninsula, where they documented alarming effects of climate change for National Geographic magazine. 
Through telling important conservation stories from places other cannot go, Sea Legacy seeks to inspire the global community to protect the oceans and watersheds. Enjoy Nicklen and Mittermeier's most iconic photos and become empowered to make a difference for our oceans and all who live in them. www.sealegacy.org


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