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Sea To Sky Photo Challenge

Wednesday – April 10, 2024

Westin Resort & Spa – Ballroom

Doors @ 7PM | Show 8 PM – 10 PM

The Sea to Sky Photo Challenge is an awe-inspiring celebration of the craft of action sports photography; bringing together some of the best photographers from the Sea to Sky to share some of their all-time favourite images capturing sport, culture and the human spirit.

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Meet The Photographers

Nicolas Teichrob

Nicolas Teichrob is a Ucluelet, B.C. based multi-disciplinary visual artist creating largely in the realm of outdoor adventure. His photography has been published in magazines across the globe in skiing, mountain biking, and general outdoor genres including covers, features, and gallery spreads. Co-founder of Dendrite Studios, Nicolas’ film project seek to encourage outdoor recreation and connection with the natural world while expanding the collective awareness of colonial threats to these spaces. Highlights include the west coast B.C. surf/SUP environmental film – STAND (2013 Movie of the Year – SUP Awards) and the feature ski/snowboard film – NUMINOUS (2017 Movie of the Year and Best Post Production – Powder Awards); in addition to a Canadian Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Experimental/Unique Cinematography (2018) with Athan Merrick for their underwater salmon filming on UNINTERRUPTED. Ongoing installations include the semi-annual Sound Gardens and Spun Spectra – immersive projection and hologram based audio-visual experiences in natural landscapes in collaboration with musician Giorgio Magnanensi. Nicolas’ current large-scale project is building a home in-line with his values. Dubbed ‘Lotn House, this home produces vegetables and fruits on a green roof, has multiple zones for community gatherings, and is built to last. Creating high quality beautiful art that speaks to the soul is always the goal in whatever realm Nicolas dives into.

Steffi Jade

Hi! I’m Steffi. I’ve been obsessed with the ocean since I was in first grade and would spend the mornings before school watching live surf cams from Cali. Despite growing up landlocked in the Canadian Rockies, I made my dreams a reality and moved to the coast where I began capturing surf and eventually, it became my full time job. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to get to travel the world, shooting surfers in their element. The joy I get from capturing that moment and connection between a surfer and their wave is why I do what I do. My photography style tends to lean towards the in-between moments of imperfection.

Matt Bruhns

Born and raised in New York, Matt Bruhns learned early on that there’s nothing quite like carrying a camera bag while your friends ride pow so be careful what you wish for.

As the years went by and the photo bag started to feel normal, Matt added more weight to his bag and began to take on more filming jobs. He’s questioning this decision often and looking for a good physio.

Matt has spent the last decade chasing light in the Coast Mountains of BC and can be found roasting coffee in Pemberton whenever he’s not watching the Habs beat the Leafs. You can dispute any of these facts and see his work @bruhnsphoto

Laura Szanto

Laura Szanto is an internationally published commercial and editorial photographer currently residing in Revelstoke, British Columbia. Her passion for outdoor recreation has not only made her a dedicated action & adventure sports photographer – but her versatility expands beyond the outdoors to weddings, portrait, architecture and travel photography. In her work, her focus is not only to advocate for environmental conservation but also to help uplift and inspire women and LGBTQIA2+ in outdoor communities.

Anatole Tuzlak

Anatole Tuzlak is an outdoor photographer and aerial cinematographer, with a focus on landscape, action sports and adventure lifestyle. Based in Squamish, he provides services in the Sea to Sky and beyond.

Reimagining dynamic landscapes has allowed him to produce captivating content that has attracted reputable outdoor brands in multiple industries . Anatole’s objective as a photographer is to surpass his clients’ expectations and help them illustrate their brands unique styles.

Meet The Judges

Abby Cooper

Abby Cooper has over 14 years of experience as a professional photographer specializing in the outdoor industry – specifically remote backcountry locations.

No stranger to judging photos, Abby has previously worn the title of Editor in Cheif at both Snowboard Canada Magazine and SBC Skier. Most recently she has pursued working with her long-standing clients as a creative director producing and shooting brand campaigns.

A big believer in community Abby hosts backcountry connection events with Arc’teryx and Avalanche Canada and has mentored many in the local creative space. Those that know her personally are familiar with Abby’s zest for connecting, creating and uniting both creatives and backcountry users.

In Abby’s simple words, “I’m most alive and creative in the fresh air. I’m a pursuer of too many cups of coffee, big camera packs, dog-friendly outings, and getting off the grid for remote obscure objectives.

With over a decade of experience in the outdoor industry, I’ve carved out a career doing what I love – creating, networking, and exploring as a photographer and creative director.”

Robin O’Neill

Robin O’Neill is an outdoor lifestyle and action photographer based in Whistler, British Columbia. Her editorial and social documentary backgrounds have helped Robin develop a unique view into the wild landscapes and wilder personalities that surround her. By translating her passion for outdoor adventures into exciting visual stories and dramatic imagery, she has found success in winning both the Whistler Deep Winter and Deep Summer Photo Showdowns, and in working with many reputable outdoor brands.

Robin’s insatiable curiosity and addiction to mountain life have perfectly combined to ensure ongoing grand adventures and a growing portfolio of outstanding images captured in the wild outdoors.

Blake Jorgenson

Based in Vancouver, BC, Blake Jorgenson has created still and motion work for many of North America’s leading outdoor, active, and automotive brands, including Acura, Adidas, Columbia Sports, Eddie Bauer, Honda, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Nike, Oakley, Patagonia, RAM Trucks, Red Bull, Specialized, The North Face, and Under Armour—clients who are looking for work that has power to inspire and stop people in their tracks. Blake’s background is action photography, and for his commercial work, he believes in meticulously constructing, styling and polishing his images in ways that give them the impact and visual edge of the best spontaneous action shots. For him, this process is a true collaboration between creative and production professionals. Brainstorming, problem-solving and a blue-sky spirit of imagination and adventure are the juice that continually fuels his creative drive.

Aaron Blatt

The ties between art and sport have long been central to Aaron Blatt’s work. With roots in New England, his camera swiftly took him to mountain ranges across the globe working his way up the ranks of the editorial world in Snowboarding during his early career. While holding titles as Senior Photographer at Snowboarder Magazine & Staff Photographer for Burton Snowboards his craft behind the lens continued to develop as his passion for the mountains took him further into the backcountry.

Splitting home base between Portland, OR & Tahoe City, CA Blatt maintains his footing & photography in the mountains while pushing on to creating campaigns and advertising in the commercial world.

Scott Serfas

Scott Serfas was born in the suburbs of Vancouver where nothing separated him from the North Pole but a stained wooden fence and crushed decretive rock. At age sixteen, he was abducted from high school by an unsuspecting church organization and forced to ski moguls and perform daffy’s off lemmings leap under the 7th heaven chairlift–the original stimulus for Scott’s interest in air time photography.

Overwhelmed by the vast terrain and deep powder of the two mega resorts, Scott escaped the grip of skiing church group to acquire his first snowboard. Later that year he moved into a friends VW van that they would park nightly underground, below the conference center, where they would steal power from the last stall of the third floor to heat the ’73 Westfalia. He subsisted on leftover food from the Rendezvous restaurant a top Blackcomb Mountain and wore clothing left in the lost and found. During the early 1990′s he acquired his first Canon camera when a drunk French-Canadian freestyle skier, being pursued by the RCMP, stashed it along with twenty rolls of unexposed Fuji Provia and a half bottle of
Rye Whiskey in stall number three of the Garfinkel’s washroom. Scott’s destiny was sealed. After exposing all the film shooting up-and-coming professional snowboarders like Devun Walsh, Kevin Sansalone and Rob Dow he mustered enough courage to submit the color slides to Concrete Powder Magazine.

From his first photo published in Concrete Powder his fame grew. He made a fortune and spent it on bottles of Royal Reserve whiskey for the Chesterfield House parties and Jager shots for friends at Tommy Africa’s. In 1998, the worlds largest and most prestigious snowboard magazine, Transworld SNOWboarding, recruited him as a senior photographer. Since that day he has had thousands of photos published for clients worldwide with more than 100 magazine covers to his name.

Today, Scott still shoots full time the sports he loves; Snowboarding, Skateboarding, Surfing and Biking but recently has shifted some focus towards commercial photography working for Clients such as Filson, Red Bull, Lululemon, Whistler-Blackcomb and GQ.

Hosted By

Feet Banks

Feet Banks is a writer, editor, and (shitty) filmmaker from the west coast of Canada who appreciates large open spaces, vinyl records, books, naps, people who try new things, pumpkin pie, and sitting around a campfire with his son. As a founding editor with Mountain Life magazine, through an 18-year weekly movie column run with Pique Newsmagazine, and with his most recent project Pie Quarterly, Feet has been chipping away at the hidden truths, greater goods, and the seedy underbellies of life since the late 1990s… and he’s still not entirely convinced Western Civilization isn’t on the verge of collapse. Act accordingly.

Produced By

Holly Fraser

Holly Fraser is the head, heart and soul of Execution Media Ltd,a Whistler-based boutique production co that works locally and beyond. Execution’s client list includes car companies, clothing lines and adventure gear brands, all of which benefit from Holly’s poise, professionalism and creative instincts that she’s been honing since her days studying photography and media at Ryerson University School of Image Arts.

This year marks Execution’s third time producing the WSSF Photographer Showdown, an event Holly has been drawn to since she moved to Whistler in 2006. Prior to founding Execution in 2011, Fraser worked in creative agencies, ran a photo/art gallery & event space, and travelled the world campaigning to raise awareness for animal rights.

Holly is also the co-founder and co-owner of the outdoor and diversity focused talent site Outsiders Network.

In her free time Holly is usually found playing outside at her home in Pemberton with her 4 year old daughter or out exploring the mountains on her dirt bike, mountain bike, snowmobile or snowboard.