2012 Deep Summer Challenge - Wildcard Finalists Chosen

Jul 3, 2012
by Scott Secco  
Time to vote on the TOP 5 Wildcard Photographers to determine who will compete in The Deep Summer Photo at Crankworx Whistler. Who do you think can shoot with the best? Voting is open now! Rank them now and we’ll see who rises to the top to compete against some of the world’s best mountain bike photographers!

WILDCARDS are: Brad Walton, Chris Pilling, Christoph Laue, Bruno Long, Mike Zinger


The five pro photographers set to storm the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and create a slideshow to be shown at the massively popular event on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 are:

Ian Hylands
Scott Markewitz
Jon Hayward
Justa Jeskova
Reuben Krabbe

Deep Summer Showdown

This year the Deep Summer Photo Challenge will take place under the stars at the spectacular Whistler Olympic Plaza, a state of the art facility for hosting arts and culture events. Priority seating and close sightlines to giant HD screens will be on offer with a limited number of ticketed seats available for $20. The area beyond the ticketed seating will be available for spectators to take in the Deep Summer Photo Challenge free of charge.

The photographers will rally their chosen athlete teams to embark on three days of intense shooting and editing commencing Saturday, August 11. Slideshows will be handed in by the end of the day Tuesday, August 14. Then on Wednesday, August 15 a massive crowd will experience deep summer in Whistler through the lenses of six elite mountain bike photographers with first place taking home $5,000, second place $3,000, and third place $2,000.

Official Contest Page is here.
Contest Rules
RSVP for the Deep Summer Photo Challenge at facebook.com/crankworx and stay tuned to www.crankworx.com for upcoming news.

Margus Riga's Slideshow from 2011:

Views: 22,683    Faves: 113    Comments: 11

Who do you think will win the Wildcard spot? Who will win the whole thing?


  • 14 2
 so honored to have made the top 5! if you like my work, hit that 5 (or what ever you think im worth).
  • 2 0
 I love your work. They may not be the most complex shots, but the colours and the angles are just amazing. +5 from me!
  • 2 0
 yeah chris alberta represent!!!
  • 15 3
  • 6 3
 Brad Walton, because his self portraits are awesome and he can ride a bike just as good as he can take pictures. Kind of weird that there is a voting option for 'average' and 'meh'. They are all pretty awesome..
  • 7 0
 Thanks! I'm stoked to be included. And you're right,everyone's entries are really awesome!
  • 2 1
 Brad has some amazing work!
  • 2 0
 Brad is an easy pick. Lives close. Knows a ton of very talented riders. Can ride with the best of them....no one will work harder. Ooh, and he shoots pics as well has he builds trail or shreds bikes. His entry into our local "shoot the trails" event last fall as an example. www.pinkbike.com/video/222391
  • 6 0
 Wildcard Mike Zinger, Whole thing, Ian Hylands!
  • 5 2
 i love Laue's style. but zinger's pics are hard to pass up. going to be close
  • 3 2
 I personally think that Bruno Long should win the spot, purely for his creativity, composition, framing, and fantastic overall photographs. I would love to see what he could do in Whistler.
  • 4 0
 Agree, love his photos. The puddle shot is unreal!
  • 3 0
 I want to write incredibly rude things about people that don't vote for Chris Pilling..
  • 3 0
 My hope, and fear, is that Bruno or Zinger come out on top. Overall a pretty sweet crop of shooters.
  • 5 1
 Chris Pilling for me
  • 4 3
 Isn't Laue from Germany? and you can't have a Pinkbike employee in the Wildcard, but you can have their Photo Editor in the comp.. seems legit!
  • 3 0
 Well, the Wildcard is a Pinkbike sponsored deal. The invitees are picked by the Whistler judges with no Pinkbike affiliation. Mattias is from Switzerland and he was in a few years ago.. but not wildcard.
  • 3 0
 Don't wanna be a smartass but the contest rules clearly state that you have to have a residency in either the states or canada...
  • 2 1
 so dont be one.
  • 1 0
 Ah common Airik, that's too easy. Shouldn't the rules be the same for everyone? I think there would be quite some more people applying if they knew they're actually allowed to...
  • 2 0
 I was not that serious about it. I heard people talking that it is only Canada and America but when I read the rules I couldnt find that phrase. Lets just be happy that Laue is at it and try it again next year.
  • 1 0
 that was so cool. thought it mite be some boring flat still's thing. but wow was i wrong. what an interesting and all most historic slide show.
  • 3 0
  • 1 0
 Wow. Tough to vote. They all have unique style.
  • 3 1
 Christoph Laue!
  • 2 1
 Christoph Laue, if that's not possible then Zinger!
  • 2 1
 Christoph Laue should definitely win! Smile
  • 1 0
 Bruno longs trail dog photo is my fav and get my +5
  • 1 0
 Bruno Long has the eye for great shots. He is my pick.
  • 3 2
 Yeah Brad!!!
  • 2 1
  • 1 0
 Lukas Tielke
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