Cowtown Showdown

Aug 10, 2012
by Brandon Kyle  
Five photographers from Calgary go head to head in a 48 hr battle to go out and shoot a MTB slideshow to be premiered in Calgary at the Plaza Theater at 9pm on Sunday JULY 29th Tix are 5 at the door more info http events 180081168789874

On July 29th the Cowtown Showdown happened, this event entailed 5 photographers from Calgary - (Shayne Saskoley, Chris Pilling, Kurt De Freitas, Kyle McKinnon and Ryan Anderson) each teamed up with a set of riders and had less than 48 hrs to go out and shoot in and around the Calgary area and create a slideshow showcasing the trails and riders of Calgary. The event was a huge success and winners we're crowned.

Shayne Saskoley took home best photo of the evening with this gem.

7 AM Shoot for a photo slideshow.

It was a tight battle with these other photos:

Kurt De Freitas
Kurt De Freitas Photo - Cowtown Showdown

Chris Pilling
an extremely steep angled traverse early in the morning. a shot taken for the cowtown showdown photo challenge. photo copyright Chris Pilling 2012. photo not to be used without permission

Kyle McKinnon
Cowtown Showdown Shoot

Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson Photo - Cowtown Showdown

After 48 grueling hours of shooting and editing with next to no sleep for the photographers... this is what they all came up with!

Kyle McKinnon - Huck the Weekend

Huck The Weekend - Cowtown Showdown - Kyle McKinnon from Kyle McKinnon on Vimeo.

(aspect ratio for some reason is off)

Shayne Saskoley - Two days in July

Two Days In July from Shayne Saskoley on Vimeo.

Kurt De Freitas - Whisteritus

Whistleritus from Kurt de Freitas on Vimeo.

Chris Pilling

cow town show down 2012 from chris pilling on Vimeo.

In the end Kyle McKinnon took home the top prize of best slideshow and claimed the title of Cowtown Showdown Champ for 2012, but when it all comes down to it all that matters is we shed some light on the Calgary Mountain bike scene showing we've got a lot to offer in our city. Can't wait till next year...only gonna be bigger and better!


Big thanks to all the sponsors!
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  • 6 0
 Hey is this that one where the guy who put it on won it??? JK KYLE! Thanks for putting this on, it was so much fun getting up really early and riding my ass off all day.
  • 3 0
 Thanks Kyle for putting this on. Check out my set @ sadly no slide show as my computer crashed
  • 3 0
 Very cool to see spots like this around Calgary. Should do a video contest next year though! Same format, but video.
  • 2 0
 I put one on last year but it was pretty low key, not "winner" or anything. Might set something up again this year and would make it bigger.
  • 2 0
 Tim. If you would like to do something like that again, I'll help you organise it. Brandon
  • 2 0
 Bombdiggity, geoff was, well, useless
  • 3 0
 finally! someone is showing the world how awesome mountain biking is in calgary!!
  • 4 0
 Glad to see this up!!
  • 2 0
 Where is that slab? Sick, sick, sick.
  • 2 0
 Killin. It.

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