One Day Left! Vote Now - Deep Summer Photo Challenge 2014 Wildcard Photographer Contest

Jul 4, 2014
by Official Crankworx  
The judges deliberated, sweated and digressed over the 87 entries received to bring you the Top 5 Wildcard Photographer entires for 2014. Now it's your turn to vote and determine who will compete in The Deep Summer Photo Challenge at Crankworx, Whistler.

Your 2014 Wildcards for the Deep Summer Photo Challenge at Crankworx Whistler are:

Mark Mackay

Ranch sunset

Bill Hawley

This is just a post to organize my deep summer wildcard submissions. I m not just re uploading for the sake of re uploading. Photographer Bill Hawley Rider Aeron Matthew Location Mount Fromme North Vancouver BC

Pat Branch

An Afternoon in Wine Country

Steve Shannon

As the sunsets behind Mt Fosthall riders enjoy pristine alpine riding at Sol Mountain Lodge. Athletes Jordie McTavish and Matt Yaki

Szymon Nieborak

shredding dirt into dust saracen 2014 catalogue


Voting ends on July 4th, winner announced July 9th.

The five pro photographers set to storm the Whistler Mountain Bike Park and create a slideshow to be shown on Wednesday, August 13, are:

Deep Summer 2014

• Ale Di Lullo (Lake Garda, Italy) -
• Paris Gore (Bellingham, Washington) -
• Christoph Laue (Stuttgart, Germany) -
• Toby Cowley (Toowoomba, Australia) -
• Sean St. Denis (Whistler, BC) -

The Deep Summer Photo Challenge will take place under the stars at the spectacular Whistler Olympic Plaza again in 2014. Priority seating and close sightlines to giant HD screens will be on offer with a number of ticketed seats available for $5. 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 9. Slideshows will be handed in by the end of the day Tuesday, August 12. Then on Wednesday, August 13, 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.

The Pinkbike Deep Summer Wildcard Search will determine the sixth photographer to join the competition. Visit this link for details and dates for the Pinkbike Deep Summer Wildcard Photographer Search:

Check out Nicholas Teichrob's winning slideshow from 2013.


About Crankworx Whistler

A gathering of the bike-minded, Crankworx brings together the world’s downhill, slopestyle and enduro legends, with the Superfans, the rising stars, the industry’s innovators and the next generation of mountain bike riders for ten days of contests, concerts, culture and cranking.

August 8-17, Whistler, BC, hosts mountain biking’s defining celebration. An event so awesome it broke the dictionary. Nowhere else will you see competitors of this calibre gathered in one place. Nowhere else offers as many opportunities for athletes to launch themselves into professional careers. Nowhere else blurs the line between participant and spectator. Nowhere else exposes the cult of the fat tire from as many angles, with as much spectacle and celebration. Anointed by dirt, aligned with gravity, powered by passion - Crankworx combines it all.

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  • 22 6
 Although i love beautiful scenery i feel like "bike being somewhere on the pic" is not enough for bicycle dedicated website photo contest... Only Szymon photo is presenting actuall riding. Other pics while they show some awesome vistas and lighting they wouldn't change much after removing bike or repleacing it with something else.

I know that maybe what they are trying to achieve is to evoke a sense of adventure, exploration, freedom and all those experiencec connected to MTB. But still year after year i see more and more of those landscape shoots taking high spots inn all sort of photo competitions.
  • 6 0
 Click vote now. It will show you more of their photos! Some other seriously good ones there Wink
  • 3 2
 Yeah i know. But also many scenery pics with tiny bicycle somewhere in it or just some dudes camping next to fire...
  • 2 2
 It's hard to go all versatile within three shots, but i agree some should have shown a little more of their portfolio.
  • 5 0
 There are only two pictures in this contest, actually really only one, that lines up with your statement. I understand what you're saying but I've noticed that if a couple photos show up in a certain way, everyone jumps on it stating how its a trend or how every photographer is doing that. Oh and my pick goes to Bill. love those kinda shots.
  • 6 1
 In slideshow contests like this, the whole point is to tell a story with your images. The winner always has the strongest story, usually consisting of close, medium, and far shots, all which work together to convey the theme the photographer has chosen. The story that Szymon's photo is telling is that the rider has found a bank and has probably hiked it about 10 times to send up a huge dirt roost so that the photographer could capture it. Those other 'tiny bike' shots are showing that the rider has probably been riding for hours to get up into the alpine, likely starting while it was dark out in order to be up there for the sweet light of the sunrise, or vice versa. As a single image Szymon's is the most dynamic, but it definitely doesn't tell the best story.
  • 3 0
 The Story is all in your head, you're talking about composition and the situation rather than the bigger picture. Everyone's Story will be different according to life, your past... Vote for the pics that touch u the most.
  • 7 0
 Yeah Szymon, you've got my vote man.
  • 1 0
 Would have loved to see you there man. Looks like a great battle Wink
  • 1 0
 It clashes with the EWS this year.
  • 1 0
 Shame. Enduro is so 2013 hahahaha
  • 14 11
 honnestly nobody gets my vote many seem like very unoriginal shots that have been done many times before very disappointed with this list, and why I am on my rant i pose the question why do you have to be a bike company to get a pod or vod these days should be about how cool and enteraining the video is not how "great od a product" it is with 10min of them talking ans maybe on clip of riding, just my :2cents:
  • 24 0
 That sentence tho
  • 8 1
 so thats what my elementary school teacher meant by "run-on"
  • 5 0
 bro you even grammar
  • 1 0
 Gave them all +4 except for steve shannon he got +5 because all 3 of his pics were great whereas the others each seemed to have one that i wasn't all that fond of. Overall awesome photos, i wish i could have a print of them all for my walls. Best of luck to everyone!
  • 2 0
 The lad Pat Branch gets my vote
  • 2 0
 Pat Branch = X-Files
  • 1 0
 I think who submit their own pic's will never vote :-D
  • 2 0
 definilly,Bill Hawley
  • 1 0
 hahaha I love X-files.

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