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Vote Now for Deep Summer Wild Card Photographer

Jun 30, 2022 at 12:42
by Crankworx  
It's time to vote for your selection for the wildcard photographer to join the photographers of the Deep Summer Photo Challenge for 2022.

Our judges have deliberated and digressed and now we are excited to bring you the Top 5 Wildcard Photographer entries for 2022. Now it's your turn to vote and determine who the final photographer competing in the Deep Summer Photo Challenge at Crankworx, Whistler will be.

The Deep Summer Photo Challenge sees five top pro photographers competing alongside the Wildcard Photographer for cash and for the title of Deep Summer Photo Challenge Champion. This year’s lineup of photographers showcases a deeply talented crew, each with their own unique twist on telling the story of mountain biking.

Voting ends on July 7th, with the winner announced July 9th.

And the Top 5 Wildcard Entries are:

Norbert Szasz

Little fun session during the Covid quarantine

Lindsay Donovan


Brendan McClennon


Drew Boxold

 Of Ten Thousand for Yeti Cycles Photo by Drew Boxold

Moritz Ablinger

According to recent studies 99.9 of the people who ride this trail do it with less style than Peter.

Vote For The 2022 Deep Summer Wild Card

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Member since Apr 15, 2006
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  • 42 0
 Wouldn't it be awesome if Pinkbike had something like this? Maybe they'd post a daily photo and then every year you would vote on which was your favourite? That would be so rad.
  • 37 3
 I like Lindsay and Moritz the best
  • 11 5
 Moritz' one needed a more interesting background / sky. For me, this one's too bland to be a price-winning shot
  • 2 3
 imo, creativity is one of the biggest factors, for this reason i would vote Moritz over Lindsay
  • 3 1
 Moritz for the win... Barge got Robbed \m/
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: Moritz could use a better background but like a lot of the picture of the year entrants Lindsay's effort seems to more about scenery than biking. Both epic photos though and I guess the scenery, locations and wilderness are what a lot of riders love most about mtb
  • 18 2
 All entries are solid, but Lindsay truly represents the essence of mountain biking.
  • 17 3
 From a past deep summer competitor, I hope Lindsay gets it. They have really demonstrated story telling in an image.
  • 17 1
 her photo is what biking is about.... I hope roost doesn't get in
  • 7 0
 @jaydawg69: biking is about different things for different people. The last pic is what biking is for me
  • 3 0
 @bashhard: The last pic is what biking is for me, but Lindsay's is what I value most in biking.
  • 11 0
 Thanks for the selection Crankworx/PB! Honored to be chosen along side these other awesome submissions. I’ve been daydreaming about this crazy concept since 2018 so fingers crossed we can make it happen!
  • 12 6
 Clearly I know nothing about photography. Photo #3 looks like something I'd delete immediately upon taking as a poorly taken photo.
  • 4 3
 Clearly you do not, this is called panning and this one is maybe too bluryy but the technique is hard, you set porposedly too long exposure time and try to follow the movement of the subject, it will never be perfectly sharp but it give the impression of speed.
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: I love these types of comments. Thanks for the quick rundown!
  • 1 0
 @ripridesbikes: I don't know why these negprops, you can clearly see that the background have more movement blur then the subject. The hardest thing about panning is that while doing it you typically do not see the subject (depending on the camera, I have never seen a camera letting you yo have a view while the shutter is open, let it be mirror or mirrorless camera). So I would advise everyone to try to do it and you will see that you will be unable to make such a "poor" shot in many many tries (if ever).
  • 5 0
 Lindsay’s one is all about what mtb should be : beautiful wild places, biking with friends, high up the mountains, sun in the face that you can’t see properly and good time !

Love it !
  • 7 0
 All super talented but Lindsay takes my vote
  • 6 0
 I always view these contests as which photo captures the essence of the type of riding I most want to do...
  • 10 0
 "One day I'd like to do a hand-plant scrub while someone explodes a bag of flour behind my bag!" ... said no-one ever.
  • 1 0
 my back*
  • 4 1
 I like this competition! It should be more regular!

Lindsay. Good timing, composition and light. And a sense of what makes MTB so cool, riding amazing trails in amazing places.

Norbert's shot, to me is confusing. some powder, bad flash, out of focus rider and bam slam composition? One trick pony as I used to tell our photo teams. Points for creativity though.

Brendan is awesome, but nothing special either. I like the movement of speed and the blur is great, but it's not special enough. Almost like a "lucky shot" and entered it.

Drew. Also great, but poor exposure, even with the light on soil being thrown up, and again, the negative space is similar to Norbert's, it's not adding a single thing to the shot.

Moritz... a good second spot for me. Used the negative space well, good composition and interesting subject. But not as good as Lindsey.
  • 5 0
 I’ve seen Lindsay Donovan’s photos before. She’s very talented!! Good luck to all entered though!
  • 2 0
 I have a hard time understanding how 3 of these pictures even get submitted. One looks like a “behind the scenes” at a photo shoot- you know the ones where they zoom out to show the fan that blows the models hair and all the lighting umbrellas? Another just didn’t get the execution on the pan. No shame in that, but either get it right or find another concept to submit. And I guess Drew did well as art front but the MTB part leaves a lot to be desired. You can’t see the trail, can barely locate the rider and definitely can’t tell what they were doing. All amidst a snowy backdrop that makes me think of the worst parts of MTB - winter desperation, trail damage, cold wet rides, and worn out bearings. None of these are shots to be ashamed of, but their inclusion here illustrates the quantity over quality direction photography is taking in the digital age.

Mortiz’s shot was awesome from an action perspective. The way the trail is framed with the rider let’s me feel the g’s and sudden weightlessness. Awesome work.

But Lindsay… wow. That is masterful. It took either insane preparation or insane instincts to be there at that exact moment with that lighting. And the execution is just perfect. It may not be the type of riding crankworks focuses on, and I’m not sure if the skills to get this shot will transfer to a live format. But damn that shot just makes me want to ride!
  • 3 0
 Lindsay’s photo makes me wanna be there! I also really wanna know what the yellow rider does next. Looks like they’re setting up to carve that little pocket of dirt.
  • 4 0
 Come on, give a European kid the chance to see Canada
  • 6 1
  • 3 0
 Yess Moritz!! lets go Canada!
  • 3 0
 Lindsay Donovan gets all my votes! Wow!
  • 1 1
 The only good photo Is maybe 2..what's with the washed out white sky's I see so much in "professional photos"..these suck..it's all about a good sky..
  • 1 0
 Tha shutter drag / whip pan. Man.
  • 2 1
  • 1 0
 bring back POD
  • 1 2
 Handplant and a bag of talcum powder exploding behind. Nothing beats that.
  • 2 0
 the trick and backlighting are cool, the composition leaves a lot to be desired...
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