Ski Photogs, It’s Shoot-Out Time!

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You call yourself a ski photographer?? Well, there’s not much time left to put your money where your mouth is or your lens where the snow is so to speak. If you’ve dreamt of an all expense paid trip to the famed Cottonwood Canyons of the Wasatch Mountains to shoot some of the world’s best skiers, then the the Ski City Shootout is your ticket to ride. Applications for the 9th Annual Ski City Shootout, February 22-27, 2016, are being accepted now until noon on December 1.

The comp pairs up to eight of the top professional photographers with pro skiers to battle it out for more than $11,000 in cash prizes and, of course, bragging rights. The best of the best will attempt to capture the magic of Ski City (a.k.a. Salt Lake) and the Cottonwood Canyon resorts over a four-day period, with one day dedicated to each Cottonwood Canyon resort: Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude. Imagery is submitted at the end of the week in four different categories, then showcased at the always popular Shootout Award Party where the winners are announced and awards presented.

Each photographer submits a portfolio of eight photographs showcasing the best two images shot at each resort—showcasing what truly makes each resort special. For this, they win the big bucks:

• 1st Place Portfolio – $3,700
• 2nd Place Portfolio – $2,700
• 3rd Place Portfolio – $1,700

Here’s a taste of what the event is like for athletes and photogs:

Organizers have retired the Facebook Category and moved the prize money over to the Athlete’s Choice Category. Now, 1st place gets $800 and a full-page ad in POWDER Magazine’s Photo Annual, 2nd place gets $700, and 3rd place $500.

 The “Off the Mountain” category (aka Urban Meets Mountain) is required from all participating photographers and the winner in this category will receive $1,000. Also, this year a Best of Show photo will be chosen from one of the eight photographer’s portfolios by the Ski City Shootout Panel of judges to win $1,000.

To see all the information on the 2016 Ski City Shootout, from categories to rules and regs, visit www.visitsaltlake.com/skicity/shootout. Again, applications are being accepted until midday December 1st.

Here are this year’s winners:

  • 1st Place Portfolio: Rueben Krabbe
  • 2nd Place Portfolio: Jay Dash
  • 3rd Place Portfolio: Bruno Long
  • 1st Place Athlete’s Choice: Court Lee
  • 2nd Place Athlete’s Choice: Jay Dash
  • 3rd Place Athlete’s Choice: Freya Fenwood
  • Best in Show: Ryan Day Thompson
  • Urban Meets Mountain 1st Place: Rueben Krabbe
  • Urban Meets Mountain 2nd Place: Cam McLeod
  • Urban Meets Mountain 3rd Place: Freya Fenwood
  • Facebook Fan Favorite: Noah Wetzel

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