The unofficial title of the winner of the 72-hour Deep Winter Photo Challenge is the King of Storms, but it will be a queen that reigns in 2014 after Revelstoke's Zoya Lynch took home top honours Saturday (Jan. 18).
The chaotic photography contest pitted six of the Pacific Northwest's most talented action sports shooters against one another to see who could compile the best montage shot within Whistler Blackcomb boundaries over three days while evoking the spirit of the resort's favourite winter sports.
Building on her victory at November's backcountry photo exhibit, Out of Bounds, for her shot “Shadow Quest,” Lynch will add $5,000 to her recent winnings for her three-minute slideshow, titled Winter Canvas.
Lynch delighted a crowd of over 1,100 and the panel of expert judges Saturday with a montage paralleling the blooming creativity of Whistler arts community with that of downhill athletes. Lynch juxtaposed shots of local painter Vanessa Stark, potter Vincent Massey and graffiti artist Kris Kupsky snowboarding with images of them creating art in the studio.
“It's crazy, I'm so excited right now,” Lynch said after receiving the award. “I considered myself a wildcard competitor coming in, so I am really happy to have won first place.”
Deep Winter alumnus and 2013 winner of the Deep Summer Photo Challenge, Nicolas Teichrob of Roberts Creek, was awarded second place and $2,500 for his slideshow. He was also given $500 for the single best photo of the competition, an expertly lit shot of a skier's silhouette set against a cloudy sky. Washington's Jason Hummel took home third place and $1,000.
Ex-professional boarder Chris Brown, Squamish shooter Cameron Hunter and Whistler-based Erin Hogue rounded out the field this year.
Selected images from the contest are available for viewing now at www.whistlerblackcomb.com/deepwinter. The public is encouraged to vote for their favourite photo until midnight on Tuesday (Jan. 21). The photographer with the most votes will earn $1,000 and a Whistler Heli-Skiing trip.
Itching for ill beats? Skratch Bastid can help
Catch one of Canada's most sought after DJs and producers, Halifax's own Skratch Bastid, who will be rocking Tommy Africa's Wednesday (Jan.22) at 9 p.m.
The self-appointed “illest redhead on turntables,” Bastid first made a name for himself at acclaimed DJ competitions like DMC and Scribble Jam.
Catch The Watchtower at the Whistler Public Library
The latest in the Whistler Library's Film Movement Series is a Turkish, French and German co-production, The Watchtower, on Thursday (Jan. 23) at 7 p.m.
The film follows Nihat, who's haunted by a tragic incident and isolated himself by becoming a fire warden in a remote observation tower, and Seher, who lives in a makeshift room at a rural bus station. Going about their isolated lives, fate eventually brings the two together and the film examines their impassioned relationship together.
Kids' calligraphy at the library
Always wanted your child to try their hand at calligraphy but didn't know where to start? Head to the Whistler Library on Friday (Jan. 24) at 3:30 p.m. for an introductory calligraphy lesson for kids aged six to 12.
Participants will learn the basics, like how to hold a brush and make strokes, in this free workshop. Registration is required, by calling 604-935-8433, and the class will be limited to 15 students.