2013 Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown Finalists
Andy Wright started snowboarding in the mid-80s, hiking the Wasatch mountains just outside Salt Lake City. After a short career as professional rider in the 90's, he's spent the better part of the last 15 years behind the lens. In that span he's documented some of the sports most era-defining movements and shot with nearly every influential rider that has come and gone in that interval. This season marks his 11th as a Senior Staff Photographer for Transworld Snowboarding Magazine, which is widely regarded as the voice of record for the sport. This same publication produces an Industry Business Journal that tracks the most published riders, brands and photographers each season. Of the 8 years the "Exposure Meter" has been tabulated, Andy has won the photography title 5 times and never finished lower than 2nd place. Now a resident of Portland, Oregon, he keeps a winter home in Utah to return to whenever there is time off from the global chase for snow.
Born in Peterborough, ON, Canada
In the summer of 1998 I moved West to Nelson BC to attend a Ski Resort Operations and Management program at Selkirk College. During that time I borrowed a camera from my parents and began shooting for fun with classmates. The winter of 2006 was the first winter I began submitting photos and slowly over the next few years images started being published.
I quit my jobs around that time and started building ski lifts with Doppelmayr Canada in order to allow me to have winters off to shoot snow sports full time. At this point in my career I shoot as much as possible while also working fulltime with Freeride Entertainment.
My name is Chris Burkard, I am 26 years old and live in the coastal town of Pismo Beach in Central California. I am currently a Senior Staff photographer for Surfer magazine, and have worked with over 40 National & International Publications. I also work with a broad range of advertisers including Patagonia, Quicksilver, Volcom, American Airlines and many others. In the past I have served as a Senior Staff photographer for Water Magazine and Surfline.com, As well as a photo Editor for West Coast Surf Magazine. I recently published a coffee table book with Chronicle Books. It was about a 50 day Journey down the California Coast in a VW bus titled, “The California Surf Project.”
My work has always had a strong emphasis on Natural light and the use of landscapes. In 2006 I received the Larry “Flame” Moore Grant for Photography, It was presented by the Follow the Light Foundation in memory of Larry Moore ( A prior photo editor of Surfing Magazine), to an up coming Surf Photographer. I think that award has really helped set the stage for my career and for the future of my career. In 2010 I was awarded the Red Bull Illume image quest action sports photo of the year. I plan to continue to work in the Surf Industry and hope to bring my natural light aesthetic into other aspects of Action Sports as well as work on a few up-coming films and books.
"Creating something that didn't exist a moment before is the most rewarding aspect of photography and the reason I pick up my camera everyday. I really like creating shape with light. Influencing the form of an object with the use of controlled lighting is to me the most important part of my photograph."
Darcy Bacha 25 years old currently lives in Rhododendron Oregon at the base of Mt.Hood. He spends his time when not photographing on the river flyfishing for steelhead.
For the last 11 years I have been based in Switzerland and Engelberg, but I grew up in Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden. I got into photography for real in 2002 when I came to Engelberg for the first time.
What really gave me a big push in ski photography was when I sent my first submission to Powder Magazine and won the 2003 Photo of the Year ¬ that was actually my first submission ever to any magazine. Today, I submit to numerous magazines worldwide and work with clients such as The North Face, Patagonia and Peak Performance to name a few.
The mountains have always been my passion, especially in wintertime. That¹s why the majority of my photography has been shooting skiing and snowboarding all over the globe, however, I¹m getting more into shooting biking during the summer. Photography has brought me to amazing places and people and that is one of the main things that inspires me and will always make me want to keep on going.