Come show time, four invited photographers, plus one wildcard entry, will share their life’s work, each vying for the title of Best in Show. While a panel of judges will ultimately choose the winner, the 1400+ audience will also get to have their say, casting votes for the People’s Choice award.

Compete against the world’s best. Wildcard submissions open until March 15.

WILDCARD – MARCUS PALADINO

Too often photos in cold water destinations depend on the mountains, the snow and the wildlife to make the shot work, however, Marcus is never content to rely on them.

There are good waves on the west coast of Canada, but Marcus knows there are also some damn good surfers. Probably spending more time in the water than most surfers on Vancouver Island would be comfortable with, he’s intent on showcasing the high performance surfing that continues to be pushed north of the 49th parallel.

His hard work and dedication has made Marcus one of the desired photographers pros look to work with in Canada. As the tides, wind and swell are difficult to line up, surfers love having a dependable photographer around who’s always keen for a mission with no guarantees.

ALE DI LULLO

In more than fifteen years in this world Ale has been shooting every aspect of the sport in many different parts of the world.

From the competitions to the big mountain adventures and all the lifestyle around it. Ale shoots with some of the best athletes and some of the coolest brands in the industry including being a regular contributor on Bike magazine and being featured on the X-Games photo gallery.

Over his career Ale has won the 2014 Whistler’s Deep Summer Photo Challenge, has 5 finalists photos in the 2013 and 2016 editions of the Red Bull Illume, and was a category Winner in 2016 for the New Creativity.

ROBIN O’NEILL

Robin is an outdoor lifestyle and action photographer based in Whistler, British Columbia. Her editorial and social documentary backgrounds have helped Robin develop a unique view into the wild landscapes and wilder personalities that surround her. 

By translating her passion for outdoor adventures into exciting visual stories and dramatic imagery, she has found success in winning both the Whistler Deep Winter and Deep Summer Photo Showdowns, and in working with many reputable outdoor brands. 

Robin’s insatiable curiosity and addiction to mountain life have perfectly combined to ensure ongoing grand adventures and a growing portfolio of outstanding images captured in the wild outdoors.

TAL ROBERTS

Tal Roberts got his start in the world of creating still images by hitting the pause button when the tricks looked just right on the classic skate board videos of the mid 1990’s. 

Though he didn’t use a real camera until years later the desire to document his passions was still intact. Originally from Gig Harbor, WA, Tal lives in Portland OR, and continues to focus on making pictures of his friends having fun.

ZAK NOYLE

Zak isn’t your typical extreme sports athlete. Considered one of the best surf photographers in the world, Zak lives his life on the edge. He is an outdoor photographer with a truly unique perspective on the surf and sea. 

Based on O’ahu, Zak spends countless hours in the water, creating dramatic imagery and artful interpretations of the world’s most magnificent ocean environment.

Zak’s surf images can be seen in many high profile publications such as National Geographic, London Times, ESPN and Surfer Magazine; he and his work have been featured in advertising campaigns with clients such as Apple, Chanel, RedBull, RVCA, Lululemon, Aqualungs and Billabong; in online campaigns with Mastercard, Urban Armor Gear and various others. His images have won numerous awards over the years, including being voted “Best Photo of the Year” by Surfer Magazine and the Sequence category in RedBull Illume.