Meet the Photographers: Olympus pro Photographer Showdown

Masters of patience and the art of the quick lens change, action spots photographers are certainly not afraid to get dirty, sweaty, and shreddy alongside the athletes—all while wearing the heaviest of backpacks.

This year’s lineup of photographers is stacked. Catching up with each of them before the event gave us a little tease as to what’s coming our way. Speaking of, don’t forget to secure your tickets now, this show sells out every single year.

Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard’s impressionable Netflix film “Under an Arctic Sky” has made him a household name. His work is both undeniably beautiful and raw, he is a master of connecting the viewer to the environment and we are more than thrilled to see his bangers on the big screen.

How would you describe your personal photography style in four words?

Timeless, storytelling, depth, nature.

Anything on the horizon you’re excited about?

I’m working on an aerial photography book that I am really passionate about. It’s mostly about Iceland’s glacial rivers, which are in need of protection. That has been a project I have been pretty passionate about for quite some time. I’m hoping to release it next year.

What inspires you?

My kids, my family, and the ability to see people explore beyond their ability and become better people in the process.

Grant Gunderson

Grant Gunderson skis 200 days a year and holds the title of Senior Photographer at Powder Magazine even though “out of office” is the most usual email response from this mountain tackling, camera wearing dude.

Any insight as to how you’re curating your slideshow?

My goal with my photography is to create images that inspire people to go out and revel in the amazing world around us. Hopefully the show that I put together will do just that.

How would you describe your personal photography style in three words?

Make people stoked.

Favourite place in the world currently and why?

I really love the mountain culture in Japan. Sure, the deep powder skiing is the best in the world, but it’s the culture that keeps me coming back multiple times a year.

Roberto Alegria

Roberto Alegria, this Steve Zissou resembling Spaniard is our wildcat entry. His love of snowboarding and photography has lead him to some pretty impressive places, clients, and photography titles in the action sports world. With a diverse style we’re excited to see what this wildcat will show us.

What season do you love the most?
It’s difficult to choose one because each season gives you the opportunity to do something different. I live in Barcelona and we are so lucky because we have the sea and the mountains. I would say that spring is probably the best because it’s a creative season for me.

Anything on the horizon you’re excited about?
Going to Whistler to meet some of the best action sport photographers and filmers in the world of course!

The one thing you always forget to pack when travelling?
I focus so much on having all my photo gear well packed that I forget to pack day-to-day basics like my socks and underwear.

Ashley Barker

Ashley Barker milks the best of the west by splitting her time between Vancouver and Los Angeles, but we’re pretty sure she’s globe trotting more than she is at either one of her base camps.  Often fashion flawlessly meets intense action for a wild photographic surprise and we hope to see some of that April 12th.

What inspires you? 

Beauty, light, energy, and people inspire me. I love working with people that want to create. I flourish in environments where everyone on both sides of the camera want to work in collaboration to create something beautiful and inspiring.

What season do you love the most?

Anytime it’s not raining.

The one thing you always forget to pack when travelling? 

My toothbrush charger.

Fred Mortagne

Fred Mortagne is a man of mystery, or most likely on assignment some place rad. We do know that Fred only shoots in black and white and is most well known for his stunning skateboarding photos. We can’t wait to see what he pulls from his archives to tantalize our eyes with at this year’s Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown.

We’re looking forward to welcoming all of these photographers to our town soon and seeing their work on the big screen. Tickets will surely sell out, so snag them while you still can.

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