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Banff Photography Shootout

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Banff, Alberta, recently hosted its first-ever Banff Photographer Shootout, which was organized by a group of snowboarders and structured similarly to Whistler’s well-known Deep Winter Photo Challenge.

Six photographers spent seven days in mid January capturing images, which were then boiled down to a three-to-five minute slideshow. The winner? Ski photographer Reuben Krabbe.

In this type of competition, planning and working efficiently within the timeframe is a must. So a day before the contest started, Krabbe had everything in order: skiers, locations, an itinerary of where he wanted to go when.

But things didn’t exactly go as planned.

“During the competition everywhere east of and including Banff was dealing with temperatures below -20 [Celsius],” Krabbe says. “However at the same time Revelstoke was dealing with rain up to treeline and the worst avalanche conditions the area had seen in 30 years.

The main highways were closed because of this, and even the next best alternate route closed down turning three hour drives into seven.”

via ESPN Freeskiing: Freeskiing news, event coverage, features, interviews, photos and videos – ESPN.

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