Showdown Winners 

Skateboard photo guru wins Showdown

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but in Whistler during the Sony Pro Photogarpher Search and Showdown, a great picture is worth a thousand cheers.

A whole collection of great pictures is worth a cut glass trophy, a prestigious title, and the respect and admiration of distinguished peers in the photography business, and an audience that is genuinely passionate about action sports photography.

The Pro Photographer Search, held on April 14 and 15, showcased the work of six finalists, whittled down from a slate of 38 entries. The chosen six were Sterling Lorence of Vancouver, Peter Moynes of Slocan, Ryan Creary of Canmore, Johnathan Selkowitz of Jackson, Wyoming, Dave Humphries of Squamish and Matt Power of Aspen.

Each photographer gave a 12-minute slide presentation choreographed to music of their choosing. On April 15, before an audience of 1,000, Sterling Lorence was announced as The Best of Show winner for 2003.

His collection, which focused mainly on mountain biking, included some of the most artistic and beautifully-rendered shots of the genre that many in the crowd had ever seen. The audience response verged on deafening, and the judges were won over as well.

"I’ve aspired to be a part of this event since its inception," said Lorence, 31. "I’ve been here every year and have wanted to get involved each of those years.

"It was a strong group of photographers in the Search and it’s so exciting to be part of (the Showdown). These guys and everyone involved in the Showdown have had an impact on my career. To be a part of an event that influenced my career so much is a huge honour."

The judges were Anne-Marie Boissonnault (Ski Press publication director), Therese Lundgren (pro photographer and 2000 Search presenter), Micah Abrams (Freeze photo editor), Blake Jorgenson (pro photographer and 2001 Showdown Best of Show, and Perkins Miller (Skiing Magazine editor)

The win gave Lorence a berth in the Pro Photographer Showdown on April 17, where he was the last presenter of the evening and a strong candidate to take that Best of Show award as well.

At the Showdown, Lorence joined a group of other prestigious photographers, including Hawaiian-based surf photographer Warren Bolster, Swedish-based action sports photographer Mattias Fredriksson, and skateboarding photographer Jon Humphries of Portland, Oregon.

The judges for this contest included J. Grant Brittain (Transworld Skateboarding photo editor and 2000 Showdown winner), Dave Heath (pro photographer and 2002 Best of Show), Jon Foster (pro photographer and photo editor), Flip McCririck (pro photographer and former Freeze photo editor), Fred Foto (pro photographer and guest editor for Skiing Magazine), and Scott Markewitz (pro photographer and 1998 Showdown presenter).

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