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Lynch wins Deep Winter Photo Challenge

Revelstoke photographer crowned ‘Queen of Storms’ after three sunny days of shooting
Zoya Lynch wins the Deep Winter Photo Challenge. Photo by Dave Buzzard/

Photographer Zoya Lynch has won the Deep Winter Photo Challenge, pocketing a first prize purse of $5,000.

Nicholas Tiechrob was second, taking home $2,500 and Jason Hummel was third, winning $1,000. The three also each won a jacket from sponsor’s Arc’teryx.

Lynch has also won the right to be known as Whistler’s ‘Queen of Storms’ for 2014, although competitors had warm, sunny weather to work in.

Six pro-photographers spent 72 hours, from Wednesday, Jan. 15 to Saturday, Jan. 19, taking shots of their athletic teams around the slopes and the village. The other competitors were Erin Hogue, Cameron Hunter and Chris Brown.

The six showed their best images in a slide show to an audience of 1,100 in the ballroom of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler hotel.

This is the eighth year of the competition.

Lynch, from Revelstoke, took as her team three Whistler artists, painters Vanessa Stark and Kris “Kup” Kupskay, and ceramicist Vincent Massey. Her photos created a narrative that connected their work in the studio with their artistic flair on the slopes.

She told emcee Feet Banks that she’d lost her ski poles and mitts in the process of carrying out her shoot.

It is Lynch’s second photo competition win in Whistler in less than three months; she won the Out of Bounds: Tales from the Backcountry competition in October.

Tiechrob won the best individual image and an additional $1,000.

Check out all six photographers’ images and vote for the People’s Choice Award, which is open until Tuesday, Jan. 21, by clicking here.

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