Mountain bike photographer wins Pro Photographer Showdown 

Ale Di Lullo takes home $10,000 prize

click to enlarge MITCH WINTON/ WSSF - Ale Di Lullo accepts his cheque after winning the Pro Photographer Showdown on Thursday, April 11.
  • Mitch Winton/ WSSF
  • Ale Di Lullo accepts his cheque after winning the Pro Photographer Showdown on Thursday, April 11.

Italian freeride mountain bike photographer Ale Di Lullo won the 2019 Pro Photographer Showdown on Thursday, April 11.

The title of "Best in Show" came with a $10,000 prize.

"This was my vision of freeride, from hanging out with friends at competitions, to hanging out with friends on big mountains," Di Lullo says in a press release. "It was about pushing the limits of the sport, like any extreme sport aims to do."

His nine-minute slideshow took the audience through the last 15 years of his career set to a soundtrack by Nine Inch Nails. "It's amazing," Di Lullo says. "I've been looking at this contest forever. I thought I would never be able to even get invited. For some lucky alignment of planets I got invited in, and I even won it. I'm speechless."

The event, which runs at the Whistler Conference Centre as part of the World Ski and Snowboard Festival, also featured career-spanning slideshows by surf photographer Marcus Paladino; Tal Roberts, who focuses on skate, snow and adventure-based photography; Hawaiian surf and sea photographer Zak Noyle; and Whistler outdoor lifestyle and action photographer Robin O'Neill.

O'Neill took home the People's Choice award.

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