No digital cameras allowed 

Summer photo competition takes Clik into the winter snow season

What: Clik photo competition

When: Feb. 11 – 13

Where: Whistler

Entry: $20

No memory cards, preview screens or Photoshop programs are allowed. The only thing needed to join the Clik photo competition is an imagination and an able index finger.

Following the success of last summer’s Clik competition, organizer Arne Gutmann of Boardstars Media is producing a winter version Clik: Snow from Feb. 11 to 13 in Whistler.

“The turnout last year was really unexpected,” Gutmann said. “We had more than 35 photographers involved. I wanted to see what everyone could do with a snow version of it this year.”

The 24-hour photo competition challenges amateur and pro photographers alike to capture the spirit of snow over 24 hours on a disposable film camera.

Shooters will be limited to the disposable camera’s 5.6 F stop, 1/100 shutter speed and 800 asa film; however, Gutmann says how shutterbugs approach the theme of snow is wide open.

“Anything goes: whatever they deem as snow works,” he said. “It can be skiing and snowboarding or a beautiful scenic shot or kids playing in the snow. It’s up to their creativity and imagination.”

Gutmann created the competition to showcase photographers on equal footing, ensuring the best photographer, not the best gear is honoured. Competitors will be forced to forgo the rapid fire and bottomless store of digital wizardry for the competition.

“You can’t just take a photo, look at it, delete it and move on,” he said. “People will really need to take time and thought into every picture they take.”

Competitors young and old are encouraged to get snapping. The competition will officially begin on Monday, Feb. 11 at noon at Whistler Foto Source located behind Citta in the main village. Cameras must be handed in by Tuesday, Feb. 12 noon at Foto Source. Photos will be judged then displayed during a live slide show on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Crystal Lounge. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entrants.

The $20 registration includes camera, film processing and prizes.

Participants are encouraged to pre-register by signing up at the Foto Source. Only a limited number of cameras will be available.

To view last year’s competition, visit


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