Pro Photographer Search deadline nears 

Think you’ve got what it takes to go pro with your camera? Then you may just want to get your act – and your eye – together for the fifth annual Pro Photographer Search, held during Whistler’s TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival in April.

The call for entries has just been announced and there’s no time to waste, submissions close March 4 so take advantage of the clear blues skies and snap away.

For the first time in the history of the festival’s multimedia events, the qualifying shows will be produced in digital format. This will be good news for any young, up and coming photographers looking for their first big-time exposure, or any professional photographer who is making the shift to digital. Photographers will be able to submit their work in digital or as scanned slide images.

In previous years, the Pro Photographer Searches have catapulted the careers of many photographers and have been a platform for inspiring action sports photographers.

For last year’s Search, Ilja Herb from Whistler took the limelight, winning the title of 2002 Search Best of Show and going on to exhibit his work beside photo legends Ace Kvale, Kevin Zacher and Dave Heath at the Showdown.

"Each year, the calibre of entries keeps climbing for fledgling and well-known photographers alike," said the festival’s managing director, Doug Perry.

"With the talent and diversity of all the Search photographers, the Search is an amazing vehicle for the action sport industry representatives who are in Whistler for the festival to view the depth of talent in their midst."

To be held April 14-15, the Pro Photographer Search forms part of Exposure – the culmination of the Pro Photographer Search, Pro Photographer Showdown, the Filmmaker Showdown, photographic workshops and the Whistler Photographic Society Silent Auction.

For entries, inquiries and a full list of rules, contact co-ordinator Tamsyn Morote at 604-905-2799 or e-mail . Deadline for submissions is March 4, 2003 at 5 p.m. Late submissions will not be considered.

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