Pro Photographer Showdown competitors revealed 

Plus: The Whistler Arts Council puts out calls for student artists and their grown-up counterparts

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CHRIS BURKARD, SUBMITTED - photo showdown California surf photographer Chris Burkard is one of the competitors in this year's Pro Photographer Showdown at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival.
  • Photo by Chris Burkard, submitted
  • photo showdown California surf photographer Chris Burkard is one of the competitors in this year's Pro Photographer Showdown at the World Ski and Snowboard Festival.

The World Ski and Snowboard Festival has unveiled the list of photographers competing in this year's Pro Photographer Showdown, one of the festival's most popular events.

It's already sold out, but lucky ticketholders will get to see images by top name shooters that span their entire body of work.

The competitors: Andy Wright, a veteran photographer who lives in Portland, Oregon; Bryan Ralph from Nelson by way of Peterborough, ON; Chris Burkard, a freelance surf photographer from central California; Darcy Bacha, who lives in Rhoddodendron, Oregon and Oskar Enander from Switzerland.

The showdown takes place April 18 at the Whistler Conference Centre. The festival runs from April 12 to 21.

Student art grants up for grabs

The Whistler Arts Council wants to give burgeoning artists a boost with a bursary for local students graduating from grades 7 and 12 this year.

Whistler, Pemberton or Mt. Currie grads that have excelled in visual, literary, performing or media arts are eligible for the Student Art Award with $500 for grade 12 students and $100 at the grade 7 level.

"The 2013 Student Art Award and Art Bursaries continue to show us the tremendous artistic abilities of our local young artists." says Joan Richoz, chair of the Whistler Arts Council, in a release. "By honouring these talented artists and providing an opportunity for them to further excel their skills in a summer art program, it's our hope that WAC will encourage young and emerging artists to continue their pursuit of the arts and contribute to our local artistic landscape."

To apply, students must submit three to four recent pieces of work that were completed on top of their schoolwork, along with a letter from a teacher who will confirm they were created outside of class. Students will also have to present their work to a jury.

The deadline for applications is May 3 with awards presented at graduation in June 2013.

Also up for grabs: $250 bursaries for students attending art camp this summer. The money can go towards tuition, accommodation or other travel costs. For more information visit

ArtWalk applications

With summer just around the corner, ArtWalk is now accepting applications for artists, performers and business owners who would like to host a venue for the ongoing event.

The two-month walking tour showcases local artists' work by displaying it throughout the village and around town everywhere from cafes to hotels, retail stores and restaurants. Opening night takes place on July 4. After, brochures will be available at various locations to guide visitors around the tour route.

The deadline for all applications is March 31. For complete details visit

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