Pro photogs prepare for Showdown 

Pro photogs prepare for Showdown

It's always a sold-out event at the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival, and this year's Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown is shaping up to be a similarly massive competition.

Five finalists have just been selected to go head-to-head for top spot at this year's competition, contending for a $10,000 cash grand prize and a fully accessorized Olympus E-3 digital SLR camera, and most importantly, all the prestige and glory that comes with capturing first place at this "Sundance Festival of Action Photography."

Scott Pommier, Ian Ruhter, Christian Pondella, Daniel Blom and Jordan Manley are the five photographers selected to create a nine-minute soundtracked digital slide show of the best work of their careers for the Pro Photographer Showdown, which takes place on Thursday, April 23.

Strong showing at WAC's 27th anniversary bash

Whistler Arts Council's annual bash, which took place at the Four Seasons Resort on Friday, March 6, was a sold-out event this year, with over $10,000 raised for WAC's many arts programs, which include the Whistler Children's Festival, ArtWalk, ARTrageous, and the Whistler Art Workshops on the Lake.

This year's festivities attracted a wide range of community members, with a special storytelling segment from 10 long-time locals, including Bob Daniels, who spoke about chasing love to South America and back, legendary ski patroller Cathy Jewett, talking about living a life of passion, and Terry Spence (a.k.a. Toulouse) sharing secrets from Toad Hall days.

Details for the 2010 "Our Whistler: Celebrating Our History" event will be announced later this year.

VANOC reaches out to performers

The Olympic clock is ticking, in more ways than one. There are less than two months to go before VANOC starts auditioning performers for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and organizers are still looking for almost 4,300 more people to sign up.

VANOC is hoping to have a pool of almost 7,500 volunteer performers to pick from, and since issuing the call for volunteers almost two weeks ago, 3,200 people have applied.

"The sooner interested candidates apply online by filling out an application at www.vancouver2010.com/ceremonies , the sooner they can find out if they have been successful in landing an audition," David Atkins, executive producer of the opening and closing ceremonies said in a recent press release.

"We need performers to bring out mass choreography to life on the floor of GM Place. But, just as importantly, we need performance volunteers to act as athlete marshals, placard bearers to lead countries into the stadium and audience leaders who'll help spectators participate in the show."

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