Storming Photographs 

Whistler’s top photographers give weathered insight

Photo of Gaetan Chanut by Oli Gagnon, one of many submissions to the Deep Winter photo challenge.
  • Photo of Gaetan Chanut by Oli Gagnon, one of many submissions to the
    Deep Winter photo challenge.

Ullr was merciless last weekend; throwing wind and snow at five action sports photographers who shot it out at the Deep Winter Photo Challenge.

Photographers were challenged to brave beyond the picturesque bluebird days and shoot Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in all their storming glory at the Whistler-Blackcomb and Arc’teryx sponsored competition.

Images depicted skiers twisting across backgrounds of snow-laden trees and boarders dropping through powder that almost swallowed athletes whole.

But it was the detail-driven and broad-scoped presentation of photography legend Paul Morrison that won over crowds and earned him the title of King of Storms.

Morrison’s slide presentation spanned everything from raging powder torrents and blue multi-hued icicles to microscopic crystals found in a single water drop.

Morrison won $1,500 for first prize, Dano Pendygrasse won $1,000 for second and Chris Christie $750 for third.

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