The inaugural Whistler Prize for Action Sports Portrait Photography brings together two opposing forces :
action photographers and portraiture,
to create Re:Action,
because every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
And sometimes action sports photography subjects do sit still.
Distilling the essence of action sports excellence into
one single image of one single actor.
For thirteen years, the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival has stopped time, in the middle
of a ten day and night adrenaline-fest, to showcase and celebrate the craft of action sports
photography at the annual Pro Photographer Showdown.
Action sports photography requires impeccable timing, an intimate understanding of the sports
showcased, and an ability to execute in a high-pressure, high-stakes environment.
Portraiture is often a slower process of relation-building that requires an ability to strip away
layers and activity and busyness to capture a subject’s essence.
The two would seem antithetical, but increasingly some of the most powerful moments at the Pro
Photographer Showdown have moved into the world of portraiture, providing a raw and intimate
look at the practitioners of the sports showcased.
New for 2010, the Festival introduces the Re:Action Prize for Action Sports Portrait Photography,
consolidating its role as the pre-eminent action sports photography event in the world, with a
total prize money of $21,000 awarded at the festival to the world’s best action sports
The Re:Action Prize for Action Sports Portrait Photography aims to open a window
into the intimate sub-culture of lifestyle action sports that attract cult devotion and
life-long dedication, by recognizing portrait photography that captures the emotion
and commitment intrinsic to those sports.
An annual international competition for contemporary photographic portraits of participants in the
action sports of snow, surf, skate and bike the Re:Action Prize for Action Sports Portrait
Photography distills the essence of action sports excellence into single images of single actors
with an exhibition of a selection of finalists chosen by a distinguished jury of experts mounted at
the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival.
For more info, read this: reaction-portrait-prize-rules-regulations.pdf
Download the entry form here: reaction-photographer-agreement-image-release-form-2010.pdf