ABOUT THE SHOT:
In September 2008 I went to Hamburg, Germany, for the Red Bull Cliff Diving event, which was at three different locations over four days. The first spot was Speicherstadt, the largest warehouse complex in the world, built on oak pile foundations. It wasn’t easy to get permission to shoot there because the buildings are protected as they are historically important. For a safe dive the organizers needed to dig out a bit of the canal bed to get the four meters of water the divers needed for the high dives. We had just one hour of high tide to get as many shots as possible. I used 2 cameras, one overhead above the platform connected with flashes, and the second on the opposite bank for the sequences. Just before the session was over I changed my position to a bridge over the canal to get this angle. It was 4pm and I shot against the sun. Because of the bad light conditions I decided to shoot in HDR to get more information in the picture. In order to avoid the typical HDR look, I manually put the five single exposures together.
During three winters in Austria, i took photos of snowboarders just for fun. In 2005, he turned his hobby into a profession as a photographer specializing in action sports and lifestyle. Marcel loves to capture the perfect moment, showing the spirit and passion of action sports in each picture. Marcel’s work has been published in many magazines around the world including Transworld, Onboard, Pleasure, and Photography Magazine. His photos are also used in many advertisements and catalogs. Since 2008, Marcel has been working for Red Bull Photofiles and has also been a contributing photographer for Pocket Wizard. Marcel shoots using a Nikon D4, Nikon D800, and various lenses from 15 mm Fisheye up to 400 mm Tele Lenses, and of course, SanDisk Extreme® CompactFlash® memory cards.
ABOUT THE SHOT:
The most radical wave ever ridden by a human in Tahiti in august 2011 by california surfer Nathan Fletcher.
As an internationally renowned photographer, Brian Bielmann has traveled extensively with many of the world’s best surfers including Bruce and Andy Irons, Kelly Slater and many others.
With his images gracing more than 150 magazine covers, the pages of 30 books, and appearing in illustrious magazines as Rolling Stone, Men’s Journal, National Geographic and Sports Illustrated, he is recognized worldwide to be a photographer at the top of his field. He captures the entire surf lifestyle including all aspects of the sport, natural and stylized portraits, and still continues to push the boundaries of photography both above and below the water.
Brian’s passion for surfing and his love for photography have kept him on the cutting edge for over 35 years. His client list is massive and extends to some of the most recognizable brands on the planet including Volcom, Anheiser-Busch, Red Bull, Quiksilver, Billabong, Reef, Sanuk, DC Shoes among others. He has been published in every major surf publication around the world and is still considered one of the most prolific and inspiring photographers of the modern era.
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ACTION CATEGORY WINNER
ABOUT THE SHOT:
I found this pretty unique spot in the summer and I really wanted to shot a snowboard picture there. I told Xaver Hoffmann about the spot and he was fascinated as well. My idea to shoot this in heavy snowfall wasn’t too easy, because it was only snowing once at the spot last season. I’m pretty happy that we made it there on that day.
I grew up in Munich, close to the Bavarian mountains, and it is those mountains that have always played a major role in my life. I was a semi-professional snowboarder back in the day, until I injured myself badly and I pretty much had to quit snowboarding for a whole season in 2003. In that time I discovered the pleasure of photography for myself.
I was fascinated by photos that could describe a whole scene, a whole story or even a whole day, in just one small moment caught on film. This fascination was one of the biggest motivations for me to start my career as a professional photographer.
Right now I work as senior photographer for Pleasure Snowboard Magazine and as a staff photographer for Nitro Snowboards. I travel pretty much the whole winter, always on the search for the best snow conditions and creative locations. I love shooting snowboarding in fresh, uncommon locations.
In my photos I like to show the viewers a different angle, something they normally wouldn’t notice, even if they were there at the scene.
About Charlie Dailey:
Charlie is a freelance TV camerawoman and juggles her time filming and travelling to all parts of the world. David Attenborough and National Geographic were her strongest childhood influences and inspired her passion for exploring the world, camera in hand. In recent years she has sailed the Atlantic and travelled extensively through Africa, Central and South America and South East Asia. Her travels have taken her to dive with hammerheads off the Cocos Island and whale sharks off the coast of Mozambique. She has ridden through the Andes and the Papas Chicas of Argentina and has recently returned from Vietnam and Borneo. She has captured images from such diverse locations as the Mekong Delta and the deserts of Namibia. However she is just as likely to be found in the south of France filming classic super yachts in Les Voiles De St. Tropez. Her aim is to use photography to portray this beautiful planet and the people that inhabit it.
About Aaron Dodds:
Aaron Dodds has been working and shooting in the Snowboard Industry for over a decade now. In the late 90’s he got his start helping design and building terrain parks in Telluride, CO. While in Telluride he picked up a camera and hasn’t looked back. He now calls Breckenridge, CO home and commutes around the globe chasing snowboarding’s elite. After a five year stint as a Senior Photographer at Snowboarder Magazine, Aaron has taken a step in a new direction to focus on personal projects as well as freelance work with a wide range of Snowboard brands and snowboard publications worldwide. In addition to his photography he is a co-founder of the Bonnie Belle Cabin in Silverton, CO, which can be described as a full service backcountry ski and snowboard paradise. Complete with accommodations at 12,000 feet, there’s epic skiing and snowboarding right out the front door with heli, cat and sled support options. Raised in Durango, CO, the mountains are in Aaron’s soul and define him not only as a person but his photography as well.
About Nic Alegre:
Inspired by movement and progress, Nic Alegre is an American action photographer best known for capturing moments of interaction between people and their environments. As a graduate of Villanova University in 2008, Alegre credits his education in History and the impact photography played throughout those studies as the driving force behind his profession today. “I’m lucky to be a very visual person who’s able to do the sports I shoot, and as a history major and once talented writer, or so I’m told, storytelling comes naturally to me— and every photo is a story,“ Alegre exclaims. By May 2011, Blake Jorgenson, Eric Berger, and Paul Morrison — three of the most famous and respected action- sports photographers in the world—began mentoring Alegre as he shot the heavy professional ski and snowboard scene of Whistler, BC. “I’m fortunate to have three of the best mentors in the world” he admits. interest in extreme sports and exploration also plays a huge part the way he takes photographs. The result is more than a frame – it is a chronicled instance of a specific experience.