Guy Fattal’s Winter Photography

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One of the primary jobs of a photographer is to show new angles, new spaces—unexplored situations or unique vantage points that offer something exciting for the viewer. This is poignantly examined under the microscope of extreme sport and adventure photography, within which the best artists (and athletes, because they are indeed both) push themselves beyond their limits, striving to get the very best shot.

Whistler’s annual Deep Winter Photo Challenge is a great example of this, tasking photographers to spend three days shooting their athlete teams in-bounds at Whistler Blackcomb. This year, the resulting slideshows were played to a sold-out audience of over 1,000 people at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, with five judges crowning Guy Fattal the winner.

Fattal has paid his dues, having competed in the contest last year but not winning; this time around the Israeli photographer parked himself in Whistler for the 2016/2017 season, allowing himself to really dig into the slopes. And with the $5,000 prize now in his possession, it seems like that move has already paid off. Literally.

Winning the challenge also gives Fattal the title of King of Storms, and one look through his photos demonstrates that he really is the master of his domain, both in terms of the camera and the powder.


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January 17, 2017