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Pro Photographer Showdown at Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival

Thursday, April 8th, 2010 — 11:00am PDT
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The Telus World Ski & Snowboard Festival is happening April 16 – 25th in Whistler, BC and with it comes special events and promotions. One of which is the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown.

As the pre-eminent action sports photography contest in the world, the Pro Photographer Showdown celebrates still images and the commitment required to build a body of work that captures time and captivates the human spirit.

Finalist Grant Gunderson / Warren Miller Ent

It all starts with the re:Action event where the finalists will be featured and the 2010 winner will be announced. This will be followed by a showcase April 22nd at Whistler Conference Centre (Sea to Sky Ballroom).

I have two VIP “Black Market” tickets to give away to the showcase on April 22nd… but there’s a catch. The organizers wanted participating sites to ask for a trade. As such, if you would like to enter to win these VIP tickets to the Pro Photography Showdown, you’ll need to make me a unique trade offer.

It can be for something you made yourself, some type of service you can offer my readers, trade a prize to win this prize, or offer to donate to the non-profit of your choice.

I’ll go through the entries and award the tickets to the person who I think is offering up the best trade.

You can make your trade offer either on Twitter (please @Miss604 and use the tag #BlackMarketPhoto) or through a comment on this post.

Please note, I have a soft-spot for the Union Gospel Mission, Developmental Disabilities Association, the Vancouver Food Bank, and of course chocolate. I’ll decide the trade winner April 14, 2010 at 12:00pm.

Fine print: Regular ticket price is $21 each, not including VIP access. The trade winner will receive two tickets. I may consult friends, family, Twitter or a reader poll for help with my selection.

Update April 15 I have decided to take pussck up on their offer of: “$500 to kidsport Wendy Ladner-Beaudry Fund – for the Foodbank Sports program” in exchange for the tickets. Thank you to everyone for their generosity!

The winner also told me by email, “Wendy worked on a project with the Vancouver Food bank that gave access to sport for low-income immigrant families. Wendy was an inspirational person to many people.” I’m so very pleased that the KidSport Canada Wendy Ladner-Beaudry Memorial Project can benefit from this trade.

Current contests on


  1. Vegas says:

    Well, by way of trade I can offer an interview on V-TARP (, a preview on my tragic strips project with Jerm IX (….

    Or I could just make you a portrait? Something like…

  2. Jewels says:

    well, i’m not that creative, but I’ll trade you a $100 donation to the “Is it Beer O’Clock” Affair running team in your name.

  3. Jewels says:

    Well, I’m not that creative but I can trade you $100 donation to the “Is it Beer O’Clock” Underwear Affair team in your name. I don’t run on this team, but it is a cause dear to my heart and @GDMitchell runs on this team, another follower of yours.

  4. Jewels says:

    boo..I just realized that the event is on a Thursday night! now that I’m working I just can’t scuttle off to Whistler during the week 🙁 I have to withdraw my trade as I can’t use it.

  5. Marcie says:

    for those two tickets I’ll donate $100 to Tamsyn Jenkins goal of $500 for Relay for Life in Squamish ($50 raised so far), plus just for the fun of it I’ll throw in a crazy drawing from my son, artist Tylor Macmillan (not for the faint of heart!)

  6. Marcie says:

    ooops and $100 to the Sam Project (in memory of Squamish teen Sam Eaves). Sorry no chocolate….

  7. woodenkats says:

    A print of my photo submission to reaction the portrait contest! Not finalist…

  8. pussck says:

    $500 to kidsport Wendy Ladner-Beaudry Fund – for the Foodbank Sports program

  9. […] put two VIP tickets into the hands of Mike Berard, Amber Turnau, Mike Douglas, Rebecca Bollwitt and Dano Pendygrasse, inviting them to trade for whatever we could get. The successful barterers […]

  10. kaila says:

    I wish I could attend this event it sounds like it is going to be a lot of fun! And VIP style would be amazing!

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