Deep Winter Photo Challenge

Robin O’Neill | Deep Winter Photo Challenge 2012 Winning Slide Show

January 17th, 2012 by


Robin O’Neill’s slide show took top prize this weekend at Whistler’s Deep Winter Photo Challenge. It encompasses the essence of the true Whistler skiing lifestyle and tells a little about the history and extreme conditions that the locals tough to ride the best terrain in BC, if not the world. The slide show tells the story of the young generation and bring a light of the changing times of the world of skiing.

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A little info about the photographer:

Robin O’Neill is a Canadian commercial lifestyle and documentary photographer. Based in Whistler, this adventurer, athlete and keen observer uses her camera to explore the human condition at work and play.

Robin’s command of story and knack for documentary allow her to create compelling visual vignettes that showcase fascinating characters, dynamic environments, and a range of products. She has shot campaigns for clients including Bell Canada, Whistler Mountain Bike Park, lululemon athletica, and the Four Seasons.

After growing up in the concrete canyons of Toronto and earning her BA in history at Queens University, Robin O’Neill bolted for the wild. She worked with international aid organisations on two continents before landing in Whistler, BC, where she put down roots and launched a photographic career.


January 13th, 2012 by

Day 2 of the 2012 Deep Winter Photo Challenge brought much of the same sunny bluebird conditions as day one.  Mason Mashon and team shot some lifestyle photography in the morning followed by the day of shred on Blackcomb.  The weather this year is 180 degrees opposite from last year, “it’s not Nuking Powpocalyps” as Andrew Strain described when asked to compare, “However, I wouldn’t go so far to say unfavorable conditions”. This year the photographers really need to be creative to portray the  theme of Deep Winter.

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The Deep Winter Photo Challenge Starts Today | Here’s What You Need To Know

January 11th, 2012 by

Every year a select group of Pro photographers are picked to compete in the Deep Winter Photo Challenge. The six photographers chose their own athletes and have three “deep winter days” in-bounds … Read More

Dominating in Utah: Local Photographer Andrew Strain takes 2nd at the Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

February 19th, 2011 by

Last week Whistler Local Photographer Andrew Strain took second place at the Ski Salt Lake Shootout in Salt Lake City, Utah. This podium comes soon after Andrew’s third place finish … Read More

2011 Deep Winter Photo Challenge: Behind the scenes with Team Andrew Strain

January 21st, 2011 by

The Deep Winter Photo Challenge has come and gone, and now it’s time to take a look at the event as a whole.  During the four days of the Deep Winter competition Ryan Regehr followed third place winner Andrew Strain and company, to see how they did business. Ryan shot and covered everything from the action photography to the awards. This video puts you in the snowboard boots of Andrew Strain, the up and coming photographer who was competing for the first time in the Deep Winter Photo Challenge. The video provides interviews with Andrew Strain, and  how Andrew got the shots of his 2011 Deep Winter slideshow. We will also see what it feels like to be the underdog and stand on the podium next to (super photographer) Blake Jorgenson.

If you would like to see more of Andrew Strain’s work visit his website:

Deep Winter Results

January 17th, 2011 by

Blake Jorgenson, Robin O'neill, ilja herb, tim zimmerman, andrew strain, Jon scarth, Unofficial Networks, Ryan regehr, Unofficial Whistler, Deep Winter Photo Challenge, #deepwinter


The 2011 Arc’teryx Deep Winter Photo Challenge is in the books. More like the Hall of Fame as the best slideshows to date were shown to 1,500 screaming skiers and snowboarders. The “oversold” crowd packed the Fairmont Chateau Whistler to watch six pro photographers battle it out for the sought-after deep winter title, “The King of Storms”.

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Deep Winter Day 3

January 15th, 2011 by

The third and final Shooting day of Deep Winter and the worst morning weather by far.  We woke up to pouring rain in the village and it didn’t become snow until half way up the mountain (1700m).  The Temp hovered around freezing all day but the amount of moisture made it feel much colder.  Although it was heavy there was a enough for some thick powder turns in the morning and some nice fresh lines through the higher trees.  Due to heavy winds Peak-2-Peak didn’t open and neither did the alpine. At about 2 pm the clouds broke and the sun came out allowing all the photographers that one last chance to get that awesome photo.  Stay tuned for updates from tomorrows Deep Winter Photo Challenge Slideshow and find out who will be crowned King of Storms.

Deep Winter Day 2

January 14th, 2011 by

So day 2 of Deep Winter was not the best shooting conditions but still a good day.  In the morning the Whistler Blackcomb site said 1 cm of fresh powder overnight and for once Whistler under estimated.  Although it was wet there was around 20 cm of fresh and due to the very poor visibility it was almost empty up there.  Yet again the high alpine didn’t open however they did open glacier chair and Spanky’s on Blackcomb.  Half way through the day some gnarly winds kicked up and the Peak to Peak closed.  Overall the morning was awesome but by the end of the day it all got pretty heavy and wet which made the ride out a bit rough.

Deep Winter Day 1

January 13th, 2011 by

Yesterday was day one of the Deep Winter Photo Challenge at Whistler Blackcomb and DEEP it was.  There were 25 cm’s of fresh champagne powder and with a temp of -8 at the peak it stayed that temperature all day.  The Whistler gondola was down for the day so it was a bit hectic at the bottom of Creekside but once we uploaded there were no complaints.  Although the high alpine didn’t open there was more then enough powder to have some fresh turns even as we were riding out at the day.  Most of the day was spent deep in the trees shooting some secret spots where there were no tracks to be seen for miles.


January 5th, 2011 by
Deep Winter, snow, ski, snowboarding, unofficial networks, unofficial whistler

Every year a select group of Pro  photographers are picked to compete in the Deep Winter Photo Challenge. The six photographers will chose athletes of their choice, have three “deep … Read More