This summer 1,000 lucky Crankworx goers sat down in a Whistler ballroom before four giant projection screens to watch, cheer and be amazed by the Shimano Saint Deep Summer Photo Contest. Bike magazine senior photographer Dan Barham was among the six elite contestants chosen for the challenge. The rules were simple—capture the vibe, the scene, the feeling and the riding of Whistler in just three days of shooting. All six sideshows came together miraculously, making for a truly inspiring audio-visual experience.


A panel of judges awarded Mattias Fredriksson top honors, with Dan Barham picking up second place and Harookz nabbing third. John Gibson, Yorick Carroux and wild-card Bryan Ralph also competed, and even though the judges were required to dole out prizes, just like in T-ball, all who competed came away winners. In fact the only losing party was anyone who couldn’t make it to Whistler last August for the ultimate slideshow smackdown. Until now.

Without further ado, and with the compliments of the respective Deep Summer photographers, here is the first in a series of Deep Summer slideshows.


barham“As a recent transplant to BC, I’m still in a constant state of awe and amazement at the huge variety of riding available here. Whistler is a prime example, and I wanted my slideshow to show how a relatively small space can hold every kind of riding—from high-alpine XC to root-ball descents to the smooth berms of a dual slalom course—and project a feeling of how it is to actually witness it first hand, hence the title, “Being There.”

I worked with a fantastic team of riders from all disciplines – Brian Earle and Todd Hellinga for the all-mountain sections, Kelly McGarry and Mason Mashon for the more gnarly DH sections, and Dylan Dunkerton, Curtis Robinson, Kyle Norbraten and Granieri Yannick for everything in between.”—Dan Barham.

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Dan Barham’s Deep Summer Slideshow from Bike Magazine on Vimeo.

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