Line-up set for the Deep Summer Photo Challenge at Crankworx

Bill Hawley wins the wildcard spot to join the five pro shooters on the roster

Press Release

Bill Hawley of North Vancouver, British Columbia, is the final photographer to be added to the lineup of pro photographers storming the stage at Whistler Olympic Plaza on August 13 for the Deep Summer Photo Challenge at Crankworx in Whistler. Pinkbike fans voted Hawley the winner of the Deep Summer Wildcard contest after five weeks of nominations and thousands of online votes.

“I’ve entered the Pinkbike Deep Summer Wildcard search for the past three years and every time I've competed, I haven’t made it in. I have had a concept planned for the past couple of years and am just really glad to have opportunity to finally make it a reality," says Hawley. "I know that the Deep Summer Photo Challenge is an extremely prestigious event to be a part of and I am so honored to be competing against a group of such talented photographers."

Photographers have three days to shoot anywhere between Squamish and Pemberton, including Whistler and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, to put together their slideshows. Hawley will be joining these invited pro photographers:

Ale Di Lullo (Lake Garda, Italy)
Paris Gore (Spokane, Washington)
Christoph Laue (Stuttgart, Germany)
Toby Cowley (Toowoomba, Australia)
Sean St. Denis (Whistler, BC)

The Deep Summer Photo Challenge will take place under the stars at the Whistler Olympic Plaza again this year. Priority seating and close sightlines to giant HD screens will be on offer with a number of ticketed seats available for $7, and can be purchased through Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations. The area beyond the ticketed seating will be available for spectators to take in the Deep Summer Photo Challenge free of charge.

Photo from last year's winning show by Nicolas Teichrob

Photo from last year’s winning show by Nicolas Teichrob

The photographers will rally their chosen athlete teams to embark on three days of intense shooting and editing commencing Saturday, August 9. Slideshows will be handed in by the end of the day Tuesday, August 12. Then on Wednesday, August 13, a massive crowd will experience deep summer in Whistler through the lenses of six elite mountain-bike photographers with first place taking home $5,000, second place $3,000 and third place $2,000. Bike’s photo editor, Dave Reddick, will again serve on the competition’s judges panel.

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See the 2013 Deep Summer Slideshows here:

Garrett Grove’s Deep Summer Slideshow
Haruki Noguchi's Deep Summer Slideshow
Duncan Philpott's Deep Summer Slideshow
Bruno Long's Deep Summer Slideshow
Scott Markewitz's Deep Summer Slideshow