Ale Di Lullo wins Deep Summer photo contest

The annual event is one of the most popular at Whistler's Crankworx festival

Ale Di Lullo introduces his "Gone with the Flow" slideshow at the Deep Summer show on Wednesday night. Photo: Dave Reddick

Ale Di Lullo introduces his “Gone with the Flow” slideshow at the Deep Summer show on Wednesday night. Photo: Dave Reddick

Italian photographer Ale Di Lullo won the Deep Summer photography contest at the annual Crankworx festival in Whistler on Thursday night with his carefree slideshow titled "Gone with the Flow."

Set to the catchy "Alpha Beta Gaga" tune by French band Air, Di Lullo captured a day in the life spent at Whistler by using such athletes as Brett Tippie, Cam Zink, Andreu Lacondeguy and Richie Schley throwing supermans and whipping sideways in and around the trails at Whistler Bike Park.

Di Lullo's concept was to illustrate, through his series of photographs, the laidback atmosphere of the Whistler valley¬–show up with no plans, run into random friends and craziness ensues.

Inspired by British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, he used stop motion to increase the pace of the slideshow, which he pared from an initial edit of 99 photographs to about 50.

"I believe the simplest ideas always best tell the story. This is what happens when a bunch of friends get together," Di Lullo said minutes after winning the contest.

DiLullo injected humor into his show by interspersing shots of high-speed crashes and one of the riders snowboarding down a steep, loose pitch.

DiLullo edged out 23-year-old crowd favorite Paris Gore (2nd) and Whistler local Sean St. Denis (3rd) for the win of the 'Bonnie Mak' award, named for the late local photographer Bonnie Makarewicz, who died last year from cancer. Di Lullo also took home a $5,000 prize, at least half of which likely went to Whistler's Longhorn bar afterward.

Photographers had three days–Saturday to Monday–to put together their shows with Tuesday reserved for editing. They were required to shoot solely in the Sea to Sky zone and many shows included iconic shots from the valley like Black Tusk and Brohm Ridge. With one of three supermoons of the year occurring during the shooting period, several photographers incorporated shots with the full bright moon. The crowd favorite was Gore's closing image of Graham Agassiz backflipping against the backdrop of a moon so huge that seemed unreal.

"That was really sick," co-host Cam McCaul said after Gore's show. "Some of that stuff looked fake, like CGI or something."

The panel of judges made their decision based on four criteria: technical/composition; originality/creativity; theme; and overall.

Here is the winning slideshow:

Deep Summer Photo Challenge – Ale Di Lullo from Ale Di Lullo on Vimeo.

Here are the shows from Christoph Laue and Bill Hawley:

Deep Summer 2014 from Christoph Laue on Vimeo.

Bill Hawley Deep Summer 2014 from Bill Hawley on Vimeo.