Whistler photo contest winner announced

Aspiring bike-photographer wins dream trip

The winning shot. | Courtesy Matt Gerber

The winning shot. | Courtesy Matt Gerber

Dave Reddick, founding photo editor of Bike, has chosen the winner of the recent Tourism Whistler photo contest, Matt Gerber, from Richmond Hill, Ontario.

As the winner, he will receive his choice of the following:

+ Two 3-day lift tickets for Whistler Bike Park (including two 1-day tickets for the Top of the World trail)
+ Two days of guided cross country tours to explore Whistler's extensive trail network


+ Round-trip airfare to Vancouver International Airport
+ Round-trip ground transportation to Whistler
+ Five nights' accommodation courtesy of the Four Seasons Resort Whistler
+ Two 3-day bike rental packages
+ One $100 Whistler restaurant certificate
+ One $300 Whistler spa certificate
+ One digital camera to capture all the action

Gerber, an avid rider, is clearly stoked about all the potential riding and photo opportunities at Whistler, which boasts 300 miles of single track and the world-famous Whistler Bike Park.

GrindTV caught up with Gerber and asked him a few questions:

Judging by the photo you took to win the contest, you look pretty young. Do you have a career at this point or are you student?

I guess you could say I'm pretty young. I'm 21 years old. The winning photo is actually one I took of my brother. People think he's pretty young, too, until they hear his voice. Currently I'm working in the family construction (general contractors) business, learning it from the ground floor up.

When did you start getting interested in photography, and what are your goals for it in the future?

When I was about 5 or 6 I picked up my parents' video camera and started fooling around with it, and they actually let me. I started off making small videos and eventually moved into photography, as well. That's pretty much where my love for the art of film and photography began. I did study film production in college.

All my film and photography work is done on the side in the evenings and on weekends. My dream after coming to Whistler, of course, is to take film and photography into a full-time career. It has also been a dream of mine to work on a crew like the one on Anthill Films. I love watching their films. It's been amazing to have one of my photos recognized.

Photo by Matt Gerber

Photo by Matt Gerber

Can you give us the camera settings for your winning photo?

The camera used was my Canon 60D with a 50mm 1.4 with settings at an f-stop of 4, exposure 1/160, and an ISO of 100.

Who are you taking with you along for your trip? And what do you plan on doing while you're there?

I'm bringing my brother, who is the one in the photo. When I texted him that I won, he thought the messages were spam texts at first. We are looking to do the two days of guided cross-country and then hopefully the Top of the World Trail on day three. This is our first time going out west, so there will be plenty of photo taking going on during this trip.

Photo by Matt Gerber, of Matt Gerber.

Photo by Matt Gerber

What sort of gear are you bringing?

The gear I'm going to bring will be my Canon 5D Mark III with a selection of lenses. Also, for sure I'll have my GoPro Hero 2, CamelBak, riding jerseys/shorts/shoes, XC and full-face helmet, protective guards, portable pump, and a big grin on my face!

Thanks Matt. Have a blast!

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