After a season of setting various different creative photo missions, the Burn Snowpark Rally finals went down in Gerlos, with the individual Mission winners challenged to come up with another bit of photographic gold dust. Check the video and top three shots right here...
The theme for the Finals was 'Versus'. First place went to the Austrian crew of photographer Mike Wechselberger, and riders Thomas Tramnitz and Tom Klocker. The judges were impressed: "These two shots are a great interpretation of the mission! We really like the opposite of long lens vs. fish eye. The massive spot gets presented in very distinct and interesting ways. Also the riding is massive, and the lighting is no less than amazing. No doubt, this crew is a well-deserved winner!"
The second spot was held down by the Polish crew of Marek Ogien Michalski, Michal Ligocki and Tomasz Wolak, who went all in on the Versus concept. "This crew has put a lot of “versus" in their two shots: black & white vs. color, straight air vs. inverted trick, shot from the front vs. shot from behind, bad weather vs. good weather, landscape vs. portrait. Especially the black & white shot comes with a great photo layout and a very stylish trick. Overall good work … just not as good as the winning one."
Third place went to another all-Austrian crew, this time comprised of Martin Fabian, Christian Fessl and Michael Hörschläger. "The idea behind these two shots is great! And the approach of combining the two photos is very creative. However, the execution could have been done better. Overall composition, lighting and last but not least the action didn’t really convince the judges. The reflections in the lake, however, earned this crew some extra points, but this didn’t help to achieve a better position."