When: Febuary 18th-22nd 2008
Where: Nendaz, Switzerland
On Friday night, Red Bull Tribalquest 2008 ended with the presentation and awarding of the pictures. Photographers and riders rated the images of their colleagues and thereby elected the winners in the categories portrait, scenery andaction.
The last day belonged to the missing images. Snowbarder Jessica Venables and photographer Myriam Lang-Willar finally found a good cliff to shoot, and then worked on Jessica's portrait. Ruedi Flück photographed a line by snowboarder Clemens Jezler and some more backcountry freestyle by skier Nicolas Vuignier. Even the English bothered to go to the mountain once again to complete their portfolio.
And then the moment of truth had finally come: The result of four days of almost permanent shooting was projected to the big screen outside the Bar Ocactus, which had served as the base camp of the Red Bull Tribalquest in Nendaz. The photographers briefly explained how they had made their pictures or what the reasoning behind them was. Then it was time for the rating. All 24 participants gave points for the pictures except for their own.
The image is the winner For four days, the photographers had been complaining about the difficult conditions and the little time they had to produce the pictures. Now, they impressed not only the many visitors but also their colleagues with their work. The professionals as well as the public teams offered creative angles, fine compositions of light and shadow, technical tricks, a good piece of humor and, of course, first-class backcountry and freestyle snowboarding and skiing. The time for the rating was short, which was a good thing. They could easily have discussed the photos for another day without getting to agree on which ones were the best.
The Winners of the Red Bull Tribalquest 2008 by categories
Who am I? (portrait) Marcel Lämmerhirt (photographer, D) Andy Lehmann (rider, D) Andy Lehmann is a likable and polite guy, as long as you don't waist his time. His comment after winning with his portrait shot: «I'll start my modeling career tomorrow.»
Where am I? (scenery) Klaus Polzer (photographer, D), André Kuhlmann (rider, D) Snowboarder André Kuhlmann is enjoying his alpine playground with his teammate Nico Zacek. Klaus Polzer proofs to be a master of picture composition.
What am I doing? (action) Greg Von Doersten (photographer, USA), Eric Themel (snowboarder, A) The third day of his quest drew to a close, when Eric Themel finally found, what he was looking for: powderspray at the «Dent de Nendaz»
For more info check out Red Bull Tribalquest website.