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17 November 2018

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 176th in our series of Saturday matinees today: two winner fro the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown.

The Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown, held during the World Ski & Snowboard Festival in Whistler, B.C., is all about action sports photography. Each year the top action sport and lifestyle photographers show off their work with nine-minute slide shows to a crowd of 2,000.

This year five photographers challenged each other with French Fred Mortagne taking home the Grand Prize and Chris Burkard winning the People's Choice Award.

In releasing his (mostly) monochromatic slide show on skateboarding, French Fred wrote:

On top of being very honoured with this win, I am also very proud of the slide show I put together. As both a photographer and a videographer, it was really fun for me to build up an audio-visual piece sublimating my photographic works. Yet it was really challenging to create something strong and enjoyable to watch that last nearly 10 minutes. Early tests were not so convincing and finally, I decided to not worry so much about gathering potentially winning ingredients, but to create something I would just be happy about and proud of, attempting to bring something different, fresh and hopefully exciting. If it wasn't for that competition, I would never have created this slide show and I am now happy to share it with everyone.

Burkard's color show, shot with Sony mirrorless cameras, takes us surfing. And there are plenty of action shots in the piece but we appreciated the behind-the-scenes images just as much:

We found both shows just as Mortagne hoped -- different, fresh and exciting. Enjoy!


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