Action sports and adventure photographer, Tyler Ravelle, took home Best in Show and a cash prize of $3,000 at the Sea to Sky Photo Challenge during the World Ski & Snowboard Festival (WSSF) last night in Whistler, B.C. A 12-year Whistler local, Ravelle grew his career from chasing the professional snowboarder dream. Over time, he realized that while he may be good at riding, he wasn’t making the next Olympic team. During this time of aspiring to snowboard stardom, he always had his camera in hand, documenting the adventures a life strapped in would take him on. It soon became apparent that he could making a little money from photography, and he hasn’t let off the gas since.
Tyler Ravelle and the host with the most, Chad Chomlack. Photo by Oisin McHugh
Meanwhile, Squamish-based photographer Jeremy Allen took home the People’s Choice Award, as determined by audience vote at the show. Allen specializes in action sports photography but is always up for a creative challenge. From the sea, to the sky, capturing moments and creating visual stories that inspire others is his passion. When he’s not shooting, you’ll find him skiing, climbing, and enjoying everything the West Coast has to offer.
Jeremy Allen. Photo by Oisin McHugh
New for 2023, The Sea to Sky Photo Challenge, produced by Holly Fraser, was a grassroots twist on the Pro Photographer Showdown from previous years. The showcase featured six local photographers—Jessy Braidwood, Spencer Watson, Tyler Ravelle, Rob Perry, Ben Giradi, and Jeremy Allen—who presented their portfolios and showcased their favourite images capturing the essence of sports, culture, and the human spirit. The Best in Show winner was determined by a panel of renowned commercial and editorial photographers, including Scott Serfas, Mason Mashon, Blake Jorgenson, Abby Cooper and Anastasia Chomlack.
Tonight (Thursday, April 13th), Intersection, produced in collaboration with The Manboys, will wrap up the multimedia events. Five crews of artistic snow sport visionaries were invited to push their limits and create, shoot, edit and produce a visual love story to mountain culture in just 12 days. This is a highly anticipated sold-out event with cash prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $3,000 up for grabs.
In addition to these three multimedia events, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival also has a diverse lineup of musical acts and sporting events, including The Saudan Couloir Race Extreme, presented by Helly Hansen, and The Slush Cup, presented by Corona Tropical, taking place this weekend, on April 15th and 16th respectively.
Born out of a love for all that is mountain culture, the World Ski & Snowboard Festival has been the ultimate après of the winter season since 1996. During this annual celebration of snow sports, music, arts and culture, the event will showcase Whistler’s reputation as a mecca for mountain culture.
WSSF gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Creative BC and the Province of BC and is proudly supported by the Resort Municipality of Whistler through the Resort Municipality Initiative; Tourism Whistler; Helly Hansen; Corona Tropical; Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler; Forecast Ski Magazine; King Snow Magazine; Mountain FM; Scandinave Spa Whistler; and Gibbons Whistler. To stay up to date, visit wssf.com.