Five photographers. One wildcard contestant. Three days in the epicentre of the Crankworx World Tour: Whistler, British Columbia. This is iconic slide showdown to remember. When Deep Summer lights up Olympic Plaza, it leaves even the most seasoned Whistlerites looking at mountain biking’s West Coast haven with fresh eyes, and this year’s line up brings fresh perspective and long-planned dreams to the scene.
The following competitors will spend August 11-13 shooting for their lives under the hot August heat of the first Crankworx weekend. Don’t miss booking your ticket to join us for a beverage in the licensed area—tickets will sell out—or join us on the grass at Olympic Plaza.
VIP Experience starts at 7:30, Women in Action Sport Panel at 8:00, Deep Summer Photo Challenge at 8:45.
People choice winner: Hailey Elise
John is an action sports and landscape photographer born and raised in Kelowna, British Columbia. Now based in Whistler, he doesn’t have to venture far from home to ride and shoot some of the best trail networks in the world. When not behind a camera, you can find him working as a marketing strategist at local creative agency, Origin.
Born and raised in the remote north of Scotland, Mark’s unnamable sense of adventure and determination to fulfil a teenage dream led him to the rugged and majestic coastal mountains of Canada’s west coast. Mark’s photographic journey is only just getting underway, yet he has graced the pages of most major mountain bike magazines worldwide. Based in British Columbia’s breathtaking Sea to Sky Corridor, a Disneyland for the outdoor enthusiast, Mark feels passionate about the world around him and focuses on photographing moments that inspire others to follow their dreams.
Growing up in Calgary, Alberta, the mountains were a short drive away for Chris Pilling. But not close enough. He now finds himself residing in Whistler to be closer to the action and sport that’s been driving him for years. His time is consumed by many things, but he always makes time to get out on the trails and stay grounded to what made him fall in love with bikes, mountains, and photography. No stranger to the Deep Summer Photo Challenge, Chris finds himself with a rare second chance to create another piece of work to show the Crankworx crowd. Two years ago, he was the Wildcard.
Clint caught the Crankworx bug as a volunteer photographer and has been chasing the festival around the world ever since. With several top bike brands, not to mention a bevy of top-tier commercial clients outside the bike industry, his motivation is remains crystal clear: “I just want to shoot. Photography isn’t something I do, it is who I am. I moved to Whistler in 2016 to chase athletes down the mountain. This is where I belong. This is where I feel at home. I hope viewers enjoy the ride,” he says.
Nick Nault has called Fernie, BC home for almost 20 years. The small town vibes and the never-ending supply of activities and beautiful scenery have kept him busy, both for work and pleasure. Having grown up skiing and mountain biking, Nick always loved the media aspect of these sports. It was only a matter of time before he got behind the lens. For the last 5 years, Nick has been a full-time photographer and videographer in Fernie. Though most of his contracts involve creating outdoor-based content for small businesses and tourism purposes, he shoots everything from real estate to cat skiing and everything in between. Nick is always happiest when he is perched somewhere on a mountain with bikers or skiers in front of the camera.
Born in Edmonton and raised in Vancouver, Hailey is a professional mountain-biker with a hunger for adventure. Hailey grew up in a family that fostered a love of sports and all things creative. She turned this passion into a lifestyle when she moved to Whistler and began biking and taking photos full-time. Hailey loves how photography and biking continue to introduce her to new people and places every day. She lives a full and wild life and she wouldn’t have it any other way.