Robin O’Neill Wins Deep Summer Photo Challenge


Whistler’s Robin O’Neill Wins Kokanee Crankworkx Deep Summer Photo Challenge
Pro Photographers Margus Riga Takes Home 2nd, Dan Barham 3rd

Whistler, BC July 21, 2011 – Kokanee Crankworx’s hottest non-biking event, the Deep Summer Photo Challenge, inspired a sold out crowd last night, July 20, at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Local photographer Robin O’Neill, the first woman to ever participate in the Deep Summer Photo Challenge, impressed the judges the most and took home first place and the cheque for $5,000. She will add this win to her second place showing at the 2011 Arc’teryx Deep Winter Photo Challenge.

A panel of five expert judges had the unenviable job of assigning first, second and third to a field of six world class mountain bike photographers. After the deliberations Margus Riga, a photographer just two years in on the pro scene, emerged in second with $3,000; and Dan Barham took home $2,000 for third place. Justin Olsen, Tim Zimmerman and Wildcard photographer John Wellburn were also competed for the Deep Summer title.

Zimmerman and O’Neill are no strangers to the “Deep” format as both of them participated in the Deep Winter Photo Challenge 2011, and Barham competed and got second in the first ever Deep Summer Photo Challenge in 2009.

“The pressure of putting together a killer slideshow in three short days is a blessing and a curse,” says Barham. “What seems like plenty of time at the beginning of the competition whittles down to a mad rush as hours relentlessly pass by. The compression of action and creativity definitely focused my mind on the task at hand. I work under time constraints all the time, but Deep Summer is definitely the next level.”

All three winning slideshows can be viewed online at and Tim Zimmerman’s show is also there to be enjoyed.

The eighth annual Kokanee Crankworx is presented by Whistler Blackcomb and the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Kokanee Crankworx is the biggest annual event held in Whistler and is also the largest freeride mountain bike festival in the world. Each year the best amateur and professional freeride, downhill and slopestyle mountain bike athletes gather for a ten-day, non-stop barrage of competition and celebration. Whistler has the world’s most diverse offering of mountain biking terrain, including 150 miles of single-track trails, 5,000 vertical feet of lift-accessed downhill runs in the Whistler Mountain Bike Park, jump parks and 20+ miles of paved Valley Trail.

Source: Michelle Leroux

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