Introducing the World of X Games Zoom photo contest finalists
Meet the finalists of the first-ever World of X Games Zoom photography contest, running online until Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Go to XGames.com/Zoom to check out all of the photos and vote for your favorite image. The winner will be announced Sunday, Jan. 29 during the live broadcast of X Games Aspen 2017.Ed Sloane
Ocean Grove, Victoria, Australia
Ed is a freelance photographer with a focus on a surf- and ocean-based aesthetic. His work is a mix of action and art that has been featured in advertising and editorial throughout Australia and internationally. His artistic, systematic and critical approach to the photographic process stems from a prior career in environmental science, which has had great influence over his perspective, knowledge and creative vision.
Dominic Zimmermann has focused primarily on snowboard photography for the last ten years and is on a constant search for the best pow to shoot. He's more than stoked that he was able to combine two of his biggest passions, snowboarding and photography, to make a living and travel the globe.
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Six years ago, Erin Hogue took a chance and moved to Whistler, British Columbia, with a backpack, a camera and the hopes of taking photos in the backcountry. The mountains and the people who explore them are her primary muses. Inspired by adventure and a good challenge, Hogue's winters are spent in the backcountry accessing remote locations on a snowmobile. In the summers she heads south, where the ocean, desert and rainforests become her prominent backdrops.
Mike Yoshida has been in the snow industry for well over a decade. He started as a freelancer before becoming the K2 Snowboards staff photographer, and he finally ended up as the associate photo editor and social media manager for Snowboarder magazine. From Japan to Europe, and everywhere in between, Yoshida has traveled to the corners of the Earth to create his images. His photography ranges from the most remote backcountry locations to the cold streets that provide the backdrop for urban snowboarding.
Tal Roberts got his start creating still images by hitting the pause button on classic mid-90s skateboard videos when the tricks looked just right. Though he didn't use a real camera until years later, the desire to document his passions started early. Roberts kick-started his photographic career while exploring the mountains around his home in Ketchum, Idaho. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon, and continues to focus on making pictures of his friends having fun.
Lebanon, New Jersey
Chris Marshall's love for BMX began at age 15, when he got on his first bike and never looked back. He got his first film camera at 20 and within two years was getting published regularly in BMX magazines around the world. Over the years he's also worked as a photo and sales trainer for several different portrait studios. While action sports remains his favorite subject to shoot, he greatly enjoys portraits because, he says, catching a quick expression can be just as fun as shooting action.