Meet the X Games Aspen 2019 Zoom photo contest finalists
Meet the finalists of the X Games Aspen 2019 Zoom photography contest. Go to XGames.com/Zoom to see all of the photos and vote for your favorite image. The photographer with the most votes will receive $10,000 and an X Games gold medal for action sports photography. The winner will be announced during the live broadcast of X Games Aspen.Vegard Byrkjeland Aasen
I grew up surrounded by wilderness in a tiny village in western Norway. My childhood gave me a fascination for nature and wildlife that only grew stronger when I got older. As a teenager I also fell in love with skiing and climbing. I now live in a small town called Sogndal not far from where I grew up. My photography is mainly focused on nature, wildlife and extreme sports.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Raised amongst the towering peaks of Utah's Wasatch Mountains, Adam Barker has a passion for photography matched only by his zest for life. Obsessed with golden light and unforgettable vistas, his landscapes have sold as limited edition fine art prints to private and corporate collectors throughout the United States. His love affair with exceptional imagery has translated into stirring editorial work in skiing, fly fishing and numerous other lifestyle and adventure publications. When not shooting, Barker can be found spending time with his wife and two sons, or "product testing" in the mountains, on the river, or wherever else nature happens to call.
My love for snowboarding started when I watched my older brother take his first turns. From that day on I was hooked. In 2010 I suffered a nasty knee injury that required multiple surgeries and years of physio. Somehow that made me get into photography. Since then I've had covers on some of the biggest snowboard mags out there and traveled the globe to shoot. A couple of years ago photography was my hobby. Today I'm stoked to say it's my profession.
A native Swede, Oskar relocated to Engelberg, Switzerland to pursue ski photography. Oskar's style is easily recognizable for its deep-blue, contrasting shadows and distinctive use of back and side lighting -- perhaps a result of Oskar being colorblind. Since 2002, Oskar has racked up covers around the globe, gallery shots and ad campaigns for some of the biggest outdoor brands. Big days in the mountains speak to Oskar's commitment to the bigger picture: the adventure and satisfaction that comes while enduring tortuous conditions in sublime, wild places, even at the expense of one's work. But when the camera comes out, it's "110 percent business time," as he likes to say. He's the most commanding force on any photo shoot. He leads line choice and coordinates guides, all while directing and teaching other filmers.
Matt Georges grew up in Grenoble, France and has been passionate about photography, skateboarding and snowboarding for more than 15 years. He took photos for pleasure but studied graphic design and printing in art school. He got his start working as an Art Director at the French magazine, Freestyler Snow before going on to be the Photo Editor for Europe's Method Mag. Today he's a Senior Photographer for Onboard and Whitelines, and works freelance with about 50 publications and several brands worldwide. He is also currently working on some handmade books.
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.