X Games Aspen 2017: Zoom Photography Contest
World of X Games: Zoom Photography Contest
Welcome to the inaugural World of X Games Zoom photography contest. We took six of the best images from our monthly Zoom galleries, featuring the most remarkable photos from across the action sports universe, and put them to the ultimate test.
The photos below have been a part of an online fan vote that has been running since last week. When the polls closed at 11:59 p.m. MT Saturday, Jan. 28, Mike Yoshida's photo of Jake Blauvelt snowboarding a huge mountain face in Alaska had the most votes. Yoshida will be awarded with $10,000 and the first X Games gold medal for action sports photography.
X Games ZOOM Winner
Jake Blauvelt, Alaska
Mike Yoshida / mikeyoshida.com
Greyson Fletcher, Boise, Idaho
"The old Rhodes Skatepark in Boise, Idaho, was rebuilt into a 33,000-square-foot masterpiece. For the grand opening celebration, the Element and Blood Wizard teams came out to help the local rippers break it in. Here, Greyson Fletcher leads a train over the hip, floating a big one-footer." -- Tal Roberts
Jake Blauvelt, Alaska
"Jake Blauvelt and crew had been eyeing this line all day. The clouds finally parted so they could ride it. The look of fear on Jake's face after losing the rock-paper-scissors throw for first drop made me feel a little uneasy. When he dropped in, though, I knew everything was all good. Jake thrives under pressure, and his confidence showed while he nimbly destroyed this line like it was just another run." -- Mike Yoshida
Mikey Brennan, Australia
"This shot was taken late in the afternoon at Shipstern Bluff in Tasmania. There was a lot of hype in the lead-up to this swell -- some pretty crazy sea-height data came in from the southern ocean buoys. It ended up being a pretty raw swell with a lot of wind, but this wave was ridden flawlessly by local surfer Mikey Brennan, who has clearly navigated this path before." -- Ed Sloane
Deniz Cinek, Switzerland
"I saw this light tower in the middle of the Swiss Alps on my way to other photo shoots. I knew at some point I had to shoot this thing. Last winter, it all finally came together. We spent the whole day building the quarter pipe. The light after sunset was perfect. The rider, Deniz Cinek, has his handplants on lock, so it only took a few tries to get this picture. We were all so stoked on the outcome." -- Dominic Zimmermann
Brandon Perez, New Jersey
"I was recently viewing a skate friend's Instagram account and saw an old hometown spot that I thought someone could do something on," says photographer Chris Marshall. "I knew Brandon Perez is into weird deadly stuff like this, so I gave him a ring and sent him a pic of the spot. He was so into it that we met up three days later and hit it first thing of the day. As if tailwhiping into a rough bank wasn't enough, the temperature and humidity were well up over 100 degrees, making a sweaty hand slip a very real possibility. Even with these factors against him, Brandon whipped into the dam several times before getting one he was happy with."
Chris Benchetler, Whistler, Canada
"This was one of the best days of shooting in Whistler last winter: dry, deep snow, bluebird conditions and low avi danger. I was working with another crew when I noticed Chris setting up this feature in our same zone. Since he didn't have a photographer with him, everyone was stoked to have me shoot it. Finding an angle was tricky because Chris was filming a GoPro, skate-style edit, so his filmer was right next to him the whole time. It took a couple tries, but in the end it all worked out." -- Erin Hogue