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    Action Sports Forum at Whistler, BC - Press Release


    --Inspiring Photography Workshop on April 19, part of the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival--

    Whistler, BC – March 27, 2006 – Whether you’re an aspiring photographer looking for the opportunity to turn pro, and break into the scene, or an amateur just looking to learn the tricks of the trade of how to properly shoot action sport photography, you won’t want to miss the Pro Photographer Forum. This year, the TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival has teamed up with, the online source for action sports photography and Dakine to bring you an educational seminar unlike any other led by some of the most successful photographers in the world. This insightful workshop will prelude the world-renowned Pro Photographer Showdown, on April 19 from 1:00-4:00pm at the TELUS Whistler Conference Centre, as part of the Festival’s legendary 10-day celebration fusing music, arts and sports from April 14-23.

    Facilitated by Leslie Anthony, Creative Director of SBC Skier Magazine, the Pro Photographer Forum will overview how photographers can get their foot in the door, the business of photography, right down to the equipment and lighting techniques required for profitable action-sport photography. The panelists are comprised of world-famous photographers, previous Pro Photographer Showdown winners and industry leaders including Aaron Chang, Grant Brittain, Eric Berger and Jon Foster, all of whom will share their own personal insight from their acclaimed careers. The forum also offers participants a chance to learn from the legends of action sports photography during the day, and then experience the next level of inspiration watching professional photographers compete for $10,000, during the evening gala at the infamous Showdown.

    “It's an honour to have such a talented panel of speakers at one of the biggest action sports photo events in the world,” said Mike Berard, organizer of the Pro Photographer Forum. “We couldn't ask for a more perfect scenario for this seminar – it’s exciting to offer this opportunity for aspiring photographers to learn the in’s and out's from some of the best in the business”.

    Tickets for the workshop cost $40, and those purchased beforehand will be entered into a draw to win a Dakine Sequence camera pack. Space for the workshop is limited. To add-on the evening Pro Photographer Showdown, tickets are available for $20 more. All tickets are available online at For more information on the Pro Photographer Forum and the Showdown check out

    The TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival is produced by W1 Inc., an award-winning sports & entertainment marketing company with offices in Whistler and Vancouver, and presented in partnership with Tourism Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb. W1 is best known for founding and producing the largest annual winter sports and music festival in North America – the TELUS World Ski & Snowboard Festival, featuring major professional skiing and snowboarding competitions, the largest free outdoor concert series in Canada, the legendary Pro Photographer and Filmmaker Showdowns, and many more unique art and cultural showcases. Founded in 1993, W1 has staged over 400 concerts and produced television specials for distribution in 120 countries. Please visit for information on W1, and for details on the 2006 TELUS World Ski and Snowboard Festival, this year from April 14-23.

    Photos by Grant Brittain (skate) and Aaron Chang (water).
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