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Your chance to test your skills against the Downdays photo editor: The King of Dolomites freeride photography contest is coming up soon, with categories open to pros and amateurs alike.


Here’s good news for anyone who appreciates a good ski photo: the Arc’teryx King of Dolomites photo contest is back for 2016 with a new format, open to amateur photographers and teams as well as professionals.

From February 18-21, 2016, up to eight “pro” teams and up to 100 “wannabe” crews will descend on San Martino di Castrozza for the King of Dolomites competition. In contestation are the photo categories of “Action,” “Landscape” and “Alpinism,” which will be judged separately for the pros and the ams, and one category to be contested jointly by both the big and the small dogs: the KOD2016 theme, which is called “Lines.”

Zoya-Lynch+Nate-Segal-+-Sigi-Rumpfhuber_WEB Zoya Lynch’s spectacular photo of Nat Segal picked up a Special Mention in last year’s contest.

With €1,000 up for grabs in each photo category, and €1,500 for the shared “Lines” category, we’re doubtless going to see some top-notch ski photography coming out of the Dolomites in two weeks’ time. The only question remaining is — will your photos be among them? The new, unfortunately named “wannabe” category opens up a great new opportunity for up-and-coming photographers and riders to put their names on the board while learning from the best.

This is your chance to go head-to-head with Downdays photo editor Klaus Polzer, who will be on hand with his team of Basti Huber and Neil Williman—so make sure to distract them by asking for advice and copies of the magazine at inopportune times, because they’re surely aiming to win a category or two!

Learn more about the King of Dolomites contest, including how to enter, on their website kingofdolomites.com.

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