Looking from the shooting end it was a snap. Judges, however, didn't find it quite so easy. Entries in the deseret News Ski Photo Contest covered all aspects of the sport, came from almost every ski areas, and were, in the words of one judge, "good ...very, very good."
From the field of entries, however, one picture caught the eyes of the judges and truly captured the excitement of the moment, and to it and its taker- Jeff Baldwin- went the grand prize.Other awards went to : First- Chris Mortensen of Logan.
Second- Ron Bourgeois of Sandy.
Third- Stan DeJong of salt Lake City.
The intent of the contest was to draw attention to Utah's great skiing- and it did just that. The field of pictures showed it. They raged from cross country, to downhill racing, to free skiing, to scenic pictures of Utah's ski slopes.
The winning photo was taken at Snowbird on a day most picture takers would have put away the camera being cloudy, "with only about five seconds of sunshine."
Baldwin, 22, and a skiing companion, Keith Fidone, had carefully picked the day and the location - a rock on the Little Cloud run at Snowbird. Trouble was, he recalled, the clouds came in.
"We had to wait for the picture to happen, about two hours. I only took about 10 pictures the whole day. This one I had about five seconds of sun. I took a reading, he jumped and I took the picture. It was that quick," he said.
The picture, he continued, turned out as expected.
"The location was great; Keith likes air and I like to take pictures," he explained.
He said he was using a Pentax with a 50 millimeter lens.
Baldwin wins a 1989-90 season pass to Park City, a $100 gift certificate from Camera Den, a photo shoot with the Deseret News and complimentary ski rental equipment from Breeze for the 1989-90 season.
- Mortensen, who lives in Logan, has a fondness for taking ski pictures and wildlife shots. Whenever it appears like conditions are going to be right in either of those two areas, he takes along his camera.
This past January, he was skiing with Ray Elliott, ski school director at Beaver Mountain, an area east of Logan, and conditions were right. There was 12 to 18 inches of freshly fallen powder, an untracked slope on the backside of the area and a subject willing to spend the time Mor-tensen needed to get the right shot . . . and he got it.
He said he takes a lot of ski photos and has won a couple of other contests with his entries.
He was using a Pentax with a 35 to 105 zoom lens.
- Bourgeois, 32, who spent earlier years skiing and taking ski photos in British Columbia, was guaranteed a perfect picture-taking ski day when he started out. His brother-in-law from B.C., Doug LePage, came to visit over the Presidents Day holiday. "And every time we get together we always get great snow."
It was a perfect powder day, and Bourgeois shot a prize-winning picture of LePage pushing knee-deep powder on the slopes at Snowbird.
He said he was using a Minolta 900 with a 70 to 210 zoom lens.
- The only time DeJong gets down to some serious ski-picture taking is during America's Openings at Park City. He's been to each and every one, from World Cup to the Pro Ski openings, and always with camera in hand.
Each year he hauls along a couple of rolls of film, hoping to get a few worthy shots. Twice he entered his ski racing pictures in the Utah State Fair. One received a second place; another a third. This past year he showed up on the first day of competition, positioned himself outside the fences, where all amateur photographers must stand, away from the action, and yet he came up with a prize-winning photo.
He was using a Pentax with a 70 to 210 zoom lens.
Mortensen, Bourgeois and DeJong win ski passes to each of Utah's ski areas for the 1989-90 season, a Breeze ski rental package for next season and photo sessions with top photographers. Mortensen's photo shoot will be with U.S. Ski Team photographer Lori Peek; Bourgeois will be with acclaimed photographer Scott Markewitz; and DeJong's session will be with ski photographer Hughs Martin.
Receiving honorable mention in the contest were Gil Rodrigez, T. Corwin Pauly, Ron Abramovich, Kipp Green and Dave Zidek, Salt Lake City; Kelly Brandon, Centerville; Alan Huestis, Logan; Mary Weed, Bountiful; and Bruce Brothersen, North Ogden.
The contest was sponsored by the Deseret News, Ski Utah, the Camera Den and Breeze Ski Rentals.