2017/18 Photo Competition Winners

27th July 2018 - Craig Charley
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17/18 Photo Comp First Place - Emma Spencer, Geilo

After another winter of fantastic 'Ski Safari moments', it was a hard task to pick our favourite photos, but we're delighted to announce our 2017/18 winners.

This year we had prizes for first, second and third place, as well as a mystery prize for a random entry. The standard of entries was so high that it took a lot of deliberation to pick our overall winner - you can see all the entries for yourself on our Facebook album.

First Place - Emma Spencer

Geilo, Norway

17/18 Photo Comp First Place - Emma Spencer, Geilo

"This was the New Year's Eve torch procession in Geilo, outside the hotel - really beautiful! It was snowing hard at that moment which made it very atmospheric."

Judges' verdict: Who doesn't like a good torchlit descent? Geilo's is extra special as it only happens on New Year's Eve! We love the way that Emma captured both the torches carried by skiers and the floodlit slopes in the falling snow (night skiing is available Tuesdays and Fridays from early January to late March). Emma won £500 off her next Ski Safari holiday.

Second Place - Nick Herdman

Alyeska, USA

17/18 Photo Comp Second Place - Nick Herdman, Alyeska

"The Alaska trip was a dream for a while, definitely a #onceinalifetime event. It took a lot of organising but everything ran smoothly (thanks Rupert ) and the backdrop as captured in this picture is stunning. Such a fun resort to ride in all conditions and definitely lived up to the hype and my expectations."

Judges' verdict: Alaska is an aspirational destination for any skier and snowboarder and while most dream of the limitless heli-ski terrain, the resort base of Alyeska is just as much fun - especially on a clear day looking down towards the Turnagain Arm. Nick's photo captures exactly that.

Third Place - Nicholas McMillan

Asahidake, Japan

17/18 Photo Comp Third Place - Nicholas McMillan - Niseko

"Apparently we were very lucky to actually be able to see anything on our day skiing the Asahidake volcano, certainly skiing off a live volcano was an unforgettable experience!"

Judges' verdict: As Nicholas mentions, in mid-winter visibility can be low in Hokkaido (that low visibility is what provides the plentiful powder!), but he was lucky enough to capture the classic Asahidake shot on a clear day. Hiking up the volcanic face with plumes of steam rising out of the snow framed by the deep blue sky.

Random Mystery Prize - Paul Heath

Niseko, Japan

17/18 Photo Comp Mystery Prize - Paul Heath, Niseko

"Just like to thank Team Ski Safari from us all in the picture. We had the best snow conditions ever, fantastic accommodation. An epic time was had in Niseko / Tokyo. Roll on 2020 for our return."

Judges' verdict: Captured in Niseko Village, Paul's photo shows what the visibility is normally like in Hokkaido in mid-winter! The fact it was a random selection shows just how high the quality of photos was this year.

See All The Entries

You can see every entry to our 2017/18 photo competition on Facebook.

Check back closer to the start of next season for details of our 2018/19 photo competition!

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One of the handful of non-skiers before joining Ski Safari, I've now skied in North America, Europe and Asia and can't imagine a winter without at least one ski trip!