Lorenz Holder: Overall Winner; Playground Winner
Athlete: Xaver Hoffmann "I found this unique spot in the summer, and I really wanted to shoot a snowboard picture there," German photographer Lorenz Holder explained of his winning photograph. "To shoot in heavy snowfall wasn't going to be easy, as it only snowed once in this spot last season. So there was pretty much just a one-time chance to get this shot. I used two big Elinchrom strobes in the background to light up the snowflakes and create a 'white wall' where I could capture Xaver's silhouette as he jumped. To get some light onto the dish, I chose a four-second exposure time to get some light from the moon."
Morgan Maassen: Athletes' Choice; Lifestyle Winner
Athletes: Jake Marshall, Taylor Clark, Frankie Harrer, Colt Ward, Thelen Worrell, Nolan Rapoza and Dryden Brown "I gathered a group of America's next generation of young surfers, and we departed for Fiji to try our hand at an impressive south swell," said Maassen of this photo taken at Cloudbreak. "They surfed for 10 hours a day, coming in only for food or sunscreen. I was fascinated by their camaraderie in the intense surf and realized that while the atmosphere was thick with competition, their friendship had them trading waves with nothing but smiles, laughing and hollering at each other's successes and misfortune with pure glee."
Lorenz Holder: Experimental Winner
Athlete: Jordan Mendenhall "I have been shooting 90 percent of my action shots from a tripod. I found out that I could flip different pictures in Photoshop and put them together again to create a totally different, new world that doesn't exist in real life. All the pictures have perfect symmetry, and that's something I like a lot. In this picture, I mirrored parts of the building to get a really, really big building. Jordan, in the front, is the only element that is not symmetrical." -- Holder
Jeroen Nieuwhuis: Close Up Winner
Athlete: Erik Journe "My buddy Erik and I thought it would be a cool thing to try something different than usual. I wanted this shot to be less set up," said Journe of his category-winning photo. "Skating the street from front to back a couple of times, I kept trying to get the right shot. After almost smashing my camera on the concrete, I thought I would give it just one last try. This is the last image I shot in that series."
Chris Burkard: Spirit Winner
Athletes: Keith Malloy and Dane Gudauskas In the area of Norway where this photo was shot, "Windows of clear blue skies are rare," said Burkard. "On this day, the weather got the best of us. Dane and Keith knew another surf session was nowhere in sight and decided to head back into town."
Zak Noyle: Sequence Winner
Athlete: Gabriel Medina "This was not a large day by North Shore standards, but sort of a lay day. When the waves are smaller, the surfers usually go out for a surf right before the sun sets. By pulling the lens back, I was able to get the sand and sky, so it is almost as if someone were walking down the beach and looking over to see Gabriel doing this massive backflip." -- Noyle
Scott Serfas: Illumination Winner
Athlete: Travis Rice "This photo was taken on the second trip during the making of 'The Art of Flight.' I really wanted to shoot a photo from the helicopter, right above Travis Rice as he was riding a line, but it was very difficult to coordinate because there was another heli in the air shooting with a Cineflex camera. "The sun was setting fast, so the director, Curt Morgan, called for Travis to drop into the line, and as he made his second turn down the mountain, I snapped this shot. This turned out to be the last photo I took during what was the best snowboarding trip of my life." -- Serfas
Samo Vidic: Wings Winner
Athlete: Jorge Ferzuli "This image shows Jorge Ferzuli from Mexico diving from a 26.8-meter platform during the first training session of the third stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Lake Vouliagmeni in Athens, Greece." -- Vidic
Elias Kunosson: Experimental Finalist
Athlete: Fredrik Berggren "I shot this image during the first autumn I spent in Åre. I had just moved out of my car and found a place to stay. Not really knowing the village that well, I had heard that there would be a market, so I decided to check it out. When I walked into the village, I noticed posters saying they were going to have a[n] FMX show down by the lake. As it turned out, one of Sweden's best riders, Fredrik 'Frog' Berggren, was going to be there. "I decided I wanted to showcase the crowded area but at the same time leave the focus on the rider. Not owning a specific tilt/shift lens, I had to do the effect in post [production]. I think it makes for a slightly surreal image while highlighting the action." -- Kunosson
Rami Hanafi: Energy Finalist
Athlete: Miikka Hast "In 2012, [we] got to see some of the best Tamok [Norway] has to offer. At some point I stopped counting their first descents. In this image, Miikka Hast is speeding up on the lower parts of Lilla Russetinden, one of his many first descents. There was a huge cliff halfway down the line. After he landed perfectly, he just couldn't hold it back anymore, but turned his nose straight down the hill and raised his hands in the air. I could almost see the smile on his face from the helicopter." -- Hanafi
Jaanus Ree: New Creativity Finalist
Athlete: Gard Hvaara "When I was covering Simple Session [one of Europe's biggest skateboarding and BMX contests], I saw this one wall free of any logos and big tire marks. It looked so clean that I just wanted to draw something on it -- so I decided on a skater's shadow! "I took a 4-meter light stand and mounted it on the top of the vert with ropes so that the speedlight would be above the skater's head. Another flash was set up normally to fill the shadows a bit. I asked Gard Hvaara to ride the vert, and the result was big, with a nice shadow on the 5.5-meter-high wall. The photo came out better than I imagined it would!" -- Ree
Olaf Pignataro: Playground Finalist
Athlete: Stefan Lantschner "After waiting for the town to go to sleep and for the streets to empty, Stefan Lantschner climbed down a rope into the hole of the ancient bridge Ponte Pietra in Verona, Italy. Ponte Pietra is a Roman arch bridge crossing the Adige River and was completed in 100 B.C. Some tourists noticed the flashes coming from the bridge, but Stefan was lucky enough to climb up without getting caught by the police after a short session." -- Pignataro
Benjamin Ginsberg: Wings Finalist
Athlete: Bobby Okvist "Everyone in [Orange County] had heard of the massive waves, thanks in no small part to the live TV news updates. Hundreds of spectators and photographers lined the beach, creating a wall over 10 deep in bodies," said Ginsberg of this photo taken during a massive swell at The Wedge in Newport Beach, Calif. "Bobby was in position for the largest peak of the day. The wave was breaking so far out that when the refracted energy peaked, it crumbled. Without enough speed to make it back to shore and [with] the wave violently closing in behind him, Bobby carved up the face and aired off the back, shocking even himself."
Clark Fyans: Illumination Finalist
Athletes: John Jackson, Brad Cosgrove and Mark Landvik "This shot was taken in the Tordrillo Mountains, Alaska, [while] filming a segment for 'The Art of Flight.' We didn't know that the mountains were going to welcome us with incredible conditions for the following two weeks, but something seemed pretty special on this initial evening. This was literally the first drop of the trip. After putting the boys on the ridge, I shot this image from the heli as they were scoping their lines." -- Fyans
Scott Dickerson: Playground Finalist
Athletes: Mike McCune, Eric Newberry and Dave Calkins "This photo is a defining moment for me where several of my passions aligned perfectly to create an image that I had been visualizing," said Dickerson of this photo shot in the Turnagain Arm, located in the Cook Inlet in the Gulf of Alaska, where he and friends ride swells for up to five miles. "Like most good things in life, it didn't come easy, and I couldn't have done it without the help of some friends. It was an incredible morning with a picture-perfect wave and beautiful light from the sunrise. My three friends managed to ride the wave for about 40 minutes."
Ismael Ibañez Ruiz: Lifestyle Finalist
Athlete: Nil Soler "Barcelona is definitely one of the most interesting BMX meccas in the world, with many street spots where you can ride all day. I shot this picture where an old man is angry with one of the local riders, thinking that what he was doing was a bad thing for the city. He doesn't understand it's only BMX!" -- Ruiz
Claudio Casanova: Close Up Finalist
Athlete: Philipp Schicker "The execution of a good photograph with a heavy 10 kg crystal ball turned out not to be all that easy. The great difficulty was to catch a perfect close-up of the rider within the 30 cm diameter of the glass. The reaction of the five handpicked snowboarders I chose for the project initially was everything but enthusiastic. They laughed at the idea and dissed my crystal ball. However, I quickly gained their confidence. The seven hours the shooting took literally flew by." -- Casanova
Lorenz Holder: New Creativity Finalist
Athlete: Benny Urban "I had the idea to shoot a snowboard waterslide from underneath the surface a couple of years back, but I found out pretty fast that it wasn't as easy as I thought," said Holder, who lost a camera to water damage while trying to get this shot. "I rented water housing and diving equipment and went to a pretty perfect location in Munich, Germany, for the shoot. The idea was to shoot upwards where the rider would be, in the so-called Snells window. Looking upwards underwater, this is the circular area of light on the surface caused by refraction of light entering the water."