XG Minneapolis 2017 ZOOM In Review
ZOOM, The Competition
X Games Minneapolis 2017 featured the second iteration of our new ZOOM Photography Contest, putting six finalist images from the monthly X Games ZOOM photo gallery to the ultimate test, an online contest for X Games fans to pick their favorite image in the ten days leading up and through X Games Minneapolis. Featured here are the six finalists.
The new ZOOM large format light boxes were placed in the X Games entry concourse to draw attention to the contest. Throughout the weekend, X Games Minneapolis 2017 attendees stopped to marvel at the images.
Up for grabs for one talented photographer was a new X Games gold medal in action sports photography and $10,000 cash prize.
Action Sports Illuminated
As the lights came down each evening, the six finalist images illuminated the X Games entryway.
Stadium Star Power
Daily announcements in the X Games venue for fans to vote drove thousands online to pick their favorite, while the enormous Jumbotron projected elements of the contest.
Finalist images were printed large on a movable panels on the new XHQ host set as Dianna Dahlgren and Jack Mitrani were joined by athletes and other guests throughout the X Games Minneapolis 2017 broadcast.
Each finalist generated short videos about their passions in photography and the story behind the image, with clips interspersed throughout the long weekend national broadcast as well as featured on the contest website so fans could learn more about each photographer.
One of Their Own
Chris Tedescos epic moto image from Dumont Dunes featured many time X Games gold medalist and best whip fan favorite Tom Parsons, as the moto community rallied around their own.
The Winning Entry
In the end it was Chris Burkards remarkable surf image of Timmy Reyes under the aurora borealis of Iceland taking home the grand prize! "Never sleep. Ever. That was the only rule we had on our trip to capture surfing under the Northern Lights in the remote West Fjords of Iceland. If there were clear skies, somebody was always standing watch.I've never been so stressed out and excited at the same time trying to document something. To see this wave roll into this secluded bay just south of the Arctic Circle, and my good friend Timmy Reyes surfing it all while under the Northern Lights, I couldn't help but holler as I clicked the shutter. A lot of cold, sleepless nights went into making that singular session come to being, but like most things, a little suffering is what makes them worthwhile. Stay tuned for the feature-length film from this trip entitled 'Under an Arctic Sky.'" -- Chris Burkard