2013 Canon Shootout

Canon Shootout – WHC 2013

Wanaka, New Zealand (3 May, 2013) – Photographers and filmers with a love for the mountains, a taste for adrenaline and a passion for adventure are invited to join the elite level skiers and snowboarders gathering in Wanaka this August for the World Heli Challenge.

Applications are now open to photographers and filmers for the 2013 Canon Shootout staged during the World Heli Challenge in Wanaka New Zealand from 4 – 22nd August.

The Canon Shootout launched in 2011 as part of the World Heli Challenge and is as fiercely contested as the on-snow competition. The Shootout attracts an international line up of talented action filmers and photographers who follow the athletes and create stunning short films and photos capturing the competition, adventure, local culture, scenery and stories surrounding the event. Just five slots are available for filmers and five for photographers in the chase for the Shootout cash and prizes.

World Heli Challenge founder and director Tony Harrington is an internationally acclaimed snow and surf photographer and created the “Shootout” to address the growing demand of photographers and filmers wanting to be part of the unique heli-accessed ski and snowboard competition and media clamouring for images and footage. “The World Heli Challenge is a stunning and inspiring spectacle and the Shootout brings this to audiences right around the globe. The ‘shooters’ work just as hard as the athletes and are some of the best in the world at capturing these incredible moments.”

The Canon Shootout challenges participating photographers and filmers to weave in different aspects of the World Heli Challenge in their images and clips and has specific prize categories including local lifestyle, scenery and best action shots from the competition days.
Click here for highlights from the 2012 Canon Shootout. The short films and photographs from the 2013 event will be screened and judged at the Showcase Awards Night at the Lake Wanaka Centre on Thursday 22 August, tickets will be on sale closer to the date.

About the World Heli Challenge & Canon Shootout

The World Heli Challenge is a unique heli-access extreme backcountry event that draws top tier skiers and snowboarders from around the globe for a two-week competition window in the mountains surrounding Wanaka, New Zealand. Athletes showcase their skills in two heli-accessed competition days – extreme and freestyle – to determine the best overall skier and snowboarder.

The first World Heli Challenge took place in 1996 and is a grassroots event created by Tony “Harro” Harrington in Wanaka. The World Heli Challenge lives on through the support, passion and commitment of athletes, volunteers, event team, media and sponsors worldwide who foster the camaraderie and soul that calls them together in the mountains year after year.

The Canon Shootout is open to a restricted field of five (5) filmers and five (5) photographers who capture the event and compete for cash and prizes.

Applicants can email their expression of interest to  to be considered.  All places for the 2013 Shootout have now been allocated.