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Natural Playground

Exhibit Open October 11-November 4th

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Natural Playground

  • Kristen Ulmer

    Joni Kabana Portland, OR USA Extreme skier, Kristen Ulmer, also loves to climb high rock walls. Here she is climbing in Utah in her ski boots and tutu.

  • Jesse Huffman. Montpelier Backcountry.

    Shem Roose Richmond, Vermont USA

  • Jesse Huffman. Moscow Backcountry

    Shem Roose Richmond, Vermont USA

  • The Water Runners

    Bryan Ballinger Huntington, in USA My daughter and our dog Figbert, running across the waters of Lake Superior.

  • Back Arch in Canyonlands

    Adam Coppola Madison, CT USA Simply put, Canyonlands National Park is an adventurer's natural playground! This is a panoramic photo of my wife, Christy showing-off some flexibility on an upper canyon ledge. My back hurts just looking at this image.

  • The Light at the End of the Canyon

    Adam Coppola Madison, CT USA Bryce Canyon National Park is a photographer's dream. At the top of the Canyon, photographers were bumping elbows to capture colorful hoodoos. A short hike away gave us solitude and inner canyon beauty.

  • Cycling into Last Light

    Adam Coppola Madison, CT USA For the year 2011, my wife and I left our jobs and sold everything (except for camera gear and bikes) to pedal through all 50 states. Sunset riding images like this will always remind us to love life and live adventure! www.giveabike.com

  • Kauai

  • Cecilia

  • Rooster(ing)

    Dana Allen Burlington, Vermont USA Sometimes there's just too much snow...and you just have to rooster it out of the way. skier: louise lintilhac place: kirkwood, ca

  • Huck/Fly

    Dana Allen Burlington, Vermont USA it's not the fall, it's the landing. don't worry, this guy stuck it. biker: unknown place: grand junction, co

  • Inverted Appreciation

    Dana Allen Burlington, Vermont USA ...if the appreciation is inverted, then is it depreciation? who knows... backflips on bikes make the world go 'round. biker: unknown place: grand junction, co

  • Smoothing out the Berm

    Dana Allen Burlington, Vermont USA new trails are meant to be ridden ASAP, even if there's a little dust. Crested Butte's finest gives 'er on a newly constructed berm. bikers: ben bresalauer, andy shabo, matt steinwand place: crested butte, co

  • Pow-Derrr

    Dana Allen Burlington, Vermont USA when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. when the northern hemisphere hands you summer, get out of town. you'll find winter eventually. skier: louise lintilhac place: las lenas, argentina

  • Series: Grounded / Title: Fort Funtson #238

    Kerry Mansfield San Francisco, CA USA

  • Cave Mamet

    Nenad Saljic Split, Croatia Exploration of Cave Mamet which has the biggest entrance in Croatia (60 x 70 m) and the pit of 200 m where Austrian BASE jumper Felix Baumgartner jumped in 2004.

  • Deep Water Kayaking

    Gary Tobler Colechester, VT USA Nikon D7000, Nikon 10.5mm f2.8, ISO 100, 1/640s at f 6.3, Post work Lihgtroom 3, Gimp. (Kayaking Lake Champlain in 14' Pungo kayak , Deepest depth of Lake Champlain is 391 ft.)

  • Descent

    Daniel Sohner Hilliard, Ohio USA New River Gorge, West Virginia, USA

  • Bridge Day Rappel

    Daniel Sohner Hilliard, Ohio USA Bridge Day, New River, West Virginia, USA

  • Rest

    Daniel Sohner Hilliard, Ohio USA Spruce Knob, West Virginia, USA

  • Last of the Day

    Daniel Sohner Hilliard, Ohio USA Dog Beach, Huntington, California, USA

  • Bridge Day

    Daniel Sohner Hilliard, Ohio USA Bridge Day, New River, West Virginia, USA

  • Solitude

    Brian Riopelle Bolton Valley, Vermont USA Prints Available

  • Surfing The White Wave

  • Early Morning Glass

    Don Watkins Jackson, WY USA You wake up, a chill in the air, fog rising off the water and not a ripple to be seen. One more sip of coffee, throw on your vest and in you go. Water so smooth you hear the hum of your board slice through the water. Does it get any better?

  • Golden Staircase Shadow

    Don Watkins Jackson, WY USA It's 8:30am and you've been on route for 2 hours. Despite cold temps, your palms are sweaty. Your heart racing as you place protection hanging from the side of a mountain. A slight nod at your partner and climb on with the summit in your sights.

  • Top Out

    Clinton Lewis Bowling Green, KY USA Kevin Grove of Bend, Oregon, tops out on a boulder in the Santa Cruz Valley in Peru's Cordillera Blanca mountain range during the American Alpine Club's Cordillera Blanca Environmental Expedition this summer.

  • Exposed

    Alexandre Buisse Lyon, France Looking down on a gaping crevasse during an exposed traverse on the southwest ridge of Nevado Chopicalqui, 6345m, Peru.

  • Summit Mushroom

    Alexandre Buisse Lyon, France Climbers on the summit mushroom of Nevado Chopicalqui, 6345m, Peru.

  • Tormented

    Alexandre Buisse Lyon, France Nic Mullin descending from Aiguille du Plan in front of a full Mont Blanc panorama, Chamonix, France.

  • Khumbu

    Alexandre Buisse Lyon, France Admiring the north face of Ama Dablam from Pokalde base camp, Khumbu, Nepal.

  • Mt. Tongariro

    Richard Young Plimmerton, Wellington New Zealand Tongariro National Park, New Zealand. Limited edition of 10 prints. www.richardyoung.net

  • Mountaineer

    Richard Young Plimmerton, Wellington New Zealand Montage. 3 photographs of climbers taken against a background of overexposed snow. Limited edition of 10 prints. www.richardyoung.net

  • Priest Draw

    Joe Cornett Flagstaff, AZ USA Send It!

  • Ice Curves

    Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze Colchester, VT USA Winter sun and minus 10 degrees make for supreme conditions for this ice climbing adventure in “the Notch” in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

  • Pulled by the Wind

    Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze Colchester, VT USA Late afternoon sun and twenty knots of wind make for a crisp fall kite surfing session on Lake Champlain.

  • Above the Horizon

    Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze Colchester, VT USA A Lake Champlain kite surfer goes inverted for a different perspective on the Adirondacks.

  • Playground of Waves

    Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze Colchester, VT USA A kayaker drops into a cold wave along the Oregon coast.

  • Boulder With A View

    Joshua Montague Boulder, Colorado USA A rock climber ascends a boulder at the beautiful Lincoln Lake, near the summit of Mt. Evans, Colorado.

  • Late Afternoon Kayaking

    Russ Hartung Morrisonville, NY USA

  • Kayaking On A Mountain Lake

    Russ Hartung Morrisonville, NY USA

  • Spacetime

    Hugh Jones Arlington, VA USA

  • Trace0313200486023

    Hugh Jones Arlington, VA USA

  • Ski to Sea

    Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson Moretown, VT USA Descending from the heights of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve toward "Aurora" - our floating basecamp - during a multi-week exploration of Iceland's wild West Fjords region.

  • Midnight Ski Camp

    Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson Moretown, VT USA Midnight at our cozy seashore camp, during a month-long, bicycle-supported skiing adventure through the backcountry of Arctic Norway.

  • Iceland Fissure

    Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson Moretown, VT USA After a morning spent skiing in the mountains of northern Iceland, we set off in pursuit of a natural hot spring within a deep fissure near the region's Krafla volcano.

Playgrounds come in all shapes and sizes, and they're likely the first place your sense of adventure was tested . . . and further cultivated. For the outdoor aficionado, what first started as an obsession for see-saws, swing sets, slides, jungle gyms, and sandboxes, has since turned into an instinctive passion for adventure by means of a different type of playground -- the natural playground.

Whether by trail, rock, water, snow or air, where has your obsession for adventure taken you? What's your photographic definition of Living the Dream? Skiing or snowboarding in the Alps or at your local hill? Climbing in Thailand or at the backyard crag? Mountain Biking in British Columbia or on your neighborhood trails? Surfing pristine Tahiti barrels or a quiet home break? Kayaking through Patagonia or along your favorite coastline?
For those passionate about their adventure and their photography, show us the photographic moments you've captured that will inspire our next adventure . . . in The Natural Playground

Exhibit Catalog
Now Available at VioVio

Exhibit Calendar
(subject to change)

Besides our regular awards, this exhibit features prizes from our sponsors:
Grand Prize Package:
(Overall winner, selected by the jury.)
-- Sierra Designs Zolo Tent
-- Pacsafe CamSafe 200
-- Climb High JOBY Gorillapod

Peoples' Choice Prize Package:
(Selected by attendees during month-long exhibit.)

-- Brunton Restore Solar Charger
-- Pacsafe VentureSafe 50
-- Pacsafe DigiSafe 100
-- Climb High JOBY Gorillapod

Submissions Close 9/15/11 Midnight EST
Selections Announced
by 9/20/11
Check-in Due
9/30/11
Receipt Deadline
10/8/11
Exhibit Opens
10/11/11
Artists Reception
10/14/11 6-8PM
Exhibit Closes
11/4/11
Juror's Statement
The original concept for the "Natural Playground" exhibit was to create a professional-grade pedestal --with gallery space, editorial content and sponsorships-- and open it to the public through Darkroom Gallery's existing digital-friendly juried exhibit format. Hoping to invite and curate a blend of amateur and professional photos, Corey and I were blown away by the diverse selection of quality images submitted for this first-time, rather spontaneous event. We can't thank our enthusiastic sponsors enough, the great prize packages we secured was icing on the cake --and no doubt helped stoke some of these image submissions. We hope you enjoy the exhibit, which in the end, showcases how much fun you can have while chasing adventure in the outdoors.
Justin Gural

Ski to Sea
Juror's Choice

Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson
Moretown, VT USA
Cave Mamet
People's Choice

Nenad Saljic
Split, Croatia
Back Arch in Canyonlands

Adam Coppola
Madison, CT USA

The Light at the End of the Canyon

Adam Coppola
Madison, CT USA
Cycling into Last Light
SOLD

Adam Coppola
Madison, CT USA
Exposed

Alexandre Buisse
Lyon, France

Summit Mushroom

Alexandre Buisse
Lyon, France
Tormented

Alexandre Buisse
Lyon, France
Khumbu

Alexandre Buisse
Lyon, France

Kauai

Becky Jaffe
Oakland, CA USA
Cecilia

Becky Jaffe
Oakland, CA USA
Midnight Ski Camp

Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson
Moretown, VT USA

Iceland Fissure

Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson
Moretown, VT USA
Solitude

Brian Riopelle
Bolton Valley, VT USA
The Water Runners

Bryan Ballinger
Huntington, in USA

Top Out

Clinton Lewis
Bowling Green, KY USA
Rooster(ing)

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA
Huck/Fly

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA

Inverted Appreciation

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA
Smoothing out the Berm

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA
Pow-Derrr

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA

Descent

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA
Bridge Day Rappel

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA
Rest

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA

Last of the Day

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA
Bridge Day

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA
Surfing The White Wave

Don Watkins
Jackson, WY USA

Early Morning Glass

Don Watkins
Jackson, WY USA
Golden Staircase Shadow

Don Watkins
Jackson, WY USA
Deep Water Kayaking

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA

Spacetime

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Trace0313200486023

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Priest Draw

Joe Cornett
Flagstaff, AZ USA

Ice Curves

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA
Pulled by the Wind

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA
Above the Horizon

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA

Playground of Waves

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA
Kristen Ulmer

Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA
Boulder With A View

Joshua Montague
Boulder, Colorado USA

Series: Grounded / Title: Fort Funtson #238

Kerry Mansfield
San Francisco, CA USA
Mt. Tongariro

Richard Young
Plimmerton, Wellington New Zealand
Mountaineer

Richard Young
Plimmerton, Wellington New Zealand

Late Afternoon Kayaking

Russ Hartung
Morrisonville, NY USA
Kayaking On A Mountain Lake

Russ Hartung
Morrisonville, NY USA
Jesse Huffman. Montpelier Backcountry.

Shem Roose
Richmond, VT USA

Jesse Huffman. Moscow Backcountry

Shem Roose
Richmond, VT USA


Juror:  Corey Rich

Corey Rich is a photographer, Filmmaker & Principal at Aurora Photos and one of the world's most recognized adventure and outdoor lifestyle visual storytellers. He has captured stunning still photos and video on a wide array of assignments, including rock climbing in India, ultra-marathon racing in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, freight train hopping in the American West, and snowboarding in Papua New Guinea. His editorial work includes assignments for National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times Magazine. Commercial clients include Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Nike and The North Face. Today, much of his time goes into capturing both still images and video for the creation of multimedia projects for commercial and editorial clients.

As Vice President and co-owner of Aurora Photos, Rich was the driving force behind founding Aurora’s Outdoor Collection, which is the world’s leading brand of outdoor adventure and outdoor lifestyle photography. Additionally, Rich is a Nikon evangelist and a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team. He is also on the Board of Directors for The Access Fund, member of the Visual Journalism Advisory Board at Brooks Institute, co-founder and lead instructor of the National Geographic Adventure Photography Workshop, member of the Rowell Legacy Committee and on The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure judging panel. His first book, My Favorite Place: Great Athletes In The Great Outdoors, was published by Chronicle Books.

Juror:  Justin Gural

Justin Gural is a marketing and communications freelancer with photography playing a prominent role throughout his commercial and editorial work. He approached us in the Fall of 2010, proposing to prepare and curate a juried gallery exhibit focusing on sports, adventure, travel and the outdoor lifestyle. A concept that relates directly with the active, local Vermont community, as well as the global adventure landscape, we're excited to see "Natural Playgrounds" come to fruition.

As founder and director of Cortex Marketing Network, a full-service marketing and communications agency staffed by an influential group of freelancing professionals, Gural leads the network specializing in integrated brand strategy, design and creative, photo/video production, public relations and copywriting, and event management. He has spent nine years committed to industry-leading brands such as Burton Snowboards, Fuse Marketing, Eastern Mountain Sports, Gatorade/Pepsi Co., MasterCraft Boat Company, Bombardier Recreational Products, USA Swimming, Select Design and the Burlington Free Press.

Gural also leads the editorial team at VentureThere.com, USA Today's adventure sports, active travel and outdoor lifestyle website. He directs the website's content flow, manages photography, writes and edits editorial features, as well as travels to unique destinations while documenting the adventure. He will be covering this exhibit on behalf of VentureThere.com once it's underway, including photo galleries of selected submissions as well as a "Viewfinder" photographer profile of the winning photographer.

 

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