What happens when you pluck five photographers and five athletes from the clutches of August and throw them into a Chilean winter? And what do you get if you add an interrupted military exercise, drinking games with Hermann Maier’s groupies, a 5,000-foot couloir, and Chilean hotties dancing on table? Usually just sore legs and gonorrhea. Only we got dozens of coverworthy shots. For Skiing Magazine's 2008 South American Photo Challenge, the athlete-and-photographer teams were given six days to shoot for five categories: Creative Angle, Powder, Air, Big-Mountain, and Ski Culture. On the final night, each team presented a slideshow to an audience of 300 skiers, who voted to determine an overall winner. Here are the highlights.
Photo: Athlete Chad Sayers photographed by Jordan Manley. "We thought we were on track but we weren't sure we were going to win," says Manley. "There was a lot of talent there. Anyone could've take the cake."