Ski Salt Lake, the organization representing the four Salt Lake City ski areas—Solitude, Brighton, Alta and Snowbird—has opened up the application process for photographers and athletes for the fourth annual Ski Salt Lake Shootout.

The Shootout pits photographers working with local athletes against each other to produce the best images over four days at the four resorts in the Salt Lake area. Prospective contestants can apply HERE ». All applications must be received by 5 p.m. MST on Jan. 7.

The photographers and athletes selected will compete over Feb. 7-12, 2011, for a total cash purse of $8,500, including a $3,000 first place prize for best portfolio. For the first time, this year local photographers will be eligible to compete. Selected competitors will receive free airfare into Salt Lake City from anywhere in North America and will be provided with ground transportation during the event.

More Shootout beta HERE ».