Image Quest Returns to Valle Nevado

Unique photo camp slated for August 9-16, 2013

For Immediate Release

Just because you have an iPhone, doesn't mean you can shoot ski photos like this. PHOTO: Caroline Van T Hoff

It's snowing in Chile and conditions are looking prime for the second annual Valle Nevado Image Quest photo camp, presented by Lan Airlines. Set for August 9-16, 2013, this unique experience is a must-attend for everyone from those considering a career as a pro ski photographer to enthusiastic amateurs who want to develop their skills to take pro-level photography.

Developed by Tom Winter in collaboration with POWDER Senior Photographer Grant Gunderson, the camp is designed to give a comprehensive overview of the secrets of becoming a published photographer, with an emphasis on fast tracking participants' skills and approach so that attendees are ready to jump start their careers as a pros.

"I wish I had had a camp like this when I started," says founding instructor Grant Gunderson. "It took me two years to figure out everything that we teach in one week."

"If you've ever dreamed of seeing you photos in magazines, or just want to be able to shoot amazing images of skiing that you can print and hang on your walls, this is the camp for you," adds Image Quest instructor Tom Winter. "In one week we'll lay the foundation for participants to take their photography to the next level. Regardless if you're shooting for personal satisfaction or trying to get published, Image Quest will help you meet and exceed your goals."

Based out of Chile's best ski area, Valle Nevado, the camp enjoys unparalleled access to a wide variety of terrain. "Valle Nevado is special," says Winter. "It's possible to shoot all sorts of different types of terrain here, from massive couliors to open bowls to phenomenal scenic shots. The access is fast and easy, and the resort is high on a ridge surrounded by the Andes. When it comes to photographing skiing, doesn't get much better than this."

During the camp, participants will spend their days on snow shooting athletes and testing a variety of next year's gear, courtesy of, the official gear supplier of Image Quest. ActiveJunky will provide jackets, pants and other skiwear for the camp. At the end of each day, there will be a series of intimate seminars that cover everything from working with magazine photo editors to workflow management using software tools such as Lightroom and Photoshop.

"We look at everything from low-fidelity photography using cell phones to how to best submit your portfolio to a magazine editor to developing and marketing yourself as a brand," says Winter. "We'll also examine the use of flashes, indoor and lifestyle photography and simple video editing tools."

This year's instructors include Winter, who brings more than 20 years experience as an editor, writer, and photographer in the ski industry to the camp. Tom was the founding editor of Freeze Magazine and has held editorial positions at both POWDER and Freeskier Magazines. A three-time winner of the Howard Hirsch award for ski photography, Tom's work has been published by ESPN, The Los Angeles Times, Outside Magazine and many editorial and commercial clients. In addition to his photography and writing, Tom is an accomplished ski mountaineer, with first descents on mountains in Europe, North America and South America, including Chimborazo (6,268m/20,564 feet) and Cotopaxi (5,897m/19,347feet).

He'll be joined by Nils Schlebusch and Keri Bascetta. With an eye for detail and lighting, Nils has done everything from shooting high fashion in NYC to the beaches of Spain to rural Cuba. His portfolio includes blue chip clients such as Conde Nast Traveler (UK), Conde Nast Traveler (Spain), Travel + Leisure, American Express Custom Publishing, FHM Magazine and the Ritz Carlton Residences.

Bascetta joins Image Quest this year as guest instructor. Her wide-ranging experience includes director of photography for SKI & Skiing Magazines, as well as photo editor for Warren Miller Entertainment. During her tenure at Ski, Kerri's photo direction and editing earned recognition American Photography and SPD. Currently a freelance photographer, Keri’s studio, travel and portrait work has been published in SKI Magazine, Skiing Magazine, Elevation Outdoors and Freeskier. Most recently, she has acted as associate producer for Picture Society and as a judge for the Arc’teryx Deep Winter photo competition in Whistler. She will also serve as a judge for the PDN’s upcoming Great Outdoors Photo Contest this spring.

For more information about Image Quest, contact Tom Winter at 303-525-7767 or