Rachael Burks at La Parva. PHOTO: CHRIS BEZAMAT

After a week of long days, and even longer nights spent deep within the Andes at Ski La Parva, the second annual Eye of the Condor culminated with the inaugural iF3- La Parva in Santiago, Chile. The teams, Discrete, Icelantic, Widsix, and Chile showcased the films and photos that embodied their time in the Andes. 

Though each entry was brilliant and unique, only two teams could be awarded for their efforts. Team Discrete, notorious for skiing and hiking hard lines all day, while rallying even harder at night, picked up the award for best photo portfolio. Chris Bezamat’s entries exhibit his keen creativity, artistic eye, and photographic finesse. You can see photos Bezamat shot just for POWDER here.

Arguably Bezamat’s best photo, was also one of the least planned for; it was shot just hours before submissions were due. On Thursday evening, while teams were busy making last-minute tweaks to their projects, large flakes of white fluff began to fall from the expansive Chilean sky. It was the first snow La Parva had received all week, and Bezamat wasn’t going to waste this magical moment. He grabbed his camera and flash and hiked up to to Saint Tropez, a restaurant at La Parva where Rachael Burks, Julian Carr, and Parker Cook were enjoying fireside pisco sours. ‘Bez’ rallied his team and got the shot of Rachael Burks with her iconic smile gleaming, amongst the snowy background. 

In the heavily contested film category, All-female team Icelantic earned the top spot and took home the golden condor for their film that includes skiing from Annelise Loevlie, Alex Taran, Rebecca Selig, and Kaylin Richardson. Katy-Robin Garton filmed and edited the piece, which embraces the “Icey Ladies” adoration for the mountains, their big mountain talent, and the eccentric Chilean ski culture. When asked what the award meant to her, Garton said, “I believe our film shares the energy and collaboration of us as a team. To have the film recognized means our collaboration and our story is valued by others as well--and to put it simply, that just feels good.” 

Check out the video here.


Sony’s Eye of the Condor II is a wrap down south, but stay tuned for “People’s Choice” award, which will be presented this week through online voting, and exclusive interviews with the members of Team Discrete and Team Icelantic.

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