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Whistler Photo Contest Shows Off 'Deep Winter' (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

01/20/2014 07:06 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

Art, sport and nature combined in some spectacular images competing in this year's Whistler Blackcomb Arc'teryx Deep Winter Photo Challenge, with a professional ski photographer taking top spot.

Zoya Lynch, who is based in Revelstoke, won the contest and the title "Queen of Storms."

"It’s crazy, I’m so excited right now," Lynch said in a press release. "I considered myself a wildcard competitor coming in so I am really happy to have won first place."

Lynch walks away with $5,000 for her slideshow titled "Winter Canvas." Second place and $2,500 went to Nicolas Teichrob, and Jason Hummel came in third with $1,000.

Each photographer presented his or her slideshow to a packed crowd of over 1,000 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Slideshows had to be story-based and demonstrate a "deep winter" theme.

Lynch’s show included the processes of artists Vanessa Stark, Vincent Massey, and Kris Kupsky finding inspiration while snowboarding on Whistler and then channeling that inspiration back in the studio.

While the competition has found a winner, the six finalists are also up for the People's Choice Award. Fans can vote online until Tuesday at midnight.

See more breathtaking photos from the competition:

Whistler's 2014 Arc’teryx Deep Winter Photo Challenge

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