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Jake Darwen Gets the Win at Pro Photographer Showdown

As the foremost annual action sports photography contest in the world, the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown is an exceptional celebration of still images that capture both time and emotion.


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Four photographers, from around the globe, were invited to compete at the WSSF competition this year. The fifth spot is reserved for a Wild Card Entry, open to any action sports photographer that wanted to submit.

This year participants included; Jake Darwen, Andrew Miller, Ben Thouard, Bruno Long, and Daniel Ronnback as the Wildcard Entry.

The New Zealand born photographer, Jake Darwen, wowed the judges and audience alike with his playful skateboarding and the unique lifestyle photos. The judges gave Jake Darwen the coveted Best of Show and was awarded the grand prize of $10,000. 

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Having the least experience out of all 5 photographers, Jake never expected to win the Showdown and was shocked when his name was called for the grand prize. Before this event, 24 year old, Jake Darwen had never even touched snow before! Jake travelled all the way from Melbourne, Australia to compete in the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown. 

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Check out more of Jake Darwen’s photography on his website. Like it? Give him a follow on Instagram – @JakeDarwen.

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Congratulations to Tahiti-based French photographer, Ben Thouard, who warmed up the event with his tropical surf inspired presentation which earned him the People’s Choice Award this year and $1,000 of prizes.

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Check out why he won the People’s Choice Award by visiting Ben Thouard’s website and take a peek at his Instagram – @BenThouard – for some amazing ocean photography!