A truly sparkling third edition of the King of Dolomites this year that, despite the by far less favourable conditions compared to past years, has given all of its participants three days of snow, photography and fun at the feet of the always stunning Pale di San Martino peaks. This year too, 13 Photography Teams and Professional Riders took part in the event in the Pro category, while 108 participated in the Wannabes open category. The numbers have been increasing year after year, confirming the King of Dolomites as one of the photography and Freeriding events not to be missed during the winter season.
The jury panel, made up this year by Stefano Vegliani, Emilio Previtali and Riky Felderer, had a hard time in choosing the best shots taken on Friday and Saturday by the Pro Teams and Saturday and Sunday by the Wannabes, but the selection finally crowned as winner of the third edition the Team consisting of the Israeli photographer Guy Fattal and of the riders Dorian Konrad (immortalized in the winning picture) and Lukas Steger with a beautiful composition showing a rider in action in front of the peaks of the Pale di San Martino that form in the background a crown of mountain peaks of incomparable beauty, creating a fairy tale-like atmosphere. Second place was assigned to Stefan Schlumpf with a picture by Lucas Swieykowski, and third place to Alex Buisse with a photo portraying Paolo Marrazzi. The Jury’s special mention prize went to the Canadian photographer Zoya Lynch for her picture that plays magnificently with light and shade.
The Wannabes’ pictures were of very high level too, despite the less favourable weather conditions of Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, managing to create some truly interesting material. In first place this year we find the team led by Diego Caldieraro, while second place goes to Maurizio Fasano with a picture of Vittorio Trinca Colonel. Third place goes to the local Alessandro Pianalto with a picture of Andrea De Pedrini, and several special mention prizes go to the Team “Moustache Indipendent”, headed by Simone Barberi, and to the Team of Andrea Salini. The prize for the best photo uploaded to Instagram with the hashtag #KOD2015 was assigned to Giulia Monego, who portrayed the frozen beard of her team mate Bruno Compagnet.
Toclose the event in style once the sun had set there was great participation in the SCARPA®'s Mojito party during which the new boot Freedom RS, winner of the ISPO Awards 2015, was presented, and there was the best conclusion for this great event!
See you next year!