Stunning ski images captured by Eye of the Condor in Chile’s Andes

Photo competition sends world class athletes and photographers on week-long Andean adventure in search of the perfect ski shots and films.


Sony’s Eye of the Condor event ended Friday at La Parva ski resort, ultimately producing a spectacular array of innovative and breathtaking ski photos and videos taken in Chile’s Andes for the competition’s third installment.

Last week, five teams of elite skiers, photographers, and filmmakers took to the slopes for seven days as they competed to produce authentic, creative, and visually stunning ski films and photos.

The teams had a total of 168 hours to shoot and edit a five minute film and select seven photographs, which were then voted on by a panel of judges.

“Eye of the Condor is a special event, created by La Parva, which in three years has become one of the most important locations during the Southern Hemisphere’s snow season,” Thomas Grob, general manager of La Parva Ski Center, said. “We are very proud to have this select group of skiers, showing the world the wonders of the Andes and especially La Parva, through high quality film formats.”

The results were displayed to the public last Friday at a crowded Mallsport in Santiago, where Chris Bezamat and Team Discrete won the photography category and Katy-Robin Garton and Team Icelantic took home the award for best film.

Bezamat beat out photographers Jordan Ingmire, Roberta Rebori, and Juan Luis de Heckeren with his capture of Chilean mountain culture and his unique use of flash.

“Last year’s winner, Juan Luis de Heckeren, is a really talented photographer so I was pretty nervous about what team Chile was going to have — plus we didn’t see them the entire week,” Bezamat said. “But, the portrait shot I had of Rachael (Burks) and the sunset shot of Parker (Cook) were pretty strong images, so I thought I had a pretty good chance, but I definitely wasn’t sure we had it by any means.”

The film category was taken by Katy-Robin Garton and Team Icelantic’s visual ode to the mountains.

“Having people appreciate the video meant so much (to us) because of everything that went into it as a team,” Team Icelantic editor and producer Katy-Robin Garton said. “I’ve never experienced such an incredible group of women working together and it showed and that’s what carried (the film).”

This is Chile will be posting some of the competition’s best images throughout the week — head to our Facebook page to check them out.

Join in the fun by voting for the People’s Choice Award, set to be announced at the end of the week, or better yet …

Ski at La Parva

La Parva is located 41 kilometers east of Santiago, on the way to Farellones. The resort features 14 ski runs with different difficulty levels, and its infrastructure includes accommodation, gear rental, restaurants, a discotheque and a clinic. La Parva is best known for its impressively extensive runs.

Telephone: + 56 2 2209530