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RUNNER-UP: Snowboarding Northstar-at-Tahoe
Presenting our first Action Photography Contest winners, selected by
National Geographic photographer Bill Hatcher.
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I took this photograph on a day off, while I was teaching skiing and snowboarding at Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort in Truckee, California. I was
making a run through the terrain park when I noticed a couple of riders throwing huge tricks off the 40-foot (13-meter) kickers. I grabbed my camera and spent three hours shooting the riders. Northstar is known for the high level of riding in the terrain park—this day did not disappoint!
—Reader Brian Hudson, 27
High School Teacher
Flint, Michigan

DIY: Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort
( is located about 30 minutes from Reno, Nevada, in Truckee, California. TransWorld Snowboarding magazine consistently ranks Northstar in the top ten for terrain parks and pipes in North America. Because the parks are frequently updated with bigger, more difficult features—such as rails, boxes, wall rides, and staircases—they attract many high-level riders.

Judge's Remarks:
The blurred trees give a sense of speed and flight. Because you can't see the landing, the boarder looks like he's flying at the tops of the trees, which adds to the impact of the photo.
—Bill Hatcher, photographer and author of the National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Action & Adventure

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