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Photo finish

Special to the Daily"Big Momma," by Michael Clark, won the overall prize at Zest For Adventure Photography competition.

Thousands of photographers submitted their shots online in hopes of winning the $1500 first prize for best overall photo at the Teva Mountain Games Zest For Adventure Photography competition, but only one could win. Michael Clark’s “Big Momma,” which featured climber Chris Sharma free soloing over the ocean in Mallorca, Spain, nabbed the honors.In the individual categories, “Big Momma” won for Rock & Ice, Neilan Kuntz’s “A Family Tradition” won for Mountain Life, David Collier’s “Swiss Shack and Road” won for Landscape, Brandon Hauser’s “Great Horned Owl” won for Wildlife, Timothy Faust’s “Primal Quest Star won for Trail/Dirt and Brian Seward’s “Thunder Wave” won for water.

East Vail’s Connor Walberg was nominated for Trail/Dirt with his photo of friend Andre Lane throwing a “Superman” trick atop his mountain bike with a brilliant red and blue sky background.”I showed up planning to shoot and the blue on one side of the frame and red on the other made it look great – I told my friend, ‘it’s time to throw a Superman,” Walberg said. “He wrecked a few times, but the shot ended up being the first one he landed.”Walberg, 19, is building up a freelance and outdoor photography portfolio, and though he didn’t win, he’s still happy about the outcome.

“I thought the photo that won was awesome, and I’m happy to be a finalist,” he said. “Recognition in the paper was great, and Andre was stoked to see it. I’m ready to call up some friends and start shooting again.”Steamboat Springs photographer Neilan Kuntz’s winning entry was the most different: The black and white shot featured his grandfather Lloyd “Sonny” Kuntz, a cattleman, shot in stark contrast against his barn near Steamboat. “I was looking at all the extreme sports and just wanted to remind people that some of these families were pioneers and outdoorsmen before the resorts came,” Kuntz said. “They were skiing, but some of them were skiing to go and get cattle out in the mountains.”

Arts & Entertainment writer Ted Alvarez can be reached at 748-2939 or Daily, Vail, Colorado

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