Selko honored for ski photography

By Jim Stanford on December 12, 2012

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Selko, right, poses with some gaper while covering the 2006 Torino Olympics.

Although the news has been shared widely since last week’s announcement, let me add my congratulations to photographer Jonathan Selkowitz for being named the International Ski Federation’s Journalist of the Year.

The award recognizes journalists for their career contributions to the sport. For 20 years, Selkowitz has poured an astounding amount of passion into covering ski racing, which is far from lucrative and, aside from Olympic years, receives little attention.

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jonathan at two Olympics and other skiing events. No one works harder on and off the slopes, as the story below attests. He also is one of the more thoughtful humans on the planet.

In winning the award, presented jointly by the FIS and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, Selko joins a select group that includes longtime TV announcers Bob Beattie and Tim Ryan and the late USSA correspondent Paul Robbins.

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weekend roundup: photos, skis and scariness

By Jim Stanford on October 26, 2012

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Milky Way behind Owachomo Bridge, Utah, by Jim Richardson.

Kicking off a busy weekend, the National Museum of Wildlife Art celebrates today the opening of the exhibit Greatest Photographs of the American West.

Viewers got a peek at the collection of National Geographic images during the Photography at the Summit workshop earlier this month. From cowboys to canyons, the exhibit covers the people, landscapes and wildlife of the West in exquisite color and composition. There are several images from Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, along with one of Jimmy Chin’s climbing photos.

Cover shot by Bill Allard. A book of the photos is available for $30.

The museum is hosting a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today and interactive tour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Longtime Geographic lensman Bill Allard will discuss his work at 6:30 p.m. today. The exhibit hangs through April 28.

Before sunrise Saturday, sportsters will be lining up outside the Heritage Arena on Snow King Avenue for the Jackson Hole Ski Club’s annual Ski Swap. Early birds will be allowed in at 7:30 a.m., followed by the general public at 8:15. Elevated Grounds will be selling coffee and the Pica’s truck will serve breakfast burritos. Bring your reusable mug. Proceeds will benefit the ski club’s youth programs.

KMTN opens the Halloween festivities with its always-scary Halloween Bash on Saturday. The party starts at 10 p.m. in the Snow King ballroom with music by ’80s cover band 86. Rock and roll all night for $15, with proceeds benefiting Children’s Learning Center. More freak fests will follow on Oct. 31.

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faces of the firefight

By Jim Stanford on October 3, 2012

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Nick Miller of Swan Valley Helitack.

With the arrival today of wintry weather, the Little Horsethief Fire is becoming a distant memory (except for those left footing the bill).

After preparing to evacuate his home in the heat of the fight last month, photographer Taylor Glenn decided to document some of the crews working to protect Jackson. Like he has done in the past with end-of-ski-season antics, Glenn shot portraits of the firefighters. He captured about 90 in all and has posted a gallery on his blog, It’s What We Do Here.

In the men and women who made up the firefighter teams, some 700 in all from Teton County and around the West, he found “real life heroes.” He writes:

These folks are extremely dedicated and very humble. … It was a great experience to meet them and learn about their occupations. It takes a tremendous amount of team work across many organizations to manage an incident.

Also, as Glenn’s photos attest, firefighters have great facial hair.

For anyone looking to support Jackson Hole Fire/EMS, there will be two events in the coming weeks to help replace the engine lost in the Horsethief blaze: a BBQ dinner Oct. 13 at the Elks Lodge and the annual Fireman’s Ball on Nov. 17.

And Friends of Pathways and Teton Freedom Riders have organized a volunteer day Saturday to repair Snow King-area trails affected by the fire.

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natural fireworks for the Fourth

By Jim Stanford on July 5, 2012

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Sunset last night in Grand Teton National Park.

Better than the rockets’ red glare.

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eye candy from greater Yellowstone

By Jim Stanford on March 27, 2012

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Continuing his transition from still photography to multimedia, David Stubbs has compiled this reel of footage shot within the last year.

Highlights include the full lunar eclipse over Death Canyon in December, a ski trip with Exum Mountain Guides on Teepe Glacier in the high Tetons and paddling the upper Green last fall between Green River Lakes.

David shot some of the Yellowstone and Jackson Lake footage in the moonlight, one of his fortes. And at least one sequence, of surreal clouds in motion, was taken on the very best location: his back porch.

It’s incredible to think all of these moments can be witnessed here in a matter of months, if you’re willing to get up early and get after it.

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