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Alexandre Buisse - Why Do We Climb? Fri Night Vid

The Adventure Shot photography shoot-out held at ShAFF last weekend was a great event with a packed audience being entertained by compere Niall Grimes, organiser Ian Parnell, and audio visual presentations from 5 talented photographers.

The five involved in the shoot-out were three professionals: Adam Long (www.adamlong.co.uk), Richard Seipp (www.qwertyphoto.com) and Robbie Shone (www.shonephotography.com); and two winners from the UKC competition, Alex Buisse (UKC gallery) and Alex Ekins (UKC gallery).

Alexandre Buisse  © Mick Ryan

The voting was managed by Grimer in his inimitable style using a carrot and a cardboard box amongst other things, but in the end there were few complaints since the winner was clear to most - Alexandre Buisse's stunning set of images trying to answer the age-old question, "why do we climb?"

Alexandre (right) won £500 plus £700 worth of Goretex clothing courtesy of Arcteryx - the sponsors of the event.

Ian Parnell on behalf of the judges said:

"When I set up this event I advised the photographers that as a live event their photos needed to have that "wow factor" to impress the audience and Alex had that impact with almost everyone of his images.  Whilst at times the speed of Alex's presentation threatened a heart attack, the consistent quality of his images shone through.  An outstanding presentation."

VIDEO: Why Do We Climb


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19 Mar, 2010
Tremendous Alexandre. Clearly you have a huge amount of talent. We'll be seeing more of your work, I hope...
19 Mar, 2010
Yeah, me too :) More seriously, thanks for the compliment, and thanks to everyone, from UKC to Matt and especially Ian for organizing this tremendously fun event!
20 Mar, 2010
this is one of the best videos ive seen in a ling time, its a question that we all face and you nailed every single answer!!nice work!!
21 Mar, 2010
beautiful. fabulous juxtaposition of sound and photography and while I sometimes wondered how the following photos fit the question, the questions were seared into my mind. And the answers was always YES!
22 Mar, 2010
I agree, some stunning shots. Compositionally great and good subjects too. I like the scale and boldness of the landscapes. It may be controversial but I am going to say it. I find it difficult to see the reality in a photograph when it has had so much editing and colour modification. They are too saturated and enhanced to convey the reality of the situation and really tackle such a real subject. Some of them look a little like cartoons. This is of course only my opinion and I am aware that I seek certain things from a photograph that others may not. It is constructive criticism not me having a go.
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