Imagine polishing your brand spanking new Nokia Lumia 920, while admiring the stunning view from the mountain resort of Vail, Colorado. An impossible dream? Not if you’re ready to unleash your creative potential. Nokia and legendary snowboarding company Burton have recently teamed up to offer this fantastic prize to two lucky individuals ready to do just that.
All you need do, to join us at the Burton US Opening Snowboarding Championship, is submit a short film (2 mins max), photographs or artwork inspired by the subculture and lifestyle of snowboarding, on or off the slopes. You can get your inspiration from their music, fashion, artwork or culture. To help you get involved, we’ve put together some top tips.
First off where to go to get inspiration
If you can’t hit the slope or hang out with a bunch of shredders, there’s a ton of places online that will give you a taster of their lifestyle.
Gone Boarding – The online hangout
This is the UK’s number one online community of like-minded shred heads featuring a discussion forum, photo gallery, videos, snow reports, and all sort of other useful info. It’s the perfect place to start.
The Reason – The cool magazine
Arguably the best looking snowboarding magazine in print today… not to mention a damn fine site as well! The Reason showcases some of the finest UK talent in terms of shredding, photography, and writing.
Snowbroader – The action packed blog
A European site where you can read blogs from shredders (bro blogs) as well as blogs from pro riders (pro blogs), definitely worth a look!
Mpora- The amazing video site
The YouTube of the action sports world. On Mpora.com you can find a huge stash of shred clips for both snowboarding and skiing, alongside loads of other action sports clips. Guaranteed to get you stoked!
So now you’ve got a better idea of what snowboarding’s all about, what creative masterpiece are you going to dazzle with, photos, film or art?
How to take awesome snowboarding pics
If it’s photos you’re going for and you plan on taking them on the slope, then you’re in luck. Our photography guru, Adam Monaghan, has put together some top tips for taking awesome snowboarding shots. And if you have any questions for him, pop them in the comments and we’ll get him on the case.
How to shoot a smartphone movie
Let’s face it, most us don’t have a film crew handy to shoot a top quality movie. However, more and more of us do have a good enough mobile to capture some really cool video. There’s plenty of advice you can find online about shooting short films, but here’s one great article we’ve unearthed for you, which gives some great tips about shooting with a smartphone.
How to get inspired for art
As for art, there’s really nothing more you need than your imagination. That said, if you want to see how other artists, and designers have interpreted snowboarding, check out these online portfolios at a Behance. There’s literally hundreds of cool creations ranging from snowboard designs to graffiti.
So, now you know where to go to immerse yourself in the hardcore world of snowboarding and you know how to create kick ass photos, films and art, the rest is up to you.
You only have until January 31st to get your entries in here, so what are you waiting for. Why not unleash your inner photographer, film maker or artist right now!
Updated October 1, 2015 6:21 am