“Chopicalqui”: KIKU award and print offer


A few months ago, I entered one of my all time favorite images, of the spectacular northwest ridge of Chopicalqui, Peru, in the KIKU photocompetition, part of the IMS festival in Brixen, Italy. The theme was “Mountain Light and Shadow”, and I am very happy to report that it won the first place in the contest! It is a shame, though, that I wasn’t able to travel to the beautiful Dolomites for the award ceremony (given that I am currently on the wrong continent).

To celebrate, and since prints of this image have always been very popular, I have also decided to offer a 20% discount on prints of it until the end of November. Since I only do custom fine art prints, I don’t have my prices online, but just to give an idea, for a giclee print in the smallest size I offer, A3 (roughly 12×17″), I normally charge 380€, including shipping. If you are looking for something bigger or printed differently, just send me an email.

And as a reminder, here’s Chopicalqui in the galleries.


Shooting paragliding in the Red Bull Elements

Franck Vandemaele - Action

It’s been a while since I last posted here, but I have a good excuse: I am currently in the middle of a pretty awesome roadtrip through the western USA, and wifi and power are scarce resources…

I was lucky to get to shoot for Red Bull last month, covering the paragliding portion of their Elements race, which meant covering a lot of ground in very little time. The secret was to be in the air as well, thanks to the incredible pilot Jérôme Baud.

The Elements, now in its 3rd edition, is a one-of-its-kind relay race. It takes place in teams of four, and starts with rowing in the Annecy lake. The relay is passed on to trailers who run 2000m of D+ to the summit of la Tournette, before the third teammate flies down (and occasionally runs back up) all the way back to Talloires. Finally, the last sport is mountain biking with a demanding circuit. Lots of action, lots of emotions and everybody giving it their all, which is what really attracts me to this kind of event.

Enjoy my gallery from the day!

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