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Natural Playground

Exhibit Open October 11-November 4th

Playgrounds come in all shapes and sizes, and they're likely the first place your sense of adventure was tested . . . and further cultivated. For the outdoor aficionado, what first started as an obsession for see-saws, swing sets, slides, jungle gyms, and sandboxes, has since turned into an instinctive passion for adventure by means of a different type of playground -- the natural playground.

Whether by trail, rock, water, snow or air, where has your obsession for adventure taken you? What's your photographic definition of Living the Dream? Skiing or snowboarding in the Alps or at your local hill? Climbing in Thailand or at the backyard crag? Mountain Biking in British Columbia or on your neighborhood trails? Surfing pristine Tahiti barrels or a quiet home break? Kayaking through Patagonia or along your favorite coastline?
For those passionate about their adventure and their photography, show us the photographic moments you've captured that will inspire our next adventure . . . in The Natural Playground

Exhibit Catalog
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Exhibit Calendar
(subject to change)

Besides our regular awards, this exhibit features prizes from our sponsors:
Grand Prize Package:
(Overall winner, selected by the jury.)
-- Sierra Designs Zolo Tent
-- Pacsafe CamSafe 200
-- Climb High JOBY Gorillapod

Peoples' Choice Prize Package:
(Selected by attendees during month-long exhibit.)

-- Brunton Restore Solar Charger
-- Pacsafe VentureSafe 50
-- Pacsafe DigiSafe 100
-- Climb High JOBY Gorillapod

Submissions Close 9/15/11 Midnight EST
Selections Announced
by 9/20/11
Check-in Due
9/30/11
Receipt Deadline
10/8/11
Exhibit Opens
10/11/11
Artists Reception
10/14/11 6-8PM
Exhibit Closes
11/4/11
Juror's Statement
The original concept for the "Natural Playground" exhibit was to create a professional-grade pedestal --with gallery space, editorial content and sponsorships-- and open it to the public through Darkroom Gallery's existing digital-friendly juried exhibit format. Hoping to invite and curate a blend of amateur and professional photos, Corey and I were blown away by the diverse selection of quality images submitted for this first-time, rather spontaneous event. We can't thank our enthusiastic sponsors enough, the great prize packages we secured was icing on the cake --and no doubt helped stoke some of these image submissions. We hope you enjoy the exhibit, which in the end, showcases how much fun you can have while chasing adventure in the outdoors.
Justin Gural

Ski to Sea
Juror's Choice

Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson
Moretown, VT USA
Cave Mamet
People's Choice

Nenad Saljic
Split, Croatia
Back Arch in Canyonlands

Adam Coppola
Madison, CT USA

The Light at the End of the Canyon

Adam Coppola
Madison, CT USA
Cycling into Last Light
SOLD

Adam Coppola
Madison, CT USA
Exposed

Alexandre Buisse
Lyon, France

Summit Mushroom

Alexandre Buisse
Lyon, France
Tormented

Alexandre Buisse
Lyon, France
Khumbu

Alexandre Buisse
Lyon, France

Kauai

Becky Jaffe
Oakland, CA USA
Cecilia

Becky Jaffe
Oakland, CA USA
Midnight Ski Camp

Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson
Moretown, VT USA

Iceland Fissure

Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson
Moretown, VT USA
Solitude

Brian Riopelle
Bolton Valley, VT USA
The Water Runners

Bryan Ballinger
Huntington, in USA

Top Out

Clinton Lewis
Bowling Green, KY USA
Rooster(ing)

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA
Huck/Fly

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA

Inverted Appreciation

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA
Smoothing out the Berm

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA
Pow-Derrr

Dana Allen
Burlington, VT USA

Descent

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA
Bridge Day Rappel

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA
Rest

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA

Last of the Day

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA
Bridge Day

Daniel Sohner
Hilliard, Ohio USA
Surfing The White Wave

Don Watkins
Jackson, WY USA

Early Morning Glass

Don Watkins
Jackson, WY USA
Golden Staircase Shadow

Don Watkins
Jackson, WY USA
Deep Water Kayaking

Gary Tobler
Colchester, VT USA

Spacetime

Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
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Hugh Jones
Arlington, VA USA
Priest Draw

Joe Cornett
Flagstaff, AZ USA

Ice Curves

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA
Pulled by the Wind

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA
Above the Horizon

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA

Playground of Waves

Jon Hyde and Kimberly Sultze
Colchester, VT USA
Kristen Ulmer

Joni Kabana
Portland, OR USA
Boulder With A View

Joshua Montague
Boulder, Colorado USA

Series: Grounded / Title: Fort Funtson #238

Kerry Mansfield
San Francisco, CA USA
Mt. Tongariro

Richard Young
Plimmerton, Wellington New Zealand
Mountaineer

Richard Young
Plimmerton, Wellington New Zealand

Late Afternoon Kayaking

Russ Hartung
Morrisonville, NY USA
Kayaking On A Mountain Lake

Russ Hartung
Morrisonville, NY USA
Jesse Huffman. Montpelier Backcountry.

Shem Roose
Richmond, VT USA

Jesse Huffman. Moscow Backcountry

Shem Roose
Richmond, VT USA


Juror:  Corey Rich

Corey Rich is a photographer, Filmmaker & Principal at Aurora Photos and one of the world's most recognized adventure and outdoor lifestyle visual storytellers. He has captured stunning still photos and video on a wide array of assignments, including rock climbing in India, ultra-marathon racing in the Sahara Desert of Morocco, freight train hopping in the American West, and snowboarding in Papua New Guinea. His editorial work includes assignments for National Geographic Adventure, Outside, Sports Illustrated and The New York Times Magazine. Commercial clients include Anheuser-Busch, Apple, Nike and The North Face. Today, much of his time goes into capturing both still images and video for the creation of multimedia projects for commercial and editorial clients.

As Vice President and co-owner of Aurora Photos, Rich was the driving force behind founding Aurora’s Outdoor Collection, which is the world’s leading brand of outdoor adventure and outdoor lifestyle photography. Additionally, Rich is a Nikon evangelist and a member of the SanDisk Extreme Team. He is also on the Board of Directors for The Access Fund, member of the Visual Journalism Advisory Board at Brooks Institute, co-founder and lead instructor of the National Geographic Adventure Photography Workshop, member of the Rowell Legacy Committee and on The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure judging panel. His first book, My Favorite Place: Great Athletes In The Great Outdoors, was published by Chronicle Books.

Juror:  Justin Gural

Justin Gural is a marketing and communications freelancer with photography playing a prominent role throughout his commercial and editorial work. He approached us in the Fall of 2010, proposing to prepare and curate a juried gallery exhibit focusing on sports, adventure, travel and the outdoor lifestyle. A concept that relates directly with the active, local Vermont community, as well as the global adventure landscape, we're excited to see "Natural Playgrounds" come to fruition.

As founder and director of Cortex Marketing Network, a full-service marketing and communications agency staffed by an influential group of freelancing professionals, Gural leads the network specializing in integrated brand strategy, design and creative, photo/video production, public relations and copywriting, and event management. He has spent nine years committed to industry-leading brands such as Burton Snowboards, Fuse Marketing, Eastern Mountain Sports, Gatorade/Pepsi Co., MasterCraft Boat Company, Bombardier Recreational Products, USA Swimming, Select Design and the Burlington Free Press.

Gural also leads the editorial team at VentureThere.com, USA Today's adventure sports, active travel and outdoor lifestyle website. He directs the website's content flow, manages photography, writes and edits editorial features, as well as travels to unique destinations while documenting the adventure. He will be covering this exhibit on behalf of VentureThere.com once it's underway, including photo galleries of selected submissions as well as a "Viewfinder" photographer profile of the winning photographer.

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