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To get an interesting angle, Manley used an extendable pole that he modified to support his camera. The photo ran in the Swedish magazine Åka Skidor.

Canadian Jordan Manley is often asked which of his passions came first — outdoor adventure or photography. “The outdoors definitely came first,” says the 25-year-old, who lives and works in Vancouver, British Columbia. “I’ve long been an avid skier and mountain biker, and photography grew out of being outside with my friends and wanting to document our pursuits in the mountains.” Manley first picked up a camera about nine years ago. “My dad taught me the basics, and then it was a process of experimentation and self-exploration,” he says. The hobby morphed into a career, and a few years later he began submitting images to magazines such as Powder, Ski and Skiing. Soon he was not only getting assignments but also awards, including top honors in 2009 at the Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown.