Extreme Category Winner: Tyler Stableford

American Photo Images of the Year 2009

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Extreme-Category-Winner-Tyler-Stableford

Tyler Stableford

Grand-Prize Winner

"I've been in a lot of extreme situations, but inhaling hot ash was a new experience for me," says adventure photographer Tyler Stableford, who got this shot while tagging along with firefighters in western Colorado while they set a controlled burn to stave off wildfires in the area. Rarely do fire departments allow any journalists this close to the action, but the Colorado team made an exception for Stableford after he photographed them for an assignment the previous year. In the middle of the scorching scene, a fireman is turned into a painterly blur by the waves of heat, evoking a sense of heroism and focus on the flames that creates a feeling of fire that practically burns through the page.

CLOSE-UP

• Training: Self-taught, Stableford started pursuing photography professionally about 10 years ago while working as an editor at Climbing magazine.
• Most dangerous shoot: Inside glacier caves in Iceland when they could collapse at any moment
• Inspired by: Risky situations, although he's gotten less bold since becoming a father
• Best advice: Give prints to your models. The firefighters were thrilled to get Stableford's photos - and in return, they gave him more access later on.
• Website: tylerstableford.com

Scuba-Diver-And-Beluga

Scuba-Diver-And-Beluga

*Extreme Category Runner-Up**Title: *Scuba Diver And BelugaThis is a shot of a scuba diver with a Beluga whale in the White Sea in northern Russia.Franco Banfi
Diving-Under-The-Ice

Diving-Under-The-Ice

*Extreme Category Runner-Up**Title:* Diving Under The IceThis scuba diver is under ice more than one meter thick in water that is -2°C.Franco Banfi
Ice-Cave

Ice-Cave

*Extreme Category Runner-Up**Title:* Ice CaveThis scuba diver is passing inside a cave of ice in a mountain lake.Franco Banfi
Shortcut

Shortcut

*Extreme Category Runner-Up**Title:* ShortcutGuerlain Chicherit, a four-time Freeride World Champion, is seen front flipping a huge open crevasse on a glacier. Shu had to climb down the crevasse secured with ropes and a harness to get this angle.Tristan Shu
Hangin-Out

Hangin-Out

*Extreme Category Runner-Up**Title:* Hangin' OutThis is a shot of Caroline George at Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT.Andrew Burr
Mesquite-Climbing

Mesquite-Climbing

*Extreme Category Runner-Up**Title:* Mesquite ClimbingProfessional climber Chris Lindner makes his first ascent of a new route high in the mountains above Mesquite, NV.Tim Kemple
Patagonia-Basecamp

Patagonia-Basecamp

*Extreme Category Runner-Up**Title:* Patagonia BasecampThis is a shot of Renan Ozturk near the end of an 8-hour hike into the Patagonia Range, Argentina. Cerro Torre and Fitz Roy, two of the ranges most famous peaks are visible on the left and right of the frame.Tim Kemple
Colorado-Firefighter

Colorado-Firefighter

*Extreme Category Winner**Title:* Colorado Firefighter“I’ve been in a lot of extreme situations, but inhaling hot ash was a new experience for me,” says adventure photographer Tyler Stableford, who got this shot while tagging along with firefighters in western Colorado while they set a controlled burn to stave off wildfires in the area. Rarely do fire departments allow any journalists this close to the action, but the Colorado team made an exception for Stableford after he photographed them for an assignment the previous year. In the middle of the scorching scene, a fireman is turned into a painterly blur by the waves of heat, evoking a sense of heroism and focus on the flames that creates a feeling of fire that practically burns through the page.Tyler Stableford