Anna Gasser is an Olympic gold medallist and world champion snowboarder from Austria. Courageous, broad-minded and open is how she describes herself – in November 2013 she proved all of these traits with a single trick – becoming the first woman to complete a Cab Double Cork 900. Overnight, the Austrian became the star of a new generation of female freestylers.
Gasser is also passionate about photography. “It's an honor for me to be a judge,” she says. “I think it's great to be able to sit next to so many renowned photo experts and athletes and be part of the judging panel. Photography is a core part in our sport. Besides moving images, the photos are those that capture and document our sport and the tricks we do. I'm actually pretty much always on the mountain with a photographer.”
She adds: “I am extremely critical when it comes to photos of me, both with riding and with lifestyle or portrait photos. In some pictures, of course, the trick has to come across well, the photographer has to know the right moment to release the shutter, and I have to pose the trick in such a way that the photographer can also capture it well.”
As to what kind of images will impress her? “Those that make me pause, those that blow me away,” she says. “A photo is a work of art, in the perfect picture everything is coherent, down to the last detail.”