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14 February 2020

It’s not all fast-paced action and hard knocks at Crankworx Rotorua. There is another side, observed from behind the camera lens, which captures the imagination of festival-goers each year.

The Canon Deep Summer Photo Competition presented by Regent of Rotorua is a definite fan-favourite and this year the team at Crankworx Rotorua are taking it to new heights, literally.

Hosted at Skyline Rotorua’s Hidden Venue on the slopes of Mount Ngongotahā this will be the first time Deep Summer will take place on site, at the Crankworx Festival, following a huge day of events.

Crankworx Rotorua director Ari Tibble says this year, they wanted Deep Summer to have a bigger impact for those that came along.

“It’s a pretty special event. We have these talented photographers capturing a side of mountain biking that not everyone gets to see.

“Everyone always sees the gritty side of riding but we are in one of the most beautiful places in the world and seeing it from behind a camera is just an awesome way to showcase Rotorua and the sport.

“We wanted it to have an extra cool feel. There is something magical about Skyline’s Hidden Forest venue, which I know, will make this an evening to remember.

“Even though we have added a cost element to the event this year, the goal is to return that full value to the spectator with a luge ride, the refreshment, live music and the competition itself. I think people will be blown away by the value.”

Alongside the new venue, the competition features a Rotorua local in the line-up of talented photographers – Thomas Falconer.

Videographer, photographer and mountain biker, Thomas says he is excited to get outside his comfort zone as part of this year’s competition.

“I've been riding bikes and being creative with cameras since I was knee high to a grass hopper and the Deep Summer Photo Challenge has been on my radar for a while now.

“I've been capturing special moments in people’s lives for 7 years, with all that I have learnt in the industry and my passion for mountain biking I intend to bring a fresh perspective to the world of mountain biking. 

“I'm excited for this year’s challenge brief because it will push me out of my comfort zone but enable me to capture the essence of what it means to be born and bred in Rotorua!”

Thomas is joined by four other photographers:

  • James Malone 
  • Henry Jaine 
  • Jemma Wells 
  • Hunter Paul 

Find out more about the contestants below

After three marathon days of shooting around Rotorua, the five photographers will come together to put on an epic slideshow event amongst the trees at the Hidden Venue. A massive $3000 is up for grabs for the winner of Deep Summer 2020.

Deep Summer takes place on Friday 6 March following the Clif Speed & Style Rotorua presented by Mons Royale (5.30pm – 7.30pm) and The Rock Best Trick presented by Transdiesel (7.30pm – 8.30pm).

Ticket holders will make their way up to Skyline via the gondola and luge down to the Hidden Forest venue. Doors open at 8.30pm for a 9pm start.

Spaces will be limited so viewers will want to secure their spaces early – grab your tickets HERE

Check out the previous year’s winners:

Jim Topliss ( 2019 ) –

Laurence Slideshow ( 2018 ) –

Boris Slideshow ( 2017 ) –

Simeon Patience ( 2016 )

Photographer bios:


Henry Jaine:

Henry has had a strong interest in Photography and Film making from a young age but it wasn't until 2018 during a break from competitive mountain bike racing due to an injury that he decided to focus fully on developing his photography skills and turned a side hobby into a career. With a keen eye for detail, colour and natural lighting, Henry creates original imagery for commercial clients across the genres of action sports, live music and architecture. Henry's love and passion for Mountain biking is what truly inspires his work with his camera allowing him to capture and share the moments that make him feel most alive. 



Hunter Paull

Since a young age, Hunter has had a keen interest in action sports and photography. After picking up his first GoPro at the age of 11 he hasn’t stopped filming and photographing his friends as they progress through a range of action sports. Now at 18, his main passion is film making within the world of mountain biking and snow sports but also is still a keen photographer. With a strong understanding of video editing, he is keen to mix his photography and filmmaking style to create a unique photographic slide show.



James Malone:

Hey, I’m James, a 31 year old Englishman from Plymouth. I got my first real camera about 18 months ago and have been addicted to the pursuit of the perfect picture ever since. Since rediscovering bikes 4 years ago after a 12 year hiatus, I’m beyond grateful for the places two wheels have taken me and the people who’ve joined the ride. Here’s hoping I can make something memorable for deep summer and have a bloody good time in the process! 


Jemma Wells:

After growing up down the road from the majestic Whakarewarewa forest, Jemma seemingly took a wrong turn on a ‘long ride’; ending up in the Deep South, designing appliances. With an ever-growing trail network present on her new doorstep, riding a bike continued to provide some much-needed recovery time after driving a desk all day. Whenever the Dunedin hill climbs proved taxing, or her distinct lack of ‘steeze’ was about to be exposed, she thought it a good idea to pull out a camera as an excuse. Spurred on by beer and chips, and terrified of ISO above 2500; Jemma continues to experiment and learn, whilst ‘making excuses’ in evenings, on weekends, or any chance she gets. 


Thomas Falconer:

Kia ora everyone! Stumpy here! 

It’s a real hoot to be able to compete in the Deep Summer Photo challenge! This photo challenge is a way to push the creative boundaries beyond my current daily grind!

With photographing people on bikes and witnessing a whole lot of love, I’m truly looking forward to bringing those worlds together to bring my artistic vision to life!’



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