The 2017 King of Dolomites edition calls for 2 different moments: a Qualifying Stage which will take place in Moena, destined only to the OPEN category, and the Grand Finale in San Martino di Castrozza, where the two categories OPEN and PRO will both compete.

The current Guidelines refer specifically and exclusively to the Moena Qualifying Stage which will take place from 1st January to 10th February 2017.

If you’re looking for the Contest Rules of San Martino di Castrozza, click here.

1] Subject of the “King of Dolomites” Contest

King of Dolomites is a photographic contest focused on the Freeride Skiing, whether practiced on Skiis, Telemark skiis or Snowboards. The Qualifying Stage will take place in Moena from 1st January to 10th February 2017, while the Grand Finale of the contest will occur from 16th February to 19th February 2017 in San Martino di Castrozza, in the italian eastern Dolomites, in Trentino. The main goal of the contest is to shoot the best freeride picture in the Dolomites, within a well-defined area. The shots will be evaluated and judged according to the criteria determined in the current guidelines.

2] Contest Categorie

During the Qualifying Stage, the contest is open to all the freeride and photography amateurs who can sign up the contest for free in the unique OPEN category. In this phase, only the photographer compete in the OPEN category to win the crown of King of Moena, which will guarantee his access to the PRO category during the Grand Finale in San Martino di Castrozza with his team composed by other 2 riders of his choice.

The pictures must be taken from 1st Januray and must be consigned within midnight of 10th February 2017 according to the current guidelines. Also pictures taken during past years are allowed, but at least one of them needs to be taken during this Winter.

3] Contest attendance and registration

The participation to the contest is free and open to everyone. The contest enrollment will automatically occur after the submission of the ZIP file containing the selected pictures to the organizing committee. All the competitors must respect the rules and the ordinance exhibited inside and outside the Ski Area and the municipality.

4] Contest main topic and evaluation criteria of the consigned photographic material

The 2017 edition of King of Dolomites provides for a unique topic: shoot the best Freeride picture of the Dolomites. For the Qualifying Stage only the best picture will be awarded as follows:


Evaluation criteria of the pictures:

  • DOLOMITIC LANDSCAPE in other words, the scenic beauty and the capacity to enhance the panorama/context of the location. Each shot must contain an element which clearly identifies the place where the picture has been taken, within the designed dolomitic area. Weight of the criterion: 40 %
  • EMOTION AND ACTION intended as technical quality of the athletic movement, interpretation and story-telling of the action. Weight of the criterion: 30 %
  • STYLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUE intended as photography quality in terms of composition, light and originality of the image. Weight of the criterion: 30 %.

In every shot, at least one rider in action must always be represented.

5] Consignment of the pictures and technical requirements

Every participant must consign 3 pictures at the latest on midnight of Friday 10th February 2017.

The pictures must be shared on Instagram using the hashtags of the Contest, #kingofdolomites #kod2017 #kingofmoena, and then sent in high-resolution via Wetransfer through the specific button on the website starting from 1st January 2017. We highly recommend to follow meticulously the instructions on the website to ensure the success of the upload operation; in the filename of each photo please specify the name of the photographer and the captured rider. As an alternative, it is possible to upload the pictures directly on the PC of the organizing committee at the office Moena Perle Alpine in the center town of Moena, or using a data storage device (USB drive, Memory Card).

6] Composition of the Jury

The jury is constituted by 3 people chosen between freeriders, journalists and photographers in the field of winter sports and the disciplines linked to the world of freeriding. The jury will consider and judge only the consigned pictures, and will declare the winner of the Qualifying Stage. The names of the members of the jury are listed on a specific page of the official website of the contest.

7] Award ceremony and distribution of the prize

The award ceremony will take place in Moena, at the Bar Mancin on 7 p.m. of Saturday 11th February 2017. The prize, consisting in Arc’teryx technical Freeride Outfit and a Wildcard to access with other 2 riders the PRO category during the King of Dolomites Grand Finale in San Martino di Castrozza (registration fee + skipass + B&B accommodation) in 2018.

The presence at the award ceremony is mandatory. In case of absence of the winner, he/she will be automatically excluded from the classification of the contest and the prize will be awarded to the successive participant on classification.

8] Use of the images

The consigned photographs may be used, previously adding the photo credits, by the organizing committee, the local office for tourism promotion and the sponsors.

Every picture will be published on the official website and on the social networks of the event, and may be used to promote the future editions of the event, the location and the products of the partners which sponsored the event.

9] Responsibility

The organizing committee refuses any responsibility for damages to people and things before, during and after the event. The observance and the respect of possible municipal ordinances about off-track skiing during the days of the event is referred to the single participants to the contest.