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Spidermen at large in Swiss cities

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Best Sports Shot, Christina Schmid. Photo © Klaus Kranebitter /

Five climbing teams all posed for the camera at the Red Bull Urban Boulder held between October 2-3, 2009. Their mission: to use urban space as their playground for creating spectacular Boulder Pics in specified categories within 36 hours. Each team – one professional climber and one local climber, accompanied by a photographer – set off for a different Swiss city equipped with only a city map, guidebook and train ticket.

After about one day, the teams with Kilian Fischhuber, Anna Stöhr (both AUT) and Co. returned. Not only were they now richer in experience, they were also loaded with countless photos. Photographers with such names as Thomas Ulrich (SUI) or Rainer Eder (AUT) then had the task of selecting and submitting one photo for each of the four categories in the competition: Best Sports Shot, Best Town Shot, Best Night Shot and Best Wildcard Shot. The photos were judged by a panel of experts before celebrating a public premiere at the Award Night in Lucerne.

And the winners are…The Best Sports Shot – judged on the degree of athletic expression – went to the FribourgTeam,comprised of climbers Christina Schmid (SUI) and Bernd Zangerl (AUT) and the Austrian photographer Klaus Kranebitter.

The Best Town Shot was judged on how well the assigned city could be recognised. The mission was best accomplished by the St. GallenTeam and hence world-class climber Kilian Fischhuber (AUT) and Severin Hefti (SUI) claimed this category together with photographer Thomas Ulrich (SUI).

The Best Night Shot for, well, the best night shot was awarded to the Fribourg Team. The remaining award for the Best Wildcard Shot – a wide-open category in which the contestants were free to do as they like – went to the BaselTeam,comprised of climbers Juliana Wurm (GER) and Martin Jaggi (SUI), together with Ivan Purcell (GBR) behind the camera, because their winning photo was especially creative.

The Fribourg Team also garnered the Overall Title. Naturally, the lucky winners were elated, and Bernd Zangerl’s response was short and sweet: “I like that!”

Participants Fribourg Team: Bernd Zangerl (AUT) Christina Schmid (SUI) Photographer: Klaus Kranebitter (AUT)

Zurich Team: Anna Stöhr (AUT) Franz Widmer (SUI) Photographer: Rainer Eder (AUT)

Basel Team:Juliana Wurm (GER) Martin Jaggi (SUI) Photographer: Ivan Purcell (GBR)

St. Gallen Team: Kilian Fischhuber (AUT) Severin Hefti (SUI) Thomas Ulrich (SUI)

Geneva Team: Luca Preti (ITA) Remo Sommer (SUI) Photographer: Anthony Lamiche (FRA)

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