Deep Summer slideshows Tim Zimmerman's show was the first to be shown last night at the third annual Deep Summer Photo Challenge and I personally thought it was the winner without seeing the rest. It turned out the rest were rather good, very good, but still I thought Zimmerman was robbed when he didn't win anything other than some swag. I had Robin O'Neill, Dan Barham, and Tim Zimmerman as the top three (in no particular order), but in the end the judges' call was final and Robin O'Neill took first place ahead of Dan Barham and Margus Riga.

Local photographer Robin O’Neill, the first woman to ever participate in the Deep Summer Photo Challenge, impressed the judges the most and took home first place and the cheque for $5,000. She will add this win to her second place showing at the 2011 Arc’teryx Deep Winter Photo Challenge.

A panel of five expert judges had the unenviable job of assigning first, second and third to a field of six world class mountain bike photographers. After the deliberations Margus Riga, a photographer just two years in on the pro scene, emerged in second with $3,000; and Dan Barham took home $2,000 for third place. Justin Olsen, Tim Zimmerman and Wildcard photographer John Wellburn were also competing for the Deep Summer title.

Make your own mind up as to the placings because most of the photogs have placed them on-line. Here you go...