Eye of the Condor returns

The photo and video contest Eye of the Condor returns to La Parva in July. Courtesy

On Tuesday, Chile's Ski La Parva announced the return of Sony Eye of the Condor, a weeklong film and photo competition that first took place last year. The event will return July 27 to Aug. 4.

In addition to sponsors Sony, Subaru Chile and Delta Airlines, the Eye of the Condor contest has partnered with the International Freeski Film Festival (IF3) to host the first IF3 Film Festival in Santiago, Chile, a one-night festival that will include athlete appearances, film screenings and more.

The winning films and photos will be shown in Santiago, as well as the other locations of IF3, including Montreal, Canada, Annecy, France, and Innsbruck, Austria. "We are extremely excited about our new partnership with IF3," said Ski La Parva's Rodrigo Medina. "We feel it's going to show the international community the beauty and uniqueness of the Chilean ski community."

Judges for the Eye of the Condor contest -- which awards cash prizes to the top photos and videos -- include Ingrid Backstrom and Chris Davenport.

"The Eye of the Condor is such an awesome event because it celebrates the creativity in skiing; it's really open to interpretation and gives teams the freedom to show how much fun skiing is in whichever way they choose," said Backstrom.