Best Shot: The Favorite Pictures of Our Photographers

Every time we send out our favorite photographers, I'm excited to see how they capture our region. I definitely have a thousand favorite pictures, but this time I decided to ask Michael, Yvonne, Klemens & Co which shots are their favorites and why they chose those particular ones. And honestly, the result surprised me. But see for yourself!

Yvonne Hörl

Whether when graveling or shredding with the girls in the bikepark, Yvonne is there when it comes to two-wheeled adventures. And this is her favorite picture from Saalfelden Leogang:

"I chose this photo because cycling doesn't always mean blue skies and sunshine. On cold, rainy days, it's not always easy to leave the house, but it always pays off in the end. Whether you're riding or photographing. The green of the pines, the red of the bike, and the mist just give this photo a mystical look."

Stefan Voitl

Once a year, Stefan has a fixed date in Saalfelden Leogang, namely when the mountain bike elite sets up camp in the Bikepark Leogang for the WHOOP UCI Mountain Bike World Series. His favorite photo? Here it is:

"I've had the privilege of capturing incredibly beautiful pictures in Saalfelden Leogang. However, my personal favorite would be this photo. I got to witness Andi Kolb's journey from the beginning when I was still a cyclist myself. It's incredible what he has achieved for his success. Being there up close for his first World Cup victory was very moving for me and will forever be remembered as the Leogang moment."

Matthias Heschl

Do you want to know where Matthias is every year on the penultimate weekend of August? Well, most likely with us in Saalfelden at the Jazzfestival! Whether it's on the main stage or in a flash mob, he captures the moments so vividly that you can almost hear the music of the acts. But when it comes to choosing a photo, he struggles. 😅

"I've spent hours digging through my world of images and have come to the conclusion that I don't have a 'favorite picture.' Unfortunately, it just doesn't exist, or I'm not capable of reducing it to one image. So, let me try to explain it with words: I've had the privilege of capturing so many beautiful moments for the Jazzfestival Saalfelden, each one different from the next. Emotional and action-packed moments on stage with the musicians, people listening intently, children laughing and living the music, funny side shots of people and staff, and the beautiful surroundings where this festival takes place.

So many pictures are 'favorite pictures,' all from a festival that I, as a music-loving photographer, would call one of my favorite festivals. If there's a picture that could represent my 'favorite picture,' it would be an imaginary, fictional one - namely a selfie of myself at the festival, as if to prove that I'm a part of it. I've attached some stage moments for you here... but none of them truly do justice to the Jazzfestival - I have thousands of images in my mind!"

Klemens König

He knows the lines and trails in Saalfelden Leogang like the back of his hand because he's shot every single one of them. He's chosen this shot of a bike guide having a blast on the pump track at the Epic Bikepark Leogang.

"The rider's name is Max Wegener from the Bikeschool Elements. I like this picture because it actually happened rather accidentally, without much planning. I met up with Max and his colleague Nico for something completely different. Then, unexpectedly, the weather turned extremely awesome - and the last rays of sun illuminated the pump track and the mountains, and in about 3 minutes, it felt like we took 1000 pictures to get some cool shots in that beautiful light. This is one of them!"

Michael Geißler

Bringing this to a close is Michael, our most booked photographer! He knows Saalfelden Leogang from every angle. Like no other, he knows how to capture the emotions at events, showcase our mountains in the best light, and tell the most beautiful stories with his pictures.

"This photo was taken last year on a warm summer morning at the Biberg in Saalfelden. It wasn't exactly on the shooting plan, but something led us in that direction. What resulted is a photo that shows what makes the Saalfelden Leogang region special: the rugged stone mountains on one side and the gentle grassy mountains on the other side of the valley."

Thank you for your great work, and we look forward to all future joint projects!