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La Résidence - 2018

A mountain of images

Crans-Montana has created La Résidence, aiming to reveal talented young artists and create close ties with those who hold influence, both today and tomorrow, a talent incubator in the heart of the Valais Alps.

The concept is to select, as of today, 12 photo and video content creators, and this summer welcome them into an environment where the natural and cultural resources are conducive to inspiration, and thus, creation. Supported by coaches and visual arts professionals, these creators will live out their passion from 21 until 26 August 2017 at La Résidence. Provided with state-of-the-art equipment, photographers and videographers will cover subjects in an original way, free from commercial or time constraints, simply being inspired by the sport, nature or lifestyle which surrounds them. The aim is to encourage artists to challenge their limits in an ideal and inspiring set-up, helped by coaches and other creators, to tell a story and evoke an emotional response outside the realm of conventional marketing modes.

After working for a week on their personal artistic project, they will present the result to the general public at a large event to be held in the centre of the resort. The general public will be able to select the winning artist in this first edition, and they will become an Ambassador for Crans-Montana, with sponsorship to support their work, and promote it through different networks in Crans-Montana.  

The coaches


Julien Donzé- Le Grand JD

Julien Donzé alias Le Grand JD is no novice on the web. This producer from Geneva was part of the first wave of French-speaking YouTubers. Today he’s one of the most popular in the country, followed by over a million subscribers. Creative,  playful and always ahead of trends, he is commended for his originality and the quality of his work.

Olivier Maire

Olivier Maire

Olivier Maire has 20 years of experience as a professional photographer, and specialises in advertising, communication, press and magazines. As well as exhibitions in New York and Switzerland, he also works with a number of media sources, for example  the Keystone agency and Le Temps.


Tiziana Vergari- @tizia

Tiziana Vergari aka @tizzia is a mobile photographer, who has been exhibiting her work throughout Europesince 2012. Her Instagram has over 57,000 followers, and she won the "Instragram Photo of the Year" on 23 April in New York, ahead of rivals which included Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé and Selena Gomez.

Nicolas Vuignier

Nicolas Vuignier

Nicolas Vuignier is a professional skier and content producer, who subtly blends his sporting and artistic passions  by creating innovative and original videos which are watched all over the world, such as his Centriphone video, which has over 4 million views on Youtube.


Conditions for participation
- You are an amateur or established content creator,  using photographic or video medium
- 18 years old or over
- Available from Monday 21 until Saturday 27 August 2017 to take part in La Résidence
- Travel costs have to be supported by the participant.
- Accept the challenge and the concept as described above
- Agree to broadcast content on social media and share it with Crans-Montana Tourism as part of La Résidence. (The creator retains ownership of his/her images).
- Enrol before 15 July 2017 by sending images, a portfolio or links to your work and artistic universe.

My Explorer Card

From the first night you spend in Crans-Montana, you’ll receive your very own advantage card and enjoy lots of free activities. Cable cars, transport, swimming pool, mini golf, pedalos, … explore Crans-Montana and its mountains like never before.

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