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A photography project capturing the culture, humanity and connections behind the Olympic Spirit as we support our athletes in Sochi.
A photography project capturing the culture, humanity and connections behind the Olympic Spirit as we support our athletes in Sochi.
94 backers pledged CA$ 7,290 to help bring this project to life.

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With all the controversy surrounding the Sochi Olympics the Olympic Spirit has been lost. Together, we can bring the Spirit back to the Sochi 2014 Games to support our Canadian athletes!

The project was recently featured on CBC's Road to the Olympics, have a look at the replay here:

Olympic Spirit is about people, sport, camaraderie, connection, culture and humanity. It's about making new friends, and celebrating together, exploring our differences and within that realizing that we are all truly the same.

The Olympic Games present a unique opportunity for people and cultures to come together around a shared love for sport, friendly competition and celebration. There is so much emotion connected to the Olympics for both the athletes and the fans. The goal of the project is to capture and share this with you through stories and photographs in a hard cover photography book as well as on my blog, and through social media during the event.

It's time to put the spotlight back where it belongs: on the Spirit of the Games! It's time to revive that energy that we saw in Vancouver in 2010 and in London in 2012. Our athletes need our support as they compete in the biggest competition of their lives, and you and I can make that happen! 

Vancouver 2010 Men's Gold Medal Hockey Game
Vancouver 2010 Men's Gold Medal Hockey Game
Vancouver 2010 Women's Hockey - Switzerland vs Russia
Vancouver 2010 Women's Hockey - Switzerland vs Russia
Canadian fan at the Vancouver 2010 Torch Relay
Canadian fan at the Vancouver 2010 Torch Relay

Why You Should Back Me:

I have 20 years of photography experience working for clients such Estee Lauder, Molson Coors, ING Direct, and Homes & Living Magazine. My passion for sports and event photography are what have driven my success and inspired me to apply for media accreditation for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. I secured British Columbia Media Centre accreditation for the Olympics and International Paralympic Committee media accreditation for the Paralympics in 2010, and along with a team of journalists, I photographed and documented the fan and cultural experience of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games at www.VancouverAccess2010.com

My passion for photography, new cultures and the Olympic Games combine beautifully to present a unique opportunity to capture the Olympic Spirit in Sochi and sharing these once in a lifetime images through this book.

>> UPDATE: I happy and excited to report that I have media accreditation for the Sochi 2014 Olympics has been approved! 

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Media Accreditation Badges
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Media Accreditation Badges

What I Will Deliver:

My goal is to publish a high quality hard cover photo book of a selection of edited images from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games fan and cultural experience. 

By interacting with the fans at official Olympic and cultural events I will document the Olympic Spirit and the emotions behind the celebrations (and disappointments). I’ll photograph and interact with spectators from around the globe, with special focus on the Canadians, and share their stories. 

I will share the journey through social media and blog posts at www.mariskarichters.com and www.sochiaccess2014.com while in Sochi, giving you the opportunity to follow and be a part of the Olympic Spirit as it happens. 

Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Sledge Hockey - Canada vs Japan
Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Sledge Hockey - Canada vs Japan
Canadian Fans at Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Sledge Hockey Game
Canadian Fans at Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Sledge Hockey Game

 Events I Intend to Attend:

I plan to attend the following events to capture the emotions and the fan experience within the different sporting events:

  • Snowboarding - Ladies' Snowboard Cross
  • Bobsleigh - Two-man Heats
  • Hockey - Women’s Semi-final
  • Alpine Skiing - Ladies' Giant Slalom 
  • Hockey Mens Quarter Final
  • Freestyle Skiing - Men's Ski Cross
  • Speed Skating - Men's and Ladies' Team Pursuit
  • Hockey - Men’s Bronze Medal 
Vancouver 2010 - Men's Team Pursuit Speed Skating Gold Medal Team
Vancouver 2010 - Men's Team Pursuit Speed Skating Gold Medal Team
Vancouver 2010 Men's Hockey - USA vs Norway
Vancouver 2010 Men's Hockey - USA vs Norway
Vancouver 2010 - Paralympic Alpine Skiing
Vancouver 2010 - Paralympic Alpine Skiing
Vancouver 2010 - Paralympic Medal Ceremony
Vancouver 2010 - Paralympic Medal Ceremony

The Plan:

By attending official Olympic events with media accreditation from February 16th - 22nd, I will explore the Olympic Spirit in and around Sochi through the cultural houses and events. I will be in Russia from February 14th - 26th.

What I’ve Invested So Far:

Efforts from previous projects have funded my investment into this project to date. I am now seeking funding to get me on the ground in Russia to see the project through and publish the book.

Olympic Event Tickets: $3500 
Russian Visa: $385 
Website Costs: $150

What I Need to Complete the Project:

In order to bring this project to life, I need your help to raise $7000. 

Funds will cover my flight from Vancouver to Sochi, accommodations, transportation, food, and communication expenses (cell phone/wifi) while in Russia. Remaining funds will go towards publishing costs of the book.

Budget:
Flight from Vancouver to Sochi: $2500
Accommodation: $2500    
Food: $500 
Transportation in Russia: $300
Communications Expenses: $200
Publishing Costs: $1000

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU?

In show my gratitude for your support, I am offering some great rewards from a hand written postcard from Russia to the opportunity to experience an official Olympic event with me at the Games in Sochi. All project backers will be acknowledged in the final printed book.

All Levels: Thank-You Postcard from Russia - All backers pledging $10 or more will receive a hand-written Postcard sent from Russia during the Olympic Games. 

All Levels: Your Name Featured in the Book - All backers will be acknowledged in the final printed book.

$25 Level: 5-pack of postcards featuring images from the project, and a digital copy of the book.

$85 Level: A digital copy of the book, a signed 5x7 print featuring an image from the project, and a 5-pack of postcards of images from the project. 

$150 Level: A digital copy of the book, 2 signed 8x10 prints featuring images from the project, and a 5-pack of postcards of images from the project. 

$350 Level: A hard cover copy of the book, 10 prints of photos taken of your personal pocket-sized mascot (provided by you) at 10 Russian Olympic landmarks.

$1000 Level: 2 signed hard cover copies of the book, a signed 11x14 print featuring an image from the project, 10 prints of photos taken of your personal pocket-sized mascot (provided by you) at 10 Russian Olympic landmarks.

$1500 Level (9 available): 2 signed hard cover copies of the book, a (used) official 2014 Olympic event ticket, a signed 11x14 print of an image from the project, 10 prints of photos taken of your personal pocket-sized mascot (provided by you) at 10 Russian Olympic landmarks. 

$2000 Level (1 available): A ticket to join me at the 2014 Olympic Men's and Ladies' Team Pursuit Speed Skating event on February 21st, 2014 in Sochi Russia (flight, accommodations and related travel expenses not included). You will also receive 2 signed hard cover copies of the book, and a signed 11x14 print of an image from the project. 

$2000 Level (1 available): A ticket to join me at the 2014 Olympic Women's Hockey Play-off Semi-Final Game on February 17th, 2014 in Sochi Russia (flight, accommodations and related travel expenses not included). You will also receive 2 signed hard cover copies of the book, and a signed 11x14 print of an image from the project. 

$2000 Level (1 available): A ticket to join me at the 2014 Olympic Men's Hockey Play-off Quarter-Final Game on February 19th, 2014 in Sochi Russia (flight, accommodations and related travel expenses not included). You will also receive 2 hard cover copies of the book, and a signed 11x14 print of an image from the project. 

$2500 Level (1 available): A ticket to join me at the 2014 Olympic Bronze Medal Men's Hockey Game on February 22nd, 2014 in Sochi Russia (flight, accommodations and related travel expenses not included). You will also receive 2 hard cover copies of the book, and a signed 11x14 print of an image from the project. 

All Levels: Karma points and huge gratitude from me! :)

Thank you for your support and for making this book possible.

In order to receive the funding, the project must achieve the total funding goal. Your credit card will only be charged if I reach the funding target.

This is why your pledge is so important. Please pledge what you can to make this project a reality. 

Thank you! :)

Risks and challenges

- I have applied for media accreditation with the Sochi Media Centre and am awaiting their response. Media accreditation will aid in gaining access to the cultural venues of the Games. I applied earlier this year for official International Olympic Committee accreditation, but was denied, as I am not with a major media outlet. >> UPDATE: Media Accreditation has been secured! YAY!

- Flight prices from Vancouver to Sochi are priced around $3000. After much research, I have found that booking the trip in two legs will turn out to be cheaper than booking direct from Vancouver. I plan to book the first leg to Amsterdam, and then book the flight from Amsterdam to Sochi separately for a savings of approximately $500.

- Accommodation availability continues to be a challenge. I have been researching accommodation options for several months, and have found that a bed in a hostel room shared by eight people is priced at $125/night. Because I will be traveling with camera and computer gear, this type of accommodation is not practical to keep my equipment safe. As a result, my accommodations budget allocation is at $250/night for 10 nights.

- When publishing a photography book there is always the possibility of potential production and printing delays. I will do everything possible to make sure the book is shipped to all qualifying backers by September 2014.

Thank you again for your support!

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