Now that spring is in full swing, rivers all across the continent are running high, setting the stage for bad-ass boaters to take ballsiness to new heights. It’s also the perfect time for wannabe/amateur videographers and photographers to take their camera gear to the river and record the action, but the fun doesn’t have to stop there.

The 2004 IR Big Gun Show is back for a fourth year, and they’re accepting entries until August 1. The best videos and still photo will be displayed August 13 at Liquidlogic and Thule’s party at Outdoor Retailer’s Summer Market in Salt Lake City, in what is truly the coolest video show in a week of cool video shows.

You don’t have to be a rodeo star or Whitewater Paddling cover boy/girl to enter. You got the cajones? Get a buddy to shoot you (with a camera, not a gun).

Spencer Cooke and business partner, Daniel DeLaVergne, of Lunch Videos Magazine are the show’s project managers, and Cooke will give you more beta. Keep reading.

C&K: Let’s just cut to the chase–what does the winner of each category get?

Spencer Cooke: A slap on the wrist and $1,000. Or maybe a high five and the thousand. The $1,000 is split between photographer and paddler, which is not huge but it doesn’t make anyone mad, I don’t think. I think the real prize is the glory. The IR Big Gun titles have become a pretty prestigious award.

C&K: Who’s eligible to participate?

SC: Absolutely anyone from anywhere in the world who paddles a canoe or kayak can enter the IR Big Gun Show. There is absolutely no discrimination.

C&K: How do people enter?

SC: Entering is very simple. Just download our entry form at our event Web site It costs $35 to enter for a paddler/photographer team, and they may enter up to 10 different submissions on digital video or still photography.

C&K: How many entries do you think you’ll receive?

SC: I expect we’ll see anywhere from 40 to 60 entries. This is the fourth year running on the IR Big Gun Show. The first year we had around 30 to 40 entries. The last two years, entry numbers grew to around 55 to 65, though only the top 5 to 10 in each category make it to the finals. Those finalists’ entries are shown at the Liquidlogic and Thule party at Outdoor Retailer. In addition, we have an encore performance at the AW Gauley River Fest in West Virginia in September. Anyone can come to either showing.

C&K: Is there anything in particular you guys are looking for?

SC: Freakin’ HUGE air, smooth landings, and beautiful camera work.

C&K: I’d imagine that the quality of video production has increased over the years. Is that so?

SC: Yes, the video quality is definitely increasing. There are always guys like Scott Lindgren who will have some entries that were shot on film in nice light, and those look really good most of the time. You can also expect that a handful of the entries that come in will be shot on digital 8 or one-chip digital cameras. Those entries vary in quality, but you’ll see some good ones from time to time. Though, most submissions that come in are shot on broadcast quality, 3-chip video cameras. That’s kind of the standard out there for anyone who’s serious about shooting good video in kayaking.

C&K: Who determines which video or still image wins?

SC: We choose a panel of very knowledgeable judges who are all skilled kayakers and have at least a little video or photo experience. The winners are totally legit. Losers too.

C&K: Now, let me see if I got this straight–you make a living producing whitewater videos? How do I get your job?

SC: To answer the first question, yeah, kind of. To answer the second question, you probably take a pay cut.