Monday Photos: Follow The Light Top 10

posted by / Monday Photos / June 9, 2014

Ryan "Chachi" Craig.

Ryan "Chachi" Craig.

Photo: Ryan Craig

Photo: Ryan Craig

Photo: Ryan Craig

Photo: Ryan Craig

John Barton.

John Barton.

Photo: John Barton

Photo: John Barton

Photo: John Barton

Photo: John Barton

Photo: Rambo Estrada

Rambo Estrada.

Photo: Rambo Estrada

Photo: Rambo Estrada

Photo: Rambo Estrada

Photo: Rambo Estrada

Christor Lukasiewicz

Christor Lukasiewicz.

Photo: Christor Lukasiewicz

Photo: Christor Lukasiewicz

Photo: Christor Lukasiewicz

Photo: Christor Lukasiewicz

Seth de Roulet.

Seth de Roulet.

Photo: Seth de Roulet.

Photo: Seth de Roulet.

Photo: Seth de Roulet.

Photo: Seth de Roulet.

Matthew Shepherd

Matthew Shepherd.

Photo: Matthew Shepherd

Photo: Matthew Shepherd

Photo: Matthew Shepherd

Photo: Matthew Shepherd

Dane Grady.

Dane Grady.

Photo: Dane Grady.

Photo: Dane Grady

Photo: Dane Grady.

Photo: Dane Grady

Ed Sloane.

Ed Sloane.

Photo: Ed Sloane

Photo: Ed Sloane

Photo: Ed Sloane

Photo: Ed Sloane

Woody Gooch.

Woody Gooch.

Photo: Woody Gooch

Photo: Woody Gooch

Photo: Woody Gooch

Photo: Woody Gooch

Quinn Matthews.

Quinn Matthews.

Photo: Quinn Matthews

Photo: Quinn Matthews

Photo: Quinn Matthews

Photo: Quinn Matthews

We have a very special Monday Photos this week. It’s the presentation of the semifinalists in our Follow The Light Foundation grant. Follow The Light serves as the most prestigious photo competition in surf photography, but it’s not for the legends. It’s not for the old, iconic photographers who’ve pioneered and shaped this world for us. Instead, it’s for the kids grinding their way to the top. It’s for the ones delivering pizzas and bussing tables at night and waking up 5 hours later for first light photo sessions. FTL is about the passion and guiding light Larry “Flame” Moore instilled in all of us and that’s what makes the best the best. Past winners being Todd Glaser, Chris Burkard, Duncan Macfarlane, Morgan Maassen, Ray Collins, Matt Clark, Trevor Moran and Shawn Parkin. All incredible surf photographers with amazing vision and Flame-like passion. I’ve had the privilege to be a judge for all 9 years of competition and I thought Surfing Magazine could share a couple images from each semifinalist’s slideshow. —Peter Taras

The visual presentations of the Top 5 finalists be shown on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at an awards night held at the Shorebreak Hotel during the VANS US Open of Surfing. Just like years past, every single slideshow will be amazing. You gotta be there to see it.

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  • ichorousmedia .

    half of these guys look 30+… gooch’s photo of the paddle-out should be the outright winner

  • Chris Straley

    Woody Gooch wins this hands down!

  • Tabke

    Gorgeous images. I coulda kept clicking for hours.

  • sean

    ed sloane!

  • Ardvark

    Quinn Matthews all the way!!

  • Teddy Allen

    i stared at Barton’s left tube for minutes before snapping back into reality…

  • Brucejack

    John Barton

  • parish

    CHRISTOR LUKASIEWICZ FOR SURFING PREZ