10 Surf Photography Up And Comers


Note: Each 2015 Follow The Light semifinalist has a photo featured in the gallery above.

It’s that time of year again! We’re proud to announce the 10 semifinalists for the 2015 Follow The Light Photography grant. Follow The Light serves as the most prestigious competition in surf photography. It’s built around the passion and guiding light that SURFING Magazine Photo Editor Larry “Flame” Moore instilled in some of the most creative minds in surfing. Unlike photography contests where best photo wins, this FTL is different in that the photographers are judged on both their photography skill and a written essay. Based off those two components and an X-Factor, the judges decide who is most deserving of the grant money. Past winners being Todd Glaser, Chris Burkard, Duncan Macfarlane, Morgan Maassen, Ray Collins, Matt Clark, Trevor Moran, Shawn Parkin and Ryan Craig. All incredible surf photographers with amazing vision and Flame-like passion.

The crop of guys this year is unbelievable. Here are a couple of notes on the Top 10.

-There are 2 New Zealander semifinalists this year, John Barton and Jereme Aubertin. Both photographers used epic dreamy lineups of perfect wedges — portraying the the feeling of scouting for surf and adventure — to show off their body of work.

-Mark McInnis and Quinn Matthews used a spectacular arrangement of tempos to showcase a wide variety of looks and angles.

-Seth de Roulet came severely close to winning last year. He’s a multiple finalist with every look in the book in his slideshow. Will this be his year?

-Elli Thor Magnusson: Elli is a first year submitter from Iceland who used his homeland to put together an impressive landscape surf photography arrangement

-Woody Gooch stuck to his guns, showcasing his simplistic effortless talent.

-Christor Lukasiewics is a a semifinalist again. With mostly New Jersey to shoot, Christor milks every ounce of creativity from his hometown.

-Scotty Hammonds and Luke Shadbolt showed used their relationships with some of the world best to make Flame-approved peak action slideshows

—Peter Taras