2013 Follow The Light Awards

posted by / News, Photos / July 25, 2013

All photos and story by SURFING Magazine Photo Editor Peter Taras

Michel Bourez’s step brother, Seth de Roulet and Domenic Mosqeuiera.

Michel Bourez’s step brother, Seth de Roulet and Domenic Mosqeuiera.

Last year’s winner Shawn Parkin with grom finalist Paul Green.

Last year’s winner Shawn Parkin with grom finalist Paul Green.

Past winner Todd Glaser with his wife Jenna.

Past winner Todd Glaser with his wife Jenna.

Evan Slater and Tanner Guadaskas.

Evan Slater and Tanner Guadaskas.

Aaron Chang and Sammy Olson.

Aaron Chang and Sammy Olson.

Guadaskas brothers, Brian Toth, and a leg-revealing friend.

Guadaskas brothers, Brian Toth and a leg-revealing friend.

The grand ballroom.

The grandest ballroom.

Ben Aipa came out to remember Larry.

Ben Aipa came out to remember Larry.

Remembering Flame’s work.

Remembering Flame’s work.

Another slide of Flame’s.

Another slide of Flame’s.

Seth de Roulet’s slideshow.

Seth de Roulet’s slideshow.

One more image from Seth’s slideshow.

One more image from Seth’s slideshow.

A peak and an aisle, from Mark McInnis' slideshow.

A peak and an aisle, from Mark McInnis' slideshow.

The crowd absorbs the last bit of work from the finalists as decision on the winner is reached.

The crowd absorbs the last bit of work from the finalists as decision on the winner is reached.

The finalists, pre-announcement.

The finalists, pre-announcement.

Jimmicane with winner Trevor Moran.

Jimmicane with winner Trevor Moran.

Surfing Magazine Senior Photographer DJ Corey Wilson.

Surfing Magazine Senior Photographer DJ Corey Wilson.

The finalists with Aaron Chang.

The finalists with Aaron Chang.

Trevor Moran, $5000 and a whole lot of prestige later.

Trevor Moran, $5000 and a whole lot of prestige later.


 

The evening of July 23rd marked the 8th annual Follow The Light Awards in Memory of Larry “Flame” Moore. Larry was Photo Editor for Surfing Magazine for over 30 years, until he tragically passed away from brain cancer in 2005. It was a great night remembering the wonderful life of Larry. Stories were told, beers were drank and old friends reconnected. It brought a crowd consisting of some of the world’s best surf photographers including Zak Noyle, Todd Glaser, Corey Wilson, Morgan Maassen and Jerimiah Klien. The night was hosted by Aaron Chang, who questioned the five finalist about the what, why and how in their photography. Each finalist impressively showed zero stage fright. At the end of the night, the Follow The Light grant was given to Trevor Moran for best his overall slideshow. It seems like each year the slideshows get better and better as this award cements its reputation for being the best thing that could happen to an aspiring surf photographer.

Here’s how I judged the five finalists. How would you judge them? To view the finalists’ portfolios, click here.

1: Trevor Moran: Best overall photography. Took the most risk with looks and vision. Most well rounded portfolio of work.

2. Seth de Roulet: A very, very close second. Best slideshow production.

3. Domenic Mosquiera: Best water shots out of all the finalists.

4: Mark McInnis: Strongest lineup photography.

5: Paul Green: Great usage of light. At 17-years-old, making the top 5 is pretty amazing.

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  • Moke808

    Now hand them a roll of Fuji Velvia 50 and tell them to create some magic!

  • Sliding Sense

    This group lacks ethnic and cultural diversity. Boo.

  • dr. who

    YEA, WHERE ALL THE INUIT SURF PHOTOGRAPHERS? LOL?