Follow the Light Foundation Grant

posted by / News / April 18, 2011

SAN CLEMENTE, CA- The Follow the Light Foundation (FTLF) is calling all photographers to submit their applications for its annual $5,000 grant in honor of the late Larry “Flame” Moore. The deadline is one month from today: entries must be received no later than May, 17, 2011.

The FTLF was founded after Moore’s passing to ensure that up-and-coming surf photographers continue to get the recognition and support they deserve. Flame — legendary Photo Editor of SURFING Magazine for more than three decades — made it a priority to teach and inspire anyone with a passion for photography. This grant helps keep that legacy alive. The application and details can be found on the FTLF website. (

Now in its sixth year, the FTLF continues to recognize photographers on the rise and help fuel their vision. During this year’s submission process, photographers will edit their images and cue it to the music of their choice. The “visual presentations” of the Top 5 finalists will then be shown at an awards night at the Shorebreak Hotel during the US Open of Surfing on Tuesday, August 2. “Recognizing the world’s best up-and-coming surf photographers fits right in with the spirit of the US Open of Surfing,” says FTLF sponsor Bob Hurley. “It’s so fun to see such an amazing showcase of young talent in one place — very inspiring.”

Judging from the career paths of past winners, the FTLF recipients will continue to inspire. 2010 recipient Morgan Maassen is quickly becoming the surf world’s freshest eye. Former winners Chris Burkard and Todd Glaser and Ray Collins are three of the most prolific and talented photographers in the sport today, and they all give credit to Flame and FTLF for helping their dream job come true. “It was such an honor to be picked for this grant,” said 2008 winner Todd Glaser. “To be recognized and critiqued by legends like Aaron Chang — and get funding on top of it — will always stand as a career highlight.”

To help round out the wide spectrum of gifted photographers, FTLF will be honoring the late Leroy Grannis this year, a surf photography pioneer and founder of Surfing Magazine.

Follow The Light also wants you to be a judge. The People’s Choice Award will be a text to vote format, where you can vote for your favorite. Winner will be announced at the Shorebreak Hotel.

To submit an application, contact Peter Taras ( or Jeremiah Klein (

The FTLF is proud to be working with Surfing Magazine, SWELL, Hurley and Oakley to provide this year’s grant. For more information, go to

About Follow the Light: On October 10th, 2005, the surfing community lost one of its most influential figures. After a nearly three-year battle with brain cancer Larry “Flame” Moore, the Photo Editor of SURFING Magazine for 30 years, passed. He left behind a legacy of brilliant photography and an army of photographers trained by him. Through his work at SURFING Magazine, Larry literally gave three decades of surfing their “look.” Today, honoring Larry’s request, we have established Follow the Light Foundation (FTLF), an organization that will help finance the dreams of surf photographers, pushing the sport and its lensmen forward.

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  • red

    please explain why they have photographers put together a video on final cut? photographers being judged on their final cut editing skills? cross dissolves?
    is it because just looking at a photographers best work is too boring? you need some music that the FTL guys hopefully like to influence the images?
    bring it back to best 10-20 images, not 3 minutes and 90 photos

  • Celeste Moureaux

    Setting images to music is a very powerful way to communicate the emotion of the image content. The selection of music and organization of images gives the photographer a multidimensional way to express him or herself. Per contest guidelines, rules and regulations…Photographers are welcome to use any software platform for preparing their 5 minute show (Keynote, Power Point, Final Cut Pro, etc.)
    Thank you for your question.
    Celeste-Director, Follow the Light Foundation

  • Celeste Moureaux

    Slideshow Rules & Regulations (excerpt) for complete list of rules and regs visit

    All photographers are reminded that the FTLF Awards presentation is a celebration of still images and that judging is based on overall impression. The judges will be looking at the contestants’ ability to present outstanding photography
    combined with a soundtrack in order to create a stunning and compelling show. The show that is deemed by the judges to be the best overall presentation will be chosen as the winner. That stated, the following guidelines and restrictions have been created to guide you
    in this process:
    1. While we recognize that digitally enhancing or manipulating images is part of the average photographer’s process – PLEASE BE AWARE that over manipulation of images and over production of shows may work against you in the judging process.
    2. No words or titles can be added in post production. (This includes title and end slides)
    3. No additional symbols or graphics may appear.
    4. Using music or audio to accompany the show is mandatory. Candidates must include a soundtrack within their photo presentation. The Festival or Producer’s Office FTLF will not
    take any responsibility for music licensing, and will not publish musical scores in promotional campaigns without proper licensing.
    5. No more than one image may appear on screen at the same time, however dissolves and fades are allowed.
    6. No morphs (multiple images in a sequence projected within the same frame) are allowed.
    7. Recomposing (moving elements within an image from their original position or adding elements from other images) is not allowed.
    8. Zooming and panning of images during the presentation is strictly prohibited.
    9. The maximum duration of each finalists show is 5 minutes. Any show that exceeds the allowed duration will be cut off at exactly 5 minutes without exception.

  • LBInjSurfer

    Interesting how one of the finalists from last year used words/titles in his slideshow.

    **2. No words or titles can be added in post production. (This includes title and end slides)**

    That particular photographer had some very good photos, so that shouldn’t be taken away; however the rules are there for a reason and if they are not adhered to, then the applicant should be disqualified.