Morgan Maassen wins the 5th Annual Follow the Light grant in honor of Larry “Flame” Moore

posted by / News / August 5, 2010

Finalists from left to right: Billy Watts, Morgan Maassen, Ryan Foley, Matt Lusk and Corey Wilson.

Finalists from left to right: Billy Watts, Morgan Maassen, Ryan Foley, Matt Lusk and Corey Wilson.

Check out the slideshows from finalists Billy Watts, Corey Wilson, Matt Lusk, Morgan Maassen and Ryan Foley below.

“How sick is it looking at all this photography on the big screen?” said Kai Neville in-between slideshows last night at the 5th Annual Follow the Light Foundation Awards, all in honor of long-time SURFING Magazine photo editor and current guiding light Larry “Flame” Moore. The foundation was set up in his name to guide young photographers on their path to becoming professional surf photographers and has been proven to showcase the next crop of talent from around the world. All past winners of the grant have gone on to produce incredible work throughout the surf world and we expect Morgan to keep that tradition alive. In attendance last night were modern and former surf and photo legends including Dino Andino, Rob Machado, Conner Coffin, Aamion Goodwin, Sean Moody, Joel Centeio, Peter Townsend and many more.

After narrowing the field of over 70 entries down to five incredible submissions from Ryan Foley, Billy Watts, Matt Lusk, Morgan Maassen and Corey Wilson (who’s slideshows are below) a winner was announced to the packed house. Morgan Maassen’s fine-art inspired slideshow took the win. “I look at art books all day really,” he said before presenting his slideshow. And it shows. “This is an amazing honor and I promise you I will continue shooting photos for the rest of my life.” Congratulations to all the finalist from SURFING Magazine. We can’t wait to run your shots.

Former grant winner Chris Burkard.

Former grant winner Chris Burkard.

Kai Neville loving the use of shadow and light.

Kai Neville loving the use of shadow and light.

Winner of the $5,000 Grant — as well as the viewer’s choice award (another $500) is Morgan Maassen of Santa Barbara.

Winner of the $5,000 Grant — as well as the viewer’s choice award (another $500) is Morgan Maassen of Santa Barbara.

Finalist Ryan Foley on a glass of red.

Finalist Ryan Foley on a glass of red.

Aaron Chang conducting his infamous interviews of the finalist.

Aaron Chang conducting his infamous interviews of the finalist.

The man himself: Larry “Flame” Moore.

The man himself: Larry “Flame” Moore.

Dino Andino in a classic front lit Flame tube shot.

Dino Andino in a classic front lit Flame tube shot.

Aaron Change and Billy Watts.

Aaron Change and Billy Watts.

Practicing for next year.

Practicing for next year.

The lobby of the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach.

The lobby of the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach.

Aamion Goodwin

Aamion Goodwin

Rob Machado and Conner Coffin

Rob Machado and Conner Coffin

Conner Coffin and Kolohe Andino smile.

Conner Coffin and Kolohe Andino smile.

Brandon Guilmette.

Brandon Guilmette.

Cheyenne Arnold with friend

Cheyenne Arnold with friend

Slideshows

Ryan Foley

Matt Lusk

Morgan Maasen

Billy Watts

Corey Wilson

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  • Obermeyer

    Why do the Follow the Light winners always go on to work for a competitor publication? Surfing should get a handle on that back-stabbing situation. Flame would be rolling over…

  • Stan the Man

    This event looks all ages. By which I mean, gay.

  • Insight

    I like the submissions that show the work at a slow and steady pace. Allows you time to actually focus on the photo and take in it’s interesting aspects. Wilson and Maasen did a killer job.

  • Mr.Pickles

    Maassens work is quality.
    Judges made a good call.