In a packed auditorium at the always-bustling Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach this week, with the lights dimmed and scores of industry heavy-hitters in hushed attendance, five of the surf world’s most promising young photographers presented their portfolio slideshows for the 2011 Follow the Light benefit. The FTL foundation honors SURFING Magazine’s late and legendary Photo Editor Larry “Flame” Moore, whose impact on every photographer in the crowd — past, present and future icons — was obvious.
In the end it was Duncan MacFarlane of Australia whose slideshow (below) was awarded the $5,000 grant in Larry’s name. Congratulations to Duncan and the other four finalists, each of whom earned every hoot, whistle and round of applause from the Shorebreak crowd. The future of surf imagery is in good hands.