Introducing Follow the Light 2013 Finalists

posted by / Photos / June 28, 2013

And so it has been decided. After many, many submissions, tedious review and some painstaking choices, the finalists have been chosen. Congrats! That talented crème de la crème is as follows: Mark McInnis, Paul Greene, Domenic Mosqueira, Seth de Roulet and Trevor Moran. Here are 25 samples from their portfolios, captioned by each of the five finalists. And good Lord, are those samples purdy. Find out who wins the prize come U.S. Open time in Huntington, but till then, click, gasp, and enjoy…

At 23 years old, Dane Anderson is just as comfortable on heaving Canadian slabs like this as he is throwing tail-high airs in 2ft beach break. Somebody sponsor this guy already. Photo: Mark McInnis

At 23 years old, Dane Anderson is just as comfortable on heaving Canadian slabs like this as he is throwing tail-high airs in 2ft beach break. Somebody sponsor this guy already. Photo: Mark McInnis

Most of the time, the beach breaks along the shores of Cascadia are onshore and mushy. But every dog has his day and this was that day. Photo: Mark McInnis

Most of the time, the beach breaks along the shores of Cascadia are onshore and mushy. But every dog has his day and this was that day. Photo: Mark McInnis

Although there's not a desert for hundreds of miles, Cascadia is full of mirages. Photo: Mark McInnis

Although there's not a desert for hundreds of miles, Cascadia is full of mirages. Photo: Mark McInnis

It's no West Oz or Ireland, but in the nooks and crannies lie a few subterranean beasts like this. Photo: Mark McInnis

It's no West Oz or Ireland, but in the nooks and crannies lie a few subterranean beasts like this. Photo: Mark McInnis

I had three shots left on my card when Ralph Bruhwiler dropped into this bomb at his favorite slab. As they say, timing is everything. Photo: Mark McInnis

I had three shots left on my card when Ralph Bruhwiler dropped into this bomb at his favorite slab. As they say, timing is everything. Photo: Mark McInnis

Conner Coffin, tearing up another emerald wall. Photo: Paul Greene

Conner Coffin, tearing up another emerald wall. Photo: Paul Greene

Gabe Biancone, sliding across the cove on a moonlit winter evening. Photo: Paul Greene

Gabe Biancone, sliding across the cove on a moonlit winter evening. Photo: Paul Greene

Bobby Martinez, nearly escaping the barrel on a California bomb. Photo: Paul Greene

Bobby Martinez, nearly escaping the barrel on a California bomb. Photo: Paul Greene

Summer Glass. Photo: Paul Greene

Summer Glass. Photo: Paul Greene

Looming winter clouds fade away over perfect morning surf. Photo: Paul Greene

Looming winter clouds fade away over perfect morning surf. Photo: Paul Greene

I was lucky enough to be taken to this amazing reef point by a friend, with only him and I out. Was so shallow that I was standing on the reef waiting for sets when this empty one came along. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

I was lucky enough to be taken to this amazing reef point by a friend, with only him and I out. Was so shallow that I was standing on the reef waiting for sets when this empty one came along. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

The one that got away. This beautiful pipe wave got bellow everyone in the lineup. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

The one that got away. This beautiful pipe wave got bellow everyone in the lineup. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

l really enjoy shooting silhouetted airs and the sunsets here in Tahiti really make for a dramatic backdrop. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

l really enjoy shooting silhouetted airs and the sunsets here in Tahiti really make for a dramatic backdrop. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

This sandbar out in the lagoon is filled with little reef sharks and rays. Great place to get them up close and personal. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

This sandbar out in the lagoon is filled with little reef sharks and rays. Great place to get them up close and personal. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

I shot this portrait of Bruce during a rainy afternoon. He was mid conversation and I didn't want to just point my camera at him so I found this puddle to shoot him through. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

I shot this portrait of Bruce during a rainy afternoon. He was mid conversation and I didn't want to just point my camera at him so I found this puddle to shoot him through. Photo: Domenic Mosqueira

When I started shooting digital almost full time I missed the depth film brought to portraits. This is my friend Hanunui in Tahiti. He is one of those people who is so genuine, you just smile when you see him. Photo: Seth de Roulet

When I started shooting digital almost full time I missed the depth film brought to portraits. This is my friend Hanunui in Tahiti. He is one of those people who is so genuine, you just smile when you see him. Photo: Seth de Roulet

When the need for getting shacked calls I dial 1-(800) Andrew-Bennett. This is from a 12 hour notice trip to Chopes for four days of perfect 5-6 foot inside ledge and all day glass. Photo: Seth de Roulet

When the need for getting shacked calls I dial 1-(800) Andrew-Bennett. This is from a 12 hour notice trip to Chopes for four days of perfect 5-6 foot inside ledge and all day glass. Photo: Seth de Roulet

There are certain waves in California that face the perfect direction for sunset lighting and this is one of them. Darshan Gooch ushering in the night. Photo: Seth de Roulet

There are certain waves in California that face the perfect direction for sunset lighting and this is one of them. Darshan Gooch ushering in the night. Photo: Seth de Roulet

Darshan Gooch, half portrait, half barrel shot, in the heart of El Salvador. The locals call this wave the El Salvadorian Pipeline. While not quite Pipe it did provide plenty of room for Darshan, measuring in at a meager 6'4'', to stand tall. Photo: Seth de Roulet

Darshan Gooch, half portrait, half barrel shot, in the heart of El Salvador. The locals call this wave the El Salvadorian Pipeline. While not quite Pipe it did provide plenty of room for Darshan, measuring in at a meager 6'4'', to stand tall. Photo: Seth de Roulet

Photography is all about matching the right tool to the right application. John John Florence matches moody high-speed film with a moody high intensity wave and reaps the rewards. Photo: Seth de Roulet

Photography is all about matching the right tool to the right application. John John Florence matches moody high-speed film with a moody high intensity wave and reaps the rewards. Photo: Seth de Roulet

This is Kolohe Andino showcasing his ability to mix precision with power in Western Australia, well after the sun had set. Working with the world's top talent is something very new to me so I've been shooting as late as the guys will stay out in order to get the most coverage. Photo: Trevor Moran

This is Kolohe Andino showcasing his ability to mix precision with power in Western Australia, well after the sun had set. Working with the world's top talent is something very new to me so I've been shooting as late as the guys will stay out in order to get the most coverage. Photo: Trevor Moran

Rob Kelly is one of the top young surfers in New Jersey and a guy I shoot with often, as he's always eager to try out new ideas and can explode on command. Photo: Trevor Moran

Rob Kelly is one of the top young surfers in New Jersey and a guy I shoot with often, as he's always eager to try out new ideas and can explode on command. Photo: Trevor Moran

This night we were shooting a flash-lit ad for Hurley and I decided to swim and try to poach our own flash which I didn't catch in this frame but somehow managed to get the action perfectly sharp. Photo: Trevor Moran

This night we were shooting a flash-lit ad for Hurley and I decided to swim and try to poach our own flash which I didn't catch in this frame but somehow managed to get the action perfectly sharp. Photo: Trevor Moran

The culture clash between the surfing pilgrimage and the middle-America vacationers in Hawaii was an angle I took a lot of interest in. With Julian pulling into a set at Off The Wall and the people on the beach peering out as if they'd never seen surfing before, this image is an example of the lucky "decisive moment" where everything comes together for a split second and manages to tell the story I'd been aiming to portray. Photo: Trevor Moran

The culture clash between the surfing pilgrimage and the middle-America vacationers in Hawaii was an angle I took a lot of interest in. With Julian pulling into a set at Off The Wall and the people on the beach peering out as if they'd never seen surfing before, this image is an example of the lucky "decisive moment" where everything comes together for a split second and manages to tell the story I'd been aiming to portray. Photo: Trevor Moran

Having a wave with a consistent section and a surfer like Julian whose aerial consistency is astonishing, I was able to experience the sort of predictability I'm so often jealous of in other genres. Photo: Trevor Moran

Having a wave with a consistent section and a surfer like Julian whose aerial consistency is astonishing, I was able to experience the sort of predictability I'm so often jealous of in other genres. Photo: Trevor Moran


 

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3 Responses to “Introducing Follow the Light 2013 Finalists”

  1. Tom Gorman says:

    Gabe Biancone, sliding across the cove on a moonlit winter evening. Photo: Paul Greene..Think this is the best..others are good as well but this one seems give you feeling of peace and chillin on some small waves..Just fun waves using low shutter speeds to give you the perfect lighting and essence of surfing..

  2. Montana says:

    Yeah, going to have to go with Paul’s set on this round.

  3. Gabe Biancone says:

    wow. this is amazing. I am just your average working adult who tries to surf everyday. Go Paul! it is an honor to be a part of this. Thanks tom gorman, you have no idea how much your comment means to me. and thanks paul! good luck! and good luck to Seth de Roulet!! its hard when to have 2 friends as finalists

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