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Follow The Light Foundation chooses the five finalists for its photography award grant
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 3 July, 2010 : - - Follow The Light Foundation (FTFL), a non-profit that continues to fuel the dreams of the worlds most talented young surf photographers, announced its 2010 finalists today after an evening of review and deliberation. This years installment of young visionaries include: Ryan Tadao Foley from Hawaii, Matt Lusk from North Carolina, Morgan Maassen from Santa Barbara, Billy Watts from San Diego and Corey Wilson from Santa Barbara.
The winner of the $5,000 grant will be announced during the US Open of Surfing at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach on August 3. Were very excited about the talent level of this years finalists, said legendary photographer and judge Aaron Chang. And to celebrate their skills around this years US Open will make it even more special.
The FTLF was founded after iconic photographer Larry Flame Moores 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. Details can be found on the FTLF website. (folllowthelightfoundation.org) Now in its fifth year, the FTLF awards ceremony is part of the worlds largest action sports festival. The US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach will reach all kinds of people, but there is no better place to showcase the best rising talent in the surf photography world.
In years past, FTLF grant winners like Todd Glaser, Chris Burkard and Ray Collins have continued to change the game in what is possible in surf imagery. The Follow the Light Foundation was a huge boost to my career, says SURFER staff photographer Todd Glaser. It not only was a dream come true, but it helped give me the confidence to keep following my vision. I couldnt be more honored to be part of it all.
Come August 3, a new artist will get his due recognition. The reception begins at 7:00PM, The Shorebreak Hotel, 500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, shorebreakhotel.com. A limited amount of VIP tickets can be pre-purchased for $20 each at followthelightfoundation.org. The first 200 general admission registrants are free of charge. Please register on a first-come basis for this event on Facebook at our Follow the Light Foundation "Flame Grant" page.
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