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Follow the Light Foundation grant encourages photographers

Shawn Parkin 2012 Winner © FTLF



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FTLF Photography contest calls for entries

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 24 April, 2014 - 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 away: entries must be received no later than 12pm May, 27, 2014.
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.

Continuing the tradition extends Larry’s lifelong commitment to the art, skill and development of surf-imagery. Larry’s pioneering techniques as a lensman revolutionized surf photography both in the water and out. His greatest accomplishment was his dedication to mentoring exceptional rising talents.

This grant helps keep that legacy alive. The application and details can be found on the FTLF website. ( located under “The Grant” link.
Now in its ninth 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 on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at an awards night held at the Shorebreak Hotel during the VANS US Open of Surfing. “It’s a very humbling opportunity for Vans that we are able to support Flame’s legacy,” says Doug Palladini, Vans’ VP/GM Americas.

“Our brand is dedicated to the pursuit of creative self-expression, and surf photography is an amazing and inspiring example of just that.”
The FTLF Grant supplies a springboard for aspiring photographers to develop careers as prominent contributors to the surf photo world. Past recipients have gone on to become marquee names in the industry, including inaugural winner Chris Burkard and subsequent winners Matt Clark, Todd Glaser, Morgan Maassen, Ray Collins, Duncan Macfarlane, Shawn Parkin and 2013’s winner, Trevor Moran.
Renowned surf photographer Aaron Chang spent years apprenticing under Larry, and now acts as one of the judges and master of ceremonies for the FTLF annual event. He says determining a winner is getting more difficult as the years progress.

“Over the years the judging has been increasingly more challenging, because the photographers are beginning to understand that in addition to great photography, the judges are looking for a ‘feeling’ created by the overall presentation.”
By submitting for the FTLF Grant, young photographers earn outstanding exposure to key players in the surf industry and also engage in a competitive community of like-minded peers. Aaron continues, “Just being able to sit and watch what your peers are presenting provides aspiring photographers with a fresh set of goals and inspiration that is very difficult to access otherwise.”

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

Follow the Light Foundation, Photography, Chris Burkard, Morgan Maassen, Larry Flame Moore
Denise Erkeneff

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