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Photographer Peter Crawford to enter Aussie Hall of Fame



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Peter captured a special time in surfing during the 1970s and early 1980s

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 14 February, 2017 - Legendary surf photographer Peter Crawford will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the Australian Surfing Awards this Saturday, 18th February in Newcastle. Born in Sydney in 1952, Peter learned to surf at Dee Why beach in 1963 and went on to put a profound mark on Australian surfing in more ways than one.

His exceptional photographic talent, informed by his surfing skill, allowed him to reveal this period of Australian surfing to the world from the intimate perspective of his Nikonos water camera’s lens. Many of the finest surfing photographs of the era - published across and beyond the surfing world, in publications from Surfing World and Surfer magazine were shot by Peter and captured the core spirit of the sport for all to enjoy. 

His extraordinary and seemingly effortless surfing talent earned him several Australian championships and was heavily influential on many great Australian surfers in the crucial period between the early 1970s and the early 1980s, when Australian power short board style redefined the sport worldwide.

Sadly Peter passed away in Bali in 1999 from the apparent effects of a spider bite. He is survived by his sons Scott and Justin.

Big names like Matt Wilkinson, Mick Fanning, Tyler Wright and Laura Enever join rising stars of our sport, legendary waterman, lens men and surf community leaders as finalists heading to Australian surfing’s night of nights in Newcastle on February 18th.
Awards to be presented on the night include the Male Surfer of the Year, the Female Surfer of the Year, Rising Star Award, Milwaukee Heavy Water Award, ASB Greater Good Award, Peter Troy Lifestyle Award, Surf Culture Award and the Simon Anderson Club Award.

Operated with the support of Destination NSW, the NSW Government’s Tourism and major events agency, the Australian Surfing Awards is renowned for recognising the best in surfing talent.

The Awards will also feature the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Nikon Surf Video of the Year, which will showcase the finest work taken by Australia’s best surf photographers and filmmakers during the past 12 months.

Twenty of the best images have been selected in the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year category and feature plenty of fresh faces and old favourites.

Australian Surfing Awards - Finalists

MALE SURFER OF THE YEAR: Mick Fanning, Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart, Matt Wilkinson

FEMALE SURFER OF THE YEAR: Laura Enever, Macy Callaghan, Tyler Wright

RISING STAR: Ethan Ewing, Macy Callaghan, Sabre Norris

MILWAUKEE HEAVY WATER AWARD: Felicity Palmateer, Jamie Mitchell, Russell Bierke

ASB GREATER GOOD AWARD: Hunter Business Boardriders, Surf to School – Winter Vincent, Walk for Waves – Jade ‘Red’ Wheatley

PETER TROY LIFESTYLE AWARD: Colin Gow, Jack McCoy, Jim Banks

SURF CULTURE AWARD: Long Bongs, Burleigh Barrels – 50 years of Burleigh Boardriders, Men of Wood and Foam, Surfing World; The Midget issue

SIMON ANDERSON CLUB AWARD: Burleigh Heads Boardriders Club, Hunter Business Boardriders, Mandurah Board Riders

NIKON SURF VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Society Unseen, The Man & the Sea, You and Me – The David ‘Barney’ Miller Story

NIKON SURF PHOTO OF THE YEAR: Top 20 Finalists can be viewed HERE


The Milwaukee Heavy Water Award winner will receive $2,000 and a Milwaukee tool pack valued at $1,500.

The winner of the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year will be awarded with a Nikon Photography Kit valued at $6,500. The winner of the Nikon Surf Video of the Year will be awarded with a Nikon Film Kit valued at $5,500.

World renowned Surf Journalist Nick Carroll has taken on a newly created role as Curator of the Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame.

As part of his role, the legendary veteran wordsmith and surf commentator will revise and review multiple aspects of the Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame, including categories descriptions and proposed nominations.


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