Australia backs its surf photographers
Australian program hones photographers skill sets with forum
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 March, 2013 : - - The country’s top surf photographers gathered on the Gold Coast during the week for a special forum hosted by Nikon and Surfing Australia. The official camera and lens partner of Surfing Australia brought together five of the world’s top snappers to discuss and share the latest developments in the surf imaging industry.
World renowned photographers to attend included Ted Grambeau, Peter ‘Joli’ Wilson, Trent Mitchell, Sean Scott and Duncan Macfarlane. Also in attendance was Surfing Australia's Digital Communications Team and Gold Coast legend Trevor Hendy.
“Since joining forces with Nikon in 2011, our partnership has continued to grow from strength to strength and we thank them for their support,” said Surfing Australia General Manager Marketing and Communications Jake White.
“Through initiatives like the Photographers’ Forum and the Nikon Surf Photo and Movie of the Year awards, Nikon and Surfing Australia’s support of the surf image industry has assisted in converting professional surf photographers across the country while influencing the next generation of Australian surf photographers, both professional and recreational.”
Nikon’s Professional Services (NPS) also attended the 2013 Quiksilver Pro across the opening weekend of competition to offer complimentary loans and support to all accredited photographers. As part of their partnership with Surfing Australia, Nikon presented the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Nikon Surf Movie of the Year at the recent Australian Surfing Awards in Sydney.
Peter 'Joli' Wilson’s photo of the wave Cloudbreak off Fiji during the enormous run of swell in June won the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Storm Surfers 3D featuring Ross Clarke-Jones and Tom Carroll was named the Nikon Surf Movie of the Year.
The prize in each award was RRP $6000 worth of Nikon photographic equipment. The Nikon Surf Photo of the Year is a prestigious award recognising the ‘best of the best’ in the Australian surfing photography industry.
Previous winners have included Jon Frank, Peter ‘Joli’ Wilson, Stuart Gibson, Ray Collins and Jeremy Wilmotte, whose images are published and recognised around the world. The photo can be taken anywhere around the world by an Australian photographer and can be drawn from action, water, lifestyle, lineup or portrait photography.
The Nikon Surf Movie of the Year Award celebrated the best feature-length surf movie released in 2012 filmed, produced or directed by an Australian citizen or resident.
Source: Surfing Australia
Author: Jake White
Tags: Surfing Australia, Peter 'Joli' Wilson, Nikon