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2019 Follow The Light Exhibit

The Surfing Heritage and Culture Center (SHACC) is excited to be opening the walls of the Croul Family Gallery to the finalists of the 2019 Follow the Light (FTL) grant program for aspiring surf photographers.

Opening night will be Saturday, November 23, 2019, at SHACC in San Clemente. 2019 FTL winner Nick Green and other finalists will be in attendance to discuss their work and share how being involved with the FTL program has already had a profound impact on their young careers.

Founded in 2006, FTL was established in the memory of Larry “Flame” Moore, who sat at the helm of Surfing Magazine’s photo department for over 30 years.

Recognizing that the arena in which surf photographers work today has changed dramatically as technology and publishing platforms evolve, this year the FTL committee rededicated itself to helping up-and-coming lensmen and women get their start in the business and develop the tools and relationships necessary to take their careers to the next level. In keeping with the tradition of FTL, the grant winner received a $5,000 cash award. And, new this year, they also received a working opportunity with supporting brand sponsors. The global competition was open to anyone under the age of 25, with the winner selected from a pool of five finalists. Nearly 100 submissions came in from around the world before the field of five finalists was selected by the FTL committee.

“It’s a huge honor to be able to bring Follow The Light to SHACC and showcase the images of these incredible photographers,” Executive Director Glenn Brumage explains. “So much of the history and culture of surfing has been documented and shared through surf imagery, and it’s critically important to our collective heritage to continue to support this next generation of photographers, documentarians and artists.”

Former winners include modern masters such as Chris Burkard, Todd Glaser, Ray Collins and Morgan Maassen.

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