Well, the judges have deliberated, and they think they have a winner. Follow the Light Foundation, formed in the honor of the late photo legend Larry “Flame” Moore, is set to choose the fourth recipient of its $5,000 grant dedicated to the art of surf photography.

Each year since Moore’s passing in 2005, the foundation has called on all aspiring young photographers to submit their best work and put together a proposal on what they’d do with the money. In years past, winners Chris Burkard (now at Surfline and co-author of the California Surf Project Book) , Matt Clark (New York-based photographer and photo editor) and Todd Glaser (now a staff photog at Surfer with two covers in a year as well as the Surfer-Poll award for Photo of the year), have proposed book and film projects. This year, the judging panel – consisting of SURFING Photo Editor Peter Taras, Sam Olson, Aaron Chang, Leo Hetzel, Steve Wilkings, Jeff Hall, Todd Glaser, Chris Burkard and Candace Moore – considered more than 60 entries and thousands of images.
When it was all viewed and done, they narrowed it down to the following five finalists and picked a winner.

Here are the finalists, in alphabetical order, and why – according to Peter Taras – they impressed the judges:

Ray Collins, Australia
Strengths: “A profound depth to the quality of his photography for only shooting such a short time. Nothing gimmicky, no smoke and mirrors, just a beautiful show of waves and surfing”

Myles McGuiness, Oceanside
Strengths: “Fresh and completely innocent look to photographing California”

Brian Nevins, New Hampshire
Strengths: “His portfolio has a life and soul to it. A very emotional display of photography”

Patrick Ruddy, Florida
Strengths: “A finalist from last years contest, Ruddy displayed a whole new portfolio made up of mostly this years work showing how determined he is for the grant”

Carl Steindler, Laguna Hills
Strengths: “Very modern surf photography without overstretching the boundaries. Cool and hip display of work”
The 4th Annual Follow the Light Foundation Dinner in memory of Larry “Flame” Moore will take place on Thursday October 22nd 2009 at The Surfing Heritage Museum. The winner will be announced at that time.
Thursday October 22, 2009

Generously hosted by
The Surfing Heritage Foundation
110 Calle Iglesia
San Clemente • CA • 92672
(949) 388-0313

$45 per person in advance (paid reservation by Oct. 19)
$55 Oct. 20-22nd
$400 for a table of ten

To pay by check:
Please send name, address, phone number and e-mail address to:
Follow the Light Foundation
23 Terraza Del Mar
Dana Point, Ca.

Make checks payable to “Follow the Light Foundation”
To pay online by credit card go to www.FollowtheLightFoundation.org
For more information contact Celeste Moureaux at:

Special Thanks to The Surfing Heritage Foundation for graciously hosting this event, the judges for their time in selection of the finalists and to our sponsors SURFING, Hurley, SWELL and Oakley.