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 just a few days away: entries must be received no later than Noon April 19, 2013.
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. This grant helps keep that legacy alive. The application and details can be found on the FTLF website. (folllowthelightfoundation.org)
Now in its eighth 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 at an awards night at the Shorebreak Hotel during the Vans US Open of Surfing on Tuesday evening,July 23. "Recognizing the world's best up-and-coming surf photographers fits right in with the spirit of the US Open of Surfing," says FTLF sponsor Bob Hurley. "It's so fun to see such an amazing showcase of young talent in one place — very inspiring."
Judging from the career paths of past winners, the FTLF recipients will continue to inspire.Former winners Chris Burkard ,Todd Glaser, Ray Collins, Morgan Maassen Duncan Macfarlane and Shawn Parkin are all prolific and talented photographers in the sport today, and they all give credit to Flame and FTLF for helping their dream job come true. "It was such an honor to be picked for this grant," said 2008 winner Todd Glaser. "To be recognized and critiqued by legends like Aaron Chang — and get funding on top of it — will always stand as a career highlight." Matt Clark, 2007 winner, has been featured in several art exhibitions in New York City since being awarded the grant. He currently has his own clothing line called Naff le Skell (naffleskell.com) which is now internationally distributed.
To help round out the wide spectrum of gifted photographers, this year will include a special $500.00 Surfrider Foundation Environmental Photo award to be chosen from the top five finalists.
Follow The Light also wants you to be a judge. The Surfing Magazing People's Choice Award is always a crowd pleaser, where you can vote for your favorite. The winner will be announced the night of the Awards Event at the Shorebreak Hotel.
To submit an application, go to http://followthelightfoundation.org/the-grant/
The FTLF is proud to be working with SWELL, Vans, Surfing Magazine, Hurley and Oakley to provide this year's grant. For more information, go to followthelightfoundation.org.
About Follow the Light: On October 10th, 2005, the surfing community lost one of its most influential figures. After a nearly three-year battle with brain cancer Larry "Flame" Moore, the Photo Editor of SURFING Magazine for 30 years, passed. He left behind a legacy of brilliant photography and an army of photographers trained by him. Through his work at SURFING Magazine, Larry literally gave three decades of surfing their "look." Today, honoring Larry's request, we have established Follow the Light Foundation (FTLF), an organization that will help finance the dreams of surf photographers, pushing the sport and its lensmen forward.