I believe storytelling is one of the most powerful tools and actions that we as a society should consider, especially in times like these, in 2020, and as we face one of the biggest challenges around the world collectively.
When I returned home from Japan in March the reality and impact of the Covid-19 virus situation hit me. It was really affecting Australians and daily life. It’s only been 8 weeks since we saw the first wave of surge buying in supermarkets. There are still many basic products unavailable.
I’ve always considered myself on the fringes of surf photography. The appreciation and love for the sea is deep within me, but my creative drive has pulled me far away from shooting shore breaks and layback snaps at the local.
I sit here writing this on my trundle bed in the sleepy surf town of Ericeira in Portugal, listening to a bunch of Basque friends speak complete non-sense that I can’t understand.
As far as I can remember, I always liked to take pictures and to observe everything around me. I’m pretty sure I had my first disposable camera for a school trip in primary school.
I first started taking film photos about 8 years ago, and my digital camera has grown dust ever since. I love the challenge film brings me, and the surprise of the images, when I pick up my film developments it kinda feels like I'm getting a letter back from Santa in the mail.
He’s the familiar pedestrian on the sidewalk, gait changing frequently but always recognisable by the way other people part to avoid him, eyes glazing over to shift their gaze to the cityscape surrounding them rather than acknowledge his presence.
I would always travel with a disposable camera since I was very little, to bring back souvenir to my family.
Photography has taken me places I could have never imagined. When I discovered this fiery, passion in myself, I felt like I was unstoppable.
I am India Payne, a 25 year old surf photographer from Phillip Island, Australia. Having grown up traveling the world surfing from a young age the ocean has been a huge part of my life, which has now transitioned into my passion of photography and sharing my world with everyone.
I forgot my point and shoot at home in Torquay, my first stop was Berlin before we hit the coast and was lucky enough to get a Yashica J2 at a flea market for $20.
Steep take-offs, questionable currents and our fair share of diarrhoea. Some of the more amusing moments from our week-long escape from the exotic reality that is England in the depths of November.
Sri Lanka; breathtaking mountains and views, lush jungles with exotic fruits and wildlife, amaaazing food, and the warmest and most hospitable locals. But arguably what tops all this for the travelling surfer is the abundance of quality waves to suit all levels and needs.
My name is Maikel Kersbergen and I live in The Netherlands. After discovering surfing on a road trip to Biarritz somewhere back in the days, it became my main reason to travel.
Over 430 individual entrants across the six categories made our task even more difficult. Day-by-day, we created a shortlist of favourites as they hit our inbox. The same question kept blurting in our brains, “how are we going to choose the winners?”