Follow the Light Foundation

On October 10th, 2005, the surfing community lost one of its most influential figures. After a nearly three year battle with severe 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 the Follow the Light Foundation (FTLF), an organization that will help finance the dreams of surf photographers, pushing the sport and its lensmen forward.

Each spring, the board of FTLF will announce the amount of money available, make a call for entries, and make an application and application guidelines available. Applications will be due a few months later, and will be reviewed by an advisory panel. Recipients will be announced at the FTLF Awards Ceremony held annually at the Shorebreak Hotel in Huntington Beach during the week of the Vans US Open of Surfing.




Recent News

2014 FTLF Grant Application and Submission Instructions are now available.

We are pleased to announce that the 2014 Follow the Light Foundation Grants for Photography Application and Submission Instructions are now available.  Go to the FTLF Grant Page for more information.


Shawn Parkin is the 2012 Follow the Light Foundation Grant Winner

On Tuesday night, July 31st at the Shorebreak Hotel, Shawn Parkin received the 2012 FTFL Grant Award. Shawn was selected from among finalists Ryan Craig, Matt Kurvin, Sarah Lee and Mike Smolowe.

The Audience, filled with many of the Surf Industries heaviest hitters, voted finalist Sarah Lee the Winner of the the Swell Peoples Choice Award,

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2012 Follow the Light Foundation Awards Event

Follow the Light Foundation (FTFL), a non-profit organization that continues to fuel the dreams of the world’s most talented young surf photographers, announced its 2012 finalists today after an evening of review and deliberation. This year’s installment of young visionaries include: Ryan Craig from Santa Cruz, Matt Kurvin from Felton, Sarah Lee from Holualoa, Shawn [...]


2012 Finalists

This year’s competition was incredibly tough — with three photographers from past finalist shows and two photographers breaking into the Top 5 for the first time.

Shawn Parkin: 2012 Grant Winner! Shawn was a finalist a couple years ago. He took a year off work to travel the world and shoot photos. Some of his adventures [...]


Follow The Light Foundation Announces call for entries for the 2012 Grant

SAN CLEMENTE, CA- 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 coming up: entries must be received no later than Friday, April, 13, 2012.
The FTLF was founded after Moore’s passing to ensure that [...]


Duncan Macfarlane 2011 FTLF Grant Winner

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Duncan Macfarlane 2011 Finalist

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About Duncan Macfarlane
I’m a 21 year old from Sawtell on the east coast of Australia and have recently relocated to the Gold Coast. I lived briefly in Sydney when I was young before moving to Tanzania in East Africa for four years doing primary school. After living there I relocated to Sawtell in NSW [...]


Matt Kurvin 2011 Finalist

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About Matt Kurvin
Matt Kurvin lives and surfs in Santa Cruz, California but was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. His unique view of the ocean and its surroundings can be attributed to growing up on the Gulf Coast.
“I spent a lot of time on the beach and in the water watching 6 inch waves [...]


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