Matthew Clark (Winner)
MATTHEW WAS AWARDED THE 2ND ANNUAL FOLLOW THE LIGHT FOUNDATION GRANT PRESENTED BY SURFING MAGAZINE IN 2007. HE'S CURRENTLY REPRESENTED BY GALLERIES BOTH IN THE U.S. AND INTERNATIONALLY AND WORKS WITH CLIENTS SUCH AS QUIKSILVER, MERCEDES-BENZ, TOMMY HILFIGER, AND MILLER COORS. MATTHEW'S SURF PHOTOS CAN BE FOUND ANYWHERE FROM THE COVER OF A MAGAZINE TO THE NYC TRANSIT SYSTEM, FROM THE STREETS OF PARIS TO THE CENTER OF TIMES SQUARE. HIS CINEMATOGRAPHY HAS BEEN FEATURED IN INNERSECTION AS WELL AS SIGHT|SOUND WHICH WAS NOMINATED FOR BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AT THE SURFER POLL AWARDS 2011. MATTHEW HAS QUICKLY BUILT HIS INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE MOST ARTISTIC AND PHOTOGRAPHICALLY INCLINED PEOPLE IN THE SURF INDUSTRY.
Visit Matt's website at, www.clarkography.com
“I like to give a realistic impression of a place and experience to have a sense of being there. Sharing the journey became a passion with my first camera when I was a kid. Inspiration for the clothing line was found while traveling on international assignments for Patagonia, Billabong and a variety of other companies and surf magazines. Now, as a business of our own we strive to inspire and take care of this small planet and all of it’s inhabitants by using eco friendly organic materials and a sustainable way of life”.
Since graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1997, Branden continues to travel the world and balance professional growth with an active surfing lifestyle. A few of his most recent film projects include a Costa Rica interview with Kelly Slater, a California winter reflection and a Documentary of a small rural village in Alaska..
Visit Branden's website at, lowtiderising.com
Nikki Brooks is an internationally published photographer, with an emphasis on water photography, lifestyle, and women's surfing. We are in the process of updating this website, please come back again.
Visit Nikki's website at, www.nikkibrooksphotography.com
I was born in Tasmania in 1983 and I became a photographer around 2003, although I’ve always loved cameras and filming. It wasn’t until I borrowed a friends Canon EOS 5 that I fell in love with still photography, the quality amazed me! Shooting on 35mm slide film was a true test to learn the skills to become a photographer.
A fellow Tasmanian and professional photographer Sean Davey was my main inspiration and mentor. He’s always keen to lend a helping hand, which I’m ever so grateful for! I’m still learning so much in the photo world and I’m having so much fun doing it. I truly can’t think of a better job.
My main passions are surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding. But my photos are more than 90% surfing, or in the water in some way. I was practically born surfing so it’s hard to be away from the coast for too long. My life as a photographer consists of traveling, swimming, sun, and sitting behind a computer – a lot!
Visit Stu's website at, www.stugibson.net
Todd wanders the world with his camera one step at a time and his travels take him to many remote locations from Fiji to Tahiti, Puerto Rico to Mexico. Based in his hometown of San Diego, California, Todd works as a staff photographer for Surfer Magazine and is trusted to capture some of the biggest names in the surf world as well as being on call to experience the world's famous waves. Featured in the 2010 release, "Surfer Magazine: Fifty Years" Todd Glaser also was a 2008 Follow The Light Foundation grant winner and a 2009 Surfer Magazine Photo of the Year award winner amongst numerous other awards.
Visit Todd's website at, www.tglaser.com