The winner of this year’s Nikon Surf Photo Awards has just been announced, with the title going to Stu Gibson for his shot Free Fall.
Twenty photographers were shortlisted for the annual award, with Gibson clinching the main prize with his photo of surfer Tyler Hollmer Cross taking on Shipsterns in south-east Tasmania.
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The winning entry was selected by a panel of 13 judges from within the surfing world, including the seven-time world surfing champion and Nikon Brand Ambassador Stephanie Gilmore.
The annual Nikon Surf Photo and Video of the Year Awards are a partnership between Nikon Australia and Surfing Australia. Now in their ninth year, the awards continue to celebrate the best in Australian surf photography and videography.
The judges assessed the submissions based on their innovation and creativity, dramatic effect and sensory impact, uniqueness and composition.
John Young, General Manager, Marketing for Nikon Australia, said, “Continuing to see the stories captured by the best surf photographers and videographers with such a high calibre of creativity has been awe-inspiring. Congratulations to all the finalists.”
Surfing Australia's CEO Chris Mater added, “Each year, we look forward to hosting such an esteemed event, where we recognize the outstanding achievements of the Australian surfing community and the creatives behind the lens who capture the action.”
The top three finalists of the Nikon Surf Video of the Year Award are Spencer Frost – A Corner of the Earth; Tom Jennings – Spirit; and Andrew Kaineder – First Name In The Water.