Passionate newbie wins renowned surf photography contest

Carve Magazine Surf Photography Competition in 2022
(Image credit: Sean Pritchard -Carve Magazine Surf Photography Competition in 2022)

Born and raised in Swansea, Wales, in the UK, Sean Pritchard has always felt an affinity for the waves both as a photographer and a surfer. Whether riding them or shooting them, Pritchard has traveled all over the world chasing his passion and even spent seven years as a resident in New Zealand.

In December 2022, Sean Pritchard was named the 2022 Carve Magazine Surf Photography of the Year for his stunning shot Shoot the Pier. It captures a surfer at sunrise riding a wave just before he dips under the stanchions of New Brighton Pier taken when Pritchard was living in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Carve Magazine Surf Photography Competition in 2022
Sean Pritchard

Sean is a freelance photographer based in Swansea, South Wales inspired by travel, surfing, people I meet, places he visits, and the spontaneous nature of photography. I was originally born and raised in Swansea, South Wales but have lived and worked in various countries around the world. I’m fortunate to be a permanent resident of New Zealand and called New Zealand home for 7 years between 2015-2022

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.