Photography at shore shots

We are hosting our yearly photography competition which will be free to view at the festival venue The Light House Cinema. We are stoked to have a brilliant lineup of incredible talent, bringing you some of the best in cold water surfing shots. Here are the profiles of the contenders for this year's Best Photographer.


Tim Nunn

Adventures, surf and environment combined is a powerful tool for inspiring people into some form of activity to change
— Tim Nunn

Tim has been involved in image making around surfing and adventure for the last 19 years. Originally starting as a film maker, Tim spent six years on the road, contributing and making 14 films and documentaries around surfing. He then settled in North Cornwall and started to focus on photography, drawing inspiration from sharing an office with The Surfers Path magazine. His incredible surf photography book 'Numb' is a beautiful collection documenting six years of coldwater adventure. A founder of The Plastic Project, he now tours the world, presenting the marine litter issue through photography.

"That’s the key to the whole project, it’s presenting the issue in a way that people understand, you can go to many a web site and read the stats around why marine litter is a problem, but it isn’t until you see it, in relation to our environment that people start to understand. We are all very affected by visual stimulus, and that’s why this project in relation to photography is so important."

"That’s the key to the whole project, it’s presenting the issue in a way that people understand, you can go to many a web site and read the stats around why marine litter is a problem, but it isn’t until you see it, in relation to our environment that people start to understand. We are all very affected by visual stimulus, and that’s why this project in relation to photography is so important."


Elli Thor Magnusson

I’ve spent most of my adult life looking for ways to escape city life, to find new adventures.
— Elli Thor Magnusson

Based in Reykjavik, Elli is as comfortable snowboarding, hiking or skiing as he is surfing. A bnig part of his childhood was spent camping or staying in mountain huts, which has led to his love of landscape. Film and photography are a natural draw for him, as long as nature is in focus. His broad portfolio has captured the beauty outdoor survival, extreme landscape, having some laughs with friends and catching some waves in the process.

"Somewhere along the way I picked up a camera. I was never one for writing a journal and a camera seemed like a good substitute, I haven't stopped using it since. "

"Somewhere along the way I picked up a camera. I was never one for writing a journal and a camera seemed like a good substitute, I haven't stopped using it since. "


Ian Mitchinson

Since I started working as a photographer, I have been blessed to live and travel all over the world capturing images and collaborating with amazing artists, brands and athletes -it’s an evolving career

— Ian Mitchinson

Ian is a water and surf photographer, filmmaker and editor currently based on the west coast of Ireland, right on the doorstep of the infamous Irish surf breaks (Bundoran and Mullaghmore, to name but a few). He has been a professional photographer since 2005, and before that worked as a photographer's assistant for a number of years. Besides photography, he also produces films and video. Ian is always looking to collaborate and is available for touring surfers, surf magazines and brands looking for coverage and visual exposure in Ireland and abroad. His work shown at the festival will feature some jaw dropping up close and personal views of Mully and more. 

Ian's work features on this year's festival poster and a gallery of recent work can be viewed here

 

"Although currently based in Ireland, I will be floating between Indonesia, South Africa and Hawaii in 2015"  

"Although currently based in Ireland, I will be floating between Indonesia, South Africa and Hawaii in 2015"

 

See more of Ian's work and buy prints here


Toby Butler

The places that you can end up shooting are always changing rapidly and have such unique moments on offer that there is always something different to shoot
— Toby Butler

Toby is a young photographer from the South-West of England and currently based in Co. Sligo. His clear passion for travel, adventure and coldwater surfing shines through his work. Often taking a documentary format, his fellow travellers become subjects in themselves. His road trip series will be guaranteed to get you out fixing the camper and back on the road to revisit those epic secret surf spots. His experience includes shooting at London's Olympic Games and at many surf events across the UK.

"I feel that cold water surf, for me as a photographer, enables me to experiment most. "

"I feel that cold water surf, for me as a photographer, enables me to experiment most. "

See more on Toby's tumblr