Canto is proud to sponsor Surfing Heritage and Culture Center’s 2019 Follow the Light contest!

SHACC’s Follow the Light contest celebrates the creative work of surf photographers and has helped launch the careers of some of today’s most renowned photographers, including Chris Burkard, Todd Glaser, Morgan Maassen and Ray Collins.

SHACC Follow the Light (Photo by Shane Grace)
Photo by Shane Grace, finalist of SHACC’s 2019 Follow the Light contest

Surfing and photography have an intertwined history, and it’s no surprise to us that surfing has inspired some of the world’s most beautiful images! On the flip side, surf photography has contributed greatly to the popularization of the sport and lifestyle. We’re stoked to support the authentic creative expression that’s so core to surf culture.

Participants shared their entries with easy upload links via Canto, and the finalists’ images will be posted in a Canto portal once the decision is made. The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on September 12, 2019.

SHACC's Follow the Light contest (Photo by Nick Green)
Photo by Nick Green, finalist of SHACC’s 2019 Follow the Light contest

We’re stunned by the contest entries we’ve seen and can’t wait for the winner to be announced at the award ceremony in beautiful Dana Point, California. Check out the finalists and buy tickets for the awards ceremony here.

Canto will be hosting a VIP Reception before the ceremony to give guests a chance to meet the finalists and hear their stories. Please e-mail if you’d like to learn more!

Photo by Nolan Sullivan, finalist of SHACC's 2019 Follow the Light contest
Photo by Nolan Sullivan, finalist of SHACC’s 2019 Follow the Light contest

The grand prize winner will receive $5000 and incredible working opportunities with leading surf brands, including Vans, Billabong and World Surf League, while finalists all receive $1000. We’re excited for each of the finalists and look forward to seeing more of their jaw-dropping work!

To learn more about SHACC and the history of surf photography from home, listen to our podcast.

Catherine Chiang - Content Marketing Specialist I Canto

As a content marketing specialist at Canto, Catherine is dedicated to sharing stories that inspire, motivate and educate. Based in San Francisco, Catherine helps our customers tell their stories.