Red Bull Illume Photography Competition - Runners Up

Category: Spirit Category Finalist Credits: Photographer: Stuart Gibson Athlete: Sean Woolnough Location: Namotu Island, Fiji Camera: Canon EOS 7D Lens: EF300mm f/2.8L USM ISO: 200 F-Stop: 6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/1250 Flash System: none "I'm still learning so much in the photo world but I'm also having so much fun doing it! I truly can't think of a better job." Biography: I was born in Tasmania in 1983 and although I've always loved cameras and filming it wasn't until 2003 that I became a photographer. I borrowed a friend's Canon EOS 5 and fell in love with still photography - the quality simply 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! But I think to become a great photographer it's not really about who inspires you, but more about what inspires you. Sometimes it's hard to focus on the finer details all the time, but this is where you will generally find the key elements that make a memorable image. I'm still learning so much in the photo world but I'm also having so much fun doing it! I truly can't think of a better job.My main passions are surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding. 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! The Shot: This was a new wave discovery quickly going wrong! Sean Woolnough and I were in Fiji for big swell and the wind went dead, so while we still had amazing conditions, we jumped in a Fijian long boat. We checked out a reef pass we had our eyes on for a few years. It's more of a tow wave, as you can see - paddling this wave doesn't end well. The island jetski was out of - Wednesday 26th May 2010 (1 Picture)


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