Tasmanian-born surf photographer, Stu Gibson, has won the 2019 Nikon Surf Photo Awards for his image of Mikey Brennan horrifyingly engulfed in water at notorious big wave location, Shipsterns.
Stu wrangled the shot after just half an hour at the remote location in south-eastern Tasmania.
‘We were shooting out with a drone, and the sun came out so I quickly jumped in the water with my camera,’ he said. ‘Thirty minutes later it suddenly went really cold and ugly again. I am pretty familiar with the place. The light is really nice; being from Tassie we don’t get to see that blue very often.’
Shipsterns is globally-renowned as one of the most dangerous big wave locations. It breaks over shallow reef to create a ‘slab-style’ wave, which has steps in the face that surfers must carefully navigate.
It takes just as much guts to be bobbing around in the cold and moving in shark-infested water with a camera.
The winners were announced at the beginning of April, but we didn’t receive Nikon’s press release. Regardless, we figured it’s worth sharing the finalist images…