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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 15 Winner

The winner of Week 15 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Kim Feast (@kimfeast_). With constantly changing wind, swell and light the ocean can be one of the most challenging yet rewarding environments to photograph. Kim has won $150 and is getting his winning image printed on a HippyTree t-shirt. Explore the Nature Photography Collective section on our site to view t-shirts of past winners.

Where was the image shot?
Banyak Islands, Indonesia

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Canon 1D Mark IV
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1600
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 200

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
Having a lifetime in the ocean swimming, surfing, and bodyboarding alongside learning how to use a camera and water housing has provided me the neccessary preparation.

How long have you been shooting?
10 years with a camera, the last 5 in the ocean.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
I am continually drawn back to the ocean, documenting empty dangerous waves or elite level wave riding would be my favorite.

Where would be your dream location to take photos?
Hawaii, Tahiti, Mozambique.

Who are some photographers that inspire you?
Mostly everyone at home here in Western Australia. At the moment I would say Chris Gurney, Ari Wolfl, Lance Morgan, Tom Pearsall, Greg Lewis, Andrew Semark, Russell Ord, and Scott Bauer.

What excites you about photography?
The creative release of being able to capture ideas or moments in time in a specific way. That and exploring the beauty of the world.