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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 31 Winner

The winner of Week 31 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Sebastian Diaz (@surfographer). Waves break in an instant and it's not until they're captured in a photo that you can really appreciate their form and beauty. Sebastian 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?
New South Wales, Australia

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Nikon D500
Lens: Sigma 85mm
Shutter Speed: 1/2500
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 100

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
This break is quite a dangerous reef break so the only preparation is mentally.

How long have you been shooting?
10 years.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
I’m obsessed with shooting empty waves big or small. It doesn't really matter as long as I’m in the water and it’s usually at sunrise.

Where would be your dream location to take photos?
It’s my dream to be able to shoot Teahupoo in Tahiti from the water one day.

Who are some photographers that inspire you?
Warren Keelan, Jason Fenmore and Ben Thouard.

What excites you about photography?
My passion for water photography is driven by my love of travel, the adventure of a road trip and planning images in my head according to conditions. No two waves are the same and images can highlight their power and beauty.