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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 32 Winner

The winner of Week 32 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Matt Ord (@mattheword). To see this wave in a video or magazine is one thing, but to photograph it in person leaves an impression that will last a lifetime. Matt has won a $100 gift code to and we are donating an additional $100 to the Access Fund in his name. Learn more about Matt below.

Where was the image shot?
Mavericks, Half Moon Bay, CA

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Canon 5D Mark IV
Lens: Canon 70-200mm
Shutter Speed: 1/2000
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 200

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
It was a strike mission to shoot the biggest Mavericks swell in the last decade. The swell was forecasted to be 55ft and we unknowingly commissioned a very sketchy small boat to take us out. The engine cut out multiple times on the way out as well as when we were out there. Ultimately the boat captain was a boss and handled it, but it was definitely an adrenaline rush being out there.

How long have you been shooting?
I’ve been shooting photos since high school, but I’ve been working as a photographer for the last 5 years.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
I love photographing everything especially subjects I’ve never shot before. Being an ocean dweller I’m naturally obsessed with shooting in the water, but I’m also very passionate about capturing landscapes and anything outdoors related.

Do you shoot with a crew or shoot solo?
On average, I’m usually shooting with a surfer, so that’d be a two person team! Huge shoutout to all the surfers out there making us surf photographers look good.