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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 7 Winner

The winner of Week 7 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Dustin Burkhouse (@dus10photos). Waves break in the blink of an eye, but when captured in a photo you can appreciate their true form and beauty. Dustin 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?
Santa Cruz, CA

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-55mm
Shutter Speed: 1/1250
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 400

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
We never have any control over the ocean conditions and I constantly check the surf report for updates. This happened to be one of those special evenings alone in the water.

How long have you been shooting?
I've been shooting waves since 2013.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Waves, sharks and basically anything ocean related. The water and light combination is very unique, there is nothing quite like it.

Where would be your dream location to take photos?
I've been fortunate enough to shoot in some of my dream locations like Hawaii and Guadalupe Island. I would say Australia is my next dream location.

Who are some photographers that inspire you?
Clark Little, Euan Rannachan, and Nolan Omura. Also all the wave photographers in Santa Cruz, CA.

What excites you about photography?
Getting shots that no one else will be able to capture and sharing them with the world. I also want to spread awareness about sharks and help protect them from illegal fishing and to help promote a healthy ocean. The ocean has given us so much and it’s our responsibility to take care of it.