2016 Surf Photo of the year by Leroy Bellet
About the Australian Surfing Awards
The Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame were first convened in 1985 by the Australian Surfriders Association (now Surfing Australia) to preserve the history of Australian surfing and honour its great achievers. Each year the Australian Surfing Awards incorporating the Hall of Fame are presented to those who have made a significant contribution to the development of surfing in this country. The awards include a number of support categories that recognise the broad spectrum of individuals and organisations who are involved in the sport through events, business, media, photography, movies, clubs, travel, administration or pioneering new initiatives.
The award categories include:
Male Surfer of the Year
The Australian male surfer who has pushed performance boundaries and captured the surfing public’s imagination more than any other over the past year.
Female Surfer of the Year
The Australian female surfer who has pushed performance boundaries and captured the surfing public’s imagination more than any other over the past year.
An Australian junior surfer (20 and under, male or female) whose surfing performances over the past 12 months, along with their character, hint at future greatness.
Milwaukee Waterman of the Year
The male or female surfer who has pushed performance boundaries in heavy water more than any other in any or all of the waterman disciplines (surfing, tow surfing, prone paddling, or stand up surfing).
ASB Surfing Spirit Award
A project or campaign, individual or group that has given back to surfing through charitable, humanitarian, environmental or philanthropic pursuits.
Peter Troy Lifestyle Award
A person who has given their life over to surfing and in doing so has enriched the surfing culture around them and beyond.
Surf Culture Award
A project that captures and explores a quintessential element of Australian surfing culture. Entries can include (but are not limited to) art and design, books, articles, online features, exhibitions, events, festivals, and equipment design and innovation.
Simon Anderson Club Award
The Australian boardriders club whose outstanding performances in the water have been matched by grassroots club spirit on the beach.
Nikon Surf Movie of the Year
The best feature-length surf movie released in 2015 filmed, produced or directed by an Australian.
Nikon Surf Photo of the Year
The best single surfing-themed image taken during 2015. While the image must be taken by an Australian photographer, the photo can be taken anywhere around the world and can be drawn from action, water, lifestyle, lineup or portrait photography.