Wight horses captured in award-winning surf photos

By David Newble

Monday, April 21, 2014


Wight horses captured in award-winning surf photos

Jason Swain’s picture of winter surfing, above, won a top photography competition.

SPECTACULAR pictures taken at an Isle of Wight surf spot have won awards in a national photography competition.

Keen surfer and professional photographer, Jason Swain, 47, of Church Hill, Totland, and his friend, fellow surfer and amateur photographer Ian Pacey, of Freshwater Bay, won first and second prize respectively in the competition, Your Winter, staged by surf clothing company Finisterre.

The pair, both members of the Isle of Wight Surf Club, entered after snapping dramatic shots in February and March as surfers rode the mountainous seas caused by the winter storms.

They beat entries from hundreds of other photographers across the country to win.

Jason said: "They wanted pictures of what it was like to surf in the winter in England. The world is full of blue water shots of people in shorts.

"The reality for us in England is that it is cold. That is why these shots were chosen. They sum up the UK surfing experience."

Surfer Ian Pacey was placed second with his picture.

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk


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by Jason Swain

22nd April 2014, at 13:39:45

Thanks for the kind words, we're mostly overlooked in the media when it comes to surfing so it was good to see two photos getting national exposure like this, you can have a look on my website www.jasonswain.co.uk if you'd like to see more surfing (and other) photos.

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by Mark Jones

22nd April 2014, at 13:08:57

I'm with you Debbie, great pictures and the headline was an obvious play on words, can't see how it takes the shine off the story at all.

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by Debbie Hollebon

22nd April 2014, at 12:31:37

Great pictures by the way.

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by Debbie Hollebon

22nd April 2014, at 12:30:49

Am I missing something here ? I'm not a surfer and the headline made complete sense to me. The foam on top of waves is called white horses and the change from white to wight indicates where the photos were taken. I'm not sure why people think it's a bad headline

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by Mike Crowe

22nd April 2014, at 08:15:11

Had the photographs not been there I would have been inclined to agree with you, but as the photos, which are what the article is all about, are there, I think it's a very clever play on words. Pity you can't see it.

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by Terry Dalley

22nd April 2014, at 06:58:00

Bad headline nothing to do with horses unless you are surfer its so misleading nd takes the shine off of the story a bit.

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21st April 2014, at 16:42:29

I puzzled for ages over the headline. THEN - doh - wight=white.

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by Steve Williams

21st April 2014, at 11:54:59

Nice photographs.

Is it me, or is it another article not stating where the photos were taken?

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by Gaspard Postlethwaite

21st April 2014, at 10:01:29

Fantastic pictures..........well done.....a well deserved award.

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by Mike Crowe

21st April 2014, at 09:14:43

Carpe Diem Tourist Board

""The world is full of blue water shots of people in shorts""

'but it costs to get there, come to the Isle of Wight in the Winter'

What an opportunity to boast what we have and can do. Well done the photographers.

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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