Small-scale work makes waves in new surf­ing book

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WITH the world of surf­ing pho­tog­ra­phy filled with mas­sive waves, and mostly men, Yamba’s Deb Mor­ris de­cided the way to be big was to go small.

Af­ter a ca­reer in the cor­po­rate world, Ms Mor­ris swapped her heels for her board­shorts and started pho­tograph­ing the small-scale waves.

And fol­low­ing crit­i­cal suc­cess for her unique surf­s­capes, Ms Mor­ris will be fea­tured in Nikon’s 100th an­niver­sary book re­lease cel­e­brat­ing the best surf pho­tog­ra­phers. She is the only fe­male to make the cut.

“Each wave has its own per­son­al­ity. For me any­way it’s per­son­al­ity not just a wave, they take on dif­fer­ent shapes and colours,” she said.

“In 2010 I hap­pened to take a photo of a wave that I thought was great, and it in­spired me to start fid­dling with it.

“In 2012 things took a big change when I came se­cond in the Shut­ter­bug award and got mas­sive in­ter­na­tional press, and it just took off.”

Ms Mor­ris then en­tered the yearly Nikon Surf Awards, run by Nikon and Surf­ing Aus­tralia. For each of the fol­low­ing three years her minia­ture scale work placed 11th, 6th and 9th, and her in­clu­sion in the book has come as a di­rect re­sult of her plac­ings.

“The best surf pho­tog­ra­phers of Aus­tralia will be in there, and I’m re­ally shocked. My work is def­i­nitely left field, which is re­ally good,” she said.

Ms Mor­ris sells her work pri­vately through her web­site, and has ex­hib­ited in South Korea, Rus­sia, France, Ja­pan, Spain and other coun­tries, as well as li­cens­ing work for com­pa­nies for web­sites, lo­gos and mag­a­zines.

And de­spite the un­pre­dictable na­ture of the surf, Ms Mor­ris, who uses no wa­ter hous­ing to pro­tect her cam­era when work­ing, has only had one cam­era taken by the sea.

“And it wasn’t even in the wa­ter,” she said.

“A freak wave came up to where we were sit­ting and took ev­ery­thing from our site.”

Ms Mor­ris’s work can be viewed at her web­site and on In­sta­gram and Face­book.

JUST af­ter 9am on Satur­day a throng of Clarence Val­ley kids took over the streets of Grafton to cel­e­brate and launch the 2017 Jacaranda Fes­ti­val with a spe­cial Bendigo Bank Chil­dren’s Morn­ing.

A pa­rade of chil­dren from schools and com­mu­nity groups across the re­gion proudly marched down Prince Street while hold­ing up their in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Grafton Bridge 85 Years theme, now on dis­play at Grafton Shop­ping­world for all to see.

With quite an im­pres­sive dis­play of ban­ners, it was a tough de­ci­sion for the judges, who even­tu­ally se­lected Clarence Val­ley Angli­can School, which fea­tured a granny on their ban­ner to rep­re­sent the age of the bridge.

But the fun didn’t end there. Most kids par­tied on while dressed as their favourite char­ac­ter in the hopes of nab­bing a prize.

It had been a ner­vous wait for mums and dads who had en­tered their lit­tle ones in the Beau­ti­ful Baby Com­pe­ti­tion. Emily Straw was awarded Grand Cham­pion Baby, with mum Han­nah thrilled with the win.

“She’s a pretty happy kid,” Ms Straw said. “Emily loves run­ning around, she loves an­i­mals and is a big climber. We’re pretty lucky to have her.”

Deb Mor­ris (pic­tured bot­tom tight) small scale surf im­ages are fea­tured in Nikon’s 100th an­niver­sary book cel­e­brat­ing the best of Aus­tralian surf pho­tog­ra­phy. PHO­TOS: DEB MOR­RIS


Grand Cham­pion of the Beau­ti­ful Baby com­pe­ti­tion Emily Straw with mum Han­nah.

Clarence Val­ley Angli­can Pri­mary School won first prize for the March of Youth Ban­ner com­pe­ti­tion.

A throng of chil­dren dressed as their favourite char­ac­ters is ea­ger to find out who won the cos­tume com­pe­ti­tion.

A few last-minute pho­to­graphs with the Ju­nior Jacaranda can­di­dates.

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