A CALIFORNIA-BASED photographer who took an award-winning photo on Tavarua Island has expressed his sincere love for Fiji and hopes to return in November for a holiday as well as to snap more shots.
Morgan Maassen, 23, said although he was in Indonesia, he looked forward to being able to come back to Fiji again.
"I've been to Fiji many times prior to the trip which I took that photo on, and plan on returning shortly. It is truly one of my favourite places to visit," Mr Maassen said last week.
Speaking of his accomplishment at last week's Red Bull Illume photo contest in Hong Kong, the Santa Barbara-born photographer said he was taken by surprise.
"To win the lifestyle category was an amazing treat, but the athlete's choice was almost an even bigger surprise and honour.
"It is quite special to me because in my line of work, my relationships with athletes mean everything towards getting the best photo, so to see athletes respond well to my photograph was quite special," he said.
When asked what inspired the picture, Mr Maassen said it was all in the clarity.