Ben grew up in the south of France where the waves are small. His father was a sailor and taught him everything about the ocean. Rocked by waves and wind, he received an education in close connection with nature and especially the sea. Coached by his older brothers, he quickly fell in love with surfing and spent every moment possible in the ocean.

He discovered photography at the age of 15 and started shooting his friends who surfed. After learning photography basics in Toulon, Ben then studied in a photography school in Paris, He managed to achieve his dreams of travelling to Hawaii and shooting images. During the next couple of years, he traveled the world alongside professionals in search of photogenic landscapes and waves that has never been surfed before.

At 22, he decided to move to Tahiti. Ben quickly made Teahupo’o’s famous wave his backyard and his favorite place to shoot.

In the last years Ben has risen to the top of his game being one of the leading photographers based in the the tropical paradise called French Polynesia. Magazine covers, advertising campaigns, award winning images from the water and around it has lead to global success and acknowledgment from his peers and many happy clients world wide.

Finally Ben now dedicates a lot of his time shooting Waves and Ocean images that are displayed in Art Galleries. He recently released his first solo book "SURFACE", a 184 pages, hard cover, coffee table book that includes some very new and unseen images.

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_ 2013 - RED BULL ILLUME Semi Finalist : Illumination Category.

_ 2014 - ISPO AWARD Gold Winner : Photo Category

_ 2016 - SALT AWARD Winner : Water category

_ 2016 - RED BULL ILLUME Finalist : Masterpiece Category

_ 2016 - MONSTER CHILDREN Photo competition Winner : Action Category

_ 2017 - CANON Editor's Choice Contest Winner : Sports and Nature Categories

_ 2017 - WSSF - Olympus Pro Photographer Show Down : People's Choice Winner

_ 2019 - RED BULL ILLUME / Categroy Winner : Energy

_ 2019 - RED BULL ILLUME / Over All Winner

Ben Thouard - SURFACE

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