© Dave Lyon

The Royal Academy of Arts accepted Dave Lyon’s b&w image of giant waves crashing onto the harbour wall at Newhaven, East Sussex.

It was Dave’s first ever submission to the prestigious exhibition and one of only 1,200 works displayed by the Academy from 12,000 it receives.

Dave, who endured 60mph winds during the shoot, described the news as ‘fantastic’.
Commenting on the shot, he said: ‘From past experience I knew these conditions could produce some fantastic coastal shots… and I wasn’t disappointed.’

He returned home to review his images and dry off.

‘There were a lot of good shots of the storm, harbour and lighthouse and then this one stood out.
‘The more I looked, the more faces became apparent in the crashing waves and spray – making it the image of the day.’

Dave shot the photo in raw format and then processed it using Phase One’s Capture One software, before importing it into Photoshop and converting it to monochrome.

The 52x41cm framed print sold for £250 at the exhibition, which runs at the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly, London until 21 August.