When we first came across photography by Kaija Straumanis, we couldn’t help but scratch our heads in wonder. “Who, what, how, and ouch” were popular reactions among our team. We later learned that we weren’t alone. Nearly 3 million people had similar responses — making Kaija’s photography a viral sensation.
It takes most of us a lifetime to face our greatest fears, but to be able to confront them at a young age is remarkable. Austen Sorensen, a 17-year-old photographer, was terrified of the water after nearly losing his life multiple times in the ocean. But through an unlikely support system, he felt compelled to overcome his demons.