South African photographer Kierran Allen captured these breath-taking pictures of Durban beachfront on New Year’s Day…an annual event which has become legendary in Kwa Zulu-Natal, when people from near and far make a pilgrimage to the beach to celebrate and welcome in the New Year.

Durban Beach Photo on New Year's Day 2014
Durban Beach Front on New Year’s Day 2014. Photo: Kierran Allen

Durban Beachfront on 01 January 2014

Durban Beach Front on 01 January 2014

Kierran is a local professional photographer who is passionate about his province and his photography. He is proudly self-taught and is “constantly looking for new ways in which to separate my style from the rest”.

Since Kierran began photography, shooting New Year’s Day on Durban Beachfront has been one of his goals. After never quite following through on his plans, he decided that this year he was not going to miss “this amazing occasion”.

Durban Beachfront New Year, 2014

Durban Beachfront January 1, 2014

“And wow was I shocked at the numbers that turned up,” he says.

“It’s something everyone should experience, seeing thousands of people coming down to the beach to celebrate going into the new year is literally jaw dropping! I for one have not seen it so packed since the World Cup in 2010.

“From Ushaka to Moses Mabhida Stadium, the promenade was wall to wall with people and families enjoying a day at the beach.”

Durban Beachfront photographed by Kierran Allen

Durban New Year's Day 2014

His photos have been so popular that his site crashed after it received as many hits as people who flocked to the beach.

Durban Beachfront on New Year's Day

Durban Beach Front on New Year's Day

Durban Beach Front New Year's Day
Life’s a beach…celebrating New Year 2014 in Durban. Photo: Kierran Allen

Now that he’s accomplished this mission, Kierran recommends this “to any photographer wanting to photograph something different!”

To capture these shots, Kierran used: Nikon D700, D300s with 70-200 F2.8, 18-200mm, 10,5mm F2.8 Fisheye, Clik Elite Escape Backpack and Lexar Memory.

Apart from the professional gear, Kierran always takes “Passion, Dedication, Loyalty and reliability” with him wherever he goes.

“Being a photographer is not a job, its a way of life!”

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Twitter – @Kierran Allen