The judging process:

We believe that the process is as important as the result. In addition to LUCEO's commitment to support the work of our winners we understand that exposure and interchange is also valuable for our entrants. This award is truly about the students and we hope this process reflects on that.

Click on each judge below to learn a little more about who they are and what they do.

  • Bob Sacha - Multimedia Producer

    Bob Sacha - Multimedia Producer

    Bob Sacha is an award-winning multimedia producer, documentary filmmaker, photographer, editor and teacher who made his name as a photojournalist. As a staff photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer then as a contributing photographer at both Life and National Geographic Magazine, he covered a variety of assignments around the world for more than 25 years.

    Recently he worked as a staff producer and editor at, where his projects were nominated for three National News Emmys and won numerous awards.

    Now an independent multimedia storyteller, Bob has directed, produced, shot and edited nonfiction video stories for Yahoo!News, Audubon, Apple, the Asia Society, Starbucks, the Council on Foreign Relation and the Open Society Foundation among other international clients.

    He is the director of visual storytelling at the new City University of NY Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches the popular Video Storytelling for the Web class. He also mentors students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on their interactive, hybrid and documentary film masters projects. Bob teaches and consults in the US and worldwide on documentary storytelling and new media for the internet.

  • Amy Wolff - Photo District News

    Amy Wolff - Photo District News

    Amy began her career at a small ad agency in San Francisco. She was later offered a job at the Presidio Trust as the staff photographer and producer of art exhibits and public programs, shooting friend's bands on the side.

    Leaving her cushy government benefits behind, she moved to NYC in 2007, beginning her photography career at Fortune magazine. Amy is currently the photo editor at Photo District News.

  • Avi Gupta - US News & World Report

    Avi Gupta

    Avi Gupta works as an exhibiting artist and Director of Photography, Publications at US News & World Report where he has over 13 years of experience.

    His images have appeared in major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times, and have been exhibited throughout the US including the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and the Leroy Neiman Gallery at Columbia University in New York.

    His last body of work, There Is Here, was commissioned for a solo show by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art at East Anglia University and is currently touring the UK. Alongside private collections, his work is held in the permanent collection of the Library ofCongress in Washington. In elementary school, he was awarded many “gold stars” in art class.
  • Karen Probasco - Magnum

    Karen Probasco - Magnum

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  • Melanie McWhorter - Photo-Eye

    Melanie McWhorter - Photo-Eye

    Melanie McWhorter has managed photo-eye's Book Division for over 15 years. She is a regular contributor to the photo-eye magazine and is co-founder of Finite Foto that focuses on photography in New Mexico.

    She has been interviewed about photography in numerous print and online publications including PDN, The Picture Show and LayFlat; has judged the prestigious photography competitions Women Photojournalists of Washington's Annual Exhibition and Fotografia: Fotofestival di Roma's Book Prize; has reviewed portfolios at Fotografia, Photolucida, Review Santa Fe and PhotoNOLA; and taught and lectured at numerous venues.

  • Elizabeth Krist - National Geographic

    Elizabeth Krist - National Geographic

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  • Myles Little - TIME

    Myles Little - TIME

    Myles Little has been an associate photo editor at TIME since 2011. Born in Ireland and raised in the U.S., he studied photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design. He previously edited photos at Bloomberg Businessweek, and Conde Nast

  • Mark Murmann - Mother Jones

    Mark Murmann - Mother Jones

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  • Michael Rubenstein

    Michael Rubenstein

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  • Sue Morrow - The Sacramento Bee

    Sue Morrow - The Sacramento Bee

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  • Kenneth Dickerman - MSN

    Kenneth Dickerman - MSN

    Kenneth Dickerman is a photo editor for in Seattle, WA. Previously, he worked as a photo editor at in New York City and as an editor for .

    Before that, Kenneth worked as a freelance photographer on assignment for TIME, US News & World Report, The New York Times, The Fader, The Chicago Tribune and, among others while also pursuing personal projects in Gaza, the West Bank, South America, North Africa and Afghanistan.

    His photographs have been awarded in both the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism and the College Photographer of the Year competitions. Kenneth has a degree in English Literature and studied photojournalims at the Missouri School of Journalism. If you see him around town, he is likely covered in fur from one of his two cats.

  • Meg Handler - BagNews

    Meg Handler - BagNews

    Meg Handler is an Editor-at-Large for BagNews. The former photo editor of The Village Voice, Meg has also worked at U.S. News & World Report, Blender, New York Magazine, COLORS and Polaris Images.

    She has edited a number of books, including the monograph, Phil Stern: A Life’s Work, PAPARAZZI by Peter Howe, Reefer Movie Madness by Shirley Halperin & Steve Bloom, Honey Badger Don't Care by Randall.

    After 20 years of immersion in the photography business, and having worked with some of the great photographers in New York and abroad, Meg now lives in Chicago. She worked as the principle photographer for The Grant Park Music Festival at Millennium Park, and BIGArt at Navy Pier.

    In addition, she continues works as an independent cosultant and photo editor. Meg received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology.

  • Jonathan Blaustein - Artist/A Photo Editor

    Jonathan Blaustein - Artist/A Photo Editor

    Jonathan Blaustein is an artist, writer, and educator based in the mountains of Northern New Mexico. He studied Economics and History at Duke University, before receiving an MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 2004. He has exhibited his work widely in galleries and museums in the United States.

    His photographs have been published by the New York Times, and also reside in many important collections, including the Library of Congress, the Brooklyn Museum, MOPA, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

    Jonathan also writes about photography and reviews photo books for A Photo Editor, an influential blog for the global photography industry.

  • Erica McDonald - DEVELOP Photo

    Erica McDonald - Photographer & Founder of DEVELOP Photo

    Erica McDonald is a photographer and educator based in NYC. She founded DEVELOP Photo to provide resources for the enrichment of the photojournalism, fine art and documentary photography community.

    Her photography is regularly commissioned nationally and internationally and has been exhibited worldwide. She regularly teaches documentary photography workshops, acts as occasional curator and currently is working as Photo Editor for an upcoming book on the African photojournalist Priya Ramrakha.

    McDonald is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and faculty at ICP.

  • Mike Davis - Picture Editor

    Mike Davis - Picture Editor

    Mike Davis is an independent picture editor and educator who works with photographers around the world to elevate their photography for portfolios, projects, gallery shows, books and contest and grant submissions. Mike has been a picture editor and visual leader at National Geographic magazine, The White House and several of America’s leading newspapers. He is an adjunct faculty member at Syracuse University.

    Mike was twice named newspaper picture editor of the year and has edited the work of several photographers of the year. He has been a picture editor for more than 20 books and taught many workshops and judged scores of contests.

    Mike has taught at workshops including the Missouri Workshop, Mountain People’s workshop, Santa Fe Workshops, The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, Northern Short Course, New Zealand Photofest and Somos Foto in Ecuador and The Dominican Republic, twice has been a roving reviewer during Photolucida and has lectured at a range of universities.

  • Deb Pang - S.I. Newhouse, Design

    Deb Pang - S.I. Newhouse, Design

    Deb Pang Davis is an interactive and print designer, educator and speaker. As Assistant Professor in the Multimedia Photography and Design department at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, she teaches undergraduate and graduate students interactive design (tablets, motion, web), typography, print design and running a creative business.

    She continues to work with photographers and other right-brained entrepreneurs on web and tablet-based publications. According to one client, “With her efforts, my business has taken a HUGE turn beyond my wildest dreams.” Many have a new sense of pride and ownership in their business.

    Her background is in editorial design. She was an art director and designer for magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Virtuoso Life and several national and regional newspapers.

    She loves dark chocolate and bourbon (neat).

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  • Andrew Fingerman - CEO Photoshelter

    Andrew Fingerman - CEO Photoshelter

    Andrew Fingerman is the CEO of PhotoShelter, the leader in websites and business tools for pro photographers.

    Andrew is a lifelong marketer - he's responsible for growing the PhotoShelter user base, ensuring members are getting the most from the service, and hosting the annual company BBQ.

  • Ray Jones - Photographer/Redux/CNN

    Ray Jones - Photographer/Redux/CNN

    Raymond McCrea Jones was born in Wichita, Kansas and grew up in North Carolina. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Jones was hired by The New York Times. While on staff there he steadily worked his way into shooting more and more, eventually producing pieces for almost every section of the benchmark publication. In 2011, Jones relocated to Atlanta and joined with Redux Pictures. He is also a regular contributor to

    Ray's editorial and commercial photography has appeared in such places as The New York Times,, TLC, The Wall Street Journal, Adweek, Forbes, The Hollywood Reporter, Entrepreneur Magazine, Delta, Stern, Die Zeit and more. His first book of photography, “Out of Step: Faces of Straight Edge” was independently published in 2007. It is available for purchase through “” or as an eBook through “iTunes.” Jones lives in Atlanta with his wife and two sons.

  • Michael Pollock - Pollock Spark

    Michael Pollock, Executive Coach and Consultant for Creative Professionals

    Michael Pollock specializes in helping Creative Professionals to develop their careers and businesses. He has a unique perspective gained from his successes in Advertising, Film, Design, Internet and Marketing.

    He started out in TV spot production at famed London ad agency CDP and producing for a Cannes Palme D’Or winning production company. He has been a Creative Director for American Express at Digitas, Head of Broadcast Production at ad agencies JWT and TBWA, as well as Executive Producer at a film postproduction and design boutique. His current clients work in Film, TV, Music, PR, Social Media, Advertising, Online Content and Design.

  • Nicholas McClelland - Men's Journal

    Nicholas McClelland - Men's Journal

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  • Jenna Isaacson Pfueller - AARP

    Jenna Isaacson Pfueller - AARP

    Jenna Isaacson Pfueller is a photographer, crafter, culture enthusiast and proud Midwestern gal.

    A 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism, she worked as an intern for the St. Joseph News-Press, Salt Lake Tribune, and then as a staff photographer at the Columbia Daily Tribune and Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

    In 2010 with the help of Kickstarter, she created All Thrifty States, a project documenting thrift store culture in all 50 states, which is now nearing completion. She currently works as a picture editor at AARP Media in Washington, DC.

  • Bess Greenberg - 25CPW

    Bess Greenberg - 25CPW

    Bess Greenberg is an artist/producer/curator and the founding Director of 25CPW and Red Roots Gallery.

    Bess opened the doors at 25CPW six months after obtaining her MFA from the International Center of Photography-Bard College photography program in New York City. A 2007 Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, and awarded with a New York Times photography internship in 2009, Greenberg most recently joined the Advisory Council in Photojournalism for the Alexia Foundation in 2012.

  • Kevin Moloney - University of Colorado

    Kevin Moloney - University of Colorado

    Kevin Moloney is a 25-year veteran photojournalist who has covered the Americas from pole to pole for clients including the New York Times and virtually every global news and business magazine.

    He is a 17-year veteran photojournalism teacher running a one-man program students of which are World Press, POYi, Best of Photojournalism, Hearst, CPOY and Center award winners. Two have been listed on PDN's 30, and others nominated. They are winners of Alicia Patterson, Getty, W. Eugene Smith, Inge Morath, Aftermath Project and Magnum grants.

    Kevin is now pursuing a PhD in Technology, Media and Society at the University of Colorado's interdisciplinary ATLAS Institute in order to explore transmedia storytelling in journalism documentary and educational media.

  • Robert Caplin - The Photo Brigade

    Robert Caplin - The Photo Brigade

    Robert Caplin is an editorial and corporate photographer based in Manhattan who specializes in documentary, travel, celebrities, portraiture, and events. He’s a regular contributor to The New York Times,Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal and his work has been published in National Geographic, Sports Illustrated,TIME, and Newsweek.

    His clients include individuals such as Justin Bieber, Tiki Barber, and Victoria Justice and organizations such as The International Emmy's, Abercrombie & Fitch, and American Electric Power.

    His photographs where honored at the 2010 Clio Awards for advertising, and Harper Colins published his long-term documentary as part of Justin Bieber's New York Times Bestselling visual autobiography, First Step 2 Forever, which has sold over a million copies in 25 languages.

  • Mark Sink - Gallery Sink

    Mark Sink - Gallery Sink

    American b. 1958

    Based in Denver Colorado

    Mark Sink is a photographer, curator and teacher, who has made a living from fine art photography since 1978.

    Sink lived in NYC through the 1980s and worked with and documented the lives and works of Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Rene Ricard and many other art luminaries.

    In the early 1990s Sink was a inspiration and co-founder of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. In recent years, Sink works as a private art consultant in Denver, independently curating a wide range of artists and shows. His most recent project of note is MOP, the Month of Photography Denver that stirs up over hundred and eighty venues into one month of celebrating photography.

    Well known for his images made with the plastic Diana camera, recently is exploring collodion wet plate technique with wife Kristen Hatgi.

    Sink’s work is in numerous museum collections as well as gallery solo and group shows world wide. He is represented by G. Ray Hawkins in California, Paul Cava in Philadelphia Robin Rice in NYC, and Rule Gallery in Denver. Commercial fortune five hundred clients is in the dozens.

    Photography runs deep in Sink’s family heritage. Sink’s great-grandfather was photographer James L. Breese, who was the founder of the Camera Club of New York, one of the earliest organizations of fine art photographers. Even further back, Samuel Finley Breese Morse, Breese’s uncle, is known as "the father of American photography".

  • Stella Kramer - Photo editor and Consultant

    Stella Kramer - Photo editor and Consultant

    Stella Kramer is a Pulitzer Prize-winning creative strategist, working with photographers to strengthen their creative eye, put together the strongest portfolios and websites reflecting their work, and set a course to reach their professional goals. She also teaches, lectures, reviews portfolios for ASMP, APA, Photolucida, PhotoNOLA, FotoFusion, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, SVA, FIT and Parsons, and curates both online and in museums.

    Starting as a Photo Editor, Stella worked for such major publications as The New York Times, PEOPLE, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek and Brill’s Content. She has worked on many of the major news events in recent history, serving as the Photo Editor for The New York Times series “Portraits of Grief” memorializing those who lost their lives in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. Her work as part of the that team won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service and the 2002 Infinity Award for Public Service from the International Center of Photography.

    Stella was also part of the team at The New York Times that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. While at Newsweek, she received the 1995 Clarion Award for Feature Press Photography from Women In Communications, and has won numerous other awards

    Stella has curated photography shows for the South Street Seaport Museum in New York, and for both the Griffin Museum of Photography and Fraction magazine online.

  • Bronwen Latimer - Washington Post

    Bronwen Latimer - Washington Post

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  • Sabine Meyer - FOVEA

    Sabine Meyer - FOVEA

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  • Tania Pirozzi - Town and Country

    Tania Pirozzi - Town and Country

    Tania is currently the Deputy Photo Editor at Town and Country. She previously played an integral role in the photo departments of Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Aol's, Esquire and Marie Claire, along with a short stint at Management Artists' office in Milan.

    She lived in Brooklyn before it was cool and has wanted to work in magazines since she took that high school photo class. She likes traveling, pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain.

  • Kelly Montez - Apostrophe

    Kelly Montez - Apostrophe

    Kelly Montez is the owner of the New York City-based Apostrophe photo agency.

    With over 10+ years of experience in advertising and commercial photography, Kelly helps high-end still-life, portraiture, lifestyle and interior photographers in New York City, San Francisco, Portland, and Los Angeles target a wide range of world-class clientele for advertising, editorial and design projects.

  • Michele Ervin - Runner's World

    Michele Ervin - Runner's World

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  • Rebecca Simpson Steele - Reader's Digest

    Rebecca Simpson Steele - Reader's Digest

    Rebecca Simpson Steele became the Photo Director of Reader's Digest Magazine in 2012. Previously she held the position of photo editor at Prevention Magazine for five years.

    She worked in the photo departments at Budget Travel Magazine, Kiplinger's Magazine and The White House. During this time she co-created a photo consultation business, 2 Editors, where she met with photographers and spoke at universities.

    Rebecca graduated from Rochester Institute of Photography with a BFA in photography, she currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Anna Alexander - Dwell

    Anna Alexander - Dwell

    Anna Alexander is Photo Director at Dwell magazine in San Francisco, Ca. She's been producing photo shoots and wrangling photographers for over fifteen years.

    Prior to Dwell, Anna was photo editing at Wired & Industry Standard magazines. Anna has a BFA in Photography from the University of Arizona and lives in San Rafael, Ca. with her husband and two children.¬

  • Maggie Steber

    Maggie Steber

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  • Stephanie Weed - ESPN

    Stephanie Weed - ESPN

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  • Mark Morris - The Sacramento Bee

    Mark Morris - The Sacramento Bee

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  • Andy Adams -

    Andy Adams -

    Andy Adams is an independent digital producer + photo publisher whose work blends aspects of digital communication, online audience engagement, and web-based creative collaboration to explore contemporary ideas in photography.

    Recent projects include The Future of Photobooks, a cross-blog conversation that considered the impact of internet culture on photographic production, exhibition and distribution and 100 Portraits — 100 Photographers, a digital exhibition of contemporary portraiture that has shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Australian Centre for Photography and numerous festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

    In 2012, he was commissioned by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design to produce Looking at the Land — 21st Century American Views, a web-based survey exploring the evolving landscape photographic tradition. In his spare time he publishes, an online art space that promotes the discovery of artists, bookmakers and photo organizations from around the world. More about him on his website at

  • Michael Wichita - AARP

    Michael Wichita - AARP

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  • Nicki Silverman - DS REPS

    Nicki Silverman - DS REPS

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  • James Estrin - NYT Lens Blog

    James Estrin - NYT Lens Blog

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  • Lisa Parisi - Complex

    Lisa Parisi - Complex

    Lisa Parisi is the Associate Photo Editor at Complex Media. She received her BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

    Prior to her current role, she worked at Fast Company Magazine for four and a half years and has freelanced for several publications including: Inc. Magazine, Gotham, and Family Circle. When she is not photo editing, she can be found in her small kitchen cooking and baking, or outside with her dog Brandy.

  • Dirk Claus - Stern

    Dirk Claus - Stern

    Dirk Claus, since 2008 Head of Asia photo desk, stern magazine, 2001 – 2008 Head of photo department stern online, 1997 – 2001 Head of Pictor Photo Agency, Hamburg, Master in "International Multimedia Journalism", Bolton University, Jury Singapore International Photo Festival, Angkor Wat Photo Festival, Dali Photo Festival, Prix Pictet, FCC Thailand and more.

  • Richard Koci Hernandez - UC Berkley/Instagram Hero

    Richard Koci Hernandez - UC Berkley/Instagram Hero

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  • Peter DiCampo - Photographer

    Peter DiCampo - Photographer

    Peter DiCampo is a photographer whose goal is to contribute his work to a dialogue on international development. His primary projects are Everyday Africa, a group project that collects mobile phone photography of daily life from across the African continent, and Life Without Lights, a long-term investigation of global energy poverty.

    His accolades include awards from POYi, PDN Photo Annual, the British Journal of Photography IPA, and The Photocrati Fund, among others; three grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; and the PDN 30 list in 2012. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, London, Vienna, and Rio de Janeiro, and his photography and multimedia have been published by National Geographic, TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and many more.

  • Joel van Houdt

    Joel van Houdt

    Joel van Houdt (b. 1981, the Netherlands) is an independent photojournalist based in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    He studied Photography and Design in Bradford, UK and graduated from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2003.

    As a photojournalist, van Houdt has covered the NATO-led war in Afghanistan, illegal immigration from Africa into Europe and a resurgent Russia waking up to an oil boom.

    His two-year project 'Entering Europe', documenting the life of an educated Moroccan before, during and after he illegally sneaks into Spain, was exhibited at Gemak in the Netherlands, Galleries in Belgium and published in Stern, Trouw, De Standaard, VSD and El Semanal.

    Van Houdt's work has appeared in various global publications including The Sunday Age, Der Spiegel, FT Weekend Magazine, Stern, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Magazine

  • Jörg Colberg - Conscientious

    Jörg Colberg - Conscientious

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  • Elana Rubinfeld - Yossi Milo Gallery

    Elana Rubinfeld - Associate Director Yossi Milo Gallery

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  • KayLynn Deveney - Photographer/Educator

    KayLynn Deveney - Photographer/Educator

    Photographer KayLynn Deveney splits her time between Albuquerque, New Mexico and Belfast, Northern Ireland where she is a full-time lecturer in photography at the University of Ulster. KayLynn has earned both a master’s degree in documentary photography and a practice-based Ph.D. in photography from the University of Wales, Newport.

    Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows internationally and is held in permanent collections including The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois; Light Work in Syracuse, New York; and the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. KayLynn's first photographic book, The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in August 2007.

    In 2009 KayLynn was a recipient of an artist grant from the Anonymous Was A Woman Foundation.

  • Roberto Mata - Educator

    Roberto Mata - Educator

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  • Anita Baca - AP Mexico City

    Anita Baca - AP Mexico City

    After 10 years of working next door to The Alamo, photo editor Anita Baca said her farewells in to the talented San Antonio Express-News photo staff and rejoined the world of the news agency. Through the 90's Anita had worked as a contract photographer for the AP, in Central America.

    Anita now edits news, sports and entertainment pictures in English and Spanish for AP's Latin America and Caribbean desk in Mexico City.

    A longtime National Press Photographer's Association volunteer, Anita has been involved as a judge in two Women in Photojournalism contests and the NPPA Shorts Grants. She also had co-led in the planning of several events including a women’s NPPA conference, two Flying Short Course stops, and a Best Of Photojournalism conference.

  • Alison Unterreiner - Esquire

    Alison Unterreiner - Esquire

    Alison Unterreiner is currently the photo editor for Esquire Magazine. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Buffalo in 2000 and is currently pursuing a Master's of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She originally hails from Brooklyn, NY, where she fondly remembers the un-ironic good old days.

  • Paul Octavious - Photographer

    Paul Octavious - Photographer

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  • Julie Grahame -

    Julie Grahame -

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  • Pete Brook - Prison Photography

    Pete Brook - Prison Photography

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  • Anne Conover - Redux Rep's

    Anne Conover - Redux Rep's

    Anne Conover is the director of Redux Rep's, Redux Pictures' commercial roster of award winning photographers and directors. With over ten years’ experience in production, studio management, artist representation and as a photo editor, her well-rounded background helps photographers succeed in the photography business.

  • Amber Terranova - Bilder Nordic School of Photography

    Amber Terranova - Bilder Nordic School of Photography

    Amber Terranova is currently the interim Director of Photography at Bilder Nordic School of Photography. Prior to joining Bilder Nordic she held the position of Photo Editor for Photo District News (PDN), the leading industry magazine for professional photographers for over two decades.

    Amber worked previously for New York Magazine and Outside magazine. She has judged international photo competitions, including Review Santa Fe, Photolucida’s Critical Mass, International Photography Awards, Light Work Student Competition, Fotovisura competitions, The Young Photography 2012 at Fotodepartment, St. Petersburg, Russia, The Center for Fine Art Photography’s Red competition, and the Tierney Fellowship, among others. In addition to curating exhibitions, reviewing portfolios and guest lecturing at various schools, Amber teaches international photo workshops.

  • Azu Nwagbogu - African Artists Foundation

    Azu Nwagbogu - African Artists Foundation

    Azu Nwagbogu is the founder and director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria that is dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African arts and artists.

    Established in 2007, the AAF organises art exhibitions, competitions, and workshops with the aim of unearthing and developing talent in Nigeria. Nwagbogu founded the National Art Competition in 2008, an annual arts competition in Nigeria that provides a platform of exposure to emerging Nigerian artists.

    Nwagbogu also serves as founder and director of the LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography that brings leading local and international photographers in dialogue with multifacated stories of Africa. Nwagabogu has served as a juror for the Dutch Doc and POPCAP photography awards. Nwagbogu lives and works in Lagos.

  • Mauro Bedoni - COLORS Magazine

    Mauro Bedoni - COLORS Magazine

    Mauro Bedoni was born in Italy in 1979 and graduated from the University of Padua with a degree thesis on Photojournalism. As a photojournalist he worked for various Italian photo agencies, principally shooting spot and general news.

    In 2007 he started working as the photo editor of COLORS, the internationally distributed bilingual magazine published by Fabrica, the Benetton’s communication research center, assigning more than 100 photographers in almost 50 countries. For COLORS, he has been often sent to give lectures in various universities, art schools and festivals around the globe.

    He has served as a portfolio reviewer in various international photo festivals and as a juror in the PDN Photo Annual 2010, the 2012 Angkor photo workshop and the 2013 CENTER Project Launch Grant. He's been nominated for picture editor of the year at the Lucie Awards 2011.

  • Stephanie Baptist - Tiwani Contemporary

    Stephanie Baptist - Tiwani Contemporary

    Stephanie Baptist is an Exhibition and Public Programme Manager at Tiwani Contemporary an art gallery working with visual and interdisciplinary artists. Previously, Baptist worked for 5 years as a Senior Photo Agent and Producer for the New York office of Bransch Inc, a boutique international agency specializing in photography for advertising and editorial clients.

    Additionally she has participated as a portfolio reviewer for the International Center for Photography, the New York Photo Festival and Parsons The New School for Design. Baptist has an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy and currently lives and works in London.

  • Kristen Joy Watts - R/GA

    Kristen Joy Watts - R/GA

    Kristen Joy Watts is a senior content strategist in the Mobile and Social Platforms group at R/GA. She is also studying digital anthropology - and writing a thesis on the Instagram community - at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. In her spare time, she edits The Weight of Objects, a portrait project that reveals people through stories about their most treasured belongings. She was also a co-founder of

  • Manik Katyal - Emaho Magazine

    Manik Katyal - Emaho Magazine

    Manik Katyal is the Curator, Photo editor and Editor-in-Chief of Emaho Magazine—an online publication that aims to put forward emerging artists by organising international Exhibitions and workshops. Founder of Emaho Magazine, Manik is a journalist who has interviewed some of the world renowned photographers.

    Nominated for the ‘Creative Entrepreneur of 2012’ award by the British Council, Manik was a judge at the FORMAT International Photography Festival, United kingdom ,The Reminders Stronghold Project Grant, Japan and German Photo Festival – FotoDoks Workshop in support of VII Photo Agency. Manik is also sharing the judging panel with the world's top photo editors including Time,New York Times,CNN,New Yorker and many others for Fotovisura Grant 2012.

    Manik has also served as a portfolio reviewer in various international festivals including FORMAT International Photography Festival, United Kingdom, Chiang Mai Documentary Arts Festival, Thailand and Angkor Photo Festival, Cambodia.

  • Allyson Torrisi - Popular Mechanics

    Allyson Torrisi - Popular Mechanics

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  • MaryAnne Golon - Washington Post

    MaryAnne Golon - Washington Post

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  • Eefje Ludwig - World Press Photo

    Eefje Ludwig - World Press Photo

    Eefje Ludwig (b. 1982, the Netherlands) is Coordinator Workshops at the Education Department of World Press Photo. She studied Educational Sciences at the University of Amsterdam and Photography at the Institut d'Estudis Fotogràfics de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.

    In 2008 she started working as a project manager at the Education Department of World Press Photo, coordinating different training programs for photojournalists, amongst others, from the Middle East and North Africa, the Balkans and Mexico. Over the past five years she also coordinated the prestigious World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass.

  • Maya Alleruzzo - AP Egypt

    Maya Alleruzzo - AP Egypt

    Maya Alleruzzo is based in Cairo, Egypt for the Associated Press. She was based in Baghdad for more than four years, covering the 2007 troop surge through the end of combat operations. Previously, she worked for The Washington Times, covering daily life, international news, national politics and their impact.

  • Tomas Stargardter - Photographer

    Tomas Stargardter - Photographer

    Multicultural. Born in Costa Rica of German father and Colombian mother. Now I live in Nicaragua. I am a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism, in Lawrence Kansas, with a BS degree in Photojournalism, and a Masters degree in Image and Communications from Goldsmiths College, University of London. I have worked for AP, AFP, LA NACION in San Jose, Costa Rica, and LA PRENSA here in Managua, Nicaragua. Also I have published my own newspaper an English Language monthly in Managua. I am a history buff. I have taught AP Modern European History in one our local high schools. But photojournalism is my first love and still is.

  • Louie Palu - Photographer

    Louie Palu - Photographer

    Louie Palu is an award winning documentary photographer whose work has appeared in publications and exhibitions internationally. He has been awarded numerous accolades including awards from POYi, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, White House News Photographers Association, National Magazine Award, Canadian Photojournalist of the Year, Alexia Foundation Documentary Photography Grant, Aftermath Project Grant, Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting Grant and is a Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow with the New America Foundation.

    Louie's work has been featured in The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, The Atlantic, BBC and Sunday Times Magazine and many others. His work is in the permanent collections of many museums and archives including The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, George Eastman House, National Gallery of Canada and has been exhibited in the Baltimore Museum of Art.

    Louie is best known for his long-term studies of social and political issues, which includes a 12-year project of mining communities in Canada, 5-year project on Kandahar, Afghanistan, a project on the prison in Guantanamo Bay and a recent study covering the drug war in Mexico.

  • Felipe Dana - AP Brazil

    Felipe Dana - AP Brazil

    Felipe Dana was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1985.

    Felipe got an early start on his career at age 15 when he began working as an assistant photographer. He later pursued a degree in photography at a local university, all the while working as a commercial photographer and contributing to various local and international news agencies.

    In 2009, he decided to dedicate himself solely to photojournalism, documenting the social upheaval in his native Rio de Janeiro as the city prepares for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.

    Felipe works for the Rio de Janeiro bureau of The Associated Press.

  • Laura Pressley - CENTER

    Laura Pressley - CENTER

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  • Casey Kelbaugh - Slideluck

    Casey Kelbaugh - Slideluck

    Casey Kelbaugh is an award-winning, widely-published photographer and the founder, director and chief curator of Slideluck.

    Slideluck ( is a NY-based arts non-profit that aims to build and strengthen community around food and art. Operating multimedia slideshows and potluck dinners in about 65 cities globally — from São Paulo, to Stockholm, to San Francisco — Slideluck has helped launch the careers of scores of emerging artists. A very diverse range of work is presented — from portraiture, to reportage, to fashion and fine art photography — and each artist is given up to five minutes. Past contributors include: Chuck Close, Gregory Crewdson, Spencer Tunick, Elliott Erwitt, Shepard Fairey, Edward Burtynsky, Nadav Kander, Lauren Greenfield, Platon, Bruce Davidson, Elinor Carucci and Martin Parr. Slideluck and its educational wing, the Slideluck Youth Initiative, have also been reported on by a number of major news outlets, including: The New York Times, Bloomberg TV, The Washington Post, Brazilian Vogue, WNYC, Good Magazine, Photo District News, The Chicago Tribune, Zink Magazine, Popular Photography and The New Yorker.For Slidelucks, Kelbaugh has curated alongside many distinguished individuals in the photography field, including: Lesley Martin, David Alan Harvey, W.M. Hunt, Jae Choi, Whitney Johnson, Yumi Goto and Edie Peters.

    Slideluck is always looking for strong, coherent and thoughtful bodies of work of all genres and styles.

  • Andrew Owen - LOOK3

    Andrew Owen - LOOK3

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    Jenna Pirog - LOOK3

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  • Lianne Milton - Photographer

    Lianne Milton - Photographer

    I am an American editorial and documentary photographer currently based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, working on assignments and personal projects.

    I began my freelance career in 2009, when I was laid off from a newspaper job held for three years -- the result of challenging economic times.

    However, the layoff was a blessing in disguise, enabling me to pursue stories that I deeply care about in SE Asia, Latin America and the US, focusing on the effects of politics on people and their environments. My photography seeks an emotional narrative of experiences, often driven by the very social issue of a story, as well as exploring and confronting the world around me.

    In early January 2013 I packed up my life in San Francisco and moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with cameras and surfboards in tow, to begin a collection of stories about changes and issues of Cidade Maravilhosa (Rio de Janeiro), and other stories that come my way.

  • Benda Milis - Bloomberg

    Benda Milis - Bloomberg

    Brenda Milis is currently the Director of Photography at Bloomberg Pursuits and Bloomberg Markets magazines. Among the publications she has worked for are Outside magazine, Men’s Health, Marie Claire and Time magazine as well as serving as the founding photo editor of Shoots she has produced have won various awards from and have been featured in American Photography, SPD Design Annual, and the PDN Photo Annual.

  • Sol Neelman - Photographer

    Sol Neelman - Photographer

    Sol Neelman (b. 1970) is a failed athlete turned sports photographer living in his home city of Portland, Oregon. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, he began his professional career in 1996 photographing former Yugoslavia for a humanitarian organization. In 1997, he joined a community paper in McMinnville, Oregon as a staff photographer. Three years there led to seven years of service at The (Portland) Oregonian. In 2007, he was part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning team of journalists recognized for Breaking News Reporting. He left his staff position that summer to pursue a lifelong photo project on sports culture around the world.

    In 2011, Kehrer Verlag in Heidelberg, Germany published his first book, “Weird Sports.” His images have appeared in a variety of publications, including National Geographic, ESPN The Magazine, Stern, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, TIME, The New York Times and Penthouse. He is already busy working on his next book, cleverly titled "Weird Sports Vol. 2."

  • Jasmine DeFoore - Photo Editor & Consultant

    Jasmine DeFoore - Photo Editor & Consultant

    Jasmine DeFoore is a photo consultant who knows first hand what busy editorial and commercial clients are looking for when it comes to finding photographers. As an award-winning photo editor, Jasmine now takes that knowledge and helps photographers create unique narratives for books, exhibitions, websites, and promotions.

    Prior to starting her own company, she was a photographer's representative and Director of Marketing at the award-winning agency Redux Pictures. She founded the popular I Love Texas Photo blog, which features interviews with Texas-based creatives, as well as a fine art print store, photo events and more.

  • Ami Vitale - Photographer & Filmmaker

    Ami Vitale - Photographer & Filmmaker

    Ami Vitale's journey as a photographer and filmmaker has taken her to more than 85 countries where she has witnessed civil unrest and violence, but also surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. Her photographs have been commissioned by nearly every important international publication and the images have been exhibited around the world in museums, galleries and are part of numerous private collections.

    She has been working most recently with Ripple Effect Images, an organization of well- known scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers with a mission of creating powerful and persuasive films and stories illustrating the very specific problems women in developing countries face and the programs that can help them.

    She has garnered prestigious awards including multiple prizes from World Press Photos, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, named Magazine Photographer of the Year by both the National Press Photographer's Association, the International Photographer of the Year prize, and named as one of the top 30 photographers from Photo District News Magazine, among others. She has been the subject of the documentary series “Over the Islands of Africa” and is currently filming a series for National Geographic Channel in Sri Lanka. Now based in Montana, Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and frequently gives lectures and workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

  • Pedro Ugarte - AFP

    Pedro Ugarte - AFP

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  • Yukiko Yamagata - Open Society Foundations

    Yukiko Yamagata - Open Society Foundations

    Yukiko Yamagata is the associate director for the Open Society Foundations Documentary Photography Project, which explores the intersection of photography and social change through grantmaking, exhibitions, public programs, and workshops.

    Prior to joining Foundations, she was a researcher for the In Motion: The African American-Migration Experience project, an exhibition, book, website, and digital archive organized by the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and a Senior Curatorial Assistant / Researcher in the Department of Photography at the Whitney Museum of American Art.

  • Emma Raynes - Magnum Emergency Fund

    Emma Raynes - Magnum Emergency Fund

    Emma Raynes is the Program Director of the Magnum Foundation's Emergency Fund, a granting program that supports independent photographers to cover under-reported stories on pressing social issues. She is also a member of the faculty at the International Center of Photography in NYC.

    Emma earned her BA in Art History from Bowdoin College and an MA in Cultural anthropology from the New School for Social Research. She was Hine Fellow at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies.

  • Aline Smithson - LENSCRATCH

    Aline Smithson - LENSCRATCH

    After a career as a New York Fashion Editor and working along side the greats of fashion photography, Aline Smithson discovered the family Rolleiflex. Now represented by galleries in the U.S. and Europe and published throughout the world, Aline continues to create her award-winning photography with humor, compassion, and a 50-year-old camera. She has exhibited widely including solo shows at the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Lishui Festival in China, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Pairs, and the Wallspace Gallery in Seattle and Santa Barbara. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Fraction, Artworks, Lenswork, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines.

    In 2012, she received the Rising Star Award from the Griffin Museum for her writing and teaching. She also received Honorable Mention in CENTER’s 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award. Aline founded and writes the blogzine LENSCRATCH, has been the Gallery Editor for Light Leaks Magazine, was a contributing writer for Diffusion, Too Much Chocolate, Lucida, and F Stop Magazines, has written book reviews for photoeye, and has been curating and juroring exhibitions for galleries, magazines, and photographic organizations. She has been a juror for Critical Mass from 2009 - 2012, a 2012 juror for Review Santa Fe, a 2013 Juror for Flash Forward and is a reviewer at photo festivals across the country. Though she was nominated for The Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and nominated for CENTER’s The Santa Fe Prize in Photography in 2009, she considers her children her greatest achievement.

  • Yumi Goto - Curator of Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery

    Yumi Goto - Curator of Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery

    Independent art and documentary photography curator, editor, researcher and consultant who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders.

    She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, current social problems, human rights abuses and women’s issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organisations and as well as international photo festivals and events throughout Asia. She is a co- founder of REMINDERS PROJECT, a curator of Reminders photography Stronghold gallery.

    Goto is a board reviewer of, Prix Pictet Photography Prize nominator, 2012 MAGNUM Emergency Fund nominator, Photo City Sagamihara Asia Prize nominator and a curator of the Asian Women photographers showcase, a jurist for the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand annual photo contest 2010, and for the KL PHOTO AWARD 2011. She is a photo editor of the 100th memorial photographic book project, THIS DAY OF CHANGE by the Japanese publisher Kodansha which was nominated Lucie Award’s support Category. She is a recipient of Women’s Human Rights Activities Award, Yayori Journalist Award.

  • Benjamin Lowy

    Benjamin Lowy

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    John Fleetwood

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  • Miriam Romais

    Miriam Romais

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  • Shahidul Alam

    Shahidul Alam

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  • Claudio Napolitano

    Claudio Napolitano

    Self taught Photographer with studies in Audiovisual Advertising in Madrid, and Pedagogical Science in Caracas.

    His commercial work covers an extensive list of corporations, small firms and individuals. He has worked independently for advertising agencies in commercial photography for over 19 years, time in which he has collected many international nominations and awards. His artwork focuses on a social statement through images full of social content.

    Among others: Hasselblad Masters Award, in Portrait Category, International Color Awards Nine Art and Advertising, Cannes Lions Finalist and National Diploma, Clio Awards, London Festival, ANDA (Advertising Association of Venezuela), FIAP (Iberoamerican Advertising Festival), Festival del Caribe and 2 years in a row as “Photographer of the year” by Circulo Creativo de Venezuela.

  • Justin Mott - Mott Visuals

    Justin Mott - Mott Visuals

    Justin Mott (1978) is an editorial and commercial photographer born in Rhode Island, USA. He is living in Hanoi, Vietnam and working throughout SE Asia on personal projects and assignments. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times covering Southeast Asia since 2007.

    n 2008 his work on Agent Orange orphans was recognized in the PDN Annual and was awarded the Marty Forscher Fellowship for humanistic photography given out by the Parson’s School of Design in NYC. He is also the recipient of the Nikon Emerging Photographer Award.

  • Frank Meo - The Photo Closer

    Frank Meo - The Photo Closer

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