Judges

Recently appointed as Senior Lecturer in Photojournalism at Southampton Solent University, David combines careers as a zoologist, spent at universities in Australia, South Africa and the UK, and a professional nature / science photographer.

David uses Photography to elucidate the intricacies of nature, combining an academic view point with a new sense of enquiry in the pursuit of art and wonder in Nature. He uses his images as a tool to engage, enlighten and lure his audience towards a greater awareness and understanding of the natural world and science.

David is the recipient of numerous international awards – In 2008 he was named the European Wildlife photographer of the Year, and was twice shortlisted in the Sony World Photography Awards. He has twice been awarded best of show at the International Photography Awards, New York, and has received multiple awards from the Wildlife photographer of the Year, London. David is the current Royal Photographic Society gold award winner of the International Images for Science, 2015.

David’s specialist macro and microscopy skills and attention to detail are well suited for bespoke advertising campaigns (e.g. Aberlour Whisky, Sharp Electronics), and have led to collaborations with the BBC on their 2013 television series “Wonders of Life” and “Human Universe” in 2014.

David is a regular presenter at international conferences and has juried leading international photo competitions.

Frans Lanting is hailed as one of the great nature photographers of our time. His influential work appears in books, magazines, and exhibitions around the world. He earned a master’s degree in economics then moved to the United States to study environmental planning. Soon after, he began photographing the natural world--and never turned back.

For three decades he has documented wildlife from the Amazon to Antarctica to promote understanding about the Earth and its natural history through images that convey a passion for nature and a sense of wonder about our living planet.

Lanting's work is commissioned frequently by National Geographic, where he served as a Photographer-in-Residence. His assignments have ranged from a first look at the fabled bonobos of the Congo to a unique circumnavigation by sailboat of South Georgia Island in the sub-Antarctic.

Lanting has received many honors for his work. In 2001 H.R.H. Prince Bernhard inducted him as a Knight in the Royal Order of the Golden Ark, the Netherlands' highest conservation honor. He has received top honors from World Press Photo, the title of BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, and the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award. He has been honored as a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in London and is a recipient of Sweden’s Lennart Nilsson Award.

Lanting’s fine art prints are represented in many public and private collections, and he has had more than one hundred solo exhibitions at museums and galleries around the world.

Maggie Steber has worked as a documentary photographer on humanistic and cultural-historical projects in 66 countries. Her longtime photographic work in Haiti received the prestigious Alicia Patterson Foundation Grant and Ernst Haas Grant. A collection of the Haiti photographs was published by Aperture in “Dancing on Fire: Photographs from Haiti” in 1991.

In 2013, Steber was named as one of eleven Women of Vision by National Geographic Magazine. Earlier in her career she served as a contract photographer for Newsweek Magazine for four years at Associated Press in New York as a photo editor. She also worked extensively in Cuba and photographed a day in the life of Fidel Castro for Newsweek. She has produced many stories for National Geographic Magazine since 1988.

She has exhibited twice at Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France and at the Jardins du Luxembourg in Paris as part of the 20th anniversary exhibition of Reporters Sans Frontieres, and throughout the US and the internationally

Maggie is also a much sought after educator and speaker whose photographs are widely exhibited and are included in the Library of Congress and other public and private collections. She has served as a judge for World Press Photo Foundation and the Alicia Patterson Foundation on four occasions, and on POYi and numerous other judging panels for both grants and photographic competitions. Steber serves on the advisory board and as a teacher of FotoKonbit, a Haitian non-profit that teaches photo workshops for Haitians 15 to 35 years old.

Inspired by his father’s love for photography, Lohmann got his first own camera when he was ten and it was then that his love affair with photography started. Michael loved to travel, and between 1970 and 2000 he specialized in travel photography worldwide.

Around the turn of the millennium Michael changed to nature photography. He became a member of the “Society of German Wildlife Photographers” (GDT), a registered non-profit organization since 1971 and one of the world’s largest nature photography associations. In 2010 he was elected as a member of the board and he has been the society's president since 2013.

For many years, his work included the task of managing the portfolio review process for full membership applications, for which applicants have to submit 20 of their best photographs to be assessed by the board of management. He is also a lecturer, workshop facilitator and photography travel guide, in recent years e.g. to Iceland, Greenland, Svalbard, Falklands Islands, South Georgia, Tanzania and Botswana.

Throughout his career, Michael has aimed to explore the complexity and beauty of nature and the environment – and to capture and portray “the moment” in a picture. He has been a jury member for several national and international nature photography competitions, such as the ‘GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year’.

Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS is Director-General of The Royal Photographic Society. For twenty years he was a Director and photography specialist at Christie’s, London, before leaving to complete his PhD which examined aspects of British photographic history. He has taught and acted as a consultant to a number of photography organisations.

Michael Pritchard has lectured and broadcast internationally and is a regular writer on photography. He has written a number of books most recently Photographers (2012) and was an advisor and contributor on the Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Photography (2008), a contributor to Photography. The Whole Story (2012), Phaidon’s Design Classics (2006) and to The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (2005), Photographers (2012), A History of Photography in 50 Cameras (2014) amongst others.

As part of his role at The RPS he is actively involved in working with photographers and in looking at photographs across a wide variety of genres. He has sat on a number of other photography juries.

Michael Yamashita has been shooting for the National Geographic magazine for over 30 years, combining his dual passions of photography and travel. After graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in Asian studies, he spent seven years in Asia, which became his photographic area of specialty. Upon returning to the US, Yamashita began shooting for the National Geographic as well as other American and international magazines and clients.

In addition to Yamashita’s focus on Asia, his work has taken him to six continents. Yamashita’s particular specialty is in retracing the paths of famous travelers and historical routes resulting in stories on Marco Polo, the Chinese explorer Zheng He, Chamagudao - the Tea Horse Road, the Great Wall of China, the Mekong River from source to mouth.

His feature documentary, The Ghost Fleet, inspired by his National Geographic story about the 15th-century Admiral, won the Best Historical Documentary prize at the New York International Independent Film Festival and his National Geographic Channel documentary, Marco Polo: The China Mystery Revealed, based on his three-part magazine story, received two Asian Television and Film Awards. It was also included in the top twenty most popular NG Channel documentaries of the decade.

A frequent keynote speaker for corporations and foundations, as well as a lecturer and teacher at universities and workshops around the world, Yamashita has received numerous industry awards, including those from the Pictures of the Year, Photo District News, the New York Art Directors Club, and the Asian-American Journalists Association. He has also published a total of eleven books throughout his illustrious career

Major exhibits of his work have opened throughout Asia, and his work has been exhibited in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and at the National Gallery in Washington, DC

Monica Allende is a photo editor and cultural producer with screenprojects.org. She is the co-founder of Offspring Photo Meet in London. Previously she was the Photo Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine, where she launched the award-winning photography section spectrum.

She is a visiting lecturer at the London College of Communications and has conducted photography workshops around the world at the Festival di Internazionale a Ferrara, Getxo Photo, and Visa pour L’Image. Allende has also served on many photography competition juries worldwide including the World Press Photo, Visa Pour L’image, the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing photographic Portrait Prize, The Royal Photographic Society Awards, Getty Grant , Renaissance Photography Prize and the Sony World Photography Awards.

She has been nominated for several photography awards including the Prix Pictet and Deutsche Borse Photography Prizes. She produced and curated ‘Darfur: Images against Impunity’, an exhibition and book by Stanley Greene, Lynsey Addario and Alvaro Ybarra Zavala.

Her work at the Sunday Times Magazine was recipient of the Amnesty International Media Photojournalism Award, the Picture Editor’s Award, the Online Press Award and Magazine Design Award for Best Use of Photography.

Block was the founder and Director of Light Work from 1972-1982. During this period he developed artist sponsorship models, developed an exhibitions and publications program, and designed a residency for artists that has become the model for statewide sponsorship. From 1975-1979 he served as Adjunct Curator of Photography at the Everson Museum of Art, where he organized numerous exhibitions with catalogues, including On the Offset Press, Three from the Thirties: Brandt, Brassai, and Bravo; and Alternative Imaging systems.

In 1982 he was appointed Associate Director of Education at the International Center of Photography. In 1986, Director of Education, in 1998 Deputy Director for Programs and in 2014 Deputy Director

Mr. Block has served on the Board of Directors of Photographers and Friends United Against AIDS, The Guild of Book Workers, The Kodak Education Advisory Council, The W. Eugene Smith Foundation and The Society of Photographic Education. He has served as an advisor to many organizations including The Gallery Association of New York State, The Center for Book Arts and the New York State Council for the Arts. In addition to participating on many panels, Mr. Block has acted as a juror for numerous grants and awards, jurying the Manhattan Borough President's Art Awards, The Scholastic Art and Writing Award JGS Prize, Arles Discovery Award, The Aperture Book prize, the Overseas Press Club Awards among others.

Stephen Mayes has managed the work and careers of top-level photographers and artists for over twenty-five years in areas as diverse as art, fashion, photojournalism and commercial photography. As creative director, CEO and ambassador for the medium of photography, he has written successful business plans and reshaped operations for American, Asian and European imaging companies.

Stephen was Creative Director of eyestorm.com, working with artists such as Damien Hirst, Ed Ruscha, Richard Misrach. As Director of the Image Archive with Art + Commerce, he represented the archives of Robert Mapplethorpe, Steven Meisel, David LaChapelle and others. Stephen was part of the founding management team of Getty Images and his work as SVP and Group Creative Director helped to launch the company as the world’s commercially most successful image supplier.

He has deep experience in world-shaping photojournalism as Director of Network Photographers in London and, most recently, as CEO of VII in New York, both high-profile co-operatives of leading photojournalists. From 2004 to 2012 he took an annual assignment as Secretary to the World Press Photo competition in Amsterdam. He is currently Executive Director of the Tim Hetherington Trust. Often described as a “futurist”, Stephen has broadcast, taught and written extensively about the ethics and practice of photography.

 

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