Every year, we convene a new jury of 50 industry leaders. They represent diverse voices and professions across the arts and media landscape, creating a dynamic curation and myriad of opportunities for photographers.
Founder & Creative Director
Adriana Teresa Letorney is the founder & Creative Director of Visura.co, an all-in-one platform for visual storytelling. She is also co-founder of Scout Film Festival dedicated to celebrating and supporting filmmakers aged 24 and under. Born and raised in Puerto Rico—Adriana Teresa works to increase the quality and diversity of the visual stories and talent found online today by empowering and connecting through the Visura platform visual storytellers, media professionals, publications, as well as organizations alike.
Photo by Cory Rice
Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Amy Miller graduated with a BFA from University of Georgia and then moved to New York to pursue her MFA in photography from Pratt Institute. While in New York, Amy worked with Alan Klotz at his eponymous photography gallery and as a visual resources director at the Pratt Institute Visual Resources Department.
After receiving her MFA, Amy moved to Atlanta and worked as Gallery Director for Fay Gold Gallery, a position she held for seven years, allowing her to work with modern masters of photography. Amy began her career as Executive Director of Atlanta Celebrates Photography in 2007.
Ms. Miller has reviewed photography portfolios for many national portfolio review events and served as juror for numerous art and photography competitions. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including an exhibition for a photography festival in China, and most recently several exhibitions at the Atlanta International Airport.
Andrea Wise is visual communication and digital media specialist working with artists, media outlets, tech startups, production companies, and brands to develop and deploy impactful narrative visual storytelling experiences. As Co-Founder & Creative Director of Diversify Photo, she is a vocal advocate for inclusivity in the photography and journalism industries, and her own documentary practice is rooted in challenging representational histories and stereotypes in art and the media.
Photo by Cassi Alexandra
Senior Photo Editor
Ariel Zambelich is The Intercept’s Senior Photo Editor. She is a photographer with a strong interest in diverse representation across media, both in the voices of reporters and the voices of those being reported on. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, California Sunday Magazine, Etiqueta Negra, M le magazine du Monde, and The Fader. She was previously the Supervising Editor of Photography and Art Director for NPR Visuals, and prior to that, a photo editor for Wired. She also spent several years co-directing a documentary photography gallery in San Francisco.
Barbara Earl Thomas
Barbara Earl Thomas is a writer and visual artist with numerous national exhibits to her credit. Drawing on her personal history between the American south and the Pacific Northwest, she incorporates themes of people and their rituals with the land, foregrounding the mythologized, metaphorical sense of place as operating between a geographical and spiritual location. Thomas has lectures on arts and culture as well as serving as a social and cultural activist who was instrumental in the creation of the Northwest African American Museum, where she served as its executive director from 2008 to 2012. She received her BA and MFA from the University of Washington School of Art. She is represent by the Claire Oliver Gallery in New York.
Photo by Ingrid Pape-Sheldon
Barbara Griffin Productions, L.L.C.
Barbara Griffin is an independent Creative Director, Producer, and Photo Editor whose work ranges from photoshoot direction and production, exhibition curation to fine art photo book editing. In 2018, Barbara was named President Emerita after eight years of leadership at Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP), a non-profit arts organization that produces the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the U.S.
Barbara currently serves on the board of War Toys, a California based non-profit whose core mission is to advocate for children who have been affected by war. Unique, art-therapy-based collaborations with children amplify their voices and relay their often traumatic accounts to audiences around the world through exhibitions, presentations, and media engagement.
Barbara’s commitment to the photography and photographers is exemplified through her service on the advisory council of Space for Arts, the only studio listings site built specifically for the photography community, and on the Advisory Council for ATL Photo Night, a creative organization that hosts monthly talks featuring photographers.
Formerly, senior vice president of Image Management for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., Barbara was responsible for all photography created globally for Turner’s entertainment, animation, and news networks.
Photo by: Art Streiber
Prince Claus Fund
Head of Grants & Collaborations
Bertan Selim is an editor, curator and consultant in the arts, specialised in international grant making, storytelling and photography. His work has centred on educational/mentorship-based programmes related to storytelling and (documentary) photography in the Middle East and North Africa to Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe for which he regularly publishes in diverse international (online) publications.
Photo by Omar Imam
Brett Roegiers is a photo editor at CNN Digital who oversees assignments and special projects. He commissions photography for breaking news, enterprise and feature stories. Brett helped launch the CNN Photos blog in 2011 and went on to become its lead editor. He was also one of the photo editors behind “Unprecedented: The Election That Changed Everything,” a book that features exclusive work from more than two dozen photographers who chronicled the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign for CNN.
Ms. Jimenez is the former Executive Director of the Lucie Foundation, and currently the Executive Producer of the San Francisco outpost of Imprint Projects, a post-advertising Creative Agency.
In her current role as Executive Producer of Imprint Projects, Ms. Jimenez is responsible for producing short-form content, social content, printed matter and experiential activations for brands such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Levi’s, Sonos, Everlane, method, Dropbox, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Eventbrite, Allbirds and many more.
Since 2015, she has served as the Photography Director for the National YoungArts Foundation’s Los Angeles program leading a mentoring and educational program for emerging photographers ages 15-18.
Jackson Fine Art
Coco Conroy is the director of Jackson Fine Art, a gallery in Atlanta, GA specializing in 20th-century and contemporary photography. Prior to joining JFA in 2014, she worked as a freelance journalist and digital editor and as an independent events coordinator for A Cappella Books.
Photo by Maggie Callahan
Daytona State College
Dan Biferie is an active artist and has displayed his photographs in more than 150 different exhibitions nationally, including 20 one-person shows. His works have been widely published and are represented in major public collections. He is Chair of the School of Photography at Daytona State College, where he has taught for the past forty-four years, and a Senior Professor at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies. Dan was founding director of the Southeast Museum of Photography (1978-1990), organizing more than 500 exhibitions, lectures, workshops and seminars during his twelve-year tenure, and served on many state and national arts panels.
Photo by Kathy Biferie
Daniella Zalcman is a documentary photographer based between Paris and New York. Her work focuses on the modern legacies of western colonization, from the rise of homophobia in East Africa to the coercive assimilation education imposed on Indigenous youth. She is also the founder of Women Photograph, an organization working to elevate the voices of women and non-binary visual journalists.
Exposure Photography Festival
Professor / President and Board Chair
Dona Schwartz is a photographer whose work explores everyday life and culture. She earned her PhD at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in visual communication and ethnographic research. In addition to working as a photographic artist, she is a scholar and an educator. Among her academic publications are two photographic ethnographies, Waucoma Twilight: Generations of the Farm (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992) and Contesting the Super Bowl (Routledge, 1997). Her photographic monograph, In the Kitchen, was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2009, followed by On the Nest in 2015. Her award-winning photographs have been internationally exhibited and published, and her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Musée de l’Elysée, the George Eastman House, the Harry Ransom Center, the Portland Art Museum, and the Kinsey Institute. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Dona lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. A Professor in the Department of Art, University of Calgary, Schwartz is President and Board Chair of the annual Exposure Photography Festival.
The Wall Street Journal
Deputy Director of Photography
Elissa is the Deputy Director of Photography at The Wall Street Journal, where she manages a team of 24 photo editors who assign and research the photography content for all platforms of WSJ. Elissa has been a photo editor in New York for the last 13 years and prior to WSJ worked at The New Yorker, MSNBC, The New York Times and Newsweek, among other publications. She is an alumna of Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and was born, raised and lives in New York City.
Photo by F. Martin Ramin
What Will You Remember
Founder & Editor
Elin Spring is Founder & Editor of “What Will You Remember?” online photography review magazine and a contributor to other periodicals and exhibition catalogs. She regularly conducts portfolio reviews at national photography festivals and juries shows and competitions, highlighting newly discovered work online. In 2014, her photography writing was recognized with a Scribe FOCUS Award from the Griffin Museum of Photography. Elin holds a B.A. from Brown University and Ph.D. in Neuroscience from University of Pennsylvania.
Photo by Suzanne Révy
City of Seattle
Public Art Project Manager
Elisheba is a multi-media artist and poet who has dedicated her career in the arts to creating space for emerging and POC artists to create and showcase their work.
Johnson, who has a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, was the owner of Faire Gallery Café, a multi-use art space that held art exhibitions, music shows, poetry readings and creative gatherings. Since 2013 Johnson has been at the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture where she is a public art project manager and works on capacity building initiatives including Seattle Arts Leaderships Team (SALT), Public Art Boot Camp.
In 2013, Elisheba co-wrote and published “The Adventures of Emery Jones: Boy Science Wonder” with her father Charles Johnson. The series now has two titles; “Bending Time” and “The Hard Problem.”
Elisheba is also a founding member of COLLECT, a monthly curated art tour to inspire a new generation of art collectors.
Elisheba is currently a member of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders Network advisory council. When Elisheba isn’t visiting an art exhibition with her son, she is a parenting advocate, travel enthusiast and fancies herself an amateur sommelier.
Photo by Zorn Taylor
Elodie Mailliet Storm is CEO of Catchlight, a non-for-profit focused on helping grow the visual ecosystem by fostering talent and leadership within the storytelling community. Elodie Mailliet Storm is a recognized creative and business leader in the visual storytelling space.In 2016, Elodie was named a JSK fellow in media innovation at Stanford University where she researched the monetization of photography in the age of social and search.
During her 11 years at Getty Image, she oversaw and helped build Getty Images’ content offering and helped lead its strategic development. Most recently she was Getty Images’ Senior Director of Strategic Development based in the Bay Area focusing on Getty Images’ relationships with platforms such as Google, Instagram and Pinterest. Previously, she managed content partnerships with over 300 large media companies globally such as Vice, Conde Nast, National Geographic, amongst others. Elodie co-founded Getty Images’ high-end portraiture and fashion division, Contour, which she led until 2014 representing the work of over 100 high-end portrait and fashion photographers. She also co-founded the Getty Images Instagram grant.
New England School of Photography
Erin Carey is the Academic Director and Curator at The New England School of Photography located in the metro-Boston area, a professional school whose mission is to produce creative and skilled craftspeople in the art of visual communication. Ms. Carey oversees the faculty and is responsible for curriculum development in both the Professional Program and the extensive Adult Ed. Program. As Curator, she works with New England based artists producing six solo exhibitions a year, a student graduation show and oversees the implementation of the Juried Annual with a featured juror. Outside of the institution, Erin spends her time as an artist and independent curator teaching classes in intensive project development and art history; she is an alumnus of Sarah Lawrence College (B.A) and SMFA/ Tufts University (M.F.A.)
Photo News Director
French born photo editor with over 15 years magazine experience, focusing on human interest and news related stories.
Gabriella Marks is a Santa Fe based editorial and lifestyle photographer with a focus on food sustainability, justice and tourism. She serves on the National Board of ASMP. Her work has been featured on The FENCE and is in the permanent collection of the New Mexico History Museum.
The Center for Fine Art Photography
Executive Director and Curator
Hamidah Glasgow has been the Executive Director and Curator at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado since 2009. Hamidah holds a master’s degree in humanities with a specialization in visual and gender studies and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Hamidah’s contribution to photography has included curatorial projects, national portfolio reviews (FotoFest, Photolucida, Medium, Center, Filter, etc.), contributions to publications and online magazines. She received the 2018 Hal Gould Vision in Photography Award and is a co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective. This collective is dedicated to photo-based work that engages with current social and political forces, highlighting the work of women, people of color, and queer and trans artists, writers, and curators
Photo by Sarah Lavigne
Having worked at British Esquire under the aegis of five editors, Henny Manley’s knowledge of the magazine industry is second to few. Both Photo Director and Managing Director at the book, Henny has worked with some of the most important photographers in the business, including Nadav Kander, Pieter Hugo, Mert & Marcus, Craig McDean and Martin Parr – to name but a few.
Despite this impressive roster, Henny also has a passion for sourcing young photographic talent and has helped kick-start the careers of many a budding snapper. In addition, Henny has worked on and produced shoots with celebrities ranging from Tom Hardy, Daniel Craig and Michael Caine to Kate Moss, Rihanna and David Beckham.
Prior to her time at Esquire, Henny worked at hit 90s entertainment title SKY magazine as well as freelancing with various major titles.
Griffin Museum of Photography
Iaritza Menjivar is Associate Director at the Griffin Museum of Photography and a working documentary photographer. Her personal work has appeared in the New York Times Lensblog, The Groundtruth Project and Lenscratch. She has received a St. Botolph Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and was recently awarded a scholarship for a three- year Advanced Mentored Study Program for Visual-Storytelling and Documentary Projects with Ed Kashi from VII Photo and James Estrin from the New York Times Lens. Iaritza co-teaches a photography workshop in Mexico, Seeing Oaxaca, along with Stella Johnson through Maine Media Workshops. Iaritza holds a BFA in Photography from Lesley University.
Photo by Yu Yu Myint Than
Emmanuel Art Gallery
Jeff Lambson is the Director and Curator of the Emmanuel and Next Stage Galleries at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to his position at CU Denver, Jeff was Curator of Contemporary Art at the BYU Museum of Art, the most-attended university art museum in North America. He began his arts career at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, the nation’s museum of modern and contemporary art. Lambson is the recipient of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Award for Service in the Arts, and was named by Salt Lake Magazine as one of Utah’s most significant people of the past 20 years. His work has received publicity in W magazine, Art Ltd, Artforum, Sunset, PBS, and BBC’s The Culture Show.
Photo by Livy Snyder
Senior Photo Editor
Julianne Varacchi is a senior photo editor for ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, and The Undefeated. Since 2007 she has helped ESPN manage photo coverage for live sporting events, produce shoots and edit photo narratives, enterprise features and daily assignments. Julianne is part of an editing team that has won accolades including the 2018 and 2017 EPPY for Best Photojournalism of a website and the 2017 ELLIES for General Excellence in a magazine.
Chastain Arts Center
Karen Comer Lowe
Facility Manager & Curator
Karen Comer Lowe is currently working as Manager and Curator of the Chastain Arts Center, the oldest art center in Atlanta. She began working with the center in August of 2010. Karen has a passion for the arts and has experience in museums, galleries, and arts institutions for over eighteen years. She has worked in curatorial and educational positions in institutions such as the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, City Gallery East/City Gallery Chastain and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has also worked as an independent Art Advisor and Appraiser where she developed relationships with public and private clients, actors and entertainers.
Over the years, Karen has built connections with artists and arts institutions nationwide. She curated a number of groundbreaking exhibitions, and has worked with artists such as Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Radcliffe Bailey and Elizabeth Catlett amongst others. Last year, she received the honor of 2017 Best Curator in Atlanta’s Creative Loafing. She has given lectures on artists and art movements throughout the southeast. She has also given workshops on collecting art throughout the region. In addition she independently curates exhibitions of visual artists and has taught art history classes at Spelman College for undergraduate students. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMITTEES (past and present) American Association of Museums, Georgia Association of Galleries and Museums, AAMA-Researchers and Curators Committee, Georgia Council for the Arts Visual Arts Committee, Forward Arts Foundation Visual Arts Committee, ARTtable, CUE Art Foundation Host Committee, FLUX Board Member and Americans for the Arts.
Davis Orton Gallery
Karen Davis is curator/co-founder of Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson NY, entering its tenth year. The gallery exhibits photography, mixed media and trade and artist-published photobooks by a wide range of artists – from emerging to mid-career to established. She teaches Portfolio Development and Marketing Your Fine Art Photography online for the Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester MA. Davis’s photographs & books are held in institutional collections and installed at MASS MoCA.
Director of Photography
Katherine Harris Pomerantz is the Director of Photography at TIME. Prior to joining TIME in 2017, she had been Director of Photography at Newsweek and was the founding photo lead at The Daily Beast. She has also worked in various creative roles at Magnum Photos, Airbnbmag, and ABC News.
Photo by Peter Hapak
Kathryn Humphries is the Art Director os Harper’s magazine and faculty at the School of Visual Arts.
Annenberg Space for Photography
Katie Hollander is the Director of the Annenberg Space for Photography. She previously served as Executive Director and Deputy Director of Creative Time for nearly a decade, and has worked in the nonprofit community for over 15 years. Katie received her BS in Business Management from Ithaca College, an MA in Art History from The Victoria University of Manchester, England, as well as an MA in Arts Administration from New York University.
Photo by Michael Angelo
Denver Art Museum
Kimberly Roberts is the Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Photography at the Denver Art Museum. Prior to the Museum, Kimberly was an Affiliate Art History faculty member at Metropolitan State University where she taught courses in the history of photography and 20th/21st Century European and American Art. She was a Research Fellow at the Clyfford Still Museum where she researched the photography collection in the museum archives and has given public lectures at the Denver Art Museum, Colorado State University Art Museum and Clyfford Still Museum. Kimberly earned her B.A. in Art History from Colorado State University and an M.A. in Art History from Tufts University.
Laura Pressley has been at the helm of CENTER in Santa Fe for 10 years. CENTER is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization (NGO) known for the long-standing programs including The Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, Project Grants, and other offerings that have launched dozens of photographer’s careers. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions including The Dispossessed (2016), The Frontier (2016), Immigration, Migration & Evolving Boundaries (2015) and produced the exhibitions Art & Oppression (2017), and Conjured Futures (2018) working collaboratively with partner venues and festivals. Pressley is frequently invited to participate in photography fairs and festivals around the globe as a portfolio reviewer including the Rencontres d’ Arles (France), Cortona on the Move (Italy), and Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival (Japan). In addition to CENTER, Pressley serves on the Board of Directors for the Blue Earth Alliance based in Seattle, WA.
Photo by Gabriella Marks
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn
Photographer / Curator
Laylah Amatullah Barrayn is an award-winning documentary photographer working in the medium for 20 years. She was recently named one of the 100 Heroines by the Royal Photographic Society of the United Kingdom. She is a frequent contributor to The New York Times, and has been also published by the BBC, The Washington Post, Le Point Afrique, OkayAfrica, Vogue, among other publications. She has exhibited at Brighton Photo Biennial (UK), Galleria Biagiotti (Italy), Open Ateliers Zuidoost Gallery (Holland), Rencontres d’Arles (France) and The Museum of Contemporary Photography (USA) among other institutions. She is a 2017 African Great Lakes Reporting Fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation. Barrayn is the co-author of MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora. It is the first publication in nearly 30 years that features photography produced by women of African descent.
Photo by Aidah Z. Muhammad
Senior Photo Editor
Leah Woodruff is the Senior Photo Editor at Outside Magazine. Previously she was the Studio Manager at Outside Magazine as well as Studio Manager at The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
Photo by Gregory Heisler
Miami Street Photo Festival
As Co-founder and Director of Photographer Outreach for The Miami Street Photography Festival, Lynne Kaplan has helped to oversee and coordinate photographic talent from across the globe. The Miami Street Photography Festival is an international event that has set the stage for numerous forums throughout the world that support the ever-growing genre of street photography, and is currently collaborating with Street Photo Milano in Italy. Lynne has co-curated satellite exhibits, developed a well-received portfolio review program, and along with her team, coordinated master talks and workshops involving renowned photographers, including many from Magnum Photos and National Geographic. She is also a photographer whose favorite accolade is having an image recognized and awarded by Magnum’s Alex Webb.
Mallory Benedict is a digital photo editor for National Geographic where she works on cross-platform storytelling for digital and social platforms focusing on culture. She has worked on stories that have been recognized in Pictures of the Year International and Society of Publication Designers.
She is also Managing Director of Women Photograph, an initiative that launched in 2017 to elevate the voices of women and non-binary visual journalists. Women Photograph also operates an annual series of project grants for emerging and established photojournalists, a year-long mentorship program, and a travel fund.
The Dallas Morning News
Director of Photography
Marcia Allert is the Director of Photography for The Dallas Morning News. She joined the organization in October 2016 and oversees a team of award-winning photographers, videographers, and picture editors. The team works closely with the editorial department to produce visual journalism that diversifies and deepens the storytelling. In 2017, her team won National Headliners, ASNE, and Texas APME awards for their coverage of the Dallas police shootings. Allert has also worked at the Associated Press, ABC News, The New York Times and The Daily Beast. Allert graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Photography.
Photo by Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News
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Photo Assignment Editor
Marie Monteleone is the Assignment Photo Editor for Bloomberg Visual Media, overseeing North America. At Bloomberg, she assigns for breaking news and feature photo essays. Prior to Bloomberg, she has worked for ABC News, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, The New York Post, and W Magazine. Marie volunteers year-round as the student coordinator for The Eddie Adams Workshop for emerging photographers.
Month of Photography
Mark Sink is a private art consultant and photographer. He represents and curates local and international cutting-edge fine art photography. Mr. Sink is founder and director of MOP (Month of Photography) in Denver, biannually coordinating over hundred eighty regional galleries, museums and art spaces to celebrating photography in mass. A project of note within MoP is the Big Picture, a international street art exchange wheat pasting photography in the open air and gallery spaces in over fifty cities world wide. www.gallerysink.com
Photo by John Bonnath
Mary Stanley Studio
Mary Stanley is an independent curator, art consultant, artist representative and collector. Mary Stanley Studio works with artists, collectors, curators, museums, galleries, and five nonprofit institutions to enhance the cultural and creative climate in Atlanta and beyond. Mary founded Young Collectors Club ATL in 2006 and continues to provide educational programming and consultation for collectors throughout the US.
Photo by Michael James O’Brien
Griffin Museum of Photography
Photographer & Educator
Meg Birnbaum lives and works in the Boston, MA area. She is a photographer, graphic designer and educator. She has had solo exhibitions at The Stonewall National Museum and Archives, Gallery Tanto Tempo in Kobe, Japan, as a spotlight artist at Corden Potts Gallery, San Francisco, The Lishui International Photography Festival, China, the Museum of Art Pompeo Boggio, Buenos Aires during the biennial Encuentros Abiertos-Festival de la Luz, the Griffin Museum of Photography, Massachusetts, Flash Forward Festival, Boston, Davis/Orton Gallery, NY, and as a spotlight artist at Panopticon Gallery, Boston.
Photo by Karen Davis
Melanie McWhorter has been consulting with photographers for almost two decades. After moving to New Mexico in 1997, she managed the internationally recognized photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space until 2015. She started Grenade in a Jar Bookshop in 2018 (https://www.grenadeinajar.com) and promotes many self-published and small press books.
She has interviewed in PDN and NPR’s The Picture Show; judged Fotografia: Fotofestival di Roma’s Book Prize and Daylight Annual Awards; reviewed portfolios at Fotografia, Photolucida, Review Santa Fe, and PhotoNOLA; and taught and lectured about photography at numerous venues including Mt. Rokko Photo Festival, Japan; and PhotoNOLA. She also enjoys writing about photographers and photobooks in publications like Fraction and Lenscratch and curated exhibitions at Lishui Photo Festival, China; and in many online exhibitions.
Image by Gabriella Marks
World Photography Organisation
Director, Marketing & Content
Melanie’s career in the creative industries has taken her from film to television, and now, with her true passion: photography. Melanie has a keen eye for discovering and promoting the work of emerging and professional photographers, serving on the judging committees for United Photo Industries’ THE FENCE and Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year, among others. Following eight years with the World Photography Organisation, Melanie currently serves as Marketing & Content Director.
Michelle Dunn Marsh
Executive Director & Curator
Michelle Dunn Marsh has for the last 25 years been an advocate for significant photography as an educator, editor, designer, and arts administrator. She began working at PCNW in 2013. She is the co-founder of Minor Matters Books, and is a proud graduate of Bard College.
Photo by Brandon Remler
Miranda Belarde-Lewis (Zuni/Tlingit) is a Mother, Independent Curator and Assistant Professor at the University of Washington’s Information School. Miranda works with tribal, state and national museums strengthening Indigenous voices through educational programming, scholarship and exhibitions. Her research focuses on how Native communities use art to communicate information and knowledge, cross-culturally and inter-generationally. Miranda has curated exhibitions for the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, WA, and for the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA.
Photo by Thosh Collins
NINE dot ARTS
Co-Founder + Studio Chief
That rarest of species, a Colorado native, Molly Casey co-founded NINE dot ARTS and works as Studio Chief, overseeing the creative side of the business in addition to a whole lot of other things (like planning the annual NDA retreat.) Molly loves art for two primary reasons: it keeps the world (more) sane and it tells the story of humankind throughout history, which she says, “is pretty cool.” She chose art consulting because it is a feasible career in the arts – no starving here.
Molly first enrolled as a proud Banana Slug at UC Santa Cruz, but when the art department there stopped providing basic necessities, she hightailed it back to Denver to finish out her Sculpture degree at CU Denver. When she’s not creating knock-out art collections, she’s taking care of her kiddos, gardening, doing typical outdoorsy-Colorado things excluding bicycling (she hates bikes) or eating sushi. Her favorite color (or lack thereof) is black. With a middle name like Bird, she had to live in Paris and did so as a teen. If she asks you to “Facetwit” something, it means: “Please, post this to social media.”
Photo by Natalie Greenberg
The New York Times
National Picture Editor
As a picture editor on the National Desk at the New York Times, Morrigan McCarthy works with photographers from around the United States to cover a range of important issues, such as immigration, gun violence, natural disasters and opioid use. She has been at the Times since 2015, and began as a photo editor covering the 2016 presidential election. Prior to working at the Times, Morrigan was a freelance photographer and writer and traveled the world working on grant-funded public art projects that explored environmental issues and youth.
San Francisco Chronicle
Director of Photography
Nicole Frugé is the Director of Photography for the San Francisco Chronicle, where she leads one of the most diverse metro photo staff in the nation. Frugé was named Photo Editor of the Year in 2018 and the Chronicle’s photo editors were twice named the Picture Editing Team of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism contest in 2014 and 2017. Before photo editing, she spent ten years working as a staff photographer for newspapers in Texas and Florida. She covered the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, as well as long term documentary stories on social issues and the environment for the San Antonio Express-News.
Photo by Preston Gannaway
Dekalb School of the Arts
Nicole Helen Ann Jacobs-Licht
Visual Arts Teacher
Nicole HA Jacobs-Licht has taught Photography at the college level for 14 years, before transitioning reciently to Dekalb School of the Arts working with talented visual arts students. She is a former Board Member of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, where she was the Programing Coordinator, as well as on Illuminate Atlanta’s Board.
Photo by: Darnell Wilburn
Senior Supervising Editor
Prior to joining NPR, Nicole was Senior Digital Photo Editor at National Geographic. Nicole also spent 10 years as an editor at The Washington Post, where she was a Projects Editor, Photo Editor, and Deputy News Editor.
Nina Berman is a documentary photographer, filmmaker, educator and author of three books including the recently pubilshed, “An autobiography of Miss Wish” which was shortlisted for both the Aperture and Arles book prizes.
Weinrauch Photography LLC
Paul D. Weinrauch is a passionate Architectural and Commercial Photographer based in Colorado. He currently serves as the President of the Board Of Directors for the American Society of Media Photographers Colorado Chapter.
Paul’s passion became a purpose back in 1999 when he sold everything, traveled across the country for years, and captured his entire journey through a lens. While the art of photography allows Paul to express himself creatively, his primary mission in life is to be of service to others.
When he doesn’t have a camera in hand, is teaching or speaking, Paul enjoys going on long runs, cooking delectable meals and during the summer he can usually be found hiking 14ers with his children.
Griffin Museum of Photography
Executive Director and Curator
Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography. The Griffin Museum of Photography located in Winchester outside Boston, Massachusetts, is a nonprofit photography museum whose mission is to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional and social impact. The museum houses 3 galleries and maintains 4 satellite gallery spaces.
Photo by: Katie Swanger
The Globe and Mail
Rachel Wine is a photo editor and producer at The Globe and Mail based in Toronto, Canada where she works on long form documentary projects and the lifestyle magazine, Globe Style Advisor.
In her spare time she moonlights as a curator and creative producer working with artists and brands to create unique visual experiences.
Photo by May Truong
PhotoED Magazine Editor/ Publisher, Rita Godlevskis has extensive experience in publishing and creative media work – specializing in photography, in Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. She has worked across multiple platforms with a diverse range of projects in her portfolio in editorial, creative production and marketing contexts.
Rita holds a Masters in Creative Media from RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, specialising in photography, and has exhibited her own work in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand.
Photo by Ryan Parker
New Orleans Museum of Art
Russell Lord is the Freeman Family Curator of Photographs at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). His deepest area of expertise is the origins of photography, but Lord has written and lectured widely on almost every moment in the history of photography. His recent publications include: Looking Again: Photography at the New Orleans Museum of Art (2018), Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument (2013). Much of his research focuses on the relationships between photography and other visual media, and questions of visual literacy in the making and use of photography.
Photo by Sesthasak Boonchai
Senior Photo Editor
Samantha Cooper is the senior photo editor, platforms at WIRED. Previously she was a photo and video curator at Instagram, a creative producer and photo editor at Airbnb, and a photography instructor at the Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco, CA. She studied film and video at the University of California at Santa Cruz and currently resides in Oakland, California.
Colorado Photographic Arts Center
Samantha joined CPAC as Executive Director in September of 2015. A photographer, arts administrator, and educator, she made the move west to Denver from the East Coast in 2010. Prior to joining CPAC, she taught photography and visual arts for 12 years at high schools in Boston and Denver. She is a longtime member of the Society for Photographic Education, and served as Treasurer of the Southwest region from 2013-2016 and Co-Chair of a Southwest regional conference in Denver (Letters to an Emerging Artist). Her photographs have been shown in numerous exhibitions nationally, and she continues to be an active artist in the community. She has reviewed portfolios at Houston FotoFest, Review Santa Fe, and PhotoPlus New York, and was a juror for Critical Mass. She holds a certificate in Arts Development and Program Management from the University of Denver, an MFA from Lesley University College of Art & Design, and a BFA from Alfred University. She was named one of Colorado’s Top 100 Creatives 3.0 by Westword and featured in Lenscratch in April 2016.
Scott Conarroe is a Swiss-based Canadian artist. His works have been collected by the National Gallery of Canada, the Carnegie Museum of Art and Stadt Zürich. They’ve appeared in publications as diverse as Art Forum, The Guardian and The Walrus. He’s received numerous awards including the Duke and Duchess of York Prize for Photography and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Scott’s second book, The Great Eastern, will be out this year. He is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery.
Travel + Leisure
Scott Hall is the Photo Director at Travel + Leisure magazine where has worked since 2012. Previously, he was the Director of Photography at Newsweek, and a photo editor at T: The New York Times Style Magazine and Departures magazine. His work has been recognized by SPD, American Photography and PDN. Hall holds a BFA in Cinema Studies from New York University and an MA in Media Studies from The New School.
Stacy J. Platt is a writer, photographer and the editor of the Society for Photographic Education’s Exposure Magazine. Exposure’s mission is the same as the SPE organization itself: to understand how photography matters in the world. As editor, Stacy is interested in featuring in-depth critical writing on emerging and mid-career photography portfolios. Exposure publishes thoughtfully considered analysis of a photographer’s work, the context in which they are producing it, and the larger implications for both the field and culture at large. She is actively looking for innovative and smart work that she can include in future publications of Exposure. Stacy J. Platt lives and works in Colorado.
The New Republic
Stephanie Heimann is the the Photo Director for The New Republic based in NYC. She has garnered several awards for the magazine, including a 2018 National Magazine Award nomination for feature photography and the 2017 Magazine Picture Editor of the Year Award from the NPPA. She has worked on many international and domestic magazines and was Al Gore’s photo editor on the sequel to his book Inconvenient Truth. Her career began as a photojournalist covering post-Soviet culture and the first war in Chechnya, and she spent almost ten years as an expatriate photo editor based in Moscow, Hong Kong, and Europe.
Steve Flores is the Global Brand Manager for ChromaLuxe Metal Prints. ChromaLuxe is quickly becoming the photography substrate of choice by many of the world’s top photographers, artists, galleries, museums, and more. In his role, Steve provides strategic leadership for the brand and actively works to build brand awareness within the professional and fine art photography markets. He partners with photographers, exhibitions, galleries, and museums to present a wide range of photography events across the globe.
SE Center for Photographic Studies
Steven Benson is a Professor of Photo/Video at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies at Daytona State College. He holds a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He is the recipient of three Creative Artist Grants-Michigan Council for the Arts and a NEA/ArtsMidwest Fellowship. His work is represented in numerous collections including the Museum of Fine Art-Houston, Detroit Institute of Arts, Bibliotheque Nationale, Centre Georges Pompidou and Museet for Fotokunst-Denmark. Solo exhibitions include the Centre Georges Pompidou and photography festivals, biennials and triennials in Argentina, South Korea, Germany, Syria, Poland, China, Denmark and FotoFest (Houston). As a Contributing Curator to the Southeast Museum of Photography resent projects have included “Roger Ballen: in Retrospect – Four Decades of Photography and Video”, 2016 and “Mind Over Matter: The Photography of Arno Raphael Minkkinen”, 2017. (Instagram: @stevenbensonphotographer)
Photo by Keliy Anderson-Staley
Loyola Marymount University
Tara Pixley is an assistant professor of visual journalism at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. She is also an award-winning journalist, filmmaker and photographer who co-founded Reclaim Photo and Authority Collective — two organizations dedicated to de-colonizing visual media industry and individual practices. Dr. Pixley’s published written and photographic work has appeared in the New York Times, Newsweek, Propublica, Nieman Reports, PhotoVoice, ESPN Magazine, Scholastic and many more outlets.