Judges

ViewBug gives you the opportunity to have your photos seen by the best in the industry, we are committed to bringing you world-class juries.  Learn more from these outstanding individuals, read the conversations with the judges.

The contest winners are chosen by the following distinguished individuals:

Scott Kelby is editor and publisher of Photoshop User magazine, training director and instructor for KelbyTraining.com and the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour, president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).

Frederick

Frederick Van Johnson is a professional photographer and founder of “This Week in Photo,” a hugely successful and revered podcast targeted at photography enthusiasts. To date over 60 thousand weekly listeners listen to the show. He also regularly speaks at workshops on topics including marketing, business, and photographic technique.

Based out of Munich, Oliver Seidel has been traveling many continents focusing on portrait, street and general travel photography. His works have been publish in various international magazines. With his partner Nicole they run deliciousdays.com, a TIME MAGAZINE awarded food blog.

Matt Kloskowski is the education director for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals  (NAPP) and KelbyTraining.com; and a Tampa-based photographer. He is the editor of Light It magazine and teaches for the Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Seminar Tours.

ManuelGuerzoni

Manuel Guerzoni (@mg_photos on twitter) has exhibited his street photography in galleries and museums across the United States.  Clients for his commercial work include Levi’s, Hallmark, Dockers and Intuit.

Taylor is a professional photographer (@tdavidson on Instagram), focusing on business and event photography through his agency Narratively. Clients and features have included Clinton Global Initiative, The Economist, CNN, The Rockefeller Foundation, and many others.

Thomas Leuthard is a 40 year old street photographer from Switzerland who a very passionate about the human face. His speciality is shooting strangers from a very short in a candid way. For his passion he travels around the World to meet other photographers and to teach workshops in street photography.

Brian Rose is the Google+ Photos community manager, where he work to grow the photographers community. He love viewing photos almost as much as he enjoy taking photos, which he does with a Lomo LC-A or a Nikon D7000. He take mostly street photos because he love photos of people and documenting the everyday.

MarkJaworski

Mark has worked with countless artists including Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Elvis Costello, Guster, Hall & Oates, Tom Morello and many more. His work has won numerous awards and has been featured in publications throughout the world.

Michiel De Lange mainly focuses on capturing people, and their daily lives within different cultural, religious and social environments. He is especially drawn to the real, rustic lives of people earning their living in streets around the world. work is often published in international photography magazines, as well as a number of book publications to date. He is also the founder, owner and editor 18%GREY | A Street Photography Magazine.

Helen Sotiriadis is a photographer, architect, teacher and writer based in Athens, Greece.She specializes in landscape, portrait, architectural, and fine art photography and has a teaching career that spans over two decades, having delivered hundreds of seminars on computer-aided design and photo editing. Her photos and articles have been published internationally.

Jay Patel is a  Landscape and Wilderness Photographer who loves to capture dramatic light. His photographs have been publish in various magazines, calendars and advertising materials throughout the world.

Going by the pseudonym of Ontoshiki, Australian photographer Justin Vun has lived in Australia, Malaysia and Japan.  He mainly shoots portraiture, events,documentary and editorials while his personal work focuses on documenting his inner thoughts and life including street photography, erotica and urban elements. His work has been published globally in magazines, newspapers and websites

Jill Flynn is a Phoenix, Arizona based photographer that specializes in Pet Photography. She works closely with animal welfare organizations and volunteers her services by taking photographs of homeless animals. She’s photographed pets throughout the USA and Canada. Jill also creates imagery for Getty and Corbis photostock agencies and does commercial shoots. Her imagery has been used by the pet care industry, veterinary hospitals, appeared on book covers, in fine art magazines and private galleries. She is also an instructor for Bryan Peterson’s on-line school of photography.

Jason S Moore is an American photographer based in New York City. He earned a PhD in Psychology and worked in marketing and business strategy for two of the world’s largest technology companies before finding his passion in photography.  In his professional work, he is a freelance commercial and event photographer. In his personal work, Jason focuses on creating interesting candid images on city streets all over the world. He says, “I love the unpredictability of street photography”.

Jeff specializes in both advertising and editorial media. His work has been published world wide in magazines  and major advertising campaigns. Some of his credits include National geographic magazine, BBC wildlife,  Smithsonian, New York Times and many more. He has won major international awards including first place in the BBC wildlife photographer of the year.

Simon Stafford’s photographs have been used widely in newspapers, books, calendars, and magazines, including Nikon ProProfessional PhotographerPractical PhotographyDigital SLR Photography and Photography Monthly, plus he is Technical Editor to Nikon Owner magazine.

Elizabeth Etienne is a graduate of the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography, endorsed by Nikon and Kodak and her images have been featured in dozens of magazines, blogs, and galleries around the globe. Elizabeth Etienne is considered by many industry professionals to be one of the top photographers in the world.

Mark has been an award winning photographer for over 35 years. As a professional he has been a staff photographer for Sea World of California, and The Virginia State Library and Archives, a short list of  his clients  as a freelance photographer include the San Diego Wild Animal Park, the San Diego Chargers football club, the  San Diego Padres baseball club.

Andy Fallon is a rock ‘n’ roll music photographer based in London. His music photography has been published  in NME, MOJO, SPIN, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Saturday Telegraph and The Sunday Times magazine.

Sara France is a renown photographer in the wedding and event industries. Her wedding photography has been showcased in the Apple store world-wide and the Aperture software. Sara has been featured on the wedding  Channel, Studio photography magazine and Ceremony magazine.

Trond Lindhom is a dedicated street and people shooter, with a raw, grainy, B&W style. He has done several exebitions, and last year he was nominated as one of top five documentary photograpers from the last five years on iCNN.

Kevin Focht has been shooting fashion and beauty for over 25 years, currently specializing in the wedding market. He has lived and worked in Milan, Greece, London, Miami and New York. His client list includes Brides, Elegant Bride, Modern Bride, Bridal Guide, Nordstrom, Jantzen, Bank of America, Seventeen, YM, Arizona Weddings, Long Island Bride and Groom, and Oregon Bride.

Jam Sutton is a distinguished photographer breaking away from the boundaries of traditional photography. James captures his subjects in a new and exciting ways. From shooting to post production, Jam is fully hands-on and in control of every artistic aspect, creating his bold recognizable style.

Harry Borden is commissioned for the observer, for whom he still shoots today. Won many awards at the World  Press Photo in 1997 and 1999. In 2005 Harry had a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

“My introduction to photography started through traditional art, being a landscape painter I used a little point & shoot to capture reference photos for my work. It grew on me very quickly and I was fascinated at the concept of recording a moment in time, a personal moment. My love of photography took off and eventually overshadowed my desire to keep painting. I found more joy through the lens than I did through the paintbrush.”

Shelby Chan is a published NYC based photographer focusing on fashion, beauty, and still life. His work is often described as more of a structured painting than a typical photograph – materialized by his belief that the backdrop is equally as important as the subject.

Sam Brazilay serves as the United Photo Industries’ creative director, he was also the  director – and a founding staff member – of the New York Photo Festival. In his dual capacity  as an independent curator and festival organizer, he has had the pleasure of curating photo  exhibitions and lecturing on current trends in the contemporary photography as far afield as  China, Greece, USA and Japan.

Nicole Young specializes in food and lifestyle photography and  licenses her images to Getty images. Nicole is an accredited Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) in Photoshop CS5 and is a  “Help Desk Specialist” with the National Association of Photoshop Professionals.

Conrad Hechtere has exhibited his photographs all over the world including Sydney, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and San Diego. His photographs have been published in many magazines.

Evelyn Lamprey is a full-time commercial photographer specializing in product  photography, particularly textile, fiber and other craft. Personal work focuses on New England landscapes and still life.

Spanish photographer recognized winner of International awards: “I was hooked on black and white photography years ago, the first time I saw some Cartier Bresson photographs . I couldn’t believe the subtlety possible in a monochrome medium. Robbed of distracting colours, the composer is force to create a focus point from texture, shadow and form. Suddenly less becomes more, and what you leave out of the frame can be as important as what you include. Often what makes a good photograph is more about what comes out of your head than what is in front of your eyes.”

In October, 2011 John Powell was awarded my fifth British Photographic Exhibition Crown Award (BPE5*), having gained more than three hundred acceptances in UK National Exhibitions. In December, 2010 he received a “Distinction” from the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain (DPAGB) and shortly after, in March, 2011, his “Excellence” distinction with the International Federation of Photographic Art (EFIAP).

Luke Sharratt is a 23 year old freelance photographer, who currently lives and works in London, but feels most at home when surrounded by nature and the great outdoors. Luke utilizes his background in film to create  cinematic, sweeping captures that betray their intimate nature.

Nick Rains has been a professional photographer for 28 years. His work has been published  all over the world in magazines, books and calendars. Nick is an AIPP master of  photography and national judge. He is also, the editor of Better Digital Camera magazine in Australia.

Varina Patel is a professional wilderness and nature photographer. Her award-winning articles and images have been published around the world – by National Geographic , National Parks Magazine, Popular Photography, and many more.

Originally from Japan, Yosuke Kobayashi is an emerging travel and street photographer  based in New York, with a passion for timelapse movie making. Yosuke’s photos have been  published in ads, newspapers and magazines and also licensed for websites of international  non-profit organizations.

Kate Jordahl is a professor of Photography, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills and co-director of PhotoCentral, Hayward, California. She photographs places where spirit of the earth and the human spirit come together. Her work is in numerous collections including the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris and is represented by Modernbook Gallery, San Francisco.

Leanne Staples is primarily a street, social documentary, urban landscape photographer and mixed media artist. She was given her first camera at the age of 12 by her father. For many years her concentration was mainly as an architectural photographer.

Star Rush is a documentary and street photographer and a founding member of Mobile Photo Group, an international collective of photographers creating images on mobile devices. Rush’s photography has been exhibited in the United States, as well as London and Rome.

In 1982 Giovanni Savino founded his own visual production company “Magnetic Art”, in an effort to document oral traditions and disappearing cultural heritages, a topic that fascinated him since childhood. Since then, he shot and produced a large number of photo assignments, live music recordings and documentary films.

Rick Sammon has published 36 paper books, including Secrets of HDR Photography, Exploring the Light, and Digital Photography Secrets. Rick is also a leader in iPad and iPhone photography apps, has photographed in almost 100 countries around the world, gives more than two-dozen photography workshops (including private workshops) and presentations around the world each year.

Julia Kuzmenko is professional photographer, digital artist and retoucher temporarily based in Omaha. I have been working with various modeling agencies, recording studios, musicians, web designers and marketing firms in Australia and Russia since 2006. She has  photographed around the world including Moscow, Melbourne, Sydney, Los Angeles, Denver and Omaha.

A self taught photographer so I find my inspiration in all forms of media including video. I think taking inspiration from other photographers and narrows the field of unique images. I enjoy reading and watching the national geographic magazines and shows. Almost every day I surf the web for new ideas and new images.

Alexander is a landscape and nature photographer. The processing of his images on the computer is and always was an essential and genuine part of his work.

Johan Peijnenburg from NiO Photography is a professional nature and landscape photographer from The Netherlands. He specializes in capturing the beauty of the Alpine regions of Switzerland, Italy, France and Austria. For his passion for photography and the Alps, he permanently moved to Switzerland 5 years ago. Although Johan’s main focus is on landscape photography (both in color and B&W), he also does macro and wildlife photography when he gets the chance.

Born and raised in Southern Africa, Nancy Messieh is an Egyptian writer, poet and photographer. She is currently the Middle East and Social Media Editor for The Next Web. She focuses primarily on street photography, looking for spontaneous moments which capture the simultaneous grit and beauty of Cairo and its people.

Lou Manna is a recognized expert in the field of food photography having worked for the New York Times, as well as the author of Digital Food Photography. He has spent over thirty years creating images of all things edible. Lou’s award-winning photographs have appeared in over forty cookbooks and in major publications, ad campaigns and on product packages.

David Herreman is a freelance photographer living in Belgium. He always loved nature and beautiful scenery, that’s probably why he was attracted to photography. What stands out most in his work is the light, composition and especially the emotion in dramatic landscapes! His work has been featured on many blogs, published in newspapers and used by many towns in Belgium.

Holly Broomhall is shooting commercial work with some big fashion clients such as John Lewis, Monsoon, Avenue32, and Harrods, and loving the variety, the pool of creatives, and enjoying much of what the UK industry.

Di Fruscia is an Award Winning Visionary Fine Art Nature & Landscape Photographer.His work has won many awards, has been published and displayed thru a multitude of Medias (books, calendars, magazines, travel guides etc.) and by many prestigious companies such as, National Geographic and Kodak, just to name a few.