The Lumiere Awards Advisory Board includes avid supporters of the photographic community who embrace the mission and vision of the Lumiere Photography Competition.
Advisory Board members include photographers and curators, who are respected influencers in the photographic community.
Graham Howe is the CEO of Curatorial Assistance in Pasadena, California. He is a curator, photo-historian, and practicing artist living in Los Angeles and Sydney. Howe studied with Robert Heinecken at UCLA where he received his MFA in Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts. He was the founding Director of The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, curator for the Graham Nash Collection and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
In 1987 he created Curatorial Assistance, an independent curatorial organization providing art and museum services including art exhibitions that it tours to museums worldwide. Howe’s photographic work is collected in major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. He is the biographer of photographers E.O. Hoppé and Paul Outerbridge.
Director of The Queensland Centre for Photography, Australia
Maurice Ortega is a founding member and the director of The Queensland Centre for Photography (QCP) in Brisbane, Australia. He started his career in 1989 as a staff photographer at the Australian Museum in Sydney. In 1995 he opened an advisory studio specialising in 19th century processes particularly platinum/palladium and by 2000 he was lecturing at universities in the areas of Photography and the Arts in undergraduate and post-graduate programs.
Since 2003, as the director of the QCP, he has overseen the exhibition, publication, educational and international programs of the institution and in 2006 as part of these commitments he initiated the biennial Queensland Festival of Photography, a state wide celebration with 72 participating avenues in its last edition.
Author, Teacher and Award-Winning iPhoneographer
Bob Weil is a practicing iPhoneography creative, teacher, writer and evangelist living in Southern California. He is co-author (with Nicki Fitz-Gerald) of The Art of iPhone Photography – Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone – featuring the work and creative process of 45 of the top iPhoneographers worldwide.
Bob was selected as 2013 iPhone Photographer of the Year by the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA). His work has been exhibited at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in California and the Darkroom Gallery in Vermont. Five of his photos were recognized in the 2012 Mobile Photo Awards and were shown at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art in New York City and in Montreal. Ten images were included in the curated Los Angeles Mobile Arts Festival in Santa Monica in 2012 – to date, the most extensive exhibition of iPhone photography in the world (500 pieces from 32 countries). A selection of Bob’s work also hung in the Alexander Brest Museum in Jacksonville, Florida from August – September 2013. Most recently, Bob was a winner of the juried MIRA Mobile Prize (2014) in Oporto, Portugal.
Apart from his “day job” as a marketing executive, Bob co-manages iPhoneographyCentral.com with Nicki Fitz-Gerald and writes on mobile art topics for iPhone Life and Digital Studio Magazine. His online video course iPhoneography with Bob Weil (iPhonePhotoArtist.com) debuted to considerable success in June, 2014.