The Judges

Your photos will be reviewed by an esteemed panel of international judges from the worlds of photography, art, publishing, education and cultural institutions. Previous Jurors have included…

Curator, Photo-Historian

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.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Native Houstonian Will Michels graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in Architecture. Michels has received grants from the Cultural Arts Council of Houston, the Summerlee Foundation, Houston Endowment Inc. and Artadia 2006. Michels works at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston where he still teaches analog photography and photographs the museum’s permanent collection. Michels’ project CREW: The Men of the USS TEXAS won him a fellowship at the Houston Center for Photography. In 2010 HCP also mounted a mid career exhibition Made by Will: Selections from Four Portfolios. Michels also co-curated the travelling exhibition WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and its Aftermath, for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and which is currently at the Annenberg Space for photography in Los Angeles. Michels is now actively photographing Rice Quidditch.


Longtime Los Angeles gallerist, art and photography curator, critic and art consultant, Sarah Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea. Sarah Lee studied Modern Art History and Asian History with an emphasis on art and architecture at the University of Southern California. Most recently, she was owner and director for Sarah Lee Artworks and Projects at Bergamot Station. The gallery’s focus was photography. In addition to being an advisory member of the Queensland Centre for Photography in Australia, Sarah Lee has worked with independent Japanese curator KoKo Yamagashi.

Sarah Lee has served as trustee, Executive Director of and guest curator at the Korean American Museum in Los Angeles, and has been on the Japan-American National Museum’s advisory council since 1995.

Curator and Creative Consultant

Having been an agent for some of the top names in the business, a consultant for Black Book and former CEO of APA National, Debra Weiss now primarily works with photographers one on one. She is called a “creative consultant” and mentor, but what she really does is coach a photographer’s career as an artist and a business. She inspires and guides, helping the photographer explore and shape their talent.

Debra presents seminars annually at the Photo Plus Expo in New York, is a frequent guest speaker at Art Center College of Design and the Brooks Institute, and is a board member of the Santa Monica College Photography Department.

Chair of Photography at New York Film Academy

Bobbi Fabian is currently Chair of Photography at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles. She received an MA and BA in Photography from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia and has been a college level teacher for over 10 years and a commercial photographer in Australia, Asia and the US for over 15 years. Clients include: Timex, United Airlines, Motor Trend Classic, Elle Magazine, Australian Gourmet Traveler, Penguin Books, Audi, Lexus and Westfield. Her work has been published in several cookbooks and magazines and is in several private collections in Australia and the US.


Kio Griffith is the founder and curatorial director of Tokyo + Yokohama Projects Exchange in Tokyo, Japan and associate curator and development director at ARTRA Curatorial in Los Angeles, California. He is a photographer, visual and sound artist, independent curator, graphic designer, event producer and educator. In 2014, he created Tokyo+Yokohama Projects Exchange, an independent curatorial organization creating art and music exhibitions, exchange projects and residencies with museums and arts organizations worldwide. He has exhibited in Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Turkey, Belgium, China, London, Paris and in several U.S. cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Alburquerque, Scottsdale AZ, Portland OR, and New York.


Photographer and Founder of

Joanne Carter is the Founder and Editorial Director of A Professional Photographer and Associate of the British Industry of Professional Photographers, BIPP, as well as a Professional Journalist, specializing in Photography. Joanne is also a Columnist for Vogue Magazine and is Contributing Editor to LensCulture.

Co-Founder of

Daria Polichetti is the co-founder of, a high-end print shop for innovative artists seeking a wide range of alternative materials to print on. In 2010, she also co-founded IPA, an online community of mobile artists, culminating in the inaugural LA Mobile Arts Festival in 2012: the largest exhibition of mobile artistry to date.
In addition to her work in the mobile art arena, Polichetti is a writer, illustrator and visual effects artist for stage and screen. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, and her MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She works as a director of photography and VFX producer for productions such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Iron Man, The Twilight Saga, and the infamous Broadway musical, Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark, which earned a 2012 Tony Award nomination for best scenic design. She is currently finishing her first illustrated YA novel, and is represented by Edward Necarsulmer IV at DCL Agency.

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 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 ( debuted to considerable success in June, 2014.

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