2018 Key West Photography Festival JURORS

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BEST OF FL KEYS/KEY WEST JURY

ELIZABETH YOUNG

  Executive Director of Florida Keys Council of the Arts, Liz has an extensive background in both the performing and visual arts.  Her experience working with non-profit organizations spans program development, board relations, fund development and marketing. She earned her B.A. in Art History and Theater from Wheaton College in Norton, MA. After spending nearly a decade in New York City as a Casting Director for film, television and theater she moved to the Florida Keys in 1987. Her professional life in the Keys includes being the business manager of Island Wellness and working in all aspects of the business of the fine art photography gallery of Alan S. Maltz.  As Executive Director of the Arts Council since 2008, she serves all the arts, all the Keys, all the time. Most recently, she was a grant panelist for the State’s Division of Cultural Affairs and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, presented at the City of Key West’s Ambassador and Leadership Monroe programs, and for the Board of the Tourist Development Council to being a judge of over 100 children at the infamous Fantasy Fest Children’s Day costume contest. She is also proud to serve as an Executive Officer on the board for the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals. 

LYNNE BENTLEY-KEMP

  Lynne has a PhD in Comparative Studies from Florida Atlantic University, where she also taught B/W darkroom classes. Her dissertation defense was a show of her work “Recovering Eden, The Photographer in the Garden”. She was a college professor of the arts for 18 years at Rochester Institute of Technology (where she received my MFA in printmaking). She has taught photography and humanities at Florida Keys Community College and later went back to FAU and taught analog and digital photography as well as History of Photography online.  she is now producing new work on a regular basis and enjoying the intersections of art and technology. Her work can be seen on Instagram @lynnebk.

SHANNON PERKINS

  Shannon’s photography, similar to her paintings, captures common objects and people doing everyday things with the magic of expressing the spark of life that passersby might otherwise miss. The images provoke clarity about the subjects by portraying a depth of emotion beyond the surface. Shannon loves to travel and her work invites the viewer on a journey for a glimpse of that moment in time.

  Originating from the west burbs of Chicago, Shannon succumbed to an undeniable pull toward the tropic zone. Her journey led her to Key West where she is passionately supported in her endeavor to use art to make the world a better place. Inspired to aide others and unite cultures through the power of art, she founded a charity that has now serviced thousands of underprivileged children. Keys teenagers travel with One World One Canvas, learning photography techniques, and returning with a worldly sophistication and an enlightened outlook. Travelers have the opportunity to be published in a photo journal at the culmination of each trip. Shannon delights in teaching, laughing with and learning from her students.

  Shannon’s photography can be seen at www.oneworldonecanvas.com, facebook/oneworldonecanvas and Instagram @oneworldonecanvas

 

PORTRAIT JURY

Bridges Aderhold, Aderhold Gallery - 

  Bridges Aderhold is a photographer of his generation. Exploring South Florida in the 90’s, he lived with a camera in his hand. Assisting influential photographers he discovered nature through the photo lens, honing his eye to natural and enhanced lighting. Wanting to develop his lighting and photography skills, Aderhold headed West at the age of 19 to follow in the footsteps of America’s greatest landscape photography pioneers. On arrival to San Francisco he set out to study various lighting and reflecting techniques in response to the natural landscape and weather patterns. California sunsets were the answer to Florida’s sunrise. To balance his research he enlisted in freelance studio jobs of fashion and product photography developing his craft of conceptual lighting. In due course, he disregarded fundamental photography ideas, whilst preferring instead to provoke his mind whilst pushing the camera’s inner workings to the limits. Over the years California’s variation of coastal and inland valleys supplemented by distinct microclimates fulfilled the necessary components of discovery for Aderhold to embrace the know-how of early America’s iconic photographers. Leaving the West Coast to return to South Florida, Aderhold developed GAB, a photography studio and gallery in Wynwood. From 2009 to 2016, GAB studio was host studio for many emerging and known designers. All the while, the gallery served as the home to Aderhold’s Eye Project — capturing the essence of each of his 12,000 subject’s personas, simply through their eyes. In the last year Bridges Aderhold has traveled the globe shooting eyes and landscapes inspired by his newfound destiny.

ROBERTO OJEDA

  Roberto Ojeda is an multi-award winning photographer born in Loja, Ecaudor. He arrived to the U.S. in May 2000 to study at Miami International University of Art and Design where in 2003 he obtained his BFA Degree. He has over 18 years of field experience in the arts and now dedicates his time to photography, specializing in fine art portraits. He won the Grand Prize of Digital Photo Magazin'e "Your Best Shot" photography Contest, he's twice been named Urban Photographer of the Year, and he is a merit winner of the 2015 B&W MAgazine's Portfolio Awards. He's been published in Digital Photo Magazine, Digital Photogapher, Advanced Photoshop Magazine, Photography Monthly, Fine Art Photo, Shutterbug Magazine, Nikon Magazine and many more. He's had shows at Bass Museum of Art Miami, The Hanger Gallery and Art Fusion Gallery.

 

WEDDING JURY

HUY NGUYEN

Huy Nguyen was a successful photojournalist and wedding photographer in Dallas, TX until 2010 when he founded the Fearless Photographers directory.  His photography emphasized quirky, candid, moments that constantly surprised his clients. Some of his work can be seen at {love, unscripted}.

Huy Nguyen is also the founder of the Foundation Workshops, the world’s most challenging photography workshops for wedding photographers since 2002.

 

NATURE/LANDSCAPE JURY

ALAN MALTZ

  Renowned Fine Art Photographer Alan S. Maltz is a true romantic. The ethereal nature of light inspires him to create imagery that is both immediate and eternal, abstract and impressionistic. Whether photographing the subtleties of wildlife or the charms of daily life, this self-taught artist does not use shortcuts to achieve virtuosity; instead, he follows the light. Maltz has been designated the "Official Fine Art Photographer for the State of Florida" by VISIT FLORIDA and "The Official Wildlife Photographer of Florida" by the Wildlife Foundation of Florida.

  His art is represented in private, public and corporate collections throughout the world. Among them are: Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta, GA; The Ritz-Carlton in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Suncoast Hospice in Clearwater, FL, and Canson in Caen, France. Sixty of his fine art images are on permanent exhibition at the Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers, FL. These commissioned, limited edition pieces hang in large format (72"x 52") and capture the allure of everyday life in the natural world. His acclaimed books have received numerous honors and recognition. Both Key West Color (1995) and Miami City of Dreams (1997) were named "Best Coffee Table Book of the Year" by the National Association of Independent Publishers. Florida... Beyond the Blue Horizon (2006) was selected as the "Official Welcome Gift for Super Bowl XLI" and received numerous awards, including "Best Florida Book for Adults" and "Best Interior Design" by the Florida Publishers Association. Visions of Beauty — Fort Myers, Sanibel & Beyond... (2010), has received much acclaim from the media, local government, corporate and private sectors of Lee County, FL. His fifth book, Journey Through Paradise Naples, Marco Island & The Everglades was released in January, 2014.

  National and regional publications have featured his work, including The New Yorker, Robb Report, US Airways magazine, Publishers Weekly, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami Herald, New York Post, ARTnews, Newsday and O, The Oprah Magazine. The Alan S. Maltz Gallery, established in 1999, is located on Duval Street in Old Town Key West and features his cutting-edge fine art, innovative framing designs and published works. Alan and his family enjoy the tranquility of nature from their home in the lower Florida Keys.