Meet the Judges
Joe Cornish - Hon FRPS - Chair of Judges, Best Shots 2013
Joe Cornish is an internationally acclaimed landscape photographer. He also writes extensively on the subject with numerous books to his credit. His huge success as a professional photographer is matched by his gentle modesty, both when he speaks about his art and when he instructs others on what it takes to create truly captivating photographs. - www.joecornishgallery.co.uk
Amanda Berry, OBE - Chief Executive - British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
Amanda has been CEO of the internationally famous BAFTA's since 2000. During that time she has been instrumental in the major changes BAFTA has undergone, successfully positioning it as the pre-eminent charitable body that educates, promotes and rewards excellence in the art forms of the moving image.
"Telling a story just using a still image is a skill I truly admire. I very much look forward to seeing your ‘Best Shots’, and working with my fellow judges to select the winning photographs."
J Collingridge - ABIPP - International Architectural Photographer of the Year 2011
J lives in London but he received a 1st Class Honours degree in photography in Yorkshire. His specialisation is architecture and design photography. His clients come from all over Europe and he regularly shoots projects for some of the worlds most renowned architects and designers.
"I love photographic events like Best Shots. It will be exciting to be judging on this occasion, rather than being judged."
Professor Dr. Michael Maloney, OBE - Hon FPRS, FBIPP, FRPS
Mike Maloney is Britain's most decorated press photographer, with 105 major prizes to his name. Three times voted Press Photographer of the Year, he was Chief Photographer for Mirror Group newspapers before turning freelance in 2002. He also has numerous royal tours to his credit, as well as photographing world leaders like Clinton, Reagan, Gorbachev and Yeltsin - with resulting invitations to dine at both The White House and the Kremlin.
Roger Tooth - Head of Photography - The Guardian
Roger has one of the finest eyes for photography of anyone in the business. The Guardian places the upmost value and respect on the photographic content of what it publishes. Roger's visionary approach to sourcing and commissioning photography for the paper, along with his team, have earned the Guardian numerous national and international accolades. His Camera Club features encourage a populist attitude to photography and might inspire you, as you consider what photos to submit for Best Shots 2013.
Linda Wride - ARPS, AFIAP, DPAGB
Linda lives in Oxford and has been a keen photographer from a young age. Linda has won numerous photographic competitions over the years and was named the Royal Horticultural Society Photographer of the Year in 2010.
"One of my photographs, taken with a humble compact camera, won a major award in the first photography competition I entered. Success in competitions is a huge confidence booster for any photographer. Just taking part means that you begin look at your photographs through the eyes of a stranger. Also, seeing the work of others can really inspire you and help you to raise your personal bar a bit higher. Thinking of entering? I'd say, go for it! - What have you got to lose?"
Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, Steven Braker was introduced to photography almost by accident. While at university he wandered into a lecture being given by visiting professor Ansel Adams. The experience changed the direction of his studies and his life. Forty-five years later, after working as a commercial photographer in New York, for the likes of Time-Life and in Chicago for Sears Roebuck, he eventually returned to his Wisconsin roots.
"Judging blind, so to speak, means that no matter what your training or reputation, all photographers stand as one. I'm delighted to be on board for Best Shots."
Jonathan Beer - FBIPP
Jonathan Beer is a still life and product photographer working with manufacturing companies and advertising agencies in the UK and across the world. The best still life photography demands both patience and total control of light, Jonathan's obsessive attention to lighting and detail stands out in a 'we'll fix it in post' world. Jonathan is a Fellow of the BIPP and has many European & UK photographic awards under his belt.
"The Station Charity has assembled a stellar line-up of judges to assess your work for Best Shots. I am thrilled to be among them."
Ady was photographically educated in the military, serving with the Royal Air Force, and detached to the Army. Since leaving the services he has pursued a freelance Press Photography career and is currently Great Britain Hockey's photographer.
A sports specialist photographing primarily, a lot of Ady's work is concentrated on hockey, soccer, cricket and golf. Recently he was awarded Qualified European Photographer (QEP) status by the Federation of European Photographers in the sports reportage category. He lives in Kent.
"I get involved in a lot of judging in Kent and more generally throughout the South Eastern part of England. It is a pleasure to be assisting with such a prestigious International Event like Best Shots."
Lord Crathorne - Best Shots Patron
Lord Crathorne is the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire. He is great supporter of many local charities including The Station. One of his main leisure pursuits is photography and he acts as the Secretary of the very active All-Party Parliamentary Photography Group.
Although no changes are anticipated, The Station Charity reserves the right to make modifications to the published list of judges
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