Our Panel of Preliminary Guest Judges
We are honoured to have the following lineup of guest judges reviewing every submission we recieve.
Born and raised in Georgetown Guyana, Kirth Bobb migrated to the United States in 1999 and now resides in Petworth community in Washington DC with his wife and three children. Though “formally” educated in the computer sciences and cyber security disciplines, his journey into photography has been one filled with discoveries and is driven by an endless curiosity about the human experience, light, shapes, color, the creative process, and everything in-between.
Kirth’s wedding, family documentary, fine art and street photography has been featured in several internationally recognizable publications and has been awarded very high honors by the photography community. His work has also been exhibited galleries in Washington DC, and he is a member of numerous Washington DC and international art and photography communities and collectives.
Through her love of line, shape and color, Lauren Mitchell captures the ageing sprawl of her everyday surroundings in the Sunshine State. She spends much of her time figuring out just what it means to live in Florida — to be in this beautiful, strange place where reality and illusion exist side by side. Though much of her work is vivid and bright, there is often an undercurrent of strangeness and darkness residing just below the surface.
She would also like to add that she is continually inspired by her neighborhood, even for the reasons why she very much dislikes it.
Lauren received her BA in Graphic Design and Art History from San Diego State. She was born in 1984 to a woman who commuted two hours each day to work in a cubicle and took her daughter to McDonalds so much that she got Happy Meal toys for free.
Her work has been displayed in numerous exhibitions across the country. In 2016, she received honorable mention in the PDN Exposure Awards.
She currently resides on the Space Coast of Florida with her husband and daughter.
With her upbeat personality, Lyndah Wells is a mother of 2 energetic girls and married to the love of her life, Doug.
She is living a life that she still can’t believe is hers doing what she loves as an award winning and internationally published wedding photographer in the beautiful islands of the Bahamas, Listed in the top 5 Bahamas wedding photographer and one of the best in the Caribbean.
She’s a Fearless photographers award winner, speaker and brand Ambassador for the innovative light modifier company Magmod.
Her approach to life is visible in the bold, colorful and emotive images she makes for her clients and her personal work.
Our Final Round Live-Stream Judges
The final round of Judging to select the top 10 winners + honorable mentions in each category, will be live-judged across multiple platforms by Gulnara Samoilova, Jenna Shouldice and Kirsten Lewis Bethman.
Gulnara is a street and fine art photographer based in New York City and the founder of the Women Street Photographers Instagram feed. She holds a certificate in creative practices from the International Center of Photography in New York City and undergraduate degree in photography from the Moscow Polytech College.
Gulnara is a former Associated Press photojournalist and received national and international awards for her iconic photographs from 9/11/01, including first prize in the prestigious World Press Photo competition in Amsterdam and a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize by the AP. Gulnara’s work is a part of major collections such as the Museum of the City of New York, The New York Public Library, New York Historical Society, the Newseum, and Houston Museum of Fine Arts.
With almost 40 years combined experience as a documentary photographer, artist, darkroom printer, photojournalist, and photo editor, Gulnara employs her experience and qualifications to research and curate an impressive body of work by women photographers from around the globe.
Photographer & DFA Co-Founder
Jenna is a documentary and wedding/family photographer based out of Victoria BC, where she works with her husband and they raise their small daughter. Her documentary work focuses on women’s issues and more specifically, the labour process. In addition to being professionally trained in photography, Jenna has a degree in Psychology, trained as a doula in 2011, and her birth work has been published internationally both online and in print. In addition to shooting, Jenna teaches documentary birth and family photography to photographers around the world.
Kirsten Lewis Bethmann
Photographer & DFA Co-Founder
While photography is now her career, Kirsten actually began as a painter and ceramicist attending a high school with a strong magnet program in the fine arts in Norwich, CT. Additionally, she spent a significant amount of time on the stage through musical theater and dance, a place she was very familiar with growing up with a father who was an actor and musician. It was not until after she graduated with a Child Psychology degree that she began to explore photography, following in the footsteps of her mother and stepfather. Although it took almost a decade in the field, once Kirsten realized she could apply all of her education, experiences and interests to photography she abandoned the wedding industry and a very successful market in the Outer Banks, NC and focused on carving out a niche in the family photography world, applying her love of visual storytelling and photojournalism to a commercial business.
Kirsten now lives in Denver with her husband, street photographer Gregory Bethmann, their young daughter Byrdie Mae and Golden Retriever Mingus the Dingus. Although at least half the year is spent on the road, they are grateful for the mountains to ski on and bike trails to ride when they are home and spend a lot of time soaking up all the sunshine Colorado has to offer.