Nicholas Crane Writer, broadcaster, geographer, explorer
Nicholas Crane is a writer, broadcaster, geographer, explorer. He was guest speaker for the first Landscape Photographer of the Year Awards at the National Theatre in 2007 and again in 2014, when the exhibition moved to London Waterloo.
Born on England’s south coast, Nick now lives in London but travels the length and breadth of the country in his role as writer and broadcaster for BBC programmes including Coast, Map Man, Great British Journeys & Town. With more than ten books to his name, Nick is currently working on a history of the British landscape. He is President of the Royal Geographical Society.
Speaking at the launch of ‘Landscapes for Everyone’ in Parliament in January 2015, Nick shared his thoughts on how we define landscape. It is a speech
that will resonate with many: “Landscapes are not commodities. They’re not meant for consumption. They’re more like the books and manuscripts in the British Library. A unique collection of irreplaceable National Treasures.”
Helen Brocklehurst Head of Publishing and Digital, The AA
Helen Brocklehurst has worked in illustrated book publishing ever since graduating from university. She has worked with some of the country’s leading photographers, across categories ranging from cookery and lifestyle, through to natural history and travel, always with an eye to achieving the highest production standards. Today she is responsible for publishing the AA’s many bestselling titles across its core areas of travel, lifestyle, maps, atlases and driving titles.
The stunning photography of the British landscape promoted by this competition goes to the heart of the AA’s endeavour to excite and engage its audience about travelling around Britain. With her editorial background, Helen has a passion for arresting images that tell a story, and whether she is publishing printed books or apps, ebooks or web pages, she is committed to delivering first class content with style.
Martin Evening Photographer & writer
Martin Evening is a photographer with a commercial background in advertising and beauty photography. He is also well known for his in-depth knowledge of Photohop and Lightroom, plus books on digital imaging and photography. Martin has worked with the Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom engineering teams for many years and is one of the founding members of Pixel Genius, a software design company producing automated production and creative plug-ins for Photoshop. His recent books include: Photoshop CC for Photographers, Photographers at Work and Lightroom Transformations. In 2008, Martin was inducted into the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, in recognition for his work as a Photoshop and Lightroom instructor. Martin is also a regular contributor to Amateur Photographer, writing a twice-weekly column in which he reviews readers’ photographs and writes technical reviews for the British Journal of Photography.
Martin has a particular love for landscape photography. Having travelled around the world on seminar tours and personal travel, Martin has enjoyed photographing landscape and urban subjects to illustrate his books. Despite his associations with high-end retouching techniques, his personal preference is for classic images with a minimal amount of intervention at the post-production stage.
Steve Watkins Editor of Outdoor Photography, photographer & writer
Steve Watkins is the editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, and has been a professional photographer and author for over 18 years. His work has taken him to over 70 countries and every continent. He is the photographer and co-author of three international bestselling BBC books in their Unforgettable Things to do series. Among his other editorial clients are the Daily Telegraph, the Times, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express, USA Today, Wanderlust, Traveller, Country Walking and Geographical.
Steve is a sought-after speaker and has given lectures at all of the main UK travel and outdoor shows, several literary festivals and at numerous bookstores. He has appeared on television, including arts programme interviews on ITV, on the BBC's Tomorrow's World and on C4 as the race director for the UK's first ever winter adventure race. He has also featured on many radio programmes, giving interviews and taking part in travel related discussions. He is also the Director of Photography for the Travellers' Tales Festival.
Steve regularly shares his knowledge and experience via photography and writing workshops.
Nigel Atherton Group Editor, Time Inc (UK)
Nigel Atherton joined Amateur Photographer, the world’s oldest consumer photography magazine, as a Technique Writer in 1994 and has been Editor since 2013. Amateur Photographer recently celebrated its 130th birthday.
Prior to becoming a photography journalist, Nigel had a career as a professional photographer, working in a variety of photographic fields, including ballistics and high speed photography for the Ministry of Defence. For several years he was a travel photographer, shooting stock for Getty Images.
Nigel enjoys a wide variety of photographic genres, especially landscapes, travel, reportage, nature and portraiture, and also has an interest in photographic history. Nigel believes that there are many potential ingredients to a successful photograph, including great light, perfect timing, an interesting story and a well-observed composition, and in order for him to connect with an image it needs to excel in at least one of these areas, preferably with a dash of originality.
Jasmine Teer Photographic Manager at VisitBritain
Jasmine Teer provides shoot management for VisitBritain, the UK's National Tourism Agency and manages their online collection of over 50,000 images. She has produced and art directed hundreds of shoots throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, working with some of the best photographers in the UK.
Jasmine previously curated the Britain on View exhibition and is currently a mentor for the Young Photographers’ Alliance.
Russ O’Connell Picture Editor, The Sunday Times Magazine
Russ O’Connell is the Picture Editor of the prestigious Sunday Times Magazine; his latest step in a fourteen year career forged within the photographic and magazine publishing sectors.
He worked for some of the biggest consumer publications in the UK Market, before fulfilling a lifelong career ambition of working for the longest standing colour newspaper magazine, The Sunday Times, famed for its history of printing the best in photojournalism, portraiture and photographic essays. He has worked with some of the biggest photographers in the world, both in the UK and abroad, commissioning assignments ranging from high-end celebrity portraiture and fashion shoots to in-depth reportage photography. He has been interviewed by the BBC, CH5 and has partaken in numerous editorial interviews about his career as a picture editor.
Russ has previously been a judge for Nikon’s Prestigious Foundation Competition and has judged the Photo District News (PDN) Music moment’s photographer of the year competition for the US title. Passionate about photography from a young age, the inheritance of his late grandfather’s Rolleiflex secured his future interest in the photographic industry and sparked his life-long passion of looking at amazing images for a living.
Charlie Waite (Head judge), Landscape Photographer and Awards Founder
Charlie Waite is firmly established as one of the world’s leading landscape photographers. He has held numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious venues in the UK, Japan and the USA and his photographs are held in private and corporate collections throughout the world. With over 30 books to his name, Charlie’s distinctive images have received wide critical acclaim over many years. A sought-after writer, public speaker and television presenter, he has featured in numerous photographic and broadsheet publications, DVDs and television programmes on photography.
Through his company Light & Land, he continues to encourage lovers of photography to seek the enormous enrichment that can be found by engaging with the landscape.
He founded the ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ Awards in 2006 and they tie in perfectly with his desire to share his passion and appreciation of the beauty of our world.
Damien Demolder Photographer & Journalist
Damien Demolder started his photographic professional life at the age of 18 and is a photographer, journalist and consultant, having been editor of Amateur Photographer magazine for seven years.
With interests in all areas of photography, Damien does not have a favourite subject, only subjects he is currently concentrating on. At the moment his efforts are going into landscapes and social documentary, as he runs popular street photography courses. When judging photography competitions Damien looks for signs of genuine talent or hard work. Originality is important, as is demonstrating a real understanding of the subject and an ability to capture it in a realistic manner. He says ‘Drama is always eye-catching, but often it is the subtle, calm and intelligent images that are more pleasing and enduring.’
Robin Bernard Director, Bayeux
Robin founded Bayeux, the London West End pro-photo lab, fourteen years ago and it is still going strong today. He is involved in every aspect of photographic post-production, for every genre of photographer. He has been heavily involved in digital imaging since the early days in the nineties but still enjoys getting his hands wet in the darkroom, hand-printing black and white fibre prints that remain popular. Robin admires images that reflect the tranquil peace of the British landscape but is inspired by technical excellence regardless of location.
Charlie Waite (Head judge), Landscape Photographer and Awards Founder
Paul Sanders Landscape Photographer
Paul has been a professional photographer since 1984, beginning his career as a fashion and advertising photographer. He moved into newspapers in 1991, starting at The Daventry Express before moving on to News Team International, a successful agency based in Birmingham. He was appointed Deputy Picture Editor of The Manchester Evening News in 1996 and, two years later, moved to Reuters, the international wire service.
Joining The Times in 2002, he became Picture Editor in 2004. In this prestigious role, overseeing the entire visual look and feel of the paper as it transitioned from broadsheet to the compact format. In December 2011, he left The Times to pursue his love of landscape photography and to launch an after school project for young children to develop their visual and creative awareness through photography. He enjoys sharing his work with others and has spent some wonderful evenings with camera clubs up and down the country. Equally, the joy of working alongside others in a workshop environment or one to one is always a pleasure for him.
Trevor Parr Parr-Joyce Partnership
Trevor’s lifelong love of photography started at Art College. He was a fashion photographers’ assistant before setting up on his own in a Covent Garden studio. He then moved to the Stock/Agency business, seeking new photography and acting as art director on a number of shoots.
In the late 1980s, he started the Parr-Joyce Partnership with Christopher Joyce and also owned a specialist landscape library that was later sold to a larger agency. He now concentrates on running Parr-Joyce from his base in the South of England and sources conceptual, landscape & fine art photography for poster, card and original print markets.
Tristan Leverett Photographer & Digital Image Co-ordinator
Tristan worked as a social photographer for eleven years, photographing weddings internationally and a variety of portraiture from families portraits to corporate portraits for multinational companies. During this time he scooped several national photography awards and industry accolades.
Two years ago Tristan started work with the Managed Collections Team at Capture Ltd. Capture is a British based technology company who specialise in Digital Asset Management software. Capture’s software is the engine behind the VisitBritain Images website. Tristan is the Digital Asset Coordinator for VisitBritain Images, overseeing and QC-ing all image content going into and out of their library.
Tristan still gets behind the lens as often as he can; concentrating mainly on images for stock libraries and personal projects, with landscape photography and photojournalism stories being the subjects closest to his heart.