Meet our 2014 Judges
Bobbie Teal Atlas
Bobbie Atlas, is an arts educator and photographer with 25 years experience in teaching, conducting workshops, lectures, curating, documentaries and as a juror. Ms. Atlas specializes in documentary photography that "captures artifacts of living". She writes curriculum for high school and college photography programs, has participated in many conferences delivering "the best-of teaching practices" to arts professionals in the United States and Canada; she has traveled to Greece and Italy to independently publish a book titled, Touching the Walls of Ruins.
Ms. Atlas been an advisor for Davis Publication's art history text books, has produced a short documentary of local Holocaust survivor Murray Ebner and continues to teach and document "artifacts of living". Ms Atlas' passion is in documentary art and in the joy of teaching photography as a tool for discovery and living passionately.
It's all about the light. Jim is a photographer and visual artist with a passion for the subjects and places., mostly being the scenic landscapes and natural details of the South Carolina Low Country and in the Hocking Hills of Southeastern Ohio. He has been involved with photography since starting with a Pentax Spotmatic F 35mm SLR camera and homemade black and white darkroom in the basement of his childhood home, all the way back in the late 70's.
For the most part he is a self-taught artist but stay active in ongoing educational programs. Perhaps one of the most valuable learning experiences came from his participation in 2000 in the Professional Nature Photography course taught by David Middleton at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana.
JIm's work has been published in Smithsonian Magazine, Ohio Magazine, Ohio State Parks, USAToday, Professional Photographer, Housetrends, National Wildlife and Nature's Best.
His is the owner and manage Photography by Jim Crotty LLC from a home office and studio in Frisco, Texas where he also works as a commercial photographer providing portrait photography as well as assignment editorial, product and architectural photography.
Jim frequently returns to Ohio to present and teach nature photography workshops, most often at The Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills. He is a proud, single dad of two beautiful daughters who keep him laughing, smiling and constantly moving forward in living and loving the best way he can, by staying true to himelf, his art and the pure joy that comes through the creative process and connecting with the good light.
As a member of the Ohio Valley Camera Club based out of Huntington (WV) Museum of Arts, Rick is among the six members who have attained Master Photographer status in the club’s 52 years. He also serves on the club’s executive board. Some of his proudest achievements have been several Best Of Show Awards, including Best of Show for the year end competition in 2008.
Rick says that no passion returns favor without effort, so, he puts in the hard work to get the best shots he believe are possible.
Charlie is a photographer, painter, digital technician, art educator, and mother living and working in Southern Ohio.
She earned a BFA from Ohio University in 2003 and since then has been teaching art and working in the studio as a portrait photographer and master digital technician, all the while building a large body of personal fine art images. Her background in multiple studio arts has deeply influenced her photography and her narrative-style stock images have been published worldwide.
Gary is a successful professional commercial photographer and a sought after photography teacher working in the Central Ohio area for over 25 years. His client list includes Abbott Foods, Turner Construction, and Franklin Park Conservatory.
Gary founded the Walker Photography School in 2001 and teaches basic through advanced digital imaging courses, digital workflow, image manipulation, and special project classes including portrait lighting, landscape, and product/still life photography.