Our LOVE 2014 jury is composed of international artists and professionals who have acquired a taste for creative images and photography. Their common vision will identify the best artistic photographs representing our criteria for this contest: emotion, beauty and freedom.
Provisional list of jury members (we are still waiting for several confirmations which will be announced later on our Facebook page):
Denis Alix, Photographer & Co-Founder of Alix & Gagné, Quebec, Canada
Lida Chaulet, Photographer, The Netherlands
Anne d'Oliveira, Photographer, Vice-President of Photographic Society of South Africa (PSSA)
Editor of Super Digital Photo Magazine, Spain
Julia Fullerton-Batten, Photographer, United Kingdom
Patrick Lesort, President of Productions Hors cadre & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
Marc Montplaisir, Photographer, Quebec, Canada
Valérie Racine, Editorial Director, Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines, Quebec, Canada
Douglas Ross , Photographer, painter and sculptor, Ireland
Cristina Țintă, Editor in Chief, FOTO4all Magazine
Nicolas Wasmer, President of Abekobe & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
Idan Wizen, Photographer, France
Photographer & Co-Founder of Alix & Gagné, Quebec, Canada
After studying photography at Cégep du Vieux- Montréal, Denis Alix became a freelance photographer. Being particularly fond of stage and press photography, he has been the official photographer for The International Montreal Jazz Festival (Jazz Fest) since 1985. "The Jazz Fest will always remain the major source of my photographic work. For nearly 30 years, it has allowed me to create tens of thousands of photos in the ever so magical atmosphere typical of festivals, to meet the biggest names in jazz and to enjoy a musical genre about which I knew almost nothing". In 1989 he founded with François Gagné, Alix & Gagné Inc., a photography lab focusing on the finest work of impeccable quality. With the advent of technology, the lab has grown into a digital workshop offering scanning, editing and above all, high quality large format printing. While remaining true to its corporate philosophy, Alix & Gagné is now also winning over a growing number of clients from the art scene.
Photographer, The Netherlands
At age 10, Lida Chaulet received her first cameras a first prize and as a result, she carried her camera everywhere, becoming professional some years later. She studied chemistry, math and computer sciences and worked as chemical analyst, technical support engineer and as manager of an international computer help-desk. Recently she commenced a senior position for the Publicity & Promotion of a lighting firm. In 2004 she was asked to participate in a few photography projects and this made her decide to study photography at the Fotovakschool in Apeldoorn (NL), specializing in Portrait and Fashion. Horst P. Horst, Ruth Bernard, Jeanloup Sieff, Elliott Erwitt, André Kertész, Herb Ritts, and Robert Doisneau, amongst others, have influenced her professional views. 2007 was when she started to capture nudes, working with light to emphasize the beauty of the human form. Lida is available for private and public photo-shoots, in studio or specific locations. Lida has won a PhotoShoot Award, NUDE 2013, in the Emotion Category.
Photographer, Vice-President of Photographic Society of South Africa (PSSA)
Anne d'Oliveira joined the Camera Club of Johannesburg in June 2001, progressing quite quickly through the ranks. She joined the club Committee at the beginning of 2002 as club Secretary. In 2003 she was elected Chairperson and holds that post to this day. She was President of the club 4 times and is still Secretary. In 2005 she was elected to the Board of the Photographic Society of South Africa (PSSA) as Regional Director for Central Gauteng. In October 2013 Anne d'Oliveira was elected as 2nd Vice-President for PSSA. She is very active in judging at clubs within in PSSA and for National Salons. She also participates in both National and International salons with reasonable success. She travels frequently preferably to places few others would venture with photography being a major part of the reason for adventure. «When I am not physically travelling, I am armchair travelling and photographing - always reading books on the subjects to broaden my horizons».
Visual Editor of Super Digital Photo Magazine, Spain
Isabel Gonzalez is editor of the Spanish magazine photo "Super Foto Digital". She took a year and a half working on this redaction and this time she learned a lot about this art. Working on this magazine with over twenty years of history has allowed him to meet many previously unknown concepts and, above all, to be able to distinguish a good photograph, the best of the best, one in a million. In magazine are published all kinds of items, from first contacts with cameras, extensive tests of the latest products, photographic reporting from around the world and the most prestigious competitions. Super Foto Digital magazine is essential for any photographer. Isabel is a journalist and she loves to write, but she is of those who think that a picture speaks a thousand words. She has the gift of receiving the picture message, go beyond what the eye sees and feels photography as something more than the immortalization of the moment.
Photographer, United Kingdom
The British photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten (West Germany, 1970) grew up in Germany and the United States. She studied at the Berkshire College of Art and Design in Reading, England, and has been a freelance photographer since 2001. She won a John Kobal Award twice, and in 2005 and 2007 she was honoured by the Royal Photographic Society in England. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne. Julia Fullerton-Batten is now ubiquitous in contemporary photography. She won major international awards such as the Hasselblad Master Awards in Fine Arts and the World Photography Award, and presided over a number of contests, such as the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize. Most recently, she was a jury member of the Life Framer Photography Award. Although she still shoots a lot of commercial work, she treasures her fine art photography for the creative freedom it allows her.
Julia has won the Third Prize and a Category Award (Urban Category) of PhotoShoot Awards, NUDE 2014.
President of Productions Hors cadre & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
Initiated at a very young age to the magic of images and the photo lab, Patrick attended photography school in Paris. From 1975, Patrick worked as a portrait and interior design photographer. He branched out later to graphic arts where he was Art Director for numerous design studios in Paris, Aix-en-Provence (France) and then in Montreal. Editor-in-Chief for a number of trade magazines, Patrick also became responsible for the contests Grafika (graphic design) and Lux (professional photography). At the same time, he founded his own company, les Productions Hors cadre, and became involved in the organization of cultural events. PhotoShoot Awards is a project that has come into fruition and emphasizes Patrick’s passion for artistic photography. For the past 15 years, under his artist name (Roland Cabon), Patrick has continued to create his images, namely artistic nudes, which have appeared in numerous print publications and exposed in exhibits in Montreal and in France, in particular at the Festival européen de photo de nu d’Arles, in 2006.
Photographer, Quebec, Canada
Renowned for his versatility, Marc Montplaisir has been a professional photographer for almost 20 years. Along with major advertising campaigns, Marc also focused on the creation of portraits which combined artistic sensitivity with finely honed skills in such a way that it set him apart from the rest. Marc's images reveal his fascination with people: he interprets the essence of his subjects in close detail, getting them to disclose their true nature with real intimacy. With a passion for technique, Marc founded "L'autre studio" where he devotes his time to making portraits in ambrotype and ferrotype, two techniques which were developed in the 1850's after the invention of the daguerreotype. Marc's portraits have been shown in numerous exhibitions and many were published in the magazine, Elle Québec. Marc Montplaisir has also won a number of local and international prizes, such as Grands prix Lux, Applied Art, Magazine du Québec and Communication Arts.
Editorial Director, Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines, Quebec, Canada
After her studies in art, art history and communications, Valérie started working at Apex Publications as Assistant Editor in 2002. In her current position as Editorial Director, she manages the editorial content of Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines and occasionally contributes articles to Photo Solution. She has guided Apex's team of contributors through the changing dynamics of the publishing industry and strengthened the web content of the magazines. Even though she is not a professional photographer herself, she is passionate about photography and has been a guest judge for a variety of photo contests and competitions, including the Black and White Spider Awards. Valerie is also part of the judging committee for Photo Life and Photo Solution's annual international photo contest, The World We Live In.
Photographer, painter and sculptor, Ireland
The photographic work of Douglas Ross is mainly montage, with material gathered from his extensive travels. «I am a painter and sculptor who has been using a camera all my life to gather visual reference. Twelve years ago I began to use my camera as an art making tool and along with some very simple software to make mythic and surreal images. I approach photographic composition and colour as a painter rather than as a graphic technician. My painting aesthetic in turn has influenced the way I work with photographic material. Working with light can be too intangible all the time, so I get a lot of satisfaction from making head-dresses, costumes, sets and props for my pictures as well as returning to painting and sculpture from time to time.» Douglas Ross has won several PhotoShoot Awards (NUDE 2013 and 2014) and has had recent exhibitions in Ireland, Canada, Germany, Italy and Portugal.
Editor in Chief, FOTO4all Magazine, Romania
Cristina Țintă is a Romanian photographer who first fell in love with the stars and astrophotography and then started to play with other types of photography as well. She won a few international awards for astrophotography and also two honorable mentions at the IPA Awards in 2012. She is also the co-founder and Editor in Chief of FOTO4all magazine, a PDF based photography magazine, established in August 2011 and published in English starting September 2012. The articles cover a wide range of topics. You will always find both well-known and emerging artists inside their pages. At FOTO4all they believe that a great way to learn photography is to study exceptional images and to listen to voices that successfully practice the art of photography. In January 2013 they also launched Best of FOTO4all – an interactive issue for iPad users, containing the most interesting interviews and portfolios from their first year of activity.
Nicolas Wasmer President of Abekobe & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
Nicolas Wasmer is a talented web specialist in great demand whether in Quebec, France or Japan. While creating websites for Infopresse, the magazine publisher in Montreal, Nicolas discovered a new passion for photography. The websites for Grafika and Lux, the latter being a competition showcasing the works of professional photographers in Quebec, sparked Nicolas' imagination for a venue that would join both mediums, web and photography. His friendship with Patrick triggered the idea behind PhotoShoot Awards, a series of web-based photography competitions. From this point forward, it was conceivable that their idea would become reality. Nicolas is also President of Abekobe, a company specializing in the translation of Asian languages, where he works with his wife, Keiko, of Japanese origin. In addition, he has recently created the website of l'Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) in Montreal.
Idan Wizen is an artist of French and Israeli descent as well as the photographer of the project, "Un Anonyme Nu dans le Salon". His images have been exhibited in Paris, New York, Miami and Osaka. Born in 1984 in Tel-Aviv, Ida obtained a Master's Degree in Design from Sup de Pub in Paris and from the University of the Arts of London. Following a brief career in Marketing in the cosmetics industry, Idan founded a communications agency, Studio Idan. In 2009, he began to take photos for the project "Un Anonyme Nu dans le Salon". The trust he gained in short time from his models as well as his ability to render them beautiful resulted in that to date, over 600 participants have posed for the project! He splits his time between teaching and that of a portraitist. Future art projects to come: "People, Kiss my Shoes" and "We, tomorrow….". Idan Wizen received a PhotoShoot Award in the Nude 2013 contest and was a finalist in 2014.