Our NUDE 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):
Azamit, Fashion Stylist and Model
Pierre Choinière, Photographer, Gallery Owner Espace 40 (Le Comptoir d’Ailleurs)
David Farsi, Visual Artist, Sculptor, Designer
Marc Gafen,Editor of Capture Magazine
Louis Giguère, President of Witness Publishing Inc. & the photographic art shop, getphotoart.com
Isabel Gonzalez, Editor of Super Digital Photo Magazine
Akif Hakan Celebi, Photographer
Pavel Kiselev, Photographer
Patrick Lesort, President of Productions Hors cadre & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
Marie-Reine Mattera, Photographer
Iouri Philippe-Paillé, Music Video & Commercial Director
Heidi Taillefer, Visual Artist
Cristina Țintă, Editor in Chief, FOTO4all Magazine
Martin Villeneuve, Writer-Director-Producer
Nicolas Wasmer, President of Abekobe & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
Azamit Fashion Stylist and Model, Canada
Azamit has been a fashion stylist for more than 12 years. After her studies in fashion design in Paris and Montreal, she worked as an intern with Nina Ricci. Fashion design allowed her to discover a field that she likes: fashion styling. She returned to Montreal and began working as an assistant fashion stylist for ELLE Québec and ELLE Canada for two years. She then decided to work as a freelancer and successfully obtained one contract after the other. As a model, Azamit participates in a number of photo shoots with renowned photographers and is considered to be one of the top models at Folio Montreal agency. But ultimately, it is her work as a fashion stylist that she likes and has a passion for. Very much in demand in Montreal, Azamit stands out in the industry because of her professionalism, hard work and her ability to conceptualize unique creative atmospheres.
Pierre Choinière Photograper, Gallery Owner Espace 40 (Le Comptoir d’Ailleurs), Canada
Based out of Montreal, Canada, photographer Pierre Choinière has the rare ability to create a seductive chemistry with his models. By using defining lines and simple contrasts of color, he keeps the focus on his beautiful models as he magically enhances their beauty. Whether in Montreal or in Paris where he’s been living for many years, Pierre’s fashion and commercial photos do not go unnoticed (Shan, Charles Jourdan, Bedo, Chateleine Magazine, Jacob, Jacob Lingerie, Budweiser, Jergens’ etc.) An avid traveler, he discovered in Morocco decorative photophore candles which he imports to Montreal. He has since opened a boutique-gallery, Le Comptoir d’Ailleurs, where photographs or paintings are displayed alongside photophore candles and flower arrangements: a concept which identifies this connoisseur of art, light and colours.
Anastasia Dashkevych Artist Model, Ukraine
«I'm a model from Ukraine. I work in a variety of styles, most of all I like the nude. I think that the
female body is one of the most beautiful phenomena in the world! I love working with different
photographers, each with their different outlook, taste, style. I see myself through the eyes of
different people. For a long time, photography was just a hobby for me; all photo shootings inspire
me and give me new ideas and experiences. I plan to learn about photography on the other side
of the camera because I want to feel the emotions that I see in the eyes of the person who just
took a gorgeous photo.»
David Farsi Visual Artist, Sculptor, Designer, Canada
During his first years as an artist, David’s encounters with Picasso and Dali introduced him to a new perspective of art. He then entered the world of art exhibitions, selling his first works of art. He created, among others, the poster and illustrations for the catalogue commemorating the Cannes Festival’s 50th anniversary. His creative dynamism is perceivable through his paintings, mosaics, stained glass, furniture and sculptures. His travels lead him to discover the use of laquer which later became his main technique for many years. In 1999, David Farsi moved to Montreal. He dedicated himself to digital art and created the Ko, a unique masterpiece of 1024 works of art. Since 2007, David, while keeping his own style, has returned to making traditional paintings, mixing oil painting and collages. David Farsi has exhibited his work in important cities all around the world such as: Paris, Los Angeles, Brussels, New York, Bonn or Bologna. Today, we find his paintings in private collections and museums.
Marc Gafen Editor, Capture magazine, Australia
After only a handful of years in the corporate world, Marc decided to take a significant change in direction. In late 2000, he left the corporate world to join the photographic fraternity. While assisting some of Australia's most respected advertising photographers, he also began his writing career. He became a regular contributor to Capture magazine in 2003 and in July 2007, Marc was appointed to the position of editor. The publication is highly regarded among both working professionals and emerging photographers as a valuable business resource designed to help them better run their own businesses. During all this time, Marc continues to focus on and grow his photography business. Having dabbled with corporate work, portraiture and the odd wedding, including two commissions to the Greek Islands, he is best known for his unique brand of on-location dog portraiture and trades as The Phodographer®.
Louis Giguère President of Witness Publishing Inc. & the photographic art shop, getphotoart.com, Canada
Louis Giguère is a marketing professional with extensive experience in branding. As part of his Master’s degree, he wrote a thesis on the esthetic response and symbolism in consumption, which led him to study the behaviour of museum-goers at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. As a manager and later as a consultant, he applied these findings to his approach used in directing the work of design studios in the development of in-store communications and lifestyle product lines, many of which have won design awards in Canada and abroad. Louis knows how to translate esthetic forms, textures and contexts into experiential narrative. Louis has published many articles on large architectural project and exclusive houses. He founded Witness Publishing and its commercial arm, getphotoart.com, in 2012, with the sole mission of bringing original work to life, be it through limited prints, reproductions or derived products, with a view to infusing people’s lives with art.
Isabel Gonzalez 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 thinks 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.
Super Foto Digital
Akif Hakan Celebi Photographer, Hong Kong, Istambul, London
Akif Hakan is an American photographer of Turkish origin. He is currently based in Hong Kong, Istanbul and London. He graduated from the University Of Kentucky with a bachelor's degree and also holds an associate degree from the Art Institute Of Ft. Lauderdale. He is an experimenter when it comes to new photographic techniques and styles. He manages to implement and blend current trends in visual arts with his own creativity which is influenced by many great movies especially from the Far East. In most of his works, the goal is to give the viewers a story and set an athmospheric mood within the images he creates. He brings 'Expressionism' into photography with the use of unusual color combinations. He approaches fashion photography with an edge , blending fine-art and photo-journalistic aspects with glamour , sensuality and beauty. His images are very cinematic and always striving to go beyond established styles and widen the boundaries of photographic expression. He aims to produce powerful images that leave an impact on the viewer and thinks out of the box. In 2006, he is chosen as one of the top ten best new generation photographers in Germany, he was also a finalist in 2006 International Color Awards. In 2011 one of his photographs has been chosen as the runner-up for "Image Of The Year" by American Photo magazine.
Pavel Kiselev Photographer, Russia
Pavel Kiselev began working actively in the sphere of photography in 1980. He has never limited himself by certain scope, conventionalities, traditions, which are very numerous in photography. He is always a lot of experimenting: with himself – while making photographs, with the spectators – while showing them. These experiments are not the attempt to show his originality, but a internal need in development and movement forward.
The main purpose of his work in the sphere of photography is a sensuality but not the form or decoration. That is why he photographs people a lot, such photos include a lot of emotions, sensuality. Alongside with studio work, he takes a lot of pictures during trips and travels. His creative work turns out to be especially fruitful during the trips with people, who are close with him. In this case his journey photographic stories are more sincere, and the photographs are more lively and emotional. He is a member of the Union of Photography Artists of Russia and the Creative Union of Artists of Russia. He has his own photo studio and Creative School of photography.
Patrick Lesort 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.
Marie-Reine Mattera Photographer, Canada
Marie-Reine Mattera opened her first studio at age 20 in Paris. There she contributed to such notable publications as Libération, L’Express and Première. In 1992, Marie-Reine immigrated to Montreal and has since developed a career in both commercial and art photography. In her studio, with her team, she shoots advertising, editorial, entertainment and women’s and men’s fashion campaigns, and has carved out an exceptional reputation in children’s fashion. Meanwhile, she has established herself as an artist as well through the projects she creates with Emmanuel Joly under the name of Mattera-Joly. With an approach that is at times different but always complementary, their artistic collaboration is fruitful and has given rise to numerous exhibitions. Together they have published 24h/24, la nuit se lève, a book exploring life at night time. In addition, Marie-Reine has won an award at Lux (contest honouring commercial and professional photography) every year for over 10 years.
Iouri Philippe-Paillé Music Video & Commercial Director, Canada
Iouri Philippe-Paillé majored from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. His work has been featured on the Vimeo home page, published on Fubiz and has been part of different music video countdowns, including the Top 30 from the renowned French magazine Les Inrocks . His music video for Mika’s “Make You Happy” has brought a lot of attention. His music videos have received wide exposure, often labelled as "Buzz Clip" or "Bomb of the Week". Iouri started in filmmaking as a director of photography and worked his way up to director. He still loves to grab a camera and play cinematographer. His experience makes for a sharp sense of imagery and a desire to always push the visuals a step further. Fascinated by new cultures and landscapes, Iouri has travelled the world. His long lasting obsession for beauty, light, freedom and dreams translates into strong visual aesthetics, and a playful exploration of visual trickeries.
Heidi Taillefer Visual Artist, Canada
Heidi Taillefer’s work is an original creative fusion of classical figurative painting, surrealism, contemporary realism, and mythology combined with popular figurative traditions ranging from Victorian romanticism to science fiction. Her artwork is consonant with some of the 20th century surrealists. She addresses eternal issues on the human condition borrowing from mythologies throughout different eras and cultures, through the lens and language of mechanism, mirroring the ubiquity of technological advancement in the world.« My paintings are meant to denounce or celebrate technology and the changes it either promises or threatens, as a projection of what we are becoming with both the appeal of the familiar and the jolt of where we are headed. » Heidi participated in numerous solo exhibitions in New York, Washington, Palm Springs, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Montreal. Her paintings are found in private collections and in museums around the world (New York, Puerto Rico, Tel Aviv, Texas, etc.)
Cristina Țintă 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.
Martin Villeneuve Writer-Director-Producer, Canada
After his studies in filmmaking and graphic design, Martin Villeneuve directed a number of videos and advertisements. As a graphic designer,
he created numerous posters for the film industry. In 2002, he won a bursary offered by Sid Lee where he later became Art Director and
collaborated in the conception of ad campaigns for the Cirque du Soleil’s shows Zumanity, KÀ and Corteo.
His graphic novels Mars et Avril, (volumes 1 and 2) and his comic book La voix du tonnerre were all released to critical acclaim.
In 2012, he completed his first feature film as writer-director-producer, Mars et Avril, based on his graphic novels. Martin is also
the first — and so far the only — speaker from Quebec to have given a TED Talk in Long Beach, California. In 2014, he won the Best Actor
award for his role in the short film Imelda. Martin is currently working on four feature films: Aquarica, Imelda, From Beyond and The Other World, two of which to be produced in L.A.
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.