Our NUDE 2015 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):
David Farsi, Visual Artist, Sculptor, Designer
Patrick Lesort, President of Productions Hors cadre & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
Marie-Reine Mattera, Photographer
Iouri Philippe-Paillé, Music Video & Commercial Director
Phylactère, Artist, Founder & Director of L'Atelier Phylactère
Peter van Stralen, Photographer
Cristina Țintă, Editor in Chief, FOTO4all Magazine
Rebecca Tun, Art Model, Germany
Martin Villeneuve, Writer-Director-Producer
Nicolas Wasmer, President of Abekobe & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
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.
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.
Phylactère Artist, Founder & Director of L'Atelier Phylactère, Quebec, Canada
Phylactère is a multi-disciplinary electric artist. An anthropologist, artistic model and teacher, she is also a photographer in her space time. In 2004 Phylactère created L'Atelier Phylactère, a concept bringing space and identity to a single dimension, much like the image she projects as an exploring character. Phylactère has travelled around the world for the past 10 years working with photographers and teaching yoga as she explored the open spaces before her. She has carefully collected her observations and questions about the 'body', movement and expression of feelings in her field journals. This enables her to capture the basic essentiality of a culture and their differences which make up the colourful mosaic of the human race. From this personal quest emerges the human body in a unique form of artistic expression, as performed and taught by Phylactère. Guided by her intuition, she follows the natural course of the exploring and living each moment to its fullest.
Peter van Stralen Photographer, The Netherlands
Peter van Stralen likes to describe himself as a two dimensional sculptor who works in a borderland somewhere between regular photography and 'Big Art'. He looks upon himself as an individualist who chooses his own path and barely pays any attention to modern trends and fashions. Photography provides him with a space where he can create his own world. The things that are fascinating and meaningful to him in daily life are also important in his images: seclusion and simplicity. He photographes naked bodies of professional female dancers and describes his photo series as a kind of photographic choreography. His themes mainly revolve around subjects such as loneliness, alienation, absurdity and humor. The dancers pose for him as 'interpreters' and bring their female attraction, beauty, youth and charm to these images without disclosing their own identity. He has a profound admiration for them, since they are able to combine power with grace in a very natural way.
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.
Rebecca Tun Art Model, Germany
Rebecca is a freelance art model from the UK. She is currently based in Berlin and spends her time there organizing tours of Europe: "I'm going from place to place modeling for different photographers on a wide range of art projects in a lot of exotic locations. I'm obsessed with making pictures and I'm addicted to looking at them. I'm deeply motivated by imagination and creativity, but also very technical in my approach. My days revolve around images. In my spare time I take photographs and I make collages". When she finishes modeling, Rebecca would like to stay in the world of images by becoming an editor or a curator.
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.