SAM BARZILAY, Creative Director of United Photo Industries
Currently serving as Creative Director of United Photo Industries, Sam Barzilay is also the co-founder of Photoville, a photographic gathering that has rapidly become among the largest and best-attended photography events in North America. Sam is also one of the founding producers of the Tokyo International Photography Festival, in Tokyo, Japan. A native of Greece, Sam started his career as a photojournalist focusing on the former Soviet republics of Central Asian before joining the staff of the celebrated photo agency VII Photo in Paris, France
He currently serves as nominator for the prestigious Prix Pictet award in photography and sustainability and has served as juror, nominator, and reviewer for Les Rencontres d’Arles, Houston FotoFest, the New York Times Portfolio Reviews, the Google Photography Prize, the SilverEye Fellowship, the FotoVisura Grant, and numerous others. He regularly lectures worldwide on current trends in contemporary photography.
Jennifer Kilberg, Creative Consultant, Agency Access
The ability to recognize a client’s needs and find a clear path to success is one of the many intangibles that Jennifer Kilberg provides. With eighteen years’ experience in the industry as a buyer and photo editor to name a few, she provides a unique insight and remains a source of inspiration to her loyal (and growing) client base.
STEPHEN PIERSON, Executive Director of ArtBridge
Stephen Pierson moved to Brooklyn in 1998, drawn to its arts community. In 2006 he co-founded Canteen Arts, where he served as executive director until 2014. At Canteen, Stephen produced numerous public art shows and events, founded an arts tutoring program for at-risk youth in Harlem, and published two biannual nationally-distributed journals. He also developed an innovative annual photography competition (“Naked Judging”), in which all all judging commentary was published. As a 16-year Brooklyn resident, Stephen has fought to keep the borough artist-friendly—both as an elected County Committee member, and as a member of Community Board 2 and its Cultural Affairs committee. Stephen is a graduate of Brown University’s Modern Culture and Media program. He currently resides in Greenpoint with his wife and two young daughters.
MOSHE ROSENZVEIG, Founder and Creative Director of Head On Photo Festival
Moshe Rosenzveig is the founder and Creative Director of Head On Photo Festival, Australia’s leading photography festival.
Moshe has over 30 years’ experience in the media as a photojournalist, award winning television producer/director (SBS TV) and commercial photographer. Moshe’s work has been published and screened world-wide. Moshe also teaches short-courses in photojournalism at the University of Technology (UTS) and has held lecturing positions at the University of Western Sydney and Notre Dame University, Sydney. Moshe has sat on judging panels for a number of competitions including The Walkleys, Tokyo Photography Prize, Sydney’s Art & About and is the lead judge for Head On Awards.
SUSAN SPIRITUS, Founder of Susan Spiritus Gallery
The Susan Spiritus Gallery opened with its first exhibition of work by George Tice in June 1976. For the past twenty years the gallery has participated in local art fairs including PhotoLA, the Los Angeles Art show, Photo San Francisco, Los Angeles Festival of Books, and most recently, Classic Photographs Los Angeles. Spiritus serves on the Board of Advisors for International Photography Awards (IPA) and the Center for Fine Art Photography (C4FAP).
She has written articles on photography for two monographs, national magazine publications and for juried competitions, including, Adore NoIr Magazine, Darkroom Gallery, Don’t Take Pictures, Rfotofolio, Fraction Magazine and for Center For Fine Art Photography. Spiritus has reviewed portfolios for Photolucida, Review Santa Fe, PhotoNola, Palm Springs Photo Festival, CriticalMass and MOPLA’s Fresh Look.
Susan Spiritus Gallery works with artists from the USA and around the world including George Tice, Cara Barer, Camille Seaman, Ellen Jantzen, Fran Forman, Tami Bone, Danae Falliers, Seung Hoon Park (South Korea), Hengki Koentjoro (Indonesia), Yoichi Nagata (Japan), Deborah Parkin and Ellie Davies (UK), The International Collaboration Project artists, Deb Young (New Zealand) and Frank Diaz (USA), Hakan Strand (Sweden) and William Furniss (Hong Kong).
ALISON ZAVOS, Founder and Editor of Feature Shoot
Alison Zavos is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of the photography site Feature Shoot and a photography curator. She is an active member of the photography community, reviewing portfolios and judging competitions for numerous organizations including The New York Times, PDN, EyeEm, Critical Mass, Photoville's The Fence, the Head On Festival and more. She's spoken on various panels for companies and organizations such as Shutterstock, PhotoShelter and The School of Visual Arts discussing topics such as the impact of new media, marketing and press. Prior to running Feature Shoot full time, Zavos worked as a photo editor. She currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband and daughter.
ELIZABETH BREINER, Editor of nineteensixtyeight
Elizabeth Breiner is the Editor of nineteensixtyeight, a platform for contemporary photography and journalism that represents emerging artists and offers unique experiments in curatorial practice. She is a critic and curator with a specialization in modern literature and photographic history, and a focus in her written practice on convergences between the two. Originally from New York, currently based in London, Elizabeth is a graduate of University College London’s Issues in Modern Culture program. She has written for a range of publications, collaborated on artist books and portfolios, and has worked as Editor and Curator for the London Festival of Photography, the photography platform Fotoura, and the London Photography Diary. She previously co-ran the International Street Photography Awards and served as a portfolio reviewer for several consecutive years.
Founder and publisher of the lifestyle travel magazine Tiny Atlas Quarterly, Emily Nathan has been a professional photographer for the last 20 years for clients like: Apple, Google, Mastercard, Travel and Leisure and Ritz Carlton. . Since the launch in 2012, Tiny Atlas has produced a digital magazine, a sold out printed annual, a massive social media community with the tag #mytinyatlas (now with 2 million posts) and photo shows and events in SF, LA, NYC, London and Montauk. This Sept, Tiny Atlas completed a successful Kickstarter campaign for its first camera bag, the Solas with outdoor brand Alite Designs. And just in October, Tiny Atlas collaborated to put on it’s first travel experience open to the public, in Tofino, British Columbia in collaboration with Earth Missions and AllSwell Creative. What started as a personal project is now a young global lifestyle travel brand rooted in personal experience and visual storytelling excellence. Emily is a mom and she multi-tasks in Oakland, California.