2017 Judges

An exciting benefit for Portland Squared participants is the opportunity to listen and watch the judging in action.  Judges will be candidly reviewing and selecting images with comments on favorable and less than optimal characteristics and quality of the submitted images.  The emphasis will be on picking the best images in each category with the added educational value of constructive criticism from which everyone can benefit.  For all of us, becoming the best photographer that we can be inevitably is a work in progress, so don't miss this outstanding opportunity to learn from your own images and those of others as seen through the eyes of our outstanding panel of judges.  


Patti Bateman (Judge)

Patti Bateman is an Associate Creative Director at HMH Agency. She has two decades of experience collaborating with photographers to tell compelling visual stories. She is a champion of the creative process and an expert at designing to bring brands to life.


Michael Novak (JUDGE)

Michael Novak was born in Los Angeles, and lived in New York City for ten years before moving to Portland in 2007. Over a 20-year career, he’s been an editorial Art Director at Time Warner and Portland Monthly, as well as an illustrator, designer, animator, and storyboard artist.


Tom Hassler (JUDGE)

Tom Hassler is an award-winning photographic problem solver.  Having worked for top advertising and editorial clients for many years, he is known for always getting "the shot."  A strong sense of graphic simplicity and use of color run through his work.  He constantly shoots for himself as well as professionally, and exhibits his personal photography in custom folios, books and galleries..


Alternate Judges:

- Charles Purvis

- Sam Tarrell


PDXSQ17 Digital Tech Mark Fitzgerald

Before founding The Digital Darkroom in 2002, Mark spent twenty years working in and consulting for professional photolabs. Now as a Photoshop, Lightroom, and digital workflow expert, I work with all sorts of photographers on a daily basis. This gives me a view of the photography world that few people get to experience.

As a teacher and author, I am committed to helping photographers thrive in our ever-changing Photographic paradigm. I work hard to present information in an organized manner using easy to understand language. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, or a serious hobbyist, I can help you take your photography to the next level.

My love of photography is the thing that brought me to this point in my life. I purchased my first camera when I was 18 and have been involved in photography ever since. I’ve done all sorts of commercial photography, from architecture to album covers, but my current specialty is industrial fine-art photography. You can see samples of my award-winning work at www.ddroom.com.



         PDXSquared founder Leah NasH 


Leah Nash is an editorial and assignment photographer based in Portland, Oregon.  Special rockstar talents include portraiture, lifestyle, food, and documentary photography with an authentic and atmospheric bent. Leah is an active member of ASMP and organizer of Portland Squared. leahnash.com