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. Images will be judged on their overall impact, and on the basic elements of merit, including - Emotion, Creativity, Composition & Design, Color Balance, Center of Interest, Lighting, Subject Matter, and Story-Telling.
Andrew DeVigal is an Emmy-award winning visual storyteller and innovative strategist who builds bridges by connecting ideas and people together to produce meaningful, interactive, and engaging stories. As the former multimedia editor of The New York Times, he conceived and produced ground-breaking story forms and processes that help shape the industry. DeVigal has juried other photo contest including World Press Photo, POYi, and NPPA's Best of Photojournalism contests. Today, he is the associate director of the Agora Journalism Center, the gathering place for innovation in communication and civic engagement, at the University of Oregon's School of Journalism & Communication.
Leah Nash is one-half of Nash+CO, an award-winning photography duo specializing in Editorial, Commercial, Travel, Lifestyle, Education, and Portrait photography. Clients include Apple, Chase Bank, National Geographic Traveler, Lexus and The New York Times. She can often be found dancing with her eyes closed, taking herself too seriously and listening really hard. She is currently working on a personal project called Weighted Bodies, highlighting a fat-celebrating dance troupe. A former ASMP Oregon President, Leah is the founder of PDX Squared.
Jennifer L. Stoots, AAA, has been working in the museum and gallery industry for 25 years, in the photography marketplace for 21 years, and has been appraising documentary & fine art photographs, photographic archives, and contemporary art for shy of 17 years. Currently, she is primarily focused on her art appraisal work but also helps photographers navigate the fine art photography market and provides guidance and strategy with regards to planning their artistic legacy. In recent years, she has written articles about the process of valuation and the importance of legacy planning for ASMP and the American Photography Archive Group. She is also a photo historian and has an ongoing series dedicated to photography history on social media.
Laura Moya is the Director of Photolucida . She organizes Photolucida’s biennial Portfolio Reviews event, and spearheads Portland Photo Month.
She has juried for Critical Mass, Blue Sky Gallery, Newspace Center for Photography, Photo District News, United Photo Industries, PhotoPlace Gallery, and LensCulture.
PDXSQ19 Digital Tech Mark Fitzgerald
Before founding The Digital Darkroom in 2002, Mark spent twenty years working in and consulting for professional photo labs. 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 ddroom.com.
PDXSQ19 MC THERESE GIETLER
Therese Gietler is many things - she’s a producer, a consultant, a public speaker, and a co-owner of Andy Batt Studio. She manages social media for ASMP, and she gives back whenever she is able.
“For me, The most gratifying part of doing the consultations, seminars and workshops is knowing that the 20+ years of struggling in this business has given me this gift, this experience, that I chose to share with my community.”
She’s upfront. She’s direct. And she’s damn fine at what she does.