2018 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.  


Julia Dolan (Judge)

Julia Dolan is The Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum, where she oversees the research, documentation, and exhibition of the permanent collection of approximately 10,000 photographs. She received her Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University, and her BFA in photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has worked with photography collections at institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. She has curated and co-curated more than thirty-five exhibitions at the Portland Art Museum including Representing: Vernacular Photographs of, by, and for African Americans (2017), Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy: Zig Jackson, Will Wilson, Wendy Red Star (2016), and Richard Mosse: The Enclave (2014). Recent publications include Blue Sky: The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40 (2014) and The Question of Hope: Robert Adams in Western Oregon (2013). She has written for and co-edited the forthcoming Aperture publication Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… (2019).


David Emmite (JUDGE)


David began his career in photography after a short stint in a diaper factory in his hometown of Paris, Texas. Inspired to get out of there and see the world he trained in Atlanta at the Portfolio Center and assisted in New York before eventually landing in Portland, Oregon where he started his own studio in 1996.

Over the past 21 years David has shot award-winning campaigns for HBO, Nike, Plavix, Astellas ProTopic, Glaxo Smith-Klein, Miller Beer, and Scientific American Magazine to name a few.

His work has been recognized by Communication Arts Photo Annual, Graphis Photo Annual, Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers Annual, The One Show and The Manny Awards.


George Olson (JUDGE)

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George Olson, former Director of Photography of Sunset magazine, began his career as a newspaper photographer, then moved to San Francisco to freelance. He shot for many publications, including National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian and The New York Times.

He also was a picture editor for many in the series of Day in the Life... books, and was Director of Photography of the book Baseball in America, and edited Planet Vegas.

Since 1992, he has served on the faculty of the Missouri University Photo Workshop and taught at the Photography at the Summit workshop in Jackson Hole.

He has judged several competitions, including Pictures of the Year; Best of Photojournalism; and the Women’s Conference on Photojournalism.

He has served as a Reviewer during PhotoLucida, and a Pre-Screener for Critical Mass.

A series of his humorous work, now called Roadside Distractions, was shown in an exhibit at iWitness Gallery in 2010,  and images have been featured in American Photographer magazine, Darkroom Photography, American Way, Image, and Worth magazines.

A member of NPPA, and ASPP, he is on the Board of Directors of the Photography Council, Portland Art Museum. He also serves on the Curatorial Committee for Camerawork Gallery, the oldest photography gallery in the U. S.


Alternate Judges:



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