Judging begins tonight at 5 p.m. for the National Sunset Print Award in the fifth floor gallery of the S-One Holdings Corporation Sarasota headquarters, home of LexJet and Sunset. Throughout the year, the LexJet-sponsored Sunset Print Awards take place at various professional photography associations across the country. Twenty-nine winners of the 2014 competitions were entered for the inaugural National Sunset Print Award grand prize.
Five esteemed judges will view the 29 prints this evening and judge them using the 12 traditional Professional Photographers of America (PPA) judging elements, which include impact, technical excellence, creativity, style, composition, presentation, color balance, center of interest, lighting, subject matter, technique and story telling. The judges include:
Rich Newell, jury chairman. From a small town in Missouri, Rich pursued his passion for photography by attending the Ohio Institute of Photography. Rich has worked in the portrait industry for the past 23 years as well as becoming an instructor at the school he once attended. Rich has owned a successful portrait and wedding studio in Ohio and is currently the IPC manager for PPA. “The key to being a great photographer is education,” he says. This is how Rich has built his business and become the photographer he is today.
Julie Hughes. Julie began her journey with the fascination of all things visual when she made her first camera in seventh grade. She is a visual artist, a PPA Master Photographer and international juror as well as a British fellow of visual arts. AbbeyofLondon.com has become a staple of the community in Martin and Palm Beach counties serving its citizens with the best quality of work and service. Over the studio’s history, it has garnered more awards for its work than any other Florida studio including Julie being named photographer of the year more than 20 times by various local, state and national and international organizations. Julie has have been asked to travel all over the United States and beyond to share her unique vision and creativity with photographers.
Thomas Carabasi. Thomas is currently the department head of photography and digital imaging at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, and has been a visiting artist and lecturer at the International Center of Photography in New York City for more than 25 years. He has actively conducted workshops on developing innovative concept development and technique both in the U.S. and Europe since 1989. His fine art photography has won him grants from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and The Australian Council of the Arts and his work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally including shows in Australia, Germany, Italy and Art Basel, Miami. Thomas has also published a monograph of his work entitled “Traces: Photographs and Poetry 1979-1989.” He is currently represented by Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art in Sarasota.
Jessica Vogel. Jessica started her photography studio in 1993. She has serviced on the Kentucky Professional Photographers Association board and as president in 2010. Jessica is a PPA approved judge and has judged all over the country as well as internationally. She currently serves on the International Print Exhibit committee for PPA. Her work has received numerous awards along with being selected for the PPA loan collection and general collection books.
Carmen Schettino. Carmen is a professional photographer with more than 40 years of experience in portrait, wedding and commercial work. He discovered the lure of photography when, as a young soldier stationed in Germany, he watched a blank piece of paper miraculously change to an image in the darkroom. While the “magic” of the darkroom era has come and gone, Carmen’s love of photography has never diminished. He is a Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman, both earned professional achievements, awarded by the Professional Photographers of America for excellence in photography and service to the industry. He has served as the president of the Professional Photographers of New York State and has more than 390 PPA merits for his photography and his teaching work.