Competition Judges

2021 Judges

Our judges for November 2021 are not yet announced. Below is a bit about each of the judges we had in 2020.

Bill and Linda Lane

Bill and Linda Lane are native Virginians living in Montpelier, Virginia, with a hideaway in West Virginia where on occasion conduct two of their annual photography workshops. They are both published and have been conducting workshops together over the past 25 years. For ten of those years they worked hand in hand with the Commonwealth of Virginia helping them promote Virginia state parks by conducting their photography workshops at the various State Parks and surrounding areas.

Brenda Tharp

Brenda Tharp is a self-taught fine art nature photographer, writer and speaker. She is passionate about photography and an enthusiastic workshop instructor and tour leader, conducting workshops across the globe and in outstanding locations within the USA. She wrote Creative Nature & Outdoor Photography, and her latest, Expressive Nature Photography, and co-authored Extraordinary Everyday Photography.

Brenda has been a keynote speaker at B&H Optic Conference, Carolinas Nature Photographers Association, North American Nature Photographers Association, Northern California Council of Camera Clubs, and Canadian Artists and Photographers Association, and several more. She has conducted one-day seminars for camera clubs, and done webinars for Topaz and Nik. Her fine art photographs are collected by a number of people throughout the world. She is represented by Danita Delimont Stock Photography and has a personal archive online for her fine art prints.

Brenda also conducts workshops for non-profit organizations, including and she is honored to be part of Dewitt Jones’ program.

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Cynthia L. Keith

Cynthia L. Keith is a native Washingtonian. Her love of photography started in a journalism class at Walt Whitman High School and over the years has led her to scenic locations from Alaska to Maine in search of landscape images. Her specialty is garden landscape photography, a marriage of her vision for the grand landscape and intimate flower portraits. Cynthia has been a member of the North Bethesda Camera Club since 1992 where she has exhibited, participated in numerous presentations and served on multiple committees.She is a frequent judge at camera clubs in the greater Washington area. Outside of photography, she has a BA in Music and an MBA from the University of Maryland and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Cynthia has worked for several financial firms in the Washington, DC area during her career as an investment manager. She is past president of the Washington Association of Money Managers and the CFA Institute in Washington.

Frank Van Riper

Frank Van Riper is an award-winning documentary and fine art photographer, journalist, author and lecturer whose work has been published internationally. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery (Washington, DC) as well as in the Portland Museum of Art (Portland, Maine.) His 1998 book of photography and essays, Down East Maine/A World Apart, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and won the silver award for photography from the Art Director’s Club of Metropolitan Washington. A portfolio of images from this book is promised to the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

His latest book is Recovered Memory: New York & Paris 1960-1980, which immediately became an Amazon bestseller. His previous book, done in collaboration with his wife and professional partner Judith Goodman was Serenissima: Venice in Winter, a coffee table collection of black and white photographs and essays, published in 2008 both in the US and Italy. (

Van Riper, a native New Yorker (b.1946), was a member of the New York Daily News Washington Bureau for 20 years, serving as White House correspondent, national political correspondent and Washington Bureau news editor. A 1979 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Van Riper left daily journalism in 1987 to begin a new career, partnering with his wife in commercial and documentary photography. In 1992, Van Riper became photography columnist of the Washington Post, where his column, “Talking Photography,” appeared in the Camera Works section of and is now available worldwide at Talking Photography, a ten-year collection of his columns and other photography writing, was published in 2002. A popular teacher and lecturer, Van Riper is on the faculty of PhotoWorks at Glen Echo Park, Md., and has lectured and/or taught in the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program, the Maine Photographic Workshops, the University of Maine at Machias and at other colleges and universities in the mid-Atlantic. In May, 2011, Van Riper was inducted into the City College of New York Communications Alumni Hall of Fame. Singly and together, Van Riper and his wife lead photography workshops in Washington, DC, Maine, and in Umbria, Italy.

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