Competition Judges

We are working to identify judges for our 2020 competition and will announce them when the decisions are made.

Judges in 2019 were:

Laurie Excell

Laurie Excell is a wildlife photographer based in Oregon. As a self-proclaimed ‘lifelong photographer,’ Laurie’s career has really taken off. She is now the author of several books, a popular speaker, workshop leader, and contributing editor. Her love affair with the camera began at the age of ten when her father handed her an old, beat up Pentax Spotmatic to occupy her attention and keep her out of trouble at a camera club outing in Southern Utah. Laurie is the author of several books and a popular workshop leader.

Max Waugh

For nearly two decades, Max has been photographing wildlife, travel and sports professionally. He is the most recent winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Black and White category, had the most commendations of any photographer in the 2017 Windland Smith Rice Awards, and is a two-time winner of the MalaMala Photographer of the Year competition. Max’s work has appeared in such publications as Africa Geographic and ESPN the Magazine, and has been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and the Natural History Museum in London.

Max leads photo tours in the Pacific Northwest, Yellowstone and overseas, with a heavy emphasis on biodiversity and destinations that offer a variety of subject matter.

Randall Sanger

Randall Sanger is a West Virginia based landscape photographer, workshop instructor and author.  His latest book, Waterfalls of Virginia and West Virginia was published in June of 2018. He is coauthor of the multi-award winning book: West Virginia Waterfalls: The New River Gorge, published in 2010.  Randall conducts photography workshops throughout West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and South Carolina.   His images have appeared in numerous print publications; both regional and national, are in private and corporate collections and have been used for numerous advertising and marketing campaigns.  Randall has done freelance work for several agencies and organizations and was Photographer in Residence for the Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. He is a Juried Fine Arts Photographer with Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia.  His work can also be viewed at the Buxton and Landstreet Gallery in Thomas, West Virginia, Wild Art and Wonderful Things in Fayetteville, WV, the retail shops at Adventures on the Gorge in Lansing, WV and at the historic Coal House in Williamson, WV. Randall resides in Williamson with his wife Melissa, their daughter Hannah, and his trusty hiking companion Rocky, their mixed-breed dog.