We are pleased to announce that Bill and Linda Lane and Clayton Spangler have been selected as judges. Judges are selected based on their expertise and experience. Nature Visions works to select judges that are the top in their field. Stay tuned as we continue to announce more judges.
Some of the Judges for Nature Visions 2018 are well known to our regional camera club members and some are new to judging our expo. Here are the biographies of our judges for this year.
Bill and Linda Lane are native Virginians living in Montpelier, Virginia, with a hideaway in West Virginia where they on occasion conduct two of their annual workshops. They are both published and have been conducting workshops together over the past 24 years. For ten of those years they worked hand in hand with the Commonwealth of Virginal helping them promote Virginia state parks by conducting their workshops at the various State Parks and surrounding areas.
Photography is a true passion for the both of them; teaching being their first love and concentration with little emphasis on the marketing of their images. They make photography easy and fun while emphasizing that most of the outstanding images are not captured by chance. They want everyone leaving their workshops a step ahead with a better understand of how their camera works, how to use all the useful bells and whistles for which they paid, thus enabling them to get the images they seek without hours of manipulations on the computer.
Besides photography, Bill is a farrier of 42 years by profession having thrown in the towel and a three piece suit once his former company landed him in Chicago. Can you imagine Bill Lane in Chicago! Linda is a retired business owner and elementary school teacher who spent the majority of her time involved in dog rescue saving the lives of dogs. For 18 years and still going, 15 of which she served as a volunteer Shelter Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for a dog rescue facility in Hanover County, she continues to work toward saving the lives of innocent animals. In addition, she is always working on being a better potter; of course, this is when she isn’t involved in photography.
Bill has over 25 years of experience in photography starting as a birder who learned fast that to recognize a bird you needed more than a 100 mm lens. He started his photography career after being featured in the Sierra Club National Photography Contest as the winner of the “land meets water” category. He is quick to admit that at that time he knew nothing about photography, shooting totally in the automatic mode. Bill is almost totally self taught having taken several courses from a few key professionals. He has been the featured speaker for various groups and together they have judged numerous photo contests. Together, they have taught at the University of Richmond for 15+ years and developed workshops for Duke University, Tandem Schools and a number of camera clubs. On occasion they conduct private classes.
Their workshops are held in Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Rhode Island. You can read more about them on their web site lanephotoworkshops.com
Clayton Spangler is a past president of the Professional Photographers of West Virginia, an award-winning photographer, certified photographic consultant and also serves as Chairman on the Tamarack Artist Advisory Board.
His work is displayed regularly with the David L. Dickerson Fine Art Gallery and the Art Emporium Gallery in Charleston, West Virginia.
He is the owner of Photographic Design, a commercial photography business located in Charleston, West Virginia.
Jennifer is an international landscape and wildlife photographer with over 20 years in the photo industry. Her lifetime passion for teaching photography, exploring the world and discovering new and beautiful locations to photograph has gained her acclaim in the U.S. and across the world.
Based in the U.S, Jennifer spends much of her time photographing America’s National Parks. While she first did this as a retreat from the hectic corporate world, she soon realized that nature photography was her true calling. She began teaching photography at her home base in North Carolina, and currently teaches and speaks at events and with organizations across the country. Jennifer began to conduct photo workshops in our National Parks, and eventually added several international destinations such as Iceland, Italy, France, Norway and many more to her expertise.
Her published works and articles can be found in the industry’s top magazines and resources such as Outdoor Photographer, Outdoor Photography Guide, VIA Magazine, Camera in the Wild, Our State Magazine, CNN and Smoky Mountain Journal of Photography. She has appeared as keynote and speaker at many events including NANPA’s 20th Anniversary Summit, CNPA Annual Expo, Nature Visions Photo Expo, Wicked Wild Waterfall Weekend, Grandfather Mountain Camera Clinic, and has become a part of the renowned Photo Fest.
Jennifer’s contributions to photography have made an impact with the photographic community and with the industry. 500px named her as 1 of 15 amazing women to follow. She is also one of Singh-Rays pro photographers. Her passion for teaching, sharing knowledge and inspiring others shows in her growing workshop business, and is a sign of her widely respected ability to teach photography. Photoshelter name Jennifer King Photography Workshops as one of 50 Awesome Photo Workshops Around the World.
In 2013, Jennifer founded PHOTOGRAPHY for the FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER (PFABC). Each year, PFABC partners (BCRF) the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and brings together photographers, sponsors, individuals and the industry to raise money and awareness for breast cancer patients and research. Her corporate sponsors include: Art Wolfe, Outdoor Photographer, Hunt’s Photo and Video, Outdoor Photography Guide, Think Tank Photo, Tamrac, Borrow Lenses, Rogue Photographic, MindShift, Roberts Camera, Bay Photo, Photographic Solutions, Black Rapid, Mpix, Outdoor Photo Gear, Cotton Carrier, McKenna Pro, OP Tech USA, pacsafe, Landscape Photo Magazine, Our State Photo Magazine, Zenfolio, Wild Planet Magazine and many more.
For Jennifer, photographing nature is instinctive. It is a part of who she is. “Creativity spreads… come and catch it!”
Roy Sewall is our Student Competition Judge this year.
Roy Sewall’s interest in photography evolved from extensive travel in six continents. In 2001, he started his transition to full-time photographer. He always found the Washington area to be one of the most photogenic locations in the world.
Roy’s first photography book, Our Potomac, from Great Falls through Washington, D.C., was published in 2005; it was inspired by his affection for hiking and bicycling along the river and the adjacent Chesapeake and Ohio (C&O) Canal. The book has led to numerous lecture and slide show engagements with local organizations, and established him as one of the leading photographers of the Potomac River and C&O Canal.
In 2007, Roy became the first Chair of the Board of Directors for the C&O Canal Trust, a non-profit friends group for the National Park Service. In 2013 he joined the Board of Directors of the Potomac Riverkeeper. Roy has done extensive photography work for river- and C&O Canal-related government and non-profit organizations, as well as private and commercial clients.
Roy’s second book, Great Falls and Mather Gorge, was published in 2009. In addition, he was a guest on WETA’s TV program “Great Views of Washington D.C.,” the lead photographer in the Best of D.C. 2009 publication, in the feature articles in the 2009/2010 D.C. and 2012/2013 Virginia Where Guestbooks, the lead still photographer in The Nature Conservancy’s 2011 video “The Potomac Gorge,” and a featured guest on Montgomery Community Media TV in 2012. In 2013, Roy joined the Board of Directors of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network, where he has concentrated on communications.
After completing Great Falls and Mather Gorge, Roy turned to the creation of large fine art prints. He has developed diverse bodies of work for exhibitions that include unusual foreign and domestic landscapes, old European architecture, historical re-enactment, and abstracts. In addition, he offers both private and group instruction to novice and intermediate photographers, and in 2014 became an instructor for the Capital Photography Center. But his foremost passion is his ongoing project called “Mysterra” that conveys mystery, illusion, fantasy, and sensuality.
Roy spent most of his youth in India, Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines; his State Department family’s home base was the Washington, D.C., area. Roy has a BS in Physics from Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland and a MS in Engineering Science from Penn State. He returned permanently to the Washington area in 1969 and worked for several major technology corporations for over 30 years.