Contest Judges

Max Rive

Judge: 2019 Perfect Moment Photo Contest

Max Rive started taking photos in 2008 and became much more serious about his craft in 2013. He exploded on the scene soon after and continues to produce awe-inspiring work. He is well-known for his incredible panoramic images, unique compositions, and his quest for adventure.

He is a true artist in every sense and continues to push the boundaries of landscape and adventure photography. He has received international acclaim and is considered to be one of the best landscape photographers of our time. 

See more of Max’s work at his website or on Instagram

John Weatherby

Judge: 2019 Perfect Moment Photo Contest

John started his company Weatherby Photography in 2015 and has since worked with clients such as Uber, University of Tampa, and the Home Depot, to name a few.

John is most known for his vivid Tampa pictures, showcasing an “outside of the box” perspective of the city. Aside from his fine art work, John’s specialties also include commercial, and architectural photography.

See more of John’s work at his website or on Instagram.

Ami Vitale

Judge: 2019 Amazing Wildlife Photo Contest

Ami is an Ambassador for Nikon and a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine. She has documented wildlife and poaching in Africa, covered human-wildlife conflict, and concentrated on efforts to save the northern white rhino and reintroduce pandas to the wild.

Instyle Magazine named Ami one of fifty Badass Women, a series celebrating women who show up, speak up and get things done. She appeared alongside a group of incredible women including Jane Goodall, Christiane Amanpour and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

She has been named Magazine photographer of the year in the International Photographer of the Year prize, received the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting and named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer’s Association, among others. She is a five-time recipient of World Press Photos, including 1st Prize for her 2018 National Geographic magazine story about a community in Kenya protecting elephants.

See more of Ami’s work at her website or on Instagram.

Mogens Trolle

Judge: 2019 Amazing Wildlife Photo Contest

MOGENS TROLLE is a Danish biologist and mammal researcher turned wildlife photographer. He has worked with and photographed wildlife for more than 25 years and on all seven continents. He specializes in portraits of wild mammals, in particular primates, focusing on their facial expressions and personalities. Mogens Trolle has published five books on wildlife, including guides to the wildlife of Africa, Greenland and the Galapagos, respectively.

See more of Mogens’ work at his website or on Instagram

Ian Plant

2019 Landscape Photo Of The Year Contest

Whether hanging over the rim of an active volcano, braving the elements to photograph critically-endangered species, or trekking deep into the wilderness to places most people will never see, world-renowned professional photographer Ian Plant travels the globe seeking out amazing places and subjects in his never-ending quest to capture the beauty of our world with his camera.

Ian seeks out the hidden spaces in between the familiar, relying on long exposures, unique lighting conditions, non-traditional perspectives, and special natural events to show his subjects in a new light. Known for his inspiring images and single-minded dedication to creating the perfect photo, Ian has reached hundreds of thousands of people around the world in his mission to inspire and educate others in the art of photography. Ian is a frequent contributor to many leading photo magazines, the author of numerous books and instructional videos, and co-founder of Shuttermonkeys, a site dedicated to photography education and inspiration.

See more of Ian’s work at his website.