Our NUDE 2017 jury is composed of international artists and professionals who have acquired a taste for creative images and photography. Their common vision will identify the best artistic photographs representing our criteria for this contest: emotion, beauty and freedom.
Cam Attree, Photographer, Brisbane, Australia
Lisa Everhart, Art model and Artist, Florida, USA
Dan Hecho, Photographer, Ukraine
Ojo del Gato, Photographer, Vietnam & France
Patrick Lesort, President of Productions Hors cadre & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
Yvonne Lu, Photographer, Taiwan & New York, USA
Marie-Reine Mattera, Photographer, Quebec, Canada
Valérie Racine, Marketing and Circulation Director, Photo Life & Photo Solution Magazines, Quebec, Canada
Liv Sage, Art model, Maryland, USA
Martin Villeneuve, Writer-Director-Producer, Quebec, Canada
Nicolas Wasmer, President of Abekobe & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
Cam Attree Photographer, Brisbane, Australia
Based in Brisbane, Australia, Cam Attree is an award winning photographer with over 25 years experience and is regarded by his peers as one of Australia’s foremost exponents of artistic nude photography. He has a passion for capturing the beauty of the human form in both the studio or natural environment. Cam is an accredited member and a Master of Photography with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and is an Authorised Photographer for VOLO Magazine where his work as been featured regularly. Cam has received numerous awards for a variety of photographic styles, both nationally and internationally and is the 2016 AIPP Queensland Fashion Photographer of the Year.
Cam has been running studio and location lighting workshops within Australia for a number of years but has also recently begun running overseas destination workshops to New Zealand and Iceland, photographing the human form in some of the most stunning landscapes in the world. Cam's most recent major project, Immersion, culminated in a 24 image exhibition at Maud Gallery in Brisbane in June 2015. The project involved photographing 40 people in a shallow pool of water in the studio, exploring the play of light, shadow and geometry created by the reflections of the bodies half submerged in the water.
Lisa Everhart Art model and artist, Florida, USA
Lisa Everhart is a model for many well-known photographers in the United States. Also an artist, her vision and industry knowledge is a major asset for the jury. «My name is Lisa and I am a simple girl with a humble life in the little town of Sebring, Florida. I have never had a desire for fame or fortune really. Though I have tasted both, my experience is that they come and go for no discernible reasons. Give me a bag of Cheetos, an endless pot of coffee and roller derby and I am a happy camper. I tend to stay drink, drug and drama free, work at a nursing facility and enjoy trying to make the residents there feel happy and still relevant as much as I can. Modeling has allowed me to stay involved in the arts community, meet wonderful new friends and supplement my income a little. I have a deep love for art, literature and music and am always interested in seeing and learning about new and exciting work and the people who make it.»
Dan Hecho Photographer, Ukraine
Dan Hecho, a well-known photographer, has an unique handwriting in photography, his work is always easy to find among thousands of others. A distinctive feature is a special vision of color, light and art performances. He was born in Ukraine. He received his art education. Professional photographer since 2007. From 2010 actively engaged in teaching activities in the field of photography. Developed clear structured method of presenting information, aimed at maximum absorption of knowledge and the development of the creative component of each student. His own workshops, master classes, lectures and photo school was visited by several thousand people, and the disciples are now some of the best photographers in their regions and have successfully built the business by raising their skills to a new level. Moreover; Dan Hecho has prepared different presets to help you make your photographs unique in color and style.
Winner and Finalist in thePhotoShoot Awards NUDE-2013/2014/2015/2016 in categories Conceptual, Academic Nudes, Duet, Fashion, Intimate, Body Parts and Urban categories.
Ojo del Gato Photographer, Vietnam & France
Ojo del Gato, whose real name is Yves Ortega, is an eclectic photographer. He began his career covering the Cannes Film Festival as a photo-journalist while still a student.
From his Spanish roots, he has kept his pseudonym: Ojo del Gato, ‘Cat’s Eye’. Working as a photographer in fashion, concerts, events and portraiture, he has worked with stylists such as Lily Verda, Lila Kays and Laurine Brayé, The Japan Hime, as well was the jewellery designers, “Les Paruriers’ and Thierry Dhaine. Depending on the desired effect, he works with either film, digital or Polaroid. Following a disappointing love affair, he began to photograph the female body, images of femininity and nudes. His work with models and his photographs of their bodies, faces and hands has had a cathartic effect and enabled him to create images of women who are fragile yet strong. Ojo del Gato now lives in Asia where he works as a fashion photographer for Vietnamese designers (Ly Vu, Chula) and for documentaries on North Vietnamese ethnic groups and their environment (Hmongs, Dao).
Patrick Lesort President of Productions Hors cadre & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
President of Productions Hors cadre & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
Initiated at a very young age to the magic of images and the photo lab, Patrick attended photography school in Paris. From 1975, Patrick worked as a portrait and interior design photographer. He branched out later to graphic arts where he was Art Director for numerous design studios in Paris, Aix-en-Provence (France) and then in Montreal. Editor-in-Chief for a number of trade magazines, Patrick also became responsible for the contests Grafika (graphic design) and Lux (professional photography). At the same time, he founded his own company, les Productions Hors cadre, and became involved in the organization of cultural events. PhotoShoot Awards is a project that has come into fruition and emphasizes Patrick’s passion for artistic photography. For the past 15 years, under his artist name (Roland Cabon), Patrick has continued to create his images, namely artistic nudes, which have appeared in numerous print publications and exposed in exhibits in Montreal and in France, in particular at the Festival européen de photo de nu d’Arles, in 2006.
Yvonne Lu Photographer, Taiwan & New York, USA
Yvonne Lu is a Taiwan-born fine art photographer who currently residing in New York City. Her fine art and self-portrait works are mostly taken from her frequently travel experiences. She has attempted through photography to capture and represent both the reality and the unreality of cities worldwide. When she travel, She feels like everywhere and nowhere, deep in the zero degree, living threshold to threshold, in a sublime and seemingly never-ending transitional state. She has attempted to portray the liminal and illusory impressions these cities left with her – concrete chimeras with cries and claws which we all experience but are never sure are real.
«Yourself is the only what is real. Nan Goldin once said “I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. I stave off loss. In fact, my pictures show me how much I’ve lost and I realized the limits of what can be preserved.” Yes, I can’t preserved others, but I won’t lose myself.»
PhotoShoot Awards, NUDE 2015: SECOND PRIZE, Category Awards (Conceptual and Intimate categories) and Bronze Finalist (Conceptual category).
Marie-Reine Mattera Photographer, Canada
Marie-Reine Mattera opened her first studio at age 20 in Paris where she contributed to such notable publications as Libération, L’Express and Première. In 1992, Marie-Reine immigrated to Montreal and has since developed a career in both commercial and art photography. In her studio, with her team, she shoots advertising, editorial, entertainment and women’s and men’s fashion campaigns, and has carved out an exceptional reputation in children’s fashion. She has also established herself as an artist as well through the projects she creates with Emmanuel Joly under the name of Mattera-Joly. With an approach that is at times different but always complementary, their artistic collaboration is fruitful and has given rise to numerous exhibitions. Together they have published 24h/24, la nuit se lève, a book exploring life at night time. In addition, Marie-Reine has won an award at Lux (contest honouring commercial and professional photography) every year for over 10 years.
Valérie Racine Marketing and Circulation Director, Photo Life & Photo Solution Magazines, Quebec, Canada
Following her studies in art, art history and communications, Valérie started working at Apex Publications in 2002. After having occupied several positions in the editorial department, her current position as Marketing and Circulation Director allows her to promote the editorial content of Photo Life and Photo Solution magazines and develop the community of readers. Even though she is not a professional photographer herself, she is passionate about photography and has been a guest judge for a variety of photo contests and competitions, including the Black and White Spider Awards. Valérie is also part of the jury for Photo Life and Photo Solution’s annual international photo contest, The World We Live In.
Liv Sage Art model, Maryland, USA
Liv is an art model based in Baltimore and travels both in the US and internationally. She models as a nude and portrait model for artists in a variety of mediums and settings and aims to increase her travel internationally in coming years. This is her full time passion, and it also allows her to focus more on her own art and photography.
Martin Villeneuve Writer-Director-Producer, Canada
After his studies in filmmaking and graphic design, Martin Villeneuve directed a number of music videos and advertisements. As a graphic designer, he created some posters for the film industry. In 2002, he won a bursary offered by Sid Lee where he later became Art Director and collaborated in the conception of ad campaigns for Cirque du Soleil shows such as Zumanity, KÀ and Corteo. His graphic novels Mars et Avril, (volumes 1 and 2) and his comic book La voix du tonnerre were all released to critical acclaim. In 2012, he completed his first feature film as writer-director-producer, Mars et Avril, based on his graphic novels. Martin is also the first — and so far the only — speaker from Quebec to have given a TED Talk in Long Beach, California. In 2014, he won the Best Actor award for his role in the short film Imelda. Martin is currently working on five feature films: Aquarica, Imelda, Red Ketchup, From Beyond and The Other World, two of which to be produced in L.A.
Nicolas Wasmer President of Abekobe & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
Nicolas Wasmer is a talented web specialist in great demand whether in Quebec, France or Japan. While creating websites for Infopresse, the magazine publisher in Montreal, Nicolas discovered a new passion for photography. The websites for Grafika and Lux, the latter being a competition showcasing the works of professional photographers in Quebec, sparked Nicolas' imagination for a venue that would join both mediums, web and photography. His friendship with Patrick triggered the idea behind PhotoShoot Awards, a series of web-based photography competitions. From this point forward, it was conceivable that their idea would become reality. Nicolas is also President of Abekobe, a company specializing in the translation of Asian languages, where he works with his wife, Keiko, of Japanese origin. In addition, he has recently created the website of l'Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) in Montreal.