Our NUDE 2019 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.
Sean Davey, Photographer, Hawaii, USA
Dan Hecho, Photographer, Ukraine
Ojo del Gato, Photographer, 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
Thierry Quenette, Photographer, Quebec, Canada
Douglas Ross, Photographer, Ireland
Rachel Tine, Photographer, Massachusetts, USA
Martin Villeneuve,Writer-Director-Producer, Quebec, Canada
Nicolas Wasmer, President of Abekobe & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
Roarie Yum, Art model, Durham, North Carolina, USA
SEAN DAVEY Photographer, Hawaii, USA
Sean started photography 40 years ago. He is now a veteran of the surf scene with pictures published in several countries. When not in Hawaii, shooting the coast, Sean often leads exploratory photo expeditions to many of the worlds more “out of the way” surf zones. Style is a large factor in Sean’s work and often is what sets his work apart from other shooters. Sean spends much of the Hawaiian summer, photographing the underwater scene along with whatever else happens along the way. Water is a major theme in Sean’s work and he does his best to capture it’s many different moods. Sean Davey has a long history as a magazine photographer with over a hundred and forty magazine covers to his name and several camera awards. '' I’ve been making most of my living these past several years with my art business, where I print large prints and canvas from my large archive of imagery.'' Sean just served on the judging panel for the last round of the international Epson Pano Awards and most recently with the PX3 Paris photo contest.
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, France
Ojo del Gato 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, events and portraiture, he has worked with stylists and jewellery designers. Ojo del Gato he lived in Asia where he collaborated for Vietnamese designers and for documentaries on North Vietnamese ethnic groups and their environment.
He began to photograph the female body, images of femininity and nudes: "In Saigon I finished a series that was close to my heart: those of young French women adopted in Vietnam at the very end of the 1990s. After several months spent traveling around Vietnam and meeting beautiful artists who brave government bans, I was able to make beautiful nude sessions again in Taiwan with the help of Patrice Delmotte, a talented French photographer living on this island. I spent 2017 pursuing my journey in the countries of Southeast Asia where I could work with great models, in fashion but also in nude ... especially in Thailand and Bali. Today, I have returned to France with a life experience that has profoundly changed the way I work and which, I hope, has improved it".
PATRICK LESORT 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.
THIERRY QUENETTE Photographer, Quebec, Canada
Thierry Quenette is a photographer well known in Montreal for more
than 25 years. Quickly he is recognized for his distinctive style and
his black and white portraits make his reputation. Endowed with a
talent for making people at ease in front of the objective, he works
with models, artists and Quebec personalities.
Versatile artist, he adds to his portfolio the mastery of diversified
techniques including art photos and corporate reports.
Philanthropist every now and then, he creates in 2008 the foundation
''Naître dans le monde''. He puts to image the screaming reality of
woman who give birth in various countries where he travels, often in
difficult situations. Through his expositions, he obtains funds to
help improve the conditions of child birth throughout the world.
DOUGLAS ROSS Photographer, Ireland
I am a visual artist. I began my career in 1983 as a painter. In the last twenty years the camera has gradually become my primary art making tool. The human body is the central motif of my work. It is the place where we register our emotions and I see it as the temple of the soul, deserving our reverence. I work in close collaboration with the people that I photograph to find areas of shared life experience, from which to imagine everything from the sublime to the ridiculous, the painful to the ecstatic. I have exhibited my work in galleries and museums throughout Europe and North America. I am proud to be associated with The PhotoShoot Awards, with its truthful, powerful and exquisite vision of the body, a vision that is both broad and deep.
RACHEL TINE Photographer, Massachusetts, USA
Rachel Tine, a Boston based fine art photographer, is best known for her unique use of light and color as well as her fun, considerate, and collaborative approach to her subjects. The most important element of Rachel’s shoots is her connection with her subjects and her ability to make almost anyone feel comfortable in front of the lens.
When not photographing nude art models or portrait clients, Rachel aims to use her photography to empower survivors of various social issues. Her series “Invisible Fractures: The Enduring Trauma of Emotional Abuse” opened to a gallery reception of nearly 500 people, including many of the 22 domestic violence survivors who participated in the series. In addition to photographing many more people in increasingly interesting and beautiful locations, Rachel also looks forward to empowering and assisting multiple populations, including the homeless, opiate addicts, and victims of racial discrimination, through her work.
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 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.
ROARIE YUM Art Model
Durham, North Carolina, USA
Roarie Yum is the favorite model of many professional photographers. She makes many shootings around the world. The series she did with Danish photographer Thomas Holm was the 2019 PhotoShoot Awards.
''As a child I was unsatisfied with the variations of ways I had been told to 'shut up and just be pretty'. I desired to have more options in life than just be pretty. I desired an equal amount of power and control over how I was presented to the world. I have achieved that through the help of collaborators who see me as a person with thoughts and ideas and provide space for us to come together and create something better than either one of us could create singularly. I use the tools gifted to me at birth, my body, as a medium to express myself, my views, and to start conversations about nudity.''