Our NUDE2021 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
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
Douglas Ross, Photographer, Ireland
Rebecca Tun, Art Model, UK
Martin Villeneuve,Writer-Director-Producer, Quebec, Canada
Nicolas Wasmer, President of Abekobe & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
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 eighty 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.
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.
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.
REBECCA TUN Art Model, UK
Rebecca is a freelance art model from the UK. "I'm going from place to place modeling for different photographers on a wide range of art projects in a lot of exotic locations. I'm obsessed with making pictures and I'm addicted to looking at them. I'm deeply motivated by imagination and creativity, but also very technical in my approach. My days revolve around images. In my spare time I take photographs and I make collages". When she finishes modeling, Rebecca would like to stay in the world of images by becoming an editor or a curator.
MARTIN VILLENEUVE Writer-Director-Producer, Canada
After his studies in filmmaking and graphic design, Martin Villeneuve began his career in
advertising, working for companies such as Sid Lee and Cirque du Soleil. He notably collaborated
in the creation of ad campaigns for Cirque du Soleil shows such as ZUMANITY, KÀ and
He directed promotional material alongside music videos and short films in this period
while also authoring comic books and photo-novels. MARS & AVRIL, his feature debut, is an
adaptation of his photo-novel of the same name, vol. 1 & 2. Premiering at Karlovy Vary in 2012,
MARS & AVRIL was shown in 20 international festivals and has received 10 nominations
including one for Best Adapted Screenplay. The creative process behind the movie was the
object of a TED Talk by Villeneuve in 2013. So far, he is the first and only Québécois to have
given a TED Talk.
In 2014, he won an award for Best Actor for his role in his short film IMELDA.
In 2016-2017, he has directed episodes of the television series REAL DETECTIVE for Netflix.
Martin Villeneuve is currently working on several feature film projects, including AQUARICA and
WATERNOVA, in collaboration with François Schuiten.
And he just shot a sequel to IMELDA,
with Robert Lepage and Ginette Reno, to be released in Spring 2020.
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.