OCEANS 2013 Jury Members
Rubén D. Arvizu, Film producer/Writer, Director for Latin America, Ocean Futures Society, California
David Doubilet & Jennifer Hayes, Photographers, National Geographic, New York, US
Ian and Erick Regnard, Photographers, Australia, Winners PhotoShoot Awards, NUDE 2013
Tomohide Ikeya, Photographer, Japan
Nicolas Ruel, Photographer, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Noémie Stroh,Science and Communication Project Manager, Équipe Cousteau / The Cousteau Society
Arnaud Boissières, Skipper, Vendée Globe Chalenge, France
Christian Robert, Editor, Au vent des îles, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Cristina Țintă, Editor in Chief, FOTO4all Magazine, Romania
Patrick Lesort, President of Productions Hors cadre & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
Nicolas Wasmer, President of Abekobe & Co-Founder of PhotoShoot Awards
Rubén Arvizu Film producer/Writer, Director for Latin America and Ambassador - Global Cities Covenant on Climate - Mexico City Pact
Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society, California
Rubén Arvizu is the founder and president of Arvintel Media Productions, an Atlanta based dubbing company with studios in Los Angeles, California specializing in dubbing films, cartoons, documentaries and commercials into English and other languages. As a writer and journalist he has published hundreds of columns and essays in newspapers and magazines in the United States and Latin America. In 1982 he received the Isabella of Spain award, in 1986 La Pluma de Plata and in 1992 La Palma de Oro. Rubén was formerly representative to Latin America for The Cousteau Society as well as film producer/writer and worked extensively with Captain Cousteau and Jean-Michel on many of their projects. Presently, he collaborates with Ocean Futures Society as film producer/writer and director for Latin America and the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation as their director for Latin America. On March 9,2012, Arvizu together with Jean-Michel Cousteau, were named Ambassadors of The Global
Cities Covenant on Climate, "the Mexico City Pact".
David Doubilet & Jennifer HayesPhotographers, National Geographic, New York, US
David Doubilet has a long and intimate vision into the sea. He began snorkeling at age 8. The pictures were barely recognizable. David has long since mastered the techniques of working with water and light to become one of the world's most celebrated underwater photographers and a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine where he has published nearly 70 stories since his first assignment in 1971. David has spent five decades under the surface in the far corners of the world from interior Africa, remote tropical coral reefs, rich temperate seas and recent projects in the northern and southern ice. David's personal challenge is to create a visual voice for the world's oceans and to connect people to the incredible beauty and silent devastation happening within the invisible world below. David is a contributing editor for several publications and an author of 12 titles. His photographic awards include numerous Picture of the Year, BBC Wildlife, Communication Arts and World Press awards. David is a member of the Academy of Achievement, Royal Photographic Society, International League of Conservation Photographers, International Diving Hall of Fame and a Trustee of the Shark Research Institute. David was named a National Geographic Contributing Photographer-in-Residence in 2001. He is honored to be a Rolex Ambassador and recipient of the prestigious Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award and Lennart Nilsson Award for Scientific Photography.
David lives with his wife and photographic partner, Jennifer Hayes in Clayton, NY, a small river town in the Thousand Island region of the St. Lawrence River. Jennifer Hayes is an aquatic biologist and photojournalist specializing in natural history and marine environments. Jen Hayes and David Doubilet collaborate as a photographic team above and below water on project development, story production, feature articles and books. Jennifer is the editor and author of numerous articles on marine environments, with images appearing in countless books, advertising campaigns and publications such as National Geographic Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Sport Diver, DIVE Magazine, Diver, People Magazine, Alert Diver and Ocean Geographic. She is co-author / photographer for Face to Face with Sharks by National Geographic Books and an honorary editor for Ocean Geographic Magazine. Jennifer's passion for the study and conservation of primitive fishes lead to graduate degrees in zoology and marine biology. Her research has included shark exploitation and finning in the western North Atlantic and the life history and population dynamics of sturgeon species. Jen is a Trustee for the Shark Research Institute and a Fellow National member of the Explorers Club.
Ian and Erick Regnard Photographers, Australia
Winners PhotoShoot Awards, NUDE 2013
Twin Australian brothers, Ian and Erick Regnard have captured surfers in action around the world for fifteen years. Their passion for the ocean came from their background of being born on the island of Mauritius. They specialize mainly in lifestyle, action and portrait photography but after a few black and white exhibitions, an idea came along to do something different. The adventure for their amazing latest project as photographers, trying to achieve the impossible: wanting to shoot a nude girl underwater with mantas and whales in Tahiti where underwater visibility reaches 60 to 100 meters. The idea to do this project on large format underwater and using film instead of digital was clearly trying the impossible. The brothers bought a large-format camera difficult to use underwater and built a special casing for it. These beautiful pictures were published several times since. With the series of mantas, Ian and Erick are the Winners of our first competition PhotoShoot Awards NUDE 2013.
Tomohide IkeyaPhotographer, Japan
Tomohide Ikeya is one of the best Japanese photographers. He has won numerous international awards. Water is its element and his inspiration.
Water is one of "uncontrolled" things which the human being never can to do.
I had a lot of opportunities to think about "water" with doing scuba diving in several countries as a hobby. The beauty of sunshine viewed from under water, daily life of aquatics and me as human just be able to see their world for a moment... We thought human could control water if we had lots of equipments and cared for risks in water, but human never be able to live in water. Water doesn't only give a life, but also takes a life. Water is a philosophical existence very much even be as "just water". I had been fascinated with water more and more and I had gotten a zeal for expression it. It is one of reasons which I became a photographer, so I have been creating my works which has a relation with water. I'm expressing "enthusiasm for life" by photography throughout the figure of Water and Human.»
Nicolas Ruel Photographer, Montréal, Québec, Canada
From the beginning, Nicolas Ruel's work has reiterated a double interest for the world's diversity and various mise en scène. His first published works were photographic essays in black and white on the Moscow Metro (2000) and Angkor Wat (2002). In parallel, he developed various series where he explored, with great structural acumen, the figures of architecture, light or industry. For the last several years Nicolas Ruel has been working, on an ambitious body of work, "8 seconds", where he attempts to revisit the image of the world's greatest cities. From Elements (2007) to Microscripts (2011), he has refined an in-camera double exposure technique, where a sudden swivelling motion triggers the transfiguration of the visible. Nicolas Ruel's works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions and contemporary art fairs in Canada, Europe, and the United States.
Noémie Stroh Science and Communication Project Manager
Équipe Cousteau / The Cousteau Society
Noémie Stroh graduated from the Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris 6, in 2007 with a Master of Science in Conservation Biology. After working in a research lab on forest dynamics and invasive species, she joined the Cousteau Society in 2008. In her role as Science and Communication Project Manager, Noémie Stroh develops various communication and awareness projects for The Cousteau Society, especially on the web. She is also the coordinator of other types of projects, including "Divers Aware of Sharks".
Arnaud Boissières Skipper, around the world
As a two-time participant in the Vendée Globe, the most prestigious and arduous solo race event around the world, Arnaud Boissières is considered to be one of the world's most reputable and experienced skippers. This lover of the open sea has a mind filled with countless images and adventures from the numerous races in which he participated. He finished seventh in the 2008 Vendée Globe after 105 days, 2 hours, 33 minutes and 50 seconds of solo racing. Along with Vincent Riou, Arnaud Boissières raced in the Transat Jacques Vabre 2009 where they finished in seventh place. In 2010, Arnaud Boissières participated for the first time in the Route du Rhum and finished in seventh position aboard his 60-footer plying Akena Verandas colours. In 2012, he took part once again in the Vendée Globe and finished in 8th place. Not lacking a sense of humour, he chose to wear a tuxedo to come up the channel at Sables d'Olonne while listening to music soundtracks of James Bond, in reference to the numerous 7th place positions that he marked in previous races.
Christian Robert Editor, Au vent des îles, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Christian Robert created in 1991 the publishing house Au vent des îles based in Tahiti (French Polynesia) whose editorial line publication of Polynesian authors and books on Oceania. Since 2002, Au vent des îles is the most important French Pacific editor. Based on an academic writings Polynesian background, the collection has expanded with art, photography and illustration books. Today Au vent des îles has a rich and unique catalog of authors from around the Pacific. All collections contribute to highlight the different aspects of this region out of clichés and platitudes and thus to discover the treasures of a little-known culture and daily life as it is lived in the Grand Pacific.
Cristina Țintă Editor in Chief, FOTO4all Magazine, Romania
Cristina Țintă is a Romanian photographer who first fell in love with the stars and astrophotography and then started to play with other types of photography as well. She won a few international awards for astrophotography and also two honorable mentions at the IPA Awards in 2012. She is also the co-founder and Editor in Chief of FOTO4all magazine, a PDF based photography magazine, established in August 2011 and published in English starting September 2012. The articles cover a wide range of topics. You will always find both well-known and emerging artists inside their pages. At FOTO4all they believe that a great way to learn photography is to study exceptional images and to listen to voices that successfully practice the art of photography. In January 2013 they also launched Best of FOTO4all – an interactive issue for iPad users, containing the most interesting interviews and portfolios from their first year of activity.
Patrick Lesort 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.
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.