Judges – MY STORY
James Estrin is a Senior Staff Photographer for the New York Times. A founder of Lens, the Times‘s photography blog, he has been its a co-editor since it went online in May 2009. Mr. Estrin has worked for the Times since 1987 and was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team in 2001. In addition to photographing, editing and blogging, he is a writer for the Times and produces audio and video for nytimes.com. International
Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv has produced images of some of the most important conflict and humanitarian crises that have made headlines around the world. Numerous museums and galleries have featured his work, including The Louvre, United Nations, and The Council on Foreign Relations. Co-founder of the photo agency VII, his work is published by magazines worldwide. He has published three critically acclaimed collections of his photography—Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul and Haiti:12 January 2010. Haviv has been the central character in three films including National Geographic Explorer’s Freelance in a World of Risk that explores the hazards inherent in combat photography. In addition, Haviv regularly speaks about his work on television and radio such as ABC World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, The Charlie Rose Show, Good Morning America, BBC, CNN and NPR.
Jacob Pastrovich is the Assistant Director at the New York Photo Festival and has produced numerous exhibitions for the organization, along with exhibitions at The POWERHOUSE Arena. He previously worked at a photography resource center in Philadelphia as the head of the education and competitions department. Pastrovich is also the New Media Associate at powerHouse Books and the Director at the powerHouse Portfolio Review.
Daniel Power is a Founder and the Director of the New York Photo Festival, established in 2008, and is the CEO of powerHouse Cultural Entertainment, Inc., a fancy name for book publishing (est. 1995) and related initiatives, including The POWERHOUSE Arena (2006), and powerHouse Packaging & Supply (formally Quirk, 2011).
Walker Waugh is the Director of Yancey Richardson Gallery, one of the preeminent dealers of contemporary fine art photography in the world. The gallery represents a range of emerging, mid-career, and 20th century photographers, including Alex Prager, Andrew Moore, and Sebastiao Salgado, among many others. Waugh previously co-founded and was the director of WORK Gallery, a red tin shack on the Red Hook, Brooklyn waterfront dedicated to emerging artists working across all mediums. He also works as an independent curator and is a contributor to Musee Magazine. He is a graduate of Williams College and is originally from the Flint Hills of Kansas.