The Judges

Art Wolfe
Art Wolfe Landscape Photographer and Writer

Over the course of his 45-year career, photographer Art Wolfe has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations. Wolfe’s photographs are recognized throughout the world for their mastery of color, composition and perspective. Wolfe's photographic mission is multi-faceted: art, wildlife advocacy, education, and journalism inform his work.

Wolfe has released nearly 100 books; 2014 saw the release of his magnum opus Earth Is My Witness; this mega project features Wolfe's favorite photos taken so far and is garnering international accolades and awards. In 2015 it was published by National Geographic in France and Germany. Witness is now a traveling exhibit in Europe.

Education is a major component of Wolfe’s work, whether it is about the environment or about photography. He leads photographic tours worldwide as well as regularly giving his Photography as Art seminar.

Along with his numerous book and television awards, Wolfe is the proud recipient of the Nature's Best Photographer of the Year Award, the North American Nature Photography Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Photographic Society of America’s Progress Medal. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

Twitter: @artwolfe
Google+: +artwolfe
Instagram: /artwolfe


Marc Muench
Marc Muench Landscape Photographer and Writer

Marc Muench is a internationally renowned landscape photographer with eleven book titles to his name, ESPN outdoor shows and numerous magazine, calendar and poster titles to his credit. His most recent book is titled “Exploring North American Landscapes” by  Rocky Nook Publishing.

Marc is a third generation landscape photographer following in the family tradition started by his grandfather Josef Muench and then his father David Muench. His most recent exhibition was titled “Explorations” at the Wildling Art Museum in Los Olivos CA. Marc currently runs photography classes and workshops around the world with his company Muench Workshops.

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Tim Fitzharris
Tim Fitzharris Landscape Photographer, Author and Associate Editor

Tim’s latest pictorial book of wild landscapes, Wild California, was published in 2013. He is also the author and photographer of additional books of natural landscapes and wildlife photography, including National Park Photography: National Audubon Society Guide, Nature Photography: National Audubon Society Guide and the best selling Landscape Photography: National Audubon Society Guide.  

His photographs are published worldwide, appearing on the covers of Life, Audubon, Nature’s Best, Terre Sauvage, Outdoor Photographer and many other publications. This year one of his photos was chosen for a United States Postal Service stamp. He is currently working on a new book of night-time landscapes in his home state of New Mexico.

Tim is Associate Editor for Popular Photography and Imaging Magazine.

Twitter: @timfitzharris1

Sarah Marino
Sarah Marino Landscape Photographer, Writer

Sarah is a nature photographer, photography educator, and widely published writer. She strives to capture photographs that convey the elegance, beauty, and awe-inspiring qualities of the landscapes she visits. Sarah, along with her husband and fellow landscape photographer Ron Coscorrosa, splits her time between Colorado and living a nomadic life in an Airstream trailer, an opportunity that allows for extensive travel, exploration, and extended stays in some of North America’s most inspiring natural places.

In addition to teaching photography workshops, Sarah is the co-author of three well-received ebooks on landscape photography, including Forever Light: The Landscape Photographer’s Guide to Iceland, Desert Paradise: The Landscape Photographer’s Guide to Death Valley National Park, and Beyond the Grand Landscape: A Guide to Photographing Nature’s Smaller Scenes.

Instagram: /sarahmarinophoto

Justin Reznick
Justin Reznick Landscape Photographer

Justin Reznick is a professional photographer from Seattle, Washington. He has explored over 70 countries in search of compelling subjects to photograph. Although he is primarily a landscape photographer, he also embraces architecture and wildlife photography. Additionally, he experiments with different techniques such as infrared and multiple exposure photography.

His background and experience have led to a successful workshop business that exposes clients to inspiring locations and fascinating subjects from around the world. He teaches them the necessary technical skills and artistic concepts necessary to forge their own unique and creative path in photography. He is also a tutor for the UK tour company, Light & Land, run by the legendary Charlie Waite. Justin also writes instructional eBooks found on his website, and he produces tutorials on video that can be found on


Brenda Tharp
Brenda Tharp Landscape Photographer and Explorer

Brenda’s photographs have been featured in major magazines, including American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, Photo Art, Rangefinder, and Studio Photography and Design. Her work has been used widely in ads, books, brochures, calendars, greeting cards, and magazines for such clients as Apple, Audubon, British Gas, Chromazone Publishing, Chronicle Books, National Geographic Books, The Sierra Club, and more. She works with interior designers and art consultants and her work enhances the walls of many interiors.

Brenda’s photographs express the beauty of the natural world, and the uniqueness of places and cultures. She has traveled to Asia, Cuba, Africa and Europe to create her images. Brenda actively teaches workshops and leads photography tours around the world and within the USA. Her popular books, Creative Nature and Outdoor Photography and Extraordinary Everyday Photography have been used as textbooks for college photography classes. She is currently at work on a third book on landscape photography.

Facebook: BrendaTharpFineArtPhotography
Google+: +BrendaTharpPhotography
Twitter: @brendatharp

Ian Plant
Ian Plant Landscape Photographer

World-renowned professional photographer Ian Plant is a frequent contributor to leading photo magazines including Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, and Landscape Photography.

Ian is also Managing Editor of Outdoor Photography Guide, and a Tamron Image Master. Ian is the author of numerous books and instructional videos, and he leads photography workshops and tours around the world to help beginner and advanced photographers explore and expand their personal vision. Ian travels the world, seeking out the hidden spaces in between the familiar, in his never-ending quest to inspire, entertain, and educate others in the art of photography.


Charlotte Gibb
Charlotte Gibb Landscape Photographer

Charlotte Gibb is a contemporary fine art photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in landscapes of the Western United States. Her images are often taken in familiar places for the well-versed landscape photographer, but she prides herself on her keen an eye toward the subtle and sometimes overlooked beauty of the natural world.

Charlotte earned her BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and has exhibited her work in several shows throughout California and Oregon. Two of her pieces were selected to be included in the prestigious Yosemite Renaissance exhibit, in both 2015 and 2016. Her piece, "Sentinels", was recently awarded First Place in the 2016 Yosemite Renaissance exhibit and she has also been a winner in both the 2014 and 2015 USA Landscape Photographer of the Year Contest. Her work has been published in Landscape Photography Magazine, OnLandscape Magazine, and Outdoor Photographer, among others. 

Her darkroom, long gone now, has been replaced with digital darkroom tools, and her style has evolved from a somewhat journalistic approach, to one that pays tribute to the natural world. She creates each of her pigment prints herself with 100-year rated inks on archival fine art paper. Many private connoisseurs of landscape photography hold her pieces in collections across the country.

Facebook: CharlotteGibbPhotography
Twitter: @CharlotteGibb

Paul Sanders
Paul Sanders Landscape Photographer

Paul Sanders has over 30 years experience as a professional photographer. His career started with local and regional newspapers before joining Reuters, the international wire service, based in London.

In 2002 he joined The Times and became Picture Editor in 2004. In this prestigious role he oversaw the entire visual look and feel of the paper as it transitioned from broadsheet to the compact format. During this time he was instrumental in developing the way images were delivered digitally to subscribers.

At the end of December 2011 he left The Times to pursue his love of landscape photography and launch an after schools project for young children to develop their visual and creative awareness through photography.

He is passionate about landscape photography, using every format from 5x4 to his iPhone to capture images. his work conveys the emotional and spiritual responses he has to the landscape in front of him.

Many of the images he creates are long exposures, leaving the shutter open for 5 - 45 minutes to allow the light and elements to move, this develops an ethereal quality that has a painterly feel to the photograph.

Paul loves to share his knowledge of photography with others, he has a simple and enthusiastic way of teaching.  He is a Light and Land tour leader taking groups of photographers to Cuba, New York and Italy.

Facebook: Paul-Sanders-Photography-Ltd
Twitter: @Wiggys
Instagram /wiggys

Martin Evening
Martin Evening Evening Photographer and Writer

Martin Evening is a photographer with a commercial background in advertising and beauty photography. He is also well known for his in-depth knowledge of Photohop and Lightroom, plus books on digital imaging and photography. Martin has worked with the Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom engineering teams for many years and is one of the founding members of Pixel Genius, a software design company producing automated production and creative plug-ins for Photoshop. His recent books include: Photoshop CC for Photographers, Photographers at Work and Lightroom Transformations. In 2008, Martin was inducted into the NAPP Photoshop Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, in recognition for his work as a Photoshop and Lightroom instructor.  Martin is also a regular contributor to Amateur Photographer, writing a twice-weekly column in which he reviews readers’ photographs and writes technical reviews for the British Journal of Photography.

Martin has a particular love for landscape photography. Having travelled around the world on seminar tours and personal travel, Martin has enjoyed photographing landscape and urban subjects to illustrate his books. Despite his associations with high-end retouching techniques, his personal preference is for classic images with a minimal amount of intervention at the post-production stage.


Samuel Hurt
Samuel Hurt Filmmaker and Photographer

Samuel is a filmmaker and photographer, raised in the Scottish Highlands and the Isle of Man, where outdoor adventures were always on his doorstep. At an early age, he began to teach himself how to use video and stills cameras and learn what happens when you take them with you into the wilderness. Becoming familiar with cameras from early on has ensured that for the majority of his life, there has always been an opportunity to document the things that inspire him.
Now, he works as an independent filmmaker and photographer, telling inspiring stories from around the world through the lens; trying his best to convey the buzz they give him to his audience.

Samuel is a firm believer that photography should be accessible to everyone, and wants to inspire confidence and pride in one's images. Being in the outdoors, creating images and most importantly, sharing them with others is incredibly fulfilling and something he believes we should all try our hand at. It is not about being an 'amateur' or a 'professional', it's about the unique connection that we have with the landscape and the enrichment it brings to both the photographer, and those around them.

Facebook: /shurtvideo
Twitter: @samhurt
Instagram /samuelgjhurt

Carla Regler
Carla Regler Photographer

Carla Regler is a fine art photographer with a passion for landscape, seascape and equine photography. Privileged to live on the coast in Cornwall, Carla runs her own photography workshops business and also has images in numerous galleries, including her own gallery in Porthleven. Her photographs have won many awards - including one of her recent storm images, which has featured all over the world with the British Life Photography Awards. Carla's work has also been published in magazines, newspapers and online, and she recently Joined the team at Light & Land to become one of their expert tour leaders.


harlie Waite
Alex Noriega Landscape Photographer

Alex is a full-time landscape photographer currently based in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. He's been shooting for seven years. He most often finds himself photographing the incredible geology of the American desert southwest, the humbling scale of alpine mountain environments, or the strange and lush trees and foliage of the forest. His primary goal is to create images of nature that evoke emotion in him, and he hopes that translates to the viewer. He has a great appreciation for both dramatic and quiet scenes.

In 2016, Alex won a couple of major awards: USA Landscape Photographer of the Year, where his image "Volcanic Autumn" placed first overall; and The Epson International Pano Awards, where his images "Hibernation II" and "Funnel Factory" placed first and second overall. Both were international competitions, with thousands of entries from dozens of countries.

Alex's images have appeared in a number of publications, including USA Today, Landscape Photography Magazine, DPReview, Scholastic, N-Photo Magazine, LeNs Magazine, Digital Photo Magazine, Digital Camera World, Digital Photographer Magazine, Photographer's Companion, and Amateur Photographer UK.


harlie Waite
Charlie Waite (Head judge), Landscape Photographer and Awards Founder

Charlie Waite is firmly established as one of the world’s leading landscape photographers. He has held numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious venues in the UK, Japan and the USA and his photographs are held in private and corporate collections throughout the world. With over 30 books to his name, Charlie’s distinctive images have received wide critical acclaim over many years. A sought-after writer, public speaker and television presenter, he has featured in numerous photographic and broadsheet publications, DVDs and television programmes on photography.

Through his company Light & Land, he continues to encourage lovers of photography to seek the enormous enrichment that can be found by engaging with the landscape.

He founded the ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ Awards in 2006 and they tie in perfectly with his desire to share his passion and appreciation of the beauty of our world.

Website: /Charlie-Waite-Photography
Twitter: @Charlie_Waite1