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Lindsay Silverman

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Lindsay is in his 31st year with Nikon. Among his many positions within Nikon, he served as General Manager of the world famous Nikon House in Rockefeller Center. Lindsay was a Sr. Technical Manager responsible for understanding, influencing and disseminating technical information to marketing departments and a media spokesperson forging strong relationships with online, print and TV media. His current position is Sr. Product Manager for Pro DSLR, NIKKOR and Speedlights. Lindsay was also a contributing editor of Nikon World Magazine with his column ‘Hands On” for over 19 years—as both writer and photographer.

Carol Freeman’s true passion is photographing nature, creating images that reflect her philosophy of finding beauty in everything. Her work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Better Homes & Gardens, Nikon World and Birds & Blooms. She has been profiled in The Costco Connection and American Lifestyle. She provides images to Audubon, Chicago Wilderness, The Plants of Concern and The Nature Conservancy, plus her art is exhibited in galleries, published in school text books and collected by private collectors. In 2004, the photographer initiated The Endangered Species Photography Project, whereby she will photograph all 483 threatened and endangered species in Illinois. Presently, Freeman is photographing at-risk species for The Plants of Concern’s educational activities. She received a BFA from the University of Illinois in graphic design with a minor in photography.

Mick was born in Bolton, Lancashire. After 10 years trying to make it in the music business Mick hung up his guitar, picked up a camera and never looked back. After working in portrait studios up and down the UK; in 1999 he found his way onto cruise ships where he works as Photo/Video manager to this day. This affords Mick the enviable position of getting paid to travel the world, and take photos, building up his portfolio. When not shooting/editing he still loves to play his collection of guitars, and when possible simply drive his car. Hard to do when at sea.

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Elias Weiss Friedman

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Elias Weiss Friedman grew up near Philadelphia, in a big family of brothers, sisters, cousins, and dogs. After graduating from Boston University in 2010, he moved to New York and held a job at a major brand strategy agency for two years. But after a round of layoffs, he wanted something more authentic and creative to take on. Inspired by his circle of friends in New York City’s startup culture, he decided to combine the two things he has loved since childhood: photography and dogs. Friedman created the wildly successful blog and Instagram feed, @TheDogist, in 2013 and is the author of the book The Dogist published in 2015.

Photographer Todd Owyoung specializes in youth lifestyle, musician/celebrity portraiture and concert coverage. Based in New York City, he travels the world on editorial and commercial assignments for clients such as iHeartRadio, Anheuser-Busch, 7UP, Atlantic Records and others. His imagery has appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Q Magazine, SPIN, Kerrang and more. Owyoung also produces content for and manages the site www.ishootshows.com, which focuses on the nitty gritty of music photography.

Matthias Hangst is an award-winning sports photographer based in Karlsruhe, Germany. Having not yet reached the age of 40, he has already produced imagery from seven Olympic games, men’s and women’s Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup Finals, Deutsche Fussball Liga (DFL), Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), Wimbledon and numerous other major international sporting events. He creates advertising campaign photos for global brands and produces regularly on behalf of sponsors and organizations. In May 2014, following 10 years working as an independent, he signed as a staff photographer with Getty Images. www.matthiashangst.com

Nikon Ambassador Dixie Dixon is a Texas native and commercial fashion photographer. Having earned her camera skills through both time spent within a darkroom and while assisting a top London fashion photographer, Dixon started her own studio in 2007. She is incredibly inspired by the beautiful illusions of fashion and commercial photography, and enjoys creating imagery for clients such as Florsheim Shoes, Macadamia Professional, Virgin, AXS Television, Advanced Beauty, Spencer Fine Jewelry and others. Her work has taken her to Cannes, Toronto, Vancouver, Ibiza, Brazil and more to create looks for brands, television shows, commercial campaigns and editorial projects. In 2013 she was named Emerging Photographer of the Year by GraphiStudio. www.dixiedixon.com

Taylor Gray is 17 and a senior at Carlmont High School in the Bay Area. He discovered his talent for photography at age 14 during a two week backpacking trip in the Colorado Rockies. From there, he taught himself photography and started exploring the San Francisco area and beyond. In three short years, Taylor has had the opportunity to travel to several states and to Europe, beautifully documenting the wide and varied landscapes in each place. After building quite a following on social media, Taylor is frequently asked to sell his prints and license his photos for websites. He is a passionate photographer with the goal of making a career out of it. You can see more of Taylor’s work on his website www.taylorgray.photo, Instagram and 500px.

Gayla Trail is a writer, photographer and former graphic designer with a background in the fine arts, cultural criticism and ecology. She is the author, photographer and designer of best-selling books on gardening, garden to table cooking, and preserving, including: You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening (Simon & Schuster, 2005), Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces (Clarkson Potter/Random House, 2010), Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces and Drinking the Summer Garden: Homegrown Thirst Quenchers, Concoctions, Sips, and Nibbles (Summer 2012). Trail’s work as a writer and photographer has appeared in O Magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek, The Globe and Mail, Organic Gardening Magazine, ReadyMade, Domino, Budget Living, Garden Making, Gardening Life, Gardens Illustrated, LA Times, Life Magazine and more. She is a frequent speaker and spokesperson on the topics of urban gardening, ecology, home preserving and community.

Dave Black’s education in commercial graphics design and studio drawing lend well to his vision of photography. “I love to make pictures that draw the audience in for a closer look.”

As a freelance photographer for over 30 years Dave’s work has primarily centered on the sports industry for such publications as Sports Illustrated, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, ESPN, Olympian Magazine, Parade and the Wall Street Journal; and the award winning TV show Sports Century on ESPN as well as on ABC Sports, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, and E Entertainment.

The list of events he has covered includes the Masters, Kentucky Derby, National Football League, NASCAR and extensive work regarding the United States Olympic Committee, Olympic athletes and coverage of 12 Olympic Games.

Known for his creative use of Speedlights and in particular with the artistic technique of Lightpainting, Dave’s portfolio continues to broaden into the commercial and advertising industry, and with specialized lighting projects including work for the National Geographic and their book Where Valor Rests, Arlington National Cemetery.

To see more of Dave’s photography, visit his website at www.daveblackphotography.com and instructional blog at www.daveblackphotography.com/workshop-at-the-ranch.

Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned more than 30 years and included assignments in 60 countries. McNally is often described as a generalist because of his ability to execute a wide range of assignment work. His expansive career has included being an ongoing contributor to National Geographic—shooting numerous cover stories and highly complex, technical features for the past 25 years; a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated; as well as shooting cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, and The New York Times Sunday Magazine.

McNally regularly writes a popular, occasionally irreverent blog (joemcnally.com/blog) about the travails, tribulations and high moments of being a photographer, and has authored several noteworthy books on photography. While his work notably springs from the time-honored traditions of magazine journalism, McNally has also adapted to the Internet driven media world, and was recently named as one of the “Top 5 Most Socially Influential Photographers” by Eye-Fi. McNally was also named the 2015 Photographer of the Year by PMDA. His work and his blog are regularly cited in social media surveys as sources of inspiration and industry leadership. He is also among the rare breed of photographer who has bridged the world between photojournalism and advertising, amassing an impressive commercial and advertising client list including FedEx, Nikon, Epson, Sony, Land’s End, General Electric, MetLife, USAA, Adidas, ESPN, the Beijing Cultural Commission, and American Ballet Theater.

A sought-after workshop instructor and lecturer, he has taught at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshop, the Eddie Adams Workshop, the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institution, and the Annenberg Space for Photography, Rochester Institute of Technology, the Disney Institute, and the U.S. Department of Defense. He received his bachelor’s and graduate degrees from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and returns there to lecture on a regular basis. He is proud to be named a Nikon Ambassador [United States], an honor that has a special significance for him, as he bought his first Nikon camera in 1973, and for forty years, from the deserts of Africa to the snows of Siberia, he has seen the world through those cameras.

See more of Joe’s work at www.joemcnally.com.


Adam Woodworth

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Adam Woodworth is a landscape photographer, fine art printer, award winning filmmaker, and software engineer. He is originally from Maine and now resides in New Hampshire. He has had a love of photography for most of his life, and one of his main focuses is landscape astrophotography. His earliest memory of gazing up in awe at the night sky was as a child in a canoe on a lake, fishing at night. The intensity of the star filled sky in such a peaceful spot was a powerful experience, and now he enjoys sharing that experience through his photography.

To see more of Adam’s work, visit www.adamwoodworth.com or check out Adam Woodworth Photography LLC’s Facebook page: #adamwoodworthphotography

Jojo Whilden grew up in Monterey, California and started working as a photographer on weekend assignments for the Alameda Times-Star while attending San Francisco State University. Post University she moved to London and did lots of traveling, eventually settling in NYC (Williamsburg) where she now lives with her partner and two children. She earned her Master’s degree in Photography at the International Center for Photography and New York University and worked as a photo editor for SABA during graduate school. Soon after, Jojo branched into video art and electronic media and began working on feature films as a still photographer and opened an art studio in Brooklyn. She was awarded a fellowship at the Millay Colony for the Arts and is currently represented by the ClampART Gallery in Chelsea. Jojo previously taught photography and video at NYU and the School of Visual Arts.

Her clients include Netflix, HBO, Showtime, CBS, Killer Films, GREY advertising. Publications include The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Sight and Sound, ART Forum, OUT Magazine, TIME, Glamour, ELLE, Variety, Filmmaker, The Face.

See more of Jojo’s work at www.jojowhilden.com.

Carli Davidson Pet Photography

Carli Davidson

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Having spent over seven years of her life working animal care and training at zoos and wildlife centers, Carli is adept at communicating with wildlife. This understanding of behavior allows her to capture unique images of animals.
She took her first photography class in a lowly closet-like darkroom in high school, and she and her best friend spent their sophomore year printing over-dramatic photos of each other in graveyards.
In 2011 her series SHAKE became a worldwide success, followed by a series of disabled pets called invincible, garnering her millions of website hits and putting her firmly on the map as a top animal photographer. She currently lives in Portland, OR with her husband Tim and her pets Saul and Yushi as well as a rotating cast of foster dogs.
Visit Carli’s website: www.carlidavidson.com


Anastasia Cole Plakias

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Anastasia is a published writer and veteran of the NYC restaurant industry. Her passion for food politics is outweighed only by her knowledge of obscure vegetable-related trivia. Though Anastasia has worn many hats over the years, previously having run Brooklyn Grange’s Sales, Events and Communications Departments, respectively, her current focus is on creating strong and meaningful connections between the farm and the communities it serves. She has recently completed the manuscript for a book, The Farm on the Roof: Growing Brooklyn Grange into a Truly Sustainable Business, which will be published by Avery Press in March, 2016. A born-and-raised New Yorker, Anastasia is dedicated to making her native city a greener and more sustainable place to live.

Hedley Jones is an experienced multi-media professional with an impressive array of creative credentials ranging from traditional broadcasting and digital music to commercial photography. His roots began in the world of music having
started as a musician in Jamaica. Jones began his broadcast career with CBC Radio in Toronto, as a Writer/Producer for several highly acclaimed programs including the Juno nominated, daily morning variety show Eclectic Circus. As “Deadly Hedley,” he became one of the city’s most loved and most respected DJs, introducing audiences to the best in reggae, worldbeat & house music, shaping the musical tastes of a generation of Toronto listeners.

Since 2003, Hedley has utilized his visual and technical skills in the artistic medium of commercial and wedding photography that captures the moments of emotion and energy with his unique eye for spontaneity and playfulness. After all, no one knows how to ‘pump up the volume’ better than Hedley.

Nikon Ambassador Lucas Gilman is one of the leading adventure photographers and filmmakers in the industry. His powerful and incisive images run in top publications & advertisements worldwide. A love of adventure and an addiction to color creates his distinct style of photography and filmmaking. Lucas documents subjects ranging from expedition kayaking in India and Costa Rica, to surfing in Brazil to backcountry skiing in Colorado, Alaska and South America. He has covered international events such as the Tour De France, Kentucky Derby, ESPN X-GAMES, IRONMAN®, NFL Playoffs, and Open Water Swimming in Australia.

Lucas regularly works with editorial and advertising clients that span the globe including: National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, ESPN Magazine, ESPN.com, Men’s Journal and Outside Magazine. His commercial clients include: Manfrotto, Nikon, SanDisk®, Land Rover®, Red Bull, G-Techology, Garmin™ and GORE-TEX®.

See more of Lucas’ work on his website and blog, at www.lucasgilman.com.
Check him out on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+.

Environmental portrait artist Benny “Migs” Migliorino’s goal is to communicate not only the personalities of his subjects, but their emotions as well, and he has the imagination and ability to capture these elements in dramatic images no matter the nature of the surroundings. In fact, Benny says, “I almost prefer a situation that offers very little to work with. I love to create an image in which I can make an everyday location look like the setting of a big-budget production.”

Benny’s stylish, compelling images have graced the pages of many magazines, including Revolver, Alternative Press, American Photo, Popular Photography, Rangefinder, Photoshop User, Shutterbug, Nikon World, Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. Benny is a recipient of the Photographer of the Year award from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), and the Grand Award in the portrait category from the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI).

Always looking for new ways to communicate his vision and stay on top of his creative game, Benny has recently added the roles of cinematographer, director and director of photography to his repertoire. He is truly a photographer for whom imaging is not a job, but a passion. “I wake every morning upset,” he says, “not because I have to go to work, but because I just wasted hours sleeping when I could have been shooting and creating. Photography is my life, and I love it.”

Tamara Lackey is a renowned professional photographer, speaker, author, program host, and Nikon Ambassador. Her authentic lifestyle photography, from children’s portraits to celebrity portraits, has been praised within her industry, published internationally and been described as “expressive, soulful, funny, and beautiful.”
Tamara’s work has been featured in dozens of media outlets, including O – The Oprah Magazine, Town & Country, Parenting Magazine, Vogue, Food & Wine, Men’s Journal, Nikon World, Rangefinder Magazine, Professional Photographer Magazine, Professional ImageMaker and Photoshop User Magazine, as well as NBC’s The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, and PBS’ Need to Know.

See more of Tamara’s work at her website and blog: tamaralackey.com and tamaralackeyblog.com as well as the websites: redefineshow.com and allinonelife.com.
Check her out on social media: on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Peter Artemenko

Peter Artemenko

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With a degree from Duke University and a background rooted in photography and design, Pete finds inspiration in all things visual. He has a talent for capturing moments in time and revealing the larger story present in those moments. He uses photography, graphic design, and videography to deliver those powerful messages.

In his work today, Pete is focused on using these same techniques in an industrial business environment. He translates the language of hands-on manufacturing and engineering work into a story and a message that we can all relate to and understand.

Pete continues to find opportunities to expand and develop this visual storytelling style with his work, in his travels around the world, and always with his wife and three beautiful children as they grow, learn, and discover.

With a natural sense for capturing what lies beyond the surface and a true appreciation for raw emotion, Abby Liga opens up a realm of comfort and trust in which her subjects flourish. Such devotion has shaped Liga into the now highly coveted and award-winning professional photographer respected for her distinct style and ambitious intent. Specializing in fine art weddings & portraits, Liga’s photographs have reveled in the spotlight, elevating her to acclaimed heights within the wedding and event industry.

As one of the top wedding photographers in the country, Abby’s work has been featured nationally and internationally, in such respected publications as The Wall Street Journal, Grace Ormonde, Weddings Unveiled, Town & Country, Southern Weddings, and Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Magazine.

A true dreamer with an entrepreneurial spirit, Abby Liga provides a balance of valuable insights for enjoying a successful career in photography, while living the life of an artist. To see more of Abby’s work, visit www.ligaphotography.com.


Bambi Cantrell

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Nikon Ambassador & world renowned wedding and portrait photographer, Bambi Cantrell, is one of the most decorated and celebrated professional photographers of our time. After 25 years of photographing some of the most exquisite and breathtaking wedding and portrait images from around the world, three best selling books entitled The Art of Wedding Photography, The Art of Digital Wedding Photography, and The Art of People Photography, and countless awards and accolades, Bambi Cantrell is virtually a household name.

Bambi’s work has been featured in dozens of magazines including Martha Stewart Weddings, Rangefinder, Photo District News and Ebony as well as hundreds of blogs. Although Bambi spends a great deal of time on portrait photography, she also photographs 15 to 20 weddings per year for some of the world’s most extravagant couples. Based in the San Francisco Bay area, but available for work anywhere in the world—Bambi considers the key to her success a direct result of her love of people. “I just love people, and believe truly great photographs are a reflection of who the client is, not who I want them to be.”

Renea Veneri Stewart is the producer and director of photography for Family Ingredients. She joined Honolulu-based Juniroa Productions, Inc. in 2001 and currently serves as its president. The firm produces Pacific Island content programming such as short and long form documentaries, live multi-camera broadcasts, public service announcements and Web content. The Family Ingredients pilot has been screened at film festivals from coast to coast, and won an Emmy in June 2014.

For more information on Juniroa Productions, visit their website at www.juniroa.com. To learn more about “Family Ingredients”, check out www.familyingredients.com and be sure to like the show on Facebook.

Bill Frakes is a Sports Illustrated photographer based in Florida. His production company, Straw Hat Visuals, produces content that is cross-purposed across multiple platforms reaching maximum viewers.
Bill has worked in all 50 states and in more than 138 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients, including Apple, Nike, Manfrotto, Coca Cola, Champion, Isleworth, Stryker, IBM, Nikon, Kodak, and Reebok. He directs music videos and television ads. Editorially his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. His still photographs and short documentary films have been featured on hundreds of websites as well as on most major television networks. To see more of Bill’s work, be sure to check out his websites: www.billfrakes.com, www.nebraskaproject.com and www.strawhatvisuals.com.


Vincent Versace

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Vincent Versace is an internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. His passion for natural light photography is manifest not only in his work but also through his role as a creative and technical leader, contributing to innovative breakthroughs across the entire digital image value chain.
Vincent’s work has been highlighted in American Photo, Popular Photography, The New York Times, Shutterbug, Outdoor Photographer, Pro Digital Imaging, PDN, What Digital Camera, Petersen’s Photographic, PC Camera, Studio Photography & Design, Professional Photographer, Digital Imaging and many more.
To see more of Vincent’s work, head over to: www.versacephotography.com

Ami Vitale’s journey as a photographer and filmmaker has taken her to more than 89 countries. Her photographs have been commissioned by nearly every important international publication and have been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries. She is a Nikon Ambassador, she has judged the most prestigious photo contests and is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine.

Vitale has been the subject of the ten-part television series for the National Geographic Channel and a documentary series, “Over the Islands of Africa.” She is a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of scientists, writers, photographers and filmmakers who share a mission to create powerful stories that illustrate very specific issues faced by women in developing countries. She is also a member of the executive advisory committee of the Alexia Foundation photojournalism advisory board.

Based in Montana, Vitale continues to make films and stories of the planet’s most important issues, and frequently gives lectures and workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.
To see more of Ami’s work, head over to her website at: www.amivitale.com


Jonathan Melendez

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A native of Los Angeles, Jonathan Melendez toiled in commercial kitchens cooking, baking and decorating cakes before spinning his passions for food and photography into a career. As founder of TheCandidAppetite.com, he serves up a daily recipe spiced with a dash of tasty imagery. Melendez knows about the power of photos. In fact, you could say that his images have greatly aided the success of his blog and his community building efforts. Writing, developing recipes, telling stories by using his camera, and preparing meals keeps him busy full time. He’s relied on the Nikon D90 for 10 years.

Steven Poe is a commercial photography director and video producer in the San Francisco Bay Area at Translumin Productions. Poe, who has developed the world’s largest automotive multimedia library, is also a high dynamic range (HDR) motion control time-lapse geek. He has produced work for Mitsubishi, Pontiac, Lincoln, PwC, Swinerton Builders and others. For the comedy series he teamed with Vicki Kozel. A writer and playwright whose one-act comedies have been produced in San Francisco and New York City, Kozel believes that fast, dialog-driven scripts make the perfect material for low budget, high quality cinema.
See more of Steven’s work here: www.translumin.com

Janessa Solem is a blogger, wife and mother of three young children. She started ThriftyNiftyMommy.com in 2010. Today, this popular Web destination counts more than 118,000 fans who catch her daily updates on everything from product reviews and giveaways for family-friendly products, travel destinations and services. The site also features recipes, crafts and DIY projects. Visit Janessa’s blog at ThriftyNiftyMommy.com.

During her 25 years as a photojournalist, renowned photographer, Robin Layton, has produced countless notable photographs and earned a place among the world’s top photographers. By age 24, she was honored by LIFE magazine as one of the eight most talented photographers in America. Her photo story on runaway teens in downtown Seattle was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Sports enthusiasts will remember her iconic photograph of Ken Griffey Jr. from the 1995 American League playoffs (“The Smile at the Bottom of the Pile”). In 2013, she was honored to become a Nikon Ambassador.

After an award-winning career in newspapers, including key positions with: The Virginian-Pilot, Cleveland Plain Dealer, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Robin embarked on a freelance career that has taken her on documentary assignments around the world. Along the way, she has photographed prom queens to actual kings, street people to presidents; personalities from Oprah Winfrey to Shaquille O’Neal. She has also expanded the boundaries of traditional photography, combining her images with vintage found objects to create critically acclaimed and highly sought art pieces.

What pictures do best is capture a moment in time. Robin’s work illuminates the life within that moment. She compels you to take a second look, a new view of the world around us. Her work has earned her industry accolades and legions of fans. You can see more of Robin’s work at her website www.robinlaytonworkshops.com.

Ron has worked with wildlife for over 35 years and has had the privilege of having “hands-on” experience with a tremendous variety of animals. As Zoo Miami’s “Goodwill Ambassador,” he has made frequent television appearances on many programs including, “National Geographic Explorer”, the Discovery Networks, the “Today Show,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “CBS’ This Morning,” “Dateline” and “CNN”. Ron is also a regular guest on several Spanish language television programs including international hits “Sabado Gigante” and “Despierta America.” In addition, he has written and produced many wildlife articles and award-winning photographs that have appeared in publications and galleries around the world. He has traveled extensively throughout Africa, India and Tropical America while developing and directing conservation projects and Emmy Award winning documentaries focusing on the wildlife of those regions. As a Nikon Ambassador, Ron considers photography his most important tool in his efforts to inspire people to care about wildlife and hopefully help to protect it for generations to come.

PES is the creator of some of the most widely viewed stop-motion films of all time, including Roof Sex, KaBoom!, Game Over and Human Skateboard. His uncanny knack for transforming familiar objects through stop-motion animation has earned him global recognition and dozens of honors. His short Western Spaghetti was named #2 Viral Video of the Year by TIME Magazine and won at Sundance in 2009. In 2013, his short Fresh Guacamole became the shortest film ever nominated for an Academy Award. PES has also directed dozens of commercials for brands such as PlayStation, Scrabble and Bacardi. He is currently developing a feature film based on the Garbage Pail Kids franchise with Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company.
Visit www.pesfilm.com to see more of PES’ work or check out his YouTube channel here.

Erika Wiggins is a Salt Lake City based freelance writer who focuses on adventure sports, travel and dining. She backpacks, she rappels into caves, she skis the black diamond run and she explores regions where there’s great local cuisine and craft beers. Her blog, TheActiveExplorer.com, features a lively mix of tips, suggestions and travel reports, plus photos from the air, sea and land. You can follow her on Twitter (@Active_Explorer), Instagram (@Active_Explorer) and http://TheActiveExplorer.com

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Moose Peterson

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Moose Peterson’s true passion has always been and remains photographing the life history of our endangered wildlife and wild places. Since 1981 he and his wife Sharon have dedicated their lives to this pursuit. Educating the public about our wild heritage is their hallmark. In recent years Moose has added aviation photography to his pursuits with the same goal of preserving our aviation heritage, pictorial and oral for future generations. Along the way Moose has been honored for his photographic passion: a Nikon Ambassador, Lexar Elite Photographer, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, just to name a few. He’s part of Epson’s Finish Strong ad campaign. Moose is creative producer/photographer of his acclaimed film: Aviation Photography: Warbird and The Men Who Flew Them. He shares his knowledge through his writing, being published in over 143 magazines worldwide, author of 28 books including his latest, Photographic FUNdamentals, Taking Flight and best seller Captured. He lectures across the country to thousands upon thousands of photographers every year. One of the original Nikon shooters to receive the D1 in 1999, Moose embraced this new technology, becoming the only wildlife photographer in the world to shoot strictly digital in the early years. While a beta tester for all the major hardware and software manufacturers, Moose continues being a creative innovator of new techniques both behind the camera and the computer, which is the driving force behind his photography and goals.

To See more work by Moose, visit his blog: http://www.moosepeterson.com/blog


Andrew Barkules

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Andrew Barkules grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. Shortly after college he discovered his passion for photography. A self-taught lens artist, Barkules plied his trade working assignments from real estate magazine publishers to wedding clients; from capture at music concerts to private portraiture sittings. He recently landed a two-page spread in a motorcycle magazine, as well as an album cover for a platinum selling rock band. With an education in audio post-production, Barkules looks forward to furthering his career with the addition of even more motion work.

Sandro has been photographing people for more than thirty years. In 2012 he teamed with Nikon to produce and direct the short cinematic video Joy Ride, which helped introduce the D800. He most recently completed Dream Park, a video short captured entirely using the Nikon D810.

His editorial work has been featured in The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire, Time, Forbes, Details, Graphis, New York Magazine, ESPN Magazine and more. Among his numerous advertising clients, Sandro counts companies such as Allstate Insurance, Anheuser-Busch, BMW, Gatorade, Coca-Cola, Honda, Milk and the U.S. Army.

See more work by Sandro at www.sandrofilm.com

Director and producer Allen Farst of Niche Productions has filmed, directed and produced documentary films, music videos, network and cable productions, sports and interview segments for local, national and international clients. He serves as lead camera operator for helicopter drone aerial footage used by Rahal Letterman Lanigan, IndyCar, Hyundai, United Technologies Aerospace and others. Corporate clients include Beechcraft, Carrier, ABC, ESPN and ExtraTV.

See more work by Allen at www.nicheproductions.com

Elke Talbot is a North Carolina-based food photographer and filmmaker, originally from the British Virgin Islands. Elke will be graduating from Appalachian State University in May with a degree in Commercial Photography. She discovered her love for food, food culture, and photography at a young age. Elke is inspired by delicious smells, cast iron skillets, natural lighting, exciting tastes, and people who share a connection with food.

See more work by Elke at elkemargarethe.squarespace.com

A native of Austin, Viet graduated from the film school at the University of Texas and lives and works in Los Angeles as a television editor on network and cable shows including Party Down, Human Target, How To Live With Your Parents and The Following. He also directs, writes and produces short-form projects. For his short film, “Crush the Skull,” Viet was recognized with a number of awards, including Best Film of the 2010 NBCUniversal Short Cuts Film Festival. Viet directed the Veronica Mars documentary and will be directing the upcoming Veronica Mars Web series. For the documentary, crowdfunding video and upcoming Web series, he teamed with co-directors of photography John Reyes-Nguyen and Tuan Quoc Le.

Alexx Henry is an award-winning director, photographer and spokesperson in the emerging field of interactive storytelling. His work with print plus motion, which he terms “Living Art,” offers a new digital content form perfectly suited for touch devices such as mobile phones and tablet devices.

His work creating the iPad’s first interactive motion feature for VIVmag received the prestigious Cannes Gold Lion. Other recognized productions include the first motion movie poster shot on a cinema camera, the interactive magazine feature “Digital Fiasco” with Lupe Fiasco, plus Outside magazine’s first-ever motion digital magazine cover plus inside editorial spread.

In 2010, Digital Magazine named him Photographer of the Year. His editorial photography has landed on the covers of Cigar Aficionado, Billboard and The Source. Henry counts 50 Cent, Kevin Costner, The Wu Tang Clan, Lindsay Lohan, Carmen Electra and others to be among his clientele.

See more work by Alexx at www.alexxhenry.com  |  www.artandskin.com  |  www.xxarray.com

Chris Hershman

Chris Hershman

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Chris Hershman is a Chicago-based filmmaker, photographer and musician. At a young age he began photographing bands throughout the Midwest, with his work evolving into video capture. Chris draws inspiration from live music, natural lighting and the raw talent around him. He has filmed for the Chicago Music Exchange, and captured bands such as the Alabama Shakes, Brian Blade, Tall Walker, and many other artists. His work has been featured on Rollingstone.com and at the 2012 Grammy Awards ceremony.

Chris is an urban cowboy with a love of denim and vintage motorcycles who captures life the way he sees it.

See more work by Chris at www.chrishershman.com

Preston Kanak is a photographer, director and cinematographer based in Saskatchewan, Canada. His portfolio includes broadcast and independent work with a focus on capturing the human condition, as well as the environments in which his subjects live. For the past few years Kanak has been filming a series of three-minute short films focused on creativity, collaboration and contribution. This project has allowed him to collaborate with filmmakers from around the world. At the height of the project in 2010, Kanak managed to produce a short film everyday for the entire year.

After working as a photojournalist for several hometown newspapers in his native state of Utah, Steve Heiner joined Nikon in 1985 as a Technical Representative in Dallas, Texas. He later worked in Sunnyvale, California; Salt Lake City, Utah and eventually New York. During his time in the field, Steve provided technical assistance and training to pro photographers during major sporting and news events. He has trained government and military specialists around the country and while at sea. For two years Steve also taught courses for the Nikon School of Photography. He joined the Nikon management team in the Melville headquarters in 1999. Today he holds the position of Senior Technical Manager and Media Spokesperson.

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David Wright is an award winning filmmaker and photographer. Originally from the U.K., he has worked in more than 60 countries and now makes his home on the coast of Maine in the U.S.A. Upcoming travels will take him to Germany and India. A long time Nikon user, David started out in the business at Oxford Scientific Films. He then went freelance and now shoots for clients including National Geographic, the BBC and the Discovery Channel.

Recent projects have included landmark series like Nat Geo’s “Untamed Americas,” which just earned him an Emmy for cinematography. Previously he received an Emmy for achievement in documentary filmmaking, and a nomination for cinematography for his National Geographic special on polar bears. Throughout his career David has used Nikon photography equipment, as well as NIKKOR lenses, to shoot everything from television productions to commercials and feature films. David shoots with a Nikon D810 and D500.

See more work by David at expeditioncamera.com or for stills 500px.com/david_wright or follow him on Instagram at instagram.com/david_wright_photo

At age 14, Skyler Proctor saw his first behind-the-scenes documentary that detailed how feature films were made. He knew instantly that he wished to become a filmmaker. A highly motivated youth, he taught himself how to work a camera and was soon shooting short films using a home video camera. At age 17 he leapt at an opportunity to work with an independent feature film crew visiting and filming his small hometown in Idaho. From there, Skyler went on to shoot feature films, documentaries, commercials, music videos and more. He’s worked in San Francisco, Niagara Falls, Miami Beach, Europe, the Himalayas and points in-between.


Scott A. Woodward

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Singapore-based, Canadian photographer Scott A. Woodward’s narrative style has resulted in recognition by Luerzer’s Archive as one of the “200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide.” His work has been seen in National Geographic Magazine, GEO, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, Monocle, VOGUE, GQ, Esquire and The New York Times. He has photographed advertising campaigns for brands such as Google, Adidas and MasterCard. A Nikon Singapore Ambassador, Woodward is also a Getty Images global assignments photographer.

For the Bhutan trek, Woodward teamed with Michael K. Rogers, founder and director at Persistent Productions. Rogers has broad international experience as a director and cinematographer for production companies such as National Geographic Television, Discovery Networks, Dog Eat Dog Films and The Smithsonian Network. His talent as a cinematographer can be noticed with independent films including Up the Mountain Down to River, HBO’s Ghosts of Abu Ghraib and Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 911.


Eric Scherbarth

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Eric Scherbarth is an editor/writer/director based in New York City who has more than 10 years’ experience in video production. He received his MFA in Film Production from Columbia University. He broke onto the scene with his award-winning short film Sinkhole. Scherbarth lives in Brooklyn, NY with his family.

See more work by Eric at www.ericscherbarth.com