2019 Judges


Sabine MEyer

Sabine is the Photography Director for the National Audubon Society. She has worked for a range of publications and organizations, including National Geographic Adventure, Condé Nast Traveler, New York magazine, TIME, U.N. Population Fund, the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, and AARP Media. She is an affiliate with the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). She has been on the faculty at the School of the International Center of Photography since 2004, where she teaches photo editing. She also spent 7 years as the co-director and curator of Fovea Exhibitions, a Beacon, N.Y.-based nonprofit advocating visual literacy through the medium of photojournalism and documentary photography. Her photo editing has earned numerous accolades from Pictures of the Year International, Visa Pour l’Image, Communication Arts, the Society of Publication Designers, the American Society of Magazine Editors, and American Photo. She mentors and reviews photo portfolios regularly. (Image: Mike Fernandez/Audubon)

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Georgina Steytler

Georgina is an award-winning nature photographer with a passion for ethics and bird conservation. Her awards include Wildlife Photographer of the Year (London) (first Australian woman to win a category), Bird Photographer of the Year (UK)(Creative), Australian Photography Awards (Wildlife), BirdLife Photography (Tom Oliver Award and Best Photo of the Year) and the much coveted Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Portfolio Prize (2016).

She is widely published in books and magazines, producing articles, running workshops and giving talks on bird photography throughout Australia. She has been a regular volunteer and long-time member of BirdLife Australia, was previously a committee member and the Competition Co-ordinator for BirdLife Photography. As well, Georgina has been a regular volunteer and long-time member of Friends of the Western Ground Parrot (an Albany based organisation trying to save a species that, once prolific in the bushland around Albany, is now on the verge of extinction).

She grew up on an orchard in Donnybrook, Western Australia where she developed a love for the natural environment. She currently lives in Toodyay with her husband (Chris), dog (Tawny) and two baby kangaroos (Millie and Molly).

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Dean has worked in various conservation roles at BirdLife Australia, and currently works as the Woodland Bird Program Leader.  As part of that role he is the national Regent Honeyeater recovery coordinator.  Dean believes that quality photography of the natural environment is one of the strongest ways to engage the community in conservation and sustainability.  Dean is an award-winning photographer in his spare time and has had photos published nationally and internationally, has conducted workshops on photography techniques, contributes regularly to Australian BirdLife magazine, and continues to strive for the elusive perfect photo.  Dean’s work can be found on his website.

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Moose Peterson

Moose’s lifelong passion is 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. Moose added to this in 2008 aviation photography with the same goal of preserving our aviation heritage and the freedoms they protect, pictorially and orally for future generations. Along the way Moose has been honoured for his photographic passion: a Nikon Ambassador USA, recipient of the John Muir Conservation Award, Research Associate with the Endangered Species Recovery Program, just to name a few. He was part of Epson’s Finish Strong ad campaign. Moose was the creative producer/photographer of his acclaimed film: Warbirds and The Men Who Flew Them. He shares his knowledge through his writing, being published in over 143 magazines worldwide, author of 29 books including his latest, Takeoff 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.

Moose's work can be found on his website.

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Andy Rouse

Andy Rouse is a professional wildlife photographer, videographer and all round animal nutcase. He has made several TV series about his adventures, is very active on social media via his Instagram channel @wildmanrouse and loves to inspire others to connect with nature. He’s won a plethora of international awards in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Natures Best, European Wildlife Photographer of the Year and hold the Royal Geographical Society’s inaugural award for services to wildlife photography. He is an advocate for all manner of conservation projects worldwide and leads tours and expeditions showing others his favourite species of tigers amongst others.

Andy is a FlexShooter tripod head evangelist and currently shoots with the Olympus E-M1X mirrorless camera system. You can find his work on his website.


Chris Bray

Australian nature photographer, photo tour leader and adventurer Chris Bray grew up sailing around the world then leading world-first cart-hauling expeditions across the Arctic before becoming an award-winning Australian Geographic photographer with work also appearing in National Geographic and Discovery Channel, TIME Magazine and many others. An engineer by degree, for the last decade Chris has been running small-group photo tours to many of the world’s most amazing wildlife destinations. Chris Bray Photography has since grown into Australia’s largest photo tour company while also - together with his wife Jess - becoming the first people to sail a junk-rig boat through the Northwest Passage over the Arctic on their small, wooden sailboat. An accomplished speaker and writer with feature articles published around the world and a successful book 'The 1000 Hour Day' (now an award-winning documentary 'The Crossing'), Chris sits on the advisory committee for The Australian Geographic Society and is founder and CEO of Conservation United, aiming to help crowd-fund the world’s critical conservation projects. Chris is also an International Fellow of 'The Explorers Club' and has been chairman of their Australia and New Zealand chapter, and recently created 'Swell Lodge’ - the first ecologically sustainable accommodation inside a federal national park, on Christmas Island. You can find his work on his website.