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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Photo credits

Top banner by Muneer Alshanti
Bottom banner by Henry Cook