2012 - Through A Lens: Vibrant!

About the Final Jurors
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Scott Atkinson

Scott Atkinson is a large-format landscape photographer and photo editor based in Half Moon Bay, California.

Sometime early in his photo career he decided to “stay home” and shoot only in California’s native habitats. Not that it’s a hardship: he lives by the ocean and also travels widely, from coast to valley to mountains to deserts, in his dusty old Toyota truck. He still shoots mainly with a traditional view camera and film, in both 4x5 and 8x10 formats. His work has been published by Audubon, The California Academy of Sciences, The Nature Conservancy, Sierra Club, Sunset, Westcliffe, and The Wilderness Society.

Scott has photo directed and/or edited more than 50 book projects. He’s also a longtime calendar editor for Sierra Club, where he reviews thousands and thousands of images per year.

Michael Collopy

Photographer Michael Collopy is one of the preeminent portrait photographers of our time and has gained worldwide recognition for his commissioned portraits of hundreds of public figures. His portfolio includes portraits of world leaders such as Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher and entertainers like Ella Fitzgerald, Mick Jagger, B. B. King and Luciano Pavarotti. Collopy's photos have been published worldwide in numerous books, magazines and newspapers. A San Francisco native, Collopy is a self-taught photographer whose enthusiasm for the arts led him to meet and spend time with such luminaries as Ansel Adams and Richard Avedon.

Kate Jordahl

Seeing inspires Kate Jordahl and she exhibits her enthusiasm and passion for the art of photography in her work. In her travels and photography, she searches for the places where the spirit of the earth and the human spirit come together. Using both film and digital capture, Kate stretches her images to beyond the expected representation to a magical and reverent imaging of the land.

In addition to many group exhibitions, she has had featured exhibitions at Vision Gallery, San Francisco; Yamate Gallery, Yokohama, Japan; the Olive Hyde Gallery, Fremont and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist's Gallery, San Francisco. Kate Jordahl is a professor of Photography and Digital Imaging at Foothill College, Los Altos Hills and co-director of the PhotoCentral Program, Hayward, California. Kate Jordahl's photographs are is in numerous collections including the Bibliothéque Nationale de France, Paris; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California; University of Texas at Dallas, Texas and the Yosemite Museum, Yosemite. Her work is currently represented by Modernbook Gallery in San Francisco. She has lead photography groups in trips to Italy, France and Japan as well as around the United States. Teaching inspires her and sharing her love of photography is a great joy to Kate. Making her photographs then sharing that process and helping others make their own photographs completes the circle of creativity for Kate.