2014 - Through A Lens

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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.

You can find out more about Scott at: www.scottatkinsonphoto.com

Brian Cassey

Since making Cairns Australia home a few decades ago Brian has been freelancing for National and International media including News Ltd, Fairfax Press and 'The Wires' (Associated Press etc).

Brian covered tsunamis in Asia (Banda Aceh Indonesia, Phuket and Khoa Lak Thailand, Myanmar 2004/5) and the Pacific (Sissano Papua New Guinea 1998), the evacuation of refugees from East Timor (1999), George Speights coup in Fiji and the World Economic Forum riots in Melbourne (2000), the victims of the 2002 Bali terrorist bombs and the devastation wrought in Australia by category 5 cyclone's Larry (2006) and Yasi (2011).

Brian was selected as one of three finalists in the recent 2013 “Nikon Walkley Australian Press Photographer of the Year Award” and also won two previous Walkley Awards in 2005 and 2011.Also in 2013, Brian was selected as a Winner of the prestigious “Head On Portrait Prize”  - and in 2012 one of his portrait images won a National Press Photographers Association  “Best of Photojournalism” award, Brian has also won several Queensland Clarion media awards, won the "Australian Sports Photo of the Year" in 1985 and has achieved recognition in the Moran, Head On, Hurley, Rothmans and Gordon Parkes photo awards. In 2010 Brian was selected by peers in the "Top Ten" of "Australia's Top Photographers" in both the Photojournalism and Editorial categories.

Brian won first and third prizes in the Kellicutt International “Vibrant” in 2012.

You can find out more about Brian at: www.briancasseyphotographer.com

Oliver Klink

Oliver Klink is a wildlife and fine art professional photographer and founder of the company IncredibleTravelPhotos. In 2009 he received the Mike Ivanitsky Award for photographic excellence for his work on grizzly bears: Artan's Day – A Little Bear in a Big World.

Oliver is educated as a physicist in his home country, Switzerland. He then studied photography in the United States, which enabled him to correlate the complexity of our existence with his love for light. He has travelled to over 80 countries and seven continents to capture the intricacy and interconnectedness of our ecosystems. His current project – Vanishing Traditions – scheduled for publication in 2015, tackles our cultural changes, the environments we inhabit, and the insights into our world and ourselves.

Oliver's work has received many awards, been exhibited in galleries and museums, and published with National Geographic, Days of Japan, Black &White magazine, Popular Photography magazine, among others. In 2013, his image "The Great Migration" was selected as the Grand Prize winner at the 30th anniversary Spring Show Exhibit at the PhotoCentral Gallery in Hayward, CA. Other awards have included nomination at the prestigious Color Spider Award (2011, 2012, 2013), PX3 contest in Paris (2012), Black & White Single image 2013 and the North America Nature Photographer Association top 100 wildlife images (2008, 2009).

Oliver leads workshops around the world to inspire participants to develop a personal vision with their photography. Since 2005, his help and expertise have served many students to take photographs that are more than just mere images, but rather photographs that haunt people and tell stories. Oliver's teaching style is about building confidence to launch creativity.

Oliver currently resides in Los Gatos, California with his wife.
You can find out more about Oliver at: www.oliverklinkphotography.com or www.incredibletravelphotos.com