Alyssa Meadows grew up in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, and studied photography at the University of Miami and Penn State University–she currently works as a Photographer in New York City. She also freelances as a Photo Editor for Shutterstock, and was previously a Photo Editor with People Magazine. She also serves on the ASMP Board for the NYC chapter, and has recently revitalized the Young Photographer’s Alliance summer mentorship program. Her body of work is predominantly photo-journalistic in one sense or another, ranging from artistic nudes and portraits to film stills and narratives. Alyssa’s other passions include social activism, exploring nature, and experiencing new places, which she often combines with her art.
Jill Waterman, a New York City-based photographer, writer and media professional, is editor of PDNedu and other publishing, education and event projects with PDN Custom Media & Events. Her career background includes more than fifteen years as a stock photography producer, art director, photo editor and account executive.
A skilled portfolio reviewer, workshop instructor and lecturer on photography, in 2008 Waterman’s illustrated book Night and Low Light Photography was published by Amphoto, a division of Random House. Her own photographic work includes the New Year’s Eve Project, a long-term documentation of New Year celebrations with an international scope.
Cathy Aron is the Executive Director of the Digital Media Licensing Association (DMLA). She has been actively involved in the stock photo industry for over 30 years and was formerly the president of Photo Network Stock, a very successful general stock photo rights managed archive, which is now owned by Grant Heilman Photography. Cathy has been a speaker/panelist for numerous industry meetings and events and has presented classes on copyright protection at several colleges in California. Cathy was also a founding leader of the Imagery Alliance, a coalition of professional visual arts trade associations formed to advocated and educate for the protection of copyright and related interests.
Nancy E. Wolff is a member of the entertainment law firm of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, LLC, located in New York and California. Ms. Wolff specializes in intellectual property law and digital media law. Clients include the Picture Archive Counsel of America, Inc. (PACA), the PLUS Coalition, stock photo libraries, individual photographers, authors, illustrators, designers, publishers and digital media companies. Ms. Wolff counsels clients in copyright, trademarks, licensing and contract law, rights of publicity and privacy and libel.
Ms. Wolff is a frequent speaker throughout the United States and Europe on copyright, new technology and licensing. In 2007 she published her book entitled “The Professional Photographer’s Legal Handbook” with Allworth Press and PACA. She was awarded the 2007 ASPP Picture Professional of the Year.
Ms. Wolff is a Trustee and Assistant Secretary of the Copyright Society of U.S.A., and is the current Chair of the American Bar Association IP Section 303 on Copyright Office Affairs and a member of the ABA Copyright Reform Task Force. She was a member of Section 108 Study Group convened by the Library of Congress and charged with updating the Copyright Act.
Steven Diamond is Executive Director of Photography at Scholastic Inc, a Fortune 1000, global children’s publishing, education and media company. Steven has over twenty-five years experience with every aspect of visual content for books, magazines, video and TV, toys, installations, events and other entertainment-oriented products, services and site-specific installations.
Steven is an acknowledged expert in the fields of fine art, art history, photography, design, painting, and sculpture, with extensive experience of the collaborative creative process, licensing and intellectual property issues.
Michelle Bogre is an associate professor of photography at Parsons The New School for Design and former chair of the Photography Department there. She is a documentary photographer, copyright lawyer, and author of Photography As Activism: Images for Social Change, published by Focal Press. Her photographs and articles have been widely published in national magazines, and she is a regular contributor to American Photo and American Photo On Campus magazines.
Her photographs have been featured in group shows at the Lawrence O’Brien Gallery in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. and in Beauty Culture at the Annenberg Space for Photography in LA. She is working on a new book on teaching photography and, when time allows, is making incremental progress on a long-term photographic project on family farms in America.
Gail Mooney is co-partner of Kelly/Mooney Productions, a visual communications company based in the NYC metropolitan area. Gail has over 30 years of experience in still photography, shooting for international magazines, corporations, institutions and advertising agencies. Her work has been published in National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, Travel & Leisure, Endless Vacation, Islands, Communication Arts and Time/Life publications. She has also worked on numerous travel and tourism accounts as well as produced still imagery and video for many Fortune 500 companies.
Shannon Fagan first became interested in photography during days spent in high school in Memphis, Tennessee. After pursuing photography and fine arts studies at The University of Memphis, he moved to New York City in 2000, and has worked in lifestyle and portrait imagery since. In 2002, Photo District News recognized his work in PDN’s 30 photographers to watch, for a personal series of photographs that he completed on Doormen at work on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Shannon’s work has been published in the Communication Arts, Photo District News, Print’s Regional Design, and American Photography Annuals. Awards include a Gold Addy in the NY Addy Awards, a Shortlist Clio Award, and an NEA Creative Grant together with the Houston Center for Photography. Clients include The New Yorker, Newsweek, The New York Times, Discover, and Business week. He has also completed commissioned ad work for BMW, The United Way, Verizon, Nikon, and Intel. He is President of the Stock Artists Alliance.
Steve Giralt is a very passionate Miami, FL born cuban photographer who likes to smile a lot and is fun at parties. Although is comes from a family of engineers, he studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. While at RIT he didn’t sleep very often, but won lots of awards. His work spans many different genres from people, the places they occupy, the things they own, or the many things they’d like to own. Steve is no longer a photographer by choice, it’s at the very root of who he is as a person. Taking the best picture possible and pushing the limits is the end goal of every photograph he ever takes.
In 2005 Steve was selected as one of PDN magazine’s 30 emerging photographers to watch. In 2006, Steve won an award as part of PDN’s digital PIX imaging awards. Now, Steve spends most of his time in his Manhattan studio with his dog Humphrey Bogart, upstate NY building things in his workshop, at home in Brooklyn with his family, or finding a new adventure somewhere. Steve still does not sleep very much.
Steve is also founder of Image Maker’s Club; a group for NYC image makers to collaborate and learn together.
Steve’s clients include:
Anomaly, Budwieser, Godiva, Captain Morgan, BBDO, Starbucks, PepsiCo, Harman Kardon, GE, Foldgers, Smucker’s, Grey Worldwide, Arby’s, Ogilvy, Kimberly-Clark, Petrossian, R/GA, Nokia, Verizon, McCAAN, Havas, Digitas Health, Johnston & Murphy, Macys, Hess, The Halo Group
Food Network Magazine, Us Weekly, Prevention, Woman’s Day, Fitness, Good Housekeeping, Natural Health, Ladies Home Journal, Lucky, DASH, Kraft Food & Family, Philadelphia Mag, Serendipity Mag
After a 10 year career as an intellectual property and communications lawyer representing ad agencies, publishers and broadcasters – including a stint as an inhouse attorney at NBC Television Network (working on among other things Saturday Night Live) – Gordon Kaye joined Graphic Design USA in 1990.
Gordon is now Editor and Publisher of Graphic Design USA, also known as GDUSA, and its offshoots, including the gdusa.com website, two monthly e-newsletters, an online shopping guide for creatives and four national contests covering graphic, packaging, website and corporate inhouse design. Graphic Design USA was founded in 1963 as the business-to-business magazine for creative professionals.
Veronika Roux-Vlachova is a consultant and media professional. Her experience includes Business Development Director for Stock that Doesn’t Suck and Content Development Executive for Masterfile Corporation. Earlier, she served as business analyst on Wall Street. Today, she works with photographers and images collections in content development and distribution of their images for commercial and fine art markets.
In addition, she is the co-founder of Toff Systems, a software development company helping photographers and photography related organizations to find the best technology solutions.
Scott Mc Kiernan is a media industry pioneer and leader. Mc Kiernan’s dynamic leadership of his ZUMA Press family of companies, as well as decades of wide-ranging experience in photojournalism have proven to be instrumental in establishing one of the largest editorial photo agencies in the world and the first digital age picture agency, ZUMA Wire. Recent ventures include ThePicturesofTheDay.com and the Kona Gallery, the first pure photojournalism gallery.
Mc Kiernan’s design work, picture editing and photography have won numerous major awards, and ZUMA’s roster of stellar top photojournalists have won every major photo industry award, including Pictures of The Year (POYi), Best of Photojournalism (NPPA’s BOP), Communications Arts, World Press Awards as well as a few Pulitzers.
Mc Kiernan was a judge of the 2010 POYi contest, and of many previous photo contests, including NPPA BOP.
Virginia Morrison is the past Executive Director of the Society for Photographic Education (SPE), a non-profit membership organization that seeks to promote a broader understanding of the photography in all its forms, and to foster the development of its practice, teaching, scholarship and criticism.
Virginia’s career choices reflect her passion for art and her talent for management. Some highlights include teaching photography and art at Hawken School, Director of Career Services at Cleveland Institute of Art (CIA), and several transformative positions at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She has always been involved with student advocacy in educational contexts and has enjoyed accomplishments that include a successful NIH Training grant for CWRU’s department of pharmacology, the Ohio Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art Education, and CWRU’s MPH Program accreditation by the Council on Education in Public Health.