Winners chosen in image06 photo competition organized by the NY chapter of ASMP

Winners were recently chosen for Image06, a photography competition organized annually by the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). The contest had two main categories, one for professional photographers and one for students.

I think that the images chosen showcase a wide range of great work, and I highly recommend a visit to the website. The Image ’06 gallery show will run from Monday, June 19th through Saturday June 24th, 2006 at the Thomas Werner Gallery.

Thomas Werner Gallery
526 West 26th Street, #712
New York, NY 10003

In the Professional category, top honors went to Charlotte Oestervang. Interestingly, Oestervang was last year’s winner in the student category. A native of Denmark, in 2000 she earned a bachelor’s degree in fine-art photography from the Academy of Performing Arts, Film and Television in Prague, Czech Republic. She has been a freelance photographer since 2001. Last year, she studied documentary photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City. This fall, she plans to move to Kabul, Afghanistan, to make in-depth stories. You can see more of her work at

This year’s top prize in the Student category went to Amy Stein.
A New York City resident and newly minted MFA from the School of
Visual Arts, Stein is currently working on a photo series called
“Stranded,” portraits of people stranded on the side of the road.
“To make these images, I basically drive various US highways
looking for broken down vehicles,” she said. Her portfolio is
viewable at

You may view a gallery of all the Image06 winners at

The full list of awards for the Professional category is
1st Prize: Charlotte Oestervang
2nd Prize: Tara Engberg
3rd Prize: Ruth Petzold

Honorable Mention:
Daniel Barry
Sian Kennedy
Terri Gold
Sian Kennedy
Sarah Kell

Judges’ Choices:
Keith Lanpher
Charlotte Oestervang
Gary John Norman
Nick Gorsky
Sian Kennedy

The full list for the Student category is:
1st Prize: Amy Stein
2nd Prize: Deidre Schoo
3rd Prize: Jaime Tardiff

Honorable Mention:
Shawn Lortie
Paul Van Hoy
Samantha Casolari
Jeongmee Yoon
Shawn Lortie

Judges’ Choices:
Jaime Tardiff
Jarrod McCabe
Barbara Runcie
Amy Stein
Jeongmee Yoon

(Note: Photographers were allowed to submit multiple images,
which were identified only by a number during the judging. Thus,
it was possible for one photographer to win awards for several
photographs. Independently, each Judges’ Choice reflected the top
pick of a single judge.)

The judges for the Image06 competition spanned a wide range of
professional perspectives and artistic interests. They were:
* Klitos Teklos, Art Director, Surface magazine
* James K. Colton, Photography Editor, Sports Illustrated
* Kiana Malekzadeh, Gallerist, Kiana Malekzadeh Gallery
* Jeff Kopay, Art Director, Ogilvy
* Cristina Spiridakis, Art Buyer, Euro RSCG

Contest sponsors included camera maker FujiFilm Professional
Imaging (, lens specialist Tamron
(, online photo archive Digital Railroad
(, and web site developer CBA Studios

About ASMP:

Founded in 1944, the American Society of Media Photographers
(ASMP) is the leading trade association for photographers
who photograph primarily for publication. ASMP promotes
photographers’ rights, educates photographers in better
business practices, produces business publications for
photographers, and helps buyers find professional
photographers. It has more than 5,000 members, including
many of the world’s greatest photographers, in 40 chapters

For more information, please contact: Frank Rocco
ASMP-NY Image 06 Coordinator

Text provided courtesy ASMP-NY

Review: Recommended Podcast about Travel Photography

A few days ago I had some time to catch up on some of the many podcast episodes I had sitting on my iPod, and came across a particularly informative episode from Derrick Story. Derrick is a talented photographer, and he’s also managing editor of the O’Reilly Network, Mac DevCenter, and O’Reilly Digital Media.

Derrick’s podcast is called The Digital Story, and the specific podcast about which I’m writing is podcast number 35, “Vacation Packing”. Derrick shared numerous travel tips for photographers of any level and I highly recommend listening online or by subscribing to his podcast on iTunes. In addition, podcast 34 has some tips by a guest who will be appearing soon on The Imaging Buffet Book Tour.

I look forward to sharing more “photo-related finds” in the near future.

San Diego International Fine Art Show (through 6/11/2006)

San Diego’s Museum of the Living Artist is exhibiting its first single medium international fine art show – and the medium is digital. The range of the art selected by Marilyn Kushner, Chair and Curator of the Prints and Drawings at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, spans the range of fine art one discovers in most contemporary shows. The exhibition runs through Sunday, June 11, 2006.

The exhibit is located in the heart of San Diego’s Balboa Park along with many of its cultural institutions – the Timken Museum, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Old Globe Theatre Complex, the Museum of Photographic Art, the Natural History Museum, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and more.


(above) Photograph of the show’s opening. Photo © Anthony Beltran

SONY is the major title sponsor for this exhibition at the San Diego Art Institute’s exhibition space. The Digital Art Guild participated in a significant way to bring concept, logistical support and direction to this venture into digital art. This exhibition is part of an umbrella of digital art events taking place in San Diego. More information can be found at the DAG webzine:


(above) James Edwards, Grand Award Winner; Lori Soldana, State of California Assemblywoman; and Marilyn Kushner, Guest Juror. Photo © Anthony Beltran


(above) Grand Award Winning entry: “AlFallujah” © James Edwards

More information can be found at the SDAI website: or by telephone at 619-236-0011.

-Text courtesy Beth Gahan, images copyright as noted.