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