Lars Boering

Lars Boering

Lars Boering was born 1969 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and studied Communication Science at the University of Amsterdam.

From 1998 he was the curator and later managing director of the Amsterdam Art Foundation, buying photography for their large collection. In 2008 Boering became an independent advisor and entrepreneur in photography and founded Lux Photo Gallery. He has advised photographers about funding and business opportunities and has worked with several partners in the publishing and advertising industries.

In 2010 Boering co-founded the ‘Photography masterclass Amsterdam for advanced storytelling’ where he still teaches. He has taught at masterclasses and academies throughout the world and has been involved as curator for festivals, museums, publishing houses and other institutions, producing artwork and exhibitions for them.

As managing director of the Dutch Photographers’ association (FotografenFederatie) from 2010 to 2014, Boering advised photographers on copyright issues and entrepreneurial skills.

With over 16 years of management and leadership experience within the cultural, creative and social sectors, He has also acted as advisor to photographers internationally, taught at master classes and academies, and has been involved as curator for festivals, museums, publishing houses and other institutions.

He was appointed managing director of the World Press Photo Foundation in January 2015. Lars Boering lives in Amsterdam with his wife, two sons, and a daughter.

Waheed Akhtar

Waheed Akhtar, a Pakistani digital designer and fine art photographer living and working in the UAE from last 15 years. His passion for photography led him to attract a very wide audience around the world in a very short time. He organizes workshops locally and provides training on post-processing.

Akhtar is a multiple international award-winning photographer. He took teaching photography to himself very seriously and not letting the hunger of learning die. He started his passion for photography a few years back and ready to spend rest of his life learning, teaching and expanding his knowledge.

Photography passion kicked in when he started blogging about photographers in 2010-2011. He used to spend most of the time seeing photographs of other artists and featuring them on his blog. Looking at so many inspirational pictures every day led him to start taking photos by himself.

In 2013, Waheed started taking pictures when bought his first camera. In few months he got selected in Top 10 Winners for ‘Scott Kelby WorldWide Photowalk’ the same year. Since then the winning opportunities didn’t stop looking for him and find him in some form or another. Below you will find few publications and awards he received.

Waheed Akhtar will be teaching a long exposure and post-processing workshop at Xposure 2017

Nominated, shortlisted, got published in international magazines and scored few international awards in the last few years.

Waheed specialized in long exposure photography in the last few years and mastered converting extreme long exposures into fine art photos. Fine art photography is all about the creative vision and to express the emotions through your art. It’s about how you see the things and share with others. He always believes in hardworking and does what he loves.

Jodi Cobb

Jodi Cobb specializes in large-scale, global stories exploring such topics as 21st-century slavery as well as more intimate stories set inside closed and secret worlds. A former staff photographer for National Geographic, she has worked in more than 50 countries, primarily in the Middle East and Asia.

Cobb was one of the first photographers to cross China when it reopened to the West, travelling 7,000 miles (11,000 kilometres) in two months for the book Journey Into China. She was the first photographer to enter the hidden lives of women in Saudi Arabia, welcomed into the palaces of princesses and the tents of Bedouins for a landmark article in 1987. And she was the first woman to be named White House Photographer of the Year.

For her book Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art, Cobb entered another world closed to outsiders, the geisha of Japan. She was also given special access to photograph inside a different sort of closed world, the ill-fated Gore presidential campaign of 2000.

Cobb has produced numerous articles for National Geographic, including “This Thing Called Love,” “21st-Century Slaves,” and “The Enigma of Beauty,” and she has contributed to several National Geographic books.

Cobb has also photographed for the Day in the Life series of books and was a prime contributor to Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The Wall, Here Be Dragons, and The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in America. Her work was also featured in the book Women Photographers at National Geographic and its accompanying exhibitions.

Jodi Cobb’s photographs have drawn acclaim at exhibitions around the world. She regularly teaches at workshops and has lectured all over the world at such venues as the International Center of Photography, the Asia Society, the Japan Society, New York’s 92nd Street Y, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She was featured in the PBS documentary On Assignment and has frequently appeared on NBC’s Today Show. She has also won several awards, including numerous National Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year awards and World Press awards.

Cobb received her B.A. in journalism and a master of art from the University of Missouri. She also received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. As a child, she traveled the world with her family and grew up in Iran. She now lives in Washington, D.C.

Kirsty Larmour

Kirsty Larmour is an award winning lifestyle photographer. She is known for capturing authentic and emotive photos of children and families as she travels the world. Her clients are located globally from New York to Shanghai.

Larmour’s photography interest grew during her professional life as a consultant to The World Bank in Asia where she travelled across the region to work on projects related to environmental degradation. Her interest shifted to capturing the life evolving in front of her after the birth of her own children in China and the Middle East. She loves to document how they interact with their environments and capture their true personalities and emotions honestly.

Though she is British she has lived over half her life outside of the UK, and is as much at home in her camper van as she is within bricks and mortar. She believes in the power of the moment and as an educator, both home and abroad, strives to teach parents how to capture their own children in real life and is passionate about the keeping of memories. Besides capturing real life moments for her clients, she is a lifestyle

stock photographer, and she has contributed to several books including “Capture the Moment” and “365 Gratefuls” and has been featured in “Click” magazine, as well as being the author of “Photography on the Fly” a guide to being intuitive in photography to enable you to soak up and be present in the moments that matter

Graham Fink

Multimedia artist Graham Fink is recognised as one of the world’s most respected, and highly awarded, creative minds. Fink is a multimedia practitioner working in the fields of photography, film, painting, drawing and technology.

Graham Fink’s career over the years has been defined by never being entirely satisfied with the status quo, whether in the world of advertising, or in the world of art. Fink has long explored ideas of the subconscious and creativity through works spanning video, installation, photography, and painting, he tries to understand the principles behind artistic practices and new creative expressions.

As a child Fink was preoccupied with faces, these images you see with your mind’s eye. He would see them in clouds, rocks, fires and cracks in the walls and concrete. Graham said “when you think about it, faces must be the things that we look at more than anything in this world. I wondered if it would be possible to put them down on paper or canvas in a completely new and interesting way”

Graham discussed with some research companies, who specialise in using eye tracking for advertisements, gauging if they look at the headline first or body copy or the image, etc. They do this by tracking the line of the eye movement and then visualise it on the screen, so you could see these direct images emerge from the way people looked at something. He then got the idea that you could use this technology to create images, and ultimately, that you could draw with your own eyes.

In 2001 Fink set up his own production company, thefinktank – a conceptual production company. Graham is a great believer in nurturing young talent and launched theartschool in 2005 (described as Britain’s most radical art school), holding sessions in venues as diverse as the House of Commons. He is represented by Riflemaker gallery in London.

Graham Fink sits behind a computer staring intently at a blank computer screen. Out of nowhere, lines start to emerge, slowly taking on the characteristics of disturbing and broken portraits of faces. This is Drawing with my Eyes, where visitors can witness the artist using neither his hand nor any other instrument but his eyes to create his striking line contour images.

Fink’s process involves custom eye-tracking software to transform his gaze into a medium. The challenge? “I have to trust on my subconscious completely,” Fink admits The Creators Project.

David Anthony Hall

Operating on a scale which is truly immersive David Anthony Hall captures landscape in exquisite detail which are reproduced on an architectural scale.  Hall uses a particular panoramic photographic technique to open up a wide space for his audience to explore. There is a suggestion of escapism as well as exploration in David’s work, as if he is creating a window for the viewer and inviting them to climb through.

David Anthony Hall was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1969. His first published work appeared over 28 years ago in an article marking the 150 year anniversary of photography. Hall studied at what is now the Institute of Art (Dublin) going on to establish himself as a still life photographer in London. However, by 2000 he realised he was not totally fulfilled as a commercial photographer and decided to concentrate full time on his personal work.

David’s images have been described as “providing soul for buildings” and have been exhibited all over the world. He has taken part in over forty international art fairs and his work is included in the private collections in over fourteen countries. ‘My images are observed from nature, particularly trees and woodland, giving an escape into the open without leaving the room. The prints are deliberately large, deriving impact from their sheer scale; they can be viewed up close – with each look revealing new details – while from afar they present vistas that entice the entire line of sight, a window through which to escape.

David is particularly proud of the various projects he has undertaken focused on improving well-being by humanising the environment of medical facilities. The effect his images have on medical environments is tremendous; they provide a brief moment of reflection, quieting the mind in what can be a stressful environment for all concerned, whether it be patients, visitors or staff.

‘The act of nature is central to the philosophy of my work. I seek to ignite the fundamental connectedness between our all-consuming race and the natural environment that has born us. Whilst searching for meaning in existence and ancestry, I uncovered a living bridge to our origins in the form of Trees.’

The distinct and prehistoric form of a tree provides a tie between ourselves and our earthly origins; dating back hundreds of millions of years, each has borne witness to our evolution and they are symbols of our relationship and weight on the earth.’

On his more recent body of work, David comments:

Following an invitation by Sony Electronics USA to attend a special function in California I found myself realising a childhood dream to follow in the footsteps of my childhood hero Ansel Adams. Consequently I embarked on a 3,239 mile road trip from San Diego to Seattle, taking in Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Yosemite, Redwood and Olympic National Parks. I have since repeated the trip adding a few more National Parks & State Parks to my itinerary.

What really struck me about my travels in America was how fragile the trees I visited were and how much human activity has endangered them, we think of globalisation as a modern phenomena but you may well be surprised to discover that in the UK we have a number of Giant Sequoia’s growing as in 1850’s, William Lobb visited The Giant Sequoias in California where he collected seeds, shoots, and seedlings. These and many more were snatched up by wealthy Victorians to beautify their great British estates kicking off quite a trade.

California has been experiencing drought for many years mainly due to human agriculture and this has seriously endangered the Giant Sequoias. California’s iconic redwoods are also in danger from fire and infectious disease again as a result of man. Further north on the Olympic peninsula in the pacific northwest exploring the temperate rainforests of Hoh and Quinault feels like stepping back in time. However these rainforests were very nearly lost to us, logging which only began in the late 19th century was so intensive that we got the first view of totally clear-cut hillsides as early as the 1920’s. This temperate rainforest had been pristine for millennia prior to this and today is littered with the stumps of ancient trees that were chopped down to fuel mans insatiable demand for raw materials.

Lorenzo Agius

Lorenzo Agius

The celebrity photographer, Lorenzo Agius is renowned for his unique, intimate and often comical portraits of the ‘stars’. Lorenzo started his career 20 years ago by producing the memorable and iconic images of Ewan McGregor and cast for the “Trainspotting” ad campaign to Liam Gallagher and Patsy Kensit laying under a Union Jack bedspread for the cover of Vanity Fair.

Lorenzo Agius has had a colourful affair with ‘celebrity’ over the past two decades. Expertly capturing the character and individuality of each of his sitters, Agius’ images flaunt stylistic brilliance and bubble with personality. Featuring the major icons of our time.

With his highly considered approach to photography, Lorenzo consistently produces a diverse and highly refined range of work. His portraiture has encompassed many highly regarded talents including Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Beyonce, Madonna, Rachel Weisz, Helen Hunt, Samuel L Jackson, Will Smith, Jared Leto, Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, Margot Robbie, Helen Mirren, Sharon Stone, Micheal Fassbender and many more.Agius has become known as one of the preeminent portrait photographers of his generation and continues to work around the world for numerous commercial, film and editorial clients.

Lorenzo Agius’ own personality runs steadily throughout the collection. Enjoying British imagery, he celebrates local culture and stereotypes in both his chosen subjects and settings. It is hard to find a photograph that doesn’t include a reference to British culture, be it fish and chips, boiled eggs and soldiers or an English country garden. The mood is light and refreshing and humour is ever present. From Tom Cruise to Madonna, the varying and often polar characters he portrays find fusion through Agius himself: the artist taking pictures of artists.

In every image Agius tunes into the creativity of his subjects and successfully reflects the mood of a moment and the person in that moment. The results are natural and accessible and in each case reflect the artist’s eye for light and composition and his strong imagination for narrative.

Lorenzo has a number of images in Londons National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection and his work was the focus of an exhibition in conjunction with the British Fashion Council to celebrate their 25th anniversary at the Natural History museum. His images were used to open the 63rd Cannes Film Festival and have appeared on the streets of Moscow in two open air exhibitions. He is currently working on his first book project and resides between Europe and the US.

Kathy Moran

Kathy Moran is National Geographic magazine’s first senior editor for natural history projects. A 36-year veteran of the Society, Moran has been producing projects about terrestrial and underwater ecosystems for the magazine since 1990. She lives in Arlington, VA, with her husband and three bad cats.

At the last count Kathy Moran has edited over 300 stories for the magazine. Recent highlights include editing the May 2016 issue on Yellowstone as well as Brent Stirton’s award-winning coverages of Virunga and Rhino Trade.

Moran was the project manager for the National Geographic Society/Wildlife Conservation Society’s collaboration of photographer Nick Nichols and Dr. Michael Fay’s trek across Central Africa.  The resulting stories were the impetus for the creation of Gabon’s national park system.

Kathy Moran has edited several books for the Society, including Women Photographers at the National Geographic, The Africa Diaries – An Illustrated Life in the Bush, Cat Shots and most recently, Tigers Forever.  She was the photo editor for two anthems of wildlife photography, “100 Best Wildlife Pictures” and “Wildlife, The Best Photos.” She was named “Picture Editor of the Year” for her winning portfolio in the 2006 Pictures of the Year competition and the 2011 Best of Photo competition.

Kathy is a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has served on the Executive Committee.   In that role, she has edited numerous books for ILCP photographers published with the University of Chicago Press.  She served on the Executive Committee of Wildscreen USA.

She has been on the jury for numerous photo competitions including Por el Planeta, Big Picture Natural World Competition, POYi, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Bob Martin

Bob Martin is a multi-award winning sports photographer specialising is shooting sports and action pictures for advertising, corporate and editorial clients.

During a career spanning the last thirty years, Bob has photographed every major sporting event; from the last fifteen Summer and Winter Olympics, to Elephant Polo and Horse Racing on ice. His work has taken him to the farthest corners of the world, and his photographs have been published in  numerous publications including Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, Life Magazine, Stern, Paris match, Bunte, L Equipe, The Sunday Times and the New York Times to mention just a few.

Bob Martin’s photography has been recognised by more than 60 national and international awards. He is a three time winner of the prestigious British Sports Photographer of the Year also having won the World Press Photo Sports Picture in 2005. In 2017 Bob was awarded the coveted  “Sports Photojournalist of the Year” In the NPPA Best of Photojournalism Awards in the USA.

In 2016 Bob Published a book of his Photography “1-1000th” this won the Sportel International Sports Book Award. Also winning the Illustrated Book of the Year in the UK Cross Sports Book Awards. Bob is Director of Photography and a co founder of the agency “Silverhub Media”

Martin is a craftsman. Part of being a craftsman comes from experience, from hours spent in the freezing cold at Winter Sports events, then having the nous to discover the best place to go, for the killer shot, to see the world in a way it hasn’t been seen before.  Like his photo from the Engadin Skimarathon. Everyone had done the helicopter shot of the massed ranks of skiers at the start, but with his photographer’s nose (great photographer’s develop ‘noses’ as well as eyes) Martin found the place with the biggest traffic jam of skiers – they are strung together like yarns of coloured wool.

Bob Martin likes to create pictures that have a great sense of place in his editorial photography. He believes action photography now is so commonplace for everybody, and you need to bring something else to the table since all the big agencies have competent photographers producing really good action shots. He strives to find something different and ensures his pictures have a great sense of place, so you can tell where they are from just by looking at them, or you can tell something about the mood of the event.

Professor Eli Reed

Professor Eli Reed (born 1946) is an American photographer and photojournalist. He was raised in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. He took his first photograph at the age of 10, documenting his mother by the Christmas tree. Primarily self-taught in photography, he attributes his direction to mentor Donald Greenhaus rather than any formal studies. He studied illustration at the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, graduating in 1969.
Reed became a freelance photographer in 1970. Magnum Photos became affiliated with him after the success of his work in such conflicts as the wars in Central America, the war in Lebanon (which he covered between 1983 and 1987), the 1986 Haiti coup against “Baby Doc” Duvalier, and the 1989 U.S. military action in Panama. In 1988, Reed became a full member of the Magnum agency.  He has documented the Million Man March, Lebanon during civil war, lives of African Americans, upheaval in Zaire, among other things. Reed started making photographs of films and actors in 1992 and is also a member of Society of Motion Picture Still Photographers (SMPSP).

Reed is a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (1982–83) and is currently the clinical professor of photojournalism at The University of Texas at Austin. He was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1982. He is a recipient of the World Press Award and Overseas Press Club Award.

In 2011 Eli Reed was honoured with a Lucie Foundation Award in Documentary Photography. 

Reed has taught in numerous places including Wilson Hicks Symposium, Miami University, Florida; Southeastern Museum of Photography, Daytona, Florida; Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D. C.; San Francisco State University; Harvard University; Boston Institute of Art; Academy of fine Art, San Francisco; University of Texas at Austin; Columbia University; Empire State College, New York; New York University, and the International Centre of Photography, New York.

Eli is the author of several books, including Black In America, a special  long-term study on Beirut (1983-87), which became his first, highly acclaimed book Beirut, City of Regrets. He has produced Special Stills for over a dozen block-buster movies including “A Beautiful Mind”, 2 Fast 2 Furious”, “8 Mile”, and “Day of the Jackel”

Other awards include the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Documentary Photography, Kodak World Image Award for Fine Art Photography, Leica Medal of Excellence, Overseas Press Club Award, Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, Mark Twain Associated Press Award

Lauren Scott

Lauren is a writer, photographer and presenter for some of the world’s leading photography magazines. She is currently a writer for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, which is the biggest and best magazine for Canon EOS DSLR photographers worldwide.

Lauren Scott has a background, fascination, and passion for wildlife photography. She also records and produces videos tutorials on the latest camera kit and photo techniques. She is a regular contributer to some of the best-selling photography titles. She is a keen naturalist who grew up in Hampshire, UK and later graduated from Falmouth University, with a degree in Marine & Natural History Photography.

Lauren is a strong beliver that the most powerful images are the ones that unite both science and art, to incite a sense of wonder and reflect the beauty of the world around us.

 

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James Nachtwey

Beginning in 1981, James Nachtwey has dedicated his career to documenting wars and critical social issues. Motivated by the belief that public awareness is an essential element in the process of change and that photographs of war in the mass media can become a kind of intervention on behalf of peace, he has covered conflicts worldwide. In Europe, he documented the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, the war in Chechnya, and civil unrest in Northern Ireland.

In Africa, he photographed the genocide in Rwanda, famine as a weapon of mass destruction in Somalia and Sudan and the liberation struggle in South Africa. He documented the civil wars that engulfed Central America during the 1980’s, from El Salvador to Nicaragua to Guatemala as well as the U.S. invasion of Panama. In the Middle East, he has covered the Palestinian-Israeli conflict for more then twenty years, as well as the civil wars in Lebanon and most recently the war in Iraq, where he was wounded in a grenade attack.

James Nachtwey began working in Afghanistan during the 1980’s, photographing the resistance to the Soviet occupation, followed by the Afghan civil war, and the offensive against the Taliban in 2001. In 2010, he photographed the American military fighting in Helmand Province. In other parts of Asia, he has documented guerrilla groups at war in Sri Lanka and the Philippines as well as the deadly military crackdown on demonstrators in Bangkok in 2010. Most recently he has documented the refugee crisis in Europe, the earthquake in Nepal and the extra-judicial “war on drugs” in the Philippines.

Nachtwey has pursued social issues throughout the world with equal dedication. Homelessness, drug addiction, poverty, crime and industrial pollution are a few of the subjects he has photographed extensively. Since the year 2000, he has become involved in documenting global health issues in the developing world, recognising that infectious diseases have devastating effects on even greater numbers of people than does war. In 2007 he received a TED Prize, and for his created a global awareness campaign about tuberculosis, believing that mass consciousness helps facilitate funding and research, mobilises donors and motivates political will.

Nachtwey has received numerous awards from the journalism profession, as well as for his contributions to art and to humanitarian causes. In 2001 he received the Common Wealth Award. In 2003, he received the Dan David Prize, and in 2007 the Heinz Family Foundation Award. In 2012 he received the Dresden Prize, for promoting world peace. In 2016, Nachtwey was a recipient of the Princess of Asturias Award.

Five times Nachtwey has been awarded the Robert Capa Gold Medal, for exceptional courage and enterprise. He has been named Magazine Photographer of the Year eight times. He’s received the top prize from the World Press Photo Foundation twice, the Infinity Award for photojournalism three times, the Bayeaux Award for war correspondents twice and the Leica Award twice. He has been the recipient of lifetime achievement awards from the Overseas Press Club, TIME, Inc., and the American Society of Magazine Editors. In addition, he has received the Henry Luce Award for corporate leadership, the Leipzig Foundation award for the advancement of freedom of the press, and the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Award.

In 2001, “war photographer”, a feature length documentary film about the life and work of James Nachtwey was nominated for an Academy Award. His books include Deeds of War and Inferno.

Nachtwey’s photographs are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Bibliotheque nationale de France, the Pompidou Center and the Getty Museum among other venues.  He has had numerous solo exhibitions worldwide.

Nachtwey has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees from American universities, including Dartmouth College, which recently acquired the entire archive of his life’s work.

Kelli Reed Grant

Currently, the Director of Photography at Yahoo News, with 24 years experience, Kelli is a leading industry expert.

Kelli’s past posts in her 24 years in the industry include Director of Photo Operations at Newsweek Magazine, where she spent 13 years of her career. She was the US Director for PixWays, a photo technology company based in Paris, whose platforms include PixPalace and PixTrakk,

From war, sports & politics to fine art, Kelli has worked with photographers, photo agencies and publications of every genre around the world. She has served on the juries for the International Photography Awards, The Fence at Photoville, AP32, FotoEvidence book award and the 2017 World Press Photo contest.

Cristina Mittermeier

Cristina Goettsch Mittermeier was born in Mexico City in 1966 and grew up in nearby Cuernavaca, in the sunny state of Morelos. She graduated from the ITESM University in Mexico with a degree in Biochemical Engineering in Marine Sciences and later attended the Fine Art Photography program at the Corcoran College for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

As a conservation photographer, Mittermeier dedicates her life to creating images to help the world understand why we must protect wild places. She first discovered her passion for the natural world as a marine biologist working in the Gulf of California and Yucatan Peninsula. It didn’t take long to realize she could have more impact on how people view the planet—and connect to it—through the lens of her camera rather than data spreadsheets. Her images focus the relationship between human cultures—especially indigenous people—and biodiversity.

Mittermeier is co founder and president of SeaLegacy, a Sony Artisan of Imagery, National Geographic photographer, and the editor of 24 fine art books on conservation issues. She is sought-after keynote speaker and presenter.

“Conservation is a puzzle,” says Mittermeier. “Many pieces have to fit together to make things work. For me, the choice to be a photographer is to become a piece of the puzzle. In the absence of that, for me, photography means nothing.”

Mittermeier has worked in over 100 countries, on every continent. Her work builds a greater awareness of human responsibility. It is about the ethical imperative—the urgent reminder—that we are inextricably linked to all other species. We have a duty to act as the keepers of our fellow life forms.

Mittermeier is also the founder and former president of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). She was recognized as one of the world’s top 40 most influential outdoor photographers by Outdoor Magazine, and is the recipient of the 2011 Nature’s Best/Smithsonian Conservation Photographer of the Year award, as well as the North American Nature Photographer’s Association 2010 Mission Award. Mittermeier sits on the board of the WILD Foundation, is part of Conservation International’s Chairman’s Council, and of the advisory board for the Wild Seas and Waters Program and the Marine Wilderness 10 + 10 Project. As a public speaker, she has given presentations in forums ranging from the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity to the TEDx stage and the National Geographic Live Speaker series.

Cristina has three adult children. All of them are active in the conservation field. She lives on Vancouver Island, Canada, with her partner Paul Nicklen.

Brent Stirton

Brent Stirton is a South African Photographer with an extensive history in the documentary world. Brent’s work has been published by: National Geographic Magazine, GEO, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times Magazine, The UK Sunday Times Magazine and many other respected international titles.

He has worked for WWF, CNN, the Ford, Clinton and Gates Foundations, the Nike Foundation and the World Economic Forum. Brent also shoots regular reports for Human Rights Watch. He has done numerous commercial assignments including annual reports for Novartis.

Brent was elected a member of the Young Global Leaders, an affiliate program of the World Economic Forum, in 2008. He is also a Canon Ambassador, one of 12 photographers representing Canon photography.

Brent has received 9 awards from World Press Photo and 10 awards from The Pictures of the Year Internationalcontest. Brent has received multiple Lucie Awards including International photographer of the Year. He has received multiple awards from the Overseas Press Club, The Webbys, The Association of International Broadcasters, the HIPA Awards, the Frontline Club, the Deadline Club, Days Japan, China International Photo Awards, the Lead Awards Germany, Graphis, Communication Arts, American Photography, American Photo and the American Society of Publication Designers as well as the London Association of Photographers.

Brent has been recognized by the United Nations for his work on the Environment and in the field of HIV/AIDS. He has won the Visa D’or at the Visa Pour L’ image Festival in France for Magazine photography. He also won the National Magazine Award for his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo for National Geographic Magazine. In 2016 Brent won the National Geographic Magazine Photographer’s Photographer Award.  Brent guided a documentary on Virunga National Park in Conflict for National Geographic Television as well as appearing in the show. The documentary won the Emmy for Best Documentary Feature as well as a Bafta Award for Best Documentary. Brent received a Peabody Award for his work with Human Rights Watch for most significant work in an electronic medium. He was named Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year three years in a row by the Natural History Museum of the UK. 

 

Brent’s work has appeared in numerous print shows around the world and his images are in a number of museum collections. Brent currently spends most of his time working on long-term investigative projects for National Geographic Magazine. He remains committed to issues relating to wildlife and conservation, global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability and the environment.

Zena Holloway

Zena Holloway (1973), the daughter of an airline pilot, fell in love with the water first, photography second. Born in Bahrain and raised in London and pretty much everywhere else in the world, she went on her first dive in England as a teenager. After school, she travelled to Egypt for a holiday but stayed on alone to qualify as an instructor at a local diving centre.

It was here that she first took a camera underwater, fascinated by marine life on the coral reefs. Zena then realised that she wanted to spend the majority of her waking hours beneath the surface and by the ocean.

A few years later, Zena saw a film crew carrying a model dressed as a mermaid into the sea to shoot a commercial. With that, her path was set. Using the same unsophisticated underwater camera her mother got her at the age of 18, she decided to chart her own course in an ultra-niche profession. Nobody showed her the ropes; she taught herself. Zena shoots fine art, editorial, celebrities, sport, fashion and lifestyle imagery.

Her work deviates from the stereotypical directness associated with underwater photography, as she strives to push the boundaries of her imagination and the limits of creativity. The result is truly magical imagery that has resulted in worldwide acclaim and recognition from numerous international photography competitions including the AOP,  APPLIED ARTS, COMM ARTS, RPS, PDN, CANNES and IPA.

She lives on the outskirts of London with her husband and three young children in a converted Ministry of Defence underground torpedo-testing centre. When she’s not underwater taking pictures, she can often be found cycling with the kids to school through Bushy Park or outside feeding their Chalk Hill Blue hens in the garden.

“Water has enabled me to fly with eagle rays, dance with dolphins and come face to face with some, particularly spectacular sharks. I’ve uncovered 18th century skeletons – complete with military uniform – discovered a priceless treasure from ancient wrecks, hitchhiked on submarines and taught a few mermaids how to pose along the way. I like to think of the water as my canvas and the light as the paint. My goal is always to find the heart of every project and let the water create the magic.”

 

Over the years Zena has been commissioned widely by advertising agencies, performing arts institutions and blue chip companies including: B&H (Leo Burnett, Mexico), English National Opera, The Royal Ballet, Kyle Minogue, Georg Jensen, Pepsi, Westfield, Speedo, Radox (Grey), Camay (Leo Burnett, Hong Kong), Rosemount Wine (RKCR/Y&R), Nike, Herbal Essences (Leo Burnett, London), Umbro, Olay (Saatchi & Saatchi NY), Jacuzzi (Y&R San Fran), Greenpeace (Saatchi & Saatchi, London) Dolland & Aitchison (DFGW), Shangri-La (O&M, Hong Kong) Sony (TBWA), EMI, GlaxoSmithKline (Ogilvy), Epson (Burkitt DDB), BBC, How to Spend it, Harpers Bazaar, GQ, Vanity Fair, The Observer, 125, Stylist, Quintessentially Magazine, Sunday Times, JFW, Twill, Dazed, The Sunday Times, Vision, Random, Neon, Rosebuzz, National Geographic, Schon, Cent magazine and Paris Match.

Ali Khalifa bin Thalith
Ali Khalifa bin Thalith is a professional photographer and documentary film-maker from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. In recent times, he gained recognition on an international level as a specialised underwater photographer. Bin Thalith holds diplomas in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography as well as French language and literature from the London Academy and the University of Montpellier respectively. In 2010 he was awarded the bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for your projects in the category of Marketing & Promotions.
In 2014, Bin Thalith was awarded the International Photographic Council (IPC) Professional Photographer Leadership Award for his career work in the field of photography. As a result, Ali became the first Emirati and Arab recipient of the prestigious accolade at the IPC Pro Luncheon at the United National in New York City.

In 2016, Bin Thalith launched his long anticipated debut book ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ featuring some of the best underwater photography from his 20 plus year career. In this stunning collection of underwater photography, Bin Thalith underlined his passion for the sea by capturing some of the most beautiful and unheard of species living in the depths of the oceans. Described as “An Incredible Collection of underwater photography” by the Daily Mail, ‘Truly, Madly, Deeply’ received testimonials from photography mainstays such as Steve McCurry, Reza and Alex Mustard.

Clive Arrowsmith

Clive Arrowsmith is a celebrated international photographer who is based in London.

After leaving art school in North Wales, where he had studied painting and design, he attended Kingston College of Art, where he gained a first class Degree. On graduation, he painted for two years. He then began taking photographs whilst working as a graphic designer for Rediffusion TV (the makers of the legendary music show Ready Steady Go!).

On leaving television to work as a photographer, he soon gained commissions from leading fashion magazines, most notably, British & French Vogue, Nova Magazine, Harpers, The Sunday Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire U.S.A, and the F.T. “How to Spend It” luxury magazine and numerous publications worldwide.

Clive continues to work in this genre in both editorial and advertising photography but is equally known for his music and celebrity images of Sir Paul McCartney, Wings, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Daniel Barenboim, Anna Netrebko, Art Garfunkel, Def Leppard, Prince Charles, Michael Caine and Damien Hirst to name just a few of the celebrated people he has photographed.

Clive Arrowsmith is the only photographer to have photographed the Pirelli Calendar two years in succession, taking on the themes of Heroines and Chinese Astrology with typical enthusiasm. The Heroines calendar was also the subject of a TV documentary for Granada TV which was fronted by broadcasting legend Michael Aspel and documented the story behind the pictures, including the entire set blowing off the edge of a cliff!

Arrowsmith continued to broaden his creative scope by moving on to direct commercials for Heinz, Revlon, Hamlet Cigars (winner of The Silver Lion Cannes Film Festival), Rapeed Sunglasses, Greenail Whitney also music videos of artists like Lee Griffiths, Jamiroquai, Jools Holland, ZTT and Def. Leppard.

Clive Arrowsmith worked on the Free Tibet campaign with the Heavy Metal band, “Chthonic”, in Taiwan and appointed to shoot portraits of His Holiness the Dalai Lama several times. Clive recently reinvigorated his longstanding relationship with Japanese design legend Kansai Yamamoto and travelled to Japan 2014 to work with Kansai photographing his new collection and filming behind the scenes at his ‘Hello Tokyo’ Supershow”. and is continuing to work editing the film on Kansai Yamamoto shot in Tokyo, with still more to shoot to continue on it, in 2018.

Arrowsmith is a Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society. Clive’s work is also included in the newly released limited edition book “VOGUE Voice of A Century and in “50 Years of Pirelli “ published by Taschen.

“Fashion, Beauty and Portraits” by Arrowsmith is in the permanent Art collection of the V&A Museum in London, which was described by Jeffrey Felner of the prestigious New York Journal of Books as “nothing short of breathtaking”. The book was launched at the prestigious Fashion Museum, London, where Clive enthralled his audience with numerous humorous behind the scene tales of his high profile shoots,

The National Portrait Gallery London has just purchased five of Clive photographs and his book is also in their permanent collection.

Clive’s next book “Rock, Fashion& Portraits” is now in preparation and expected to be published in the beginning of 2018.with forward by Susanna Brown of the V&A Museum.

Clive Arrowsmith will be in discussion with Lorenzo Agius at Xposure Festival in the Auditorium and be shooting a special feature in Sharjah.

Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen

Paul Nicklen is a Canadian photographer, filmmaker, and marine biologist who has documented the beauty and the plight of our planet for over twenty years. Nicklen was born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, but grew up in an Inuit community on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, in 1990. After university, he worked in the Northwest Territories as a wildlife biologist with Canada’s Department of Renewable Resources. He studied species such as lynx, grizzly bears, bison, caribou, and polar bears as a biologist before becoming a wildlife and nature photojournalist in 1995.

As an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine, Nicklen captures the imagination of a global audience. Nicklen is uniquely qualified to create his brand of documentary photography which informs and creates an emotional connection with wild subjects in extreme conditions. His work delivers audiences to an underwater realm witnessed by few. Nicklen’s sensitive and evocative imagery has garnered over 30 of the highest awards given to any photographer in his field, including the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the prestigious World Press Photo for Photojournalism.

He is equally recognised by the conservation community for his outspoken work, and has been awarded the Natural Resources Defense Council BioGems Visionary Award. Most recently, Nicklen was bestowed an honorary PhD at the University of Victoria, for the impact his photography has had on climate change. In addition to being one of the world’s most acclaimed nature photographers, Nicklen is a sought-after speaker, a TED Talks legend, an author, and National Geographic Fellow. In the past two decades, Paul has collaborated with scientists, filmmakers, conservationists and explorers to create awareness and inspire action for global issues like climate change.

As a co-founder of the non-profit, SeaLegacy, Paul Nicklen is opening a fresh, progressive chapter in the story of ocean conservation. Through visual storytelling, Sea Legacy inspires millions of people to stand up and have a voice for the pristine places threatened by climate change.

In April 2017, the Paul Nicklen Gallery in SoHo, New York City opened, showcasing fine art conservation photography by Nicklen and other iconic photographers. Partial proceeds of every print sale fund Sea Legacy’s mission. During Xposure Festival 2017, Paul will be giving a Keynote Address.

Marcus Bleasdale

Marcus Bleasdale is a documentary photographer who uses his work to influence policy makers around the world. Over the past eighteen years spent documenting some of the world’s most brutal wars Marcus has focused on campaigning against human rights abuses. He has been documenting these issues for Human Rights Watch and he is a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine.

Using his background in business and economics, he researches the sources of financing driving the conflicts, which usually leads to the mines, and the armed networks linked to them. Marcus covered the wars in Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Somalia, Chad and Darfur, Kashmir and Georgia.

Since 2000 Marcus has worked extensively in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo documenting a war funded by the extraction of the minerals used in every day electronic products. Marcus has partnered with international advocacy groups Human Rights Watch and the Enough Project to engage US and European politicians and multinational companies to change government policy and working practices.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Over the past four years, Marcus has been working in the Central African Republic documenting the conflict in the region. The work from the Central African Republic won the Amnesty International Award for Media in 2014 and the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club of America in 2015.

Marcus has published three books “One Hundred Years of Darkness” (2002) documenting life along the Congo River after the overthrow of Mboutu”The Rape of a Nation” (2009) documenting the exploitation of natural resources in Eastern Congo and most recently “The Unravelling” (2015) documenting the brutal conflict in the Central African Republic.

Marcus is currently studying for a Masters in International Relations at Cambridge University whilst still documenting human rights issues around the world.

He lives in Oslo with his funny and beautiful wife Karin Beate, his noisy but adorable twin daughters Vilja and Saga and his amazing dog Luna (The Loon).

Marcus Bleasdale with be holding a seminar in the Auditorium during Xposure 2017 and a gallery of images will be exhibited.

Waleed Al Riyami

Waleed Al Riyami has more than 22 years of experience in aviation. He has ATC ratings in aerodrome tower, approach control radar and area control radar. He also received an ATC instructor endorsement and a rated ATC examiner.

Waleed Al Riyami  primary role as an Air Navigation Safety Inspector involves providing regulatory oversight for UAE various air navigation service providers and SAR. He also worked as Oman’s ICAO National Continuous Monitoring Coordinator and serves as the focal point for ICAO’s Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program and its Continuous Monitoring Approach (USOAP/CMA).

Al Riyami is actively involved in providing both regulatory guidance and safety oversight to ensure that UAE ATS and SAR providers adhere to UAE regulations and ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices. In addition, he developed UAE UAS (DRONES) regulation, providing the regulatory GCAA oversight about the use of drones in UAE and the required safety parameters needed in order to make their utilisation safe and effective across various sectors.

Waleed is also responsible for overseeing the service provider’s Safety Management System including the effective implementation of innovative occurrence reporting and investigation techniques.

Niels Knudsen

Niels Knudsen V.P. Innovation and Application Development at Phase One

Niels V. Knudsen is Phase One’s Image Quality Professor. He is responsible for breakthrough advancements in image quality both in Phase One’s medium format camera systems and in its digital imaging software.

Niels is a digital pioneer whose debut in the digital photography business was more than 20 years ago specializing in image processing and digital camera technology.

Niels was the main driver behind the development of the Capture One RAW converter and image editing software as well as the legendary Light Phase digital back. Since then he has been working with some of the world’s best photographers in a relentless effort to achieve the ultimate image quality and photography workflow.

Niels holds several patents in the field of digital imaging and image processing and has been a pioneer in making ICC profiling work for digital cameras. Neils will be holding a colour optimisation workshop at Xposure

Beside his position at Phase One, Niels is a passionate landscape photographer.

 

Gabriela Maj

Over the course of five years, photographer Gabriela Maj traveled independently throughout Afghanistan and gained access to numerous women’s prison facilities where she interviewed and photographed over a hundred incarcerated individuals for her new book, Almond Garden, Portraits from the Women’s Prisons in Afghanistan.

Since its release Almond Garden has contributed to an international conversation about human rights and gender equality with an international book and exhibition tour and reviews featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, VICE, NPR, L’Oeil de la Photographie, Le Figaro, CNN and on the BBC among others. Almond Garden was named by TIME magazine as one of the 35 best photography books of 2015.

Maj grew up in Poland, Germany, and Canada. Her photography and writing have been published by the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Esquire Magazine and featured on Frontline among others. She has worked as a photographer for Getty Images, Bloomberg News, and SIPA Press and has covered stories in Iran, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka and Syria. Exhibitions of her photographs have been held at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco, the Toronto City Hall, Pitti Uomo in Florence Italy, the Thomas Werner Gallery in New York and at the 7th Annual Tashkent Photography Biennale in Uzbekistan in 2014.

“Photography for me has always been about light and listening,” says Maj. “The beauty that certain kinds of daylight reveal and the relationships, teachings, and memories that result from the encounter of people gathered around a camera.”

Almond Garden, Maj’s first book is the largest record documenting the experiences of incarcerated women in Afghanistan produced to date.

Captain Andrew Masterson

Captain Andrew Masterson holds a UAE Airline Transport Pilot Licence (Helicopters) and has over 30 years and 10,000+ flying hours of incident free flying, single pilot, and multi-crew, on both rotary and fixed wing aircraft. He initially qualified as a technician and fixed-wing aircrew in the Irish Air Corps and then as a civil pilot.

Masterson is a UAE GCAA accredited Diploma (H. Dip) in Aviation Security Professional Management (AVSEC PM) from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and the John Molson School of Business Studies, Concordia University, International Centre for Aviation Management Education and Research (ICAMER), Canada.

With extensive experience of operating both in the European and Middle Eastern

Environments, both on and offshore, with 20 years based in the UAE and wider Gulf

region. Currently, Andrew is the Crew Training manager at Heli Dubai, having previously held UAE GCAA Post Holder positions as Flight Operations Manager, Safety Manager, and Security Manager. Aerial filming has included TV, documentaries, corporate promotions and movies work as both Aerial Pilot and Aerial Coordinator including:

Father Ted (UK CH4)

The War of the Buttons (Independent Film 1993)

The Turtle (UAE – Winner of Gold Dolphin Award at Cannes Corporate Media & TV Film Festival, 2012)

The Family Tree (UAE National Media Council)

Strip the City (Dubai UAE)

Ultimate Airport Dubai (Dubai UAE)

Mission Impossible 4 – Ghost Protocol (Dubai UAE)

Fast and Furious 7 (Abu Dhabi UAE)

Star Wars – The Force Awakens (Abu Dhabi UAE)

Star Trek Beyond (Dubai UAE)

Emirates Airlines Corporate Video

Etihad Airlines Corporate Video

Breitling Wing Walkers

Aidan J Sullivan

Sullivan started his career as a photographer for a local newspaper in the U.K. He went on to freelance as a news photographer in Fleet St. covering events and conflicts around the globe from Afghanistan to Northern Ireland.

He joined The Sunday Times of London as deputy picture editor; soon becoming the youngest picture editor in Fleet Street where he spent seven years and subsequently joined the Sunday Times Magazine as Director of Photography and Assistant Editor responsible for all photography at the magazine for eight years.

Director and Founder of The Ian Parry Scholarship 1989- Created the Scholarship following the death of Ian Parry, a photographer and close friend who died during the Romanian Revolution whilst on assignment for The Sunday Times Newspaper. The scholarship is a registered charity and offers a bursary for aspiring young photojournalists. Now in its 19th year, it has helped many of the finest young photographers currently working in the profession. It is widely recognised as one of the most important awards available for aspiring photojournalists. In 2004, he produced a book EYES WIDE OPEN, a collection of work from twelve of the winners of the award.

Awards include International Picture Editor of the Year Visa Pour L’image 2000 and Honorary Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society 2004.

In 2005 he moved to New York and became Vice President of Photo Assignment for Getty Images, managing editorial and commercial assignments and in 2009 created the new Reportage division which attracted a number of internationally renowned award-winning photojournalists and is now considered one of the leading sources of documentary photography.

Prof. Massimo Tarenghi

Prof. Dr. Massimo Tarenghi was born in Monza on July 30th,1945. He graduated in Physics at Milan University, and after spending some time at the Arizona Steward Observatory he started to work as a scholarship holder at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in 1977. Afterward, he became a member of the international staff of ESO in 1979.

From 1983 to 1881 he has been Director of the Project of the New Technology Telescope (NTT) European Southern Observatory funded by the entrance of Italy and Switzerland in the Organisation.

Since 1988 he has assumed various responsibilities in the project VLT (Very Large Telescope), and then became in 1991 the VLT Program Manager and Director of the Division of the VLT, in addition to holding from January 1996 to October 1999 the position of Director of Paranal.

From April 2003 to April 2008 held the office of Director of ALMA and from 2008 to 2013 was the Representative of ESO in Chile.Winner of a national competition of full professor in the period of 1985 – 1988 was a professor of astrophysics at the University of Milan.

His research interests include galaxy clusters, the distribution of matter on a large scale, and active nuclei. He received the Chilean nationality “by grace” in 2013 and is a member of the Accademia dei Lincei. Massimo is also Commendatore of the Italian Republic. Decorated with the “Bernardo O’Higg Grand Cross” by the Chilean government, in 2006 he also received the “International Award Barsanti and Matteucci.”

In 2013 he received the “Tycho Brahe Award”.

Abdel Rahman Gabr

Half Korean Half Egyptian, born in Queens, New York now based in Alexandria, Egypt, Abdel Rahman Gabr-(Koree) is a Filmmaker and a Photographer. He captures inspiring and engaging stories and creative insights, working across a broad range of media, generating original creative insights and executions in TV Ads, Photography, and Advertising.

Founder of Qube Productions & Koree Films, he grew up in a fascinating cultural melting pot consisting primarily of Korean and Egyptian families, so he was certainly no stranger to the joys and challenges of cultural diversity. After 13 years in the U.S., his family moved to Alexandria, Egypt, another city noted for accommodating diverse nationalities and religions but with a distinctly Mediterranean flavour. After finishing high school, he went on to study Computer Engineering but never went to the field.
Abdelrahman Gabr documents the people and places in Egypt with a profound lens, purveying a certain magic in every shot, inspiring wide-eyed patriotism for this chaotic, ancient civilisation. He captures the spirit of specific Egyptian cities through an incredibly cinematic visual rhetoric. His portfolio acts as a beautiful time capsule that blends historic culture with modern day living, almost becoming the ultimate tourism propaganda for Egypt.

Rick Friedman

Rick Friedman has been a photojournalist for over three decades. Based in Boston, he travels the world for numerous publications, corporations, advertising assignments and film and television productions. His published work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Nature, USA Today, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, Discover and many other publications.  He has produced over 75 book and magazine covers and worked on 11 movies.

Rick has photographed every presidential candidate from  President Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump.   The current issue of “Professional ImageMaker” magazine features a 7 page article written and photographed by Rick.   The books titled, Hillary Clinton, Infra Structures, and The Gourmet Prescription are a few of his projects.

Rick is the past President of the Boston Press Photographers Association. He has won awards from the American Society of Media Photographers, the National Press Photographers Association, and the Boston Press Photographers Association. He has work in the permanent collection of Harvard University and the Newseum in Washington, DC and has had one man shows at Boston City Hall and the Boston Public Library in addition to having his work displayed in numerous other shows.

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Friedman has 15 images in the juried show “Presidential Hopefuls in the 21st Century” sponsored by the Boston Press Photographers Association at Boston Centre for Adult Education in Boston, until January 2017.

Rick Friedman has been teaching his “Location Lighting Workshops™” for the past 15 years across the US, UK and Canada.

Vineet Vohra

Born in India, Vineet holds a masters degree in fine arts from the prestigious college of arts, Delhi and is now considered among the top twenty street photographers in the world.

Vineet Vohra is a self-taught photographer and street photography is the passion that he lives like a discipline. Vohra started shooting as a wildlife photographer but turned his lens to the street in 2001. He instantly felt a new passion next to nature. To Vineet, street photography is a journey to be traveled daily. He feels a there is a continuous degree of learning and unlearning and always seeks improvement.

Life, in general, is so unexpected, expresses Vineet,  “I try to be as honest through my lens as I can. I try to synthesise between human elements and the environment while maintaining focus on how to make ordinary moments look extraordinary.”

 

In 2011 Vineet Vohra formed Art Photo Feature  (APF) along with his brother, Rohit, who is also a street photographer.

APF is born from an education imperative, it’s an evolving magazine that seeks to recognize fresh talent.

The intent is to provide a platform for emerging photographers, artists, and designers to showcase their works, works that are not necessarily commercial, in order to create opportunities and open new doors.

The subjects explored are broad, in terms of concepts, styles, and techniques. “We want to explore the limits and the possibilities,” says Vineet.

Vineet is a Leica Ambassador and conducts Leica Akademie workshops in Singapore and New York at the Leica Galleries.

Ulla Lohmann

Ulla Lohmann is a German photojournalist and documentary filmmaker with a BSc degree in Natural Resource Management. As a Photographer, filmmaker, and adventurer, National Geographic Expert, Ulla Lohmann has sailed around the world and traversed the African continent using only biodiesel. She spends much of her time working with indigenous cultures in Australia and the South Pacific.

Ulla specialises in documenting the changing world of indigenous tribes and in photographing erupting volcanoes, and some of her photo stories have been featured at the Visa pour l’ Image international festival of photojournalism

Ulla lives, with her husband, in South Tyrol in the Alps where she leads photo workshops that focus on expedition photography. Lochmann also conducts workshops for National Geographic Student Expeditions in Australia and offers photo expeditions to Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

  • Over the years Tom has worked with charities and NGO’s such as Medecins Sans Frontieres, Oxfam, Christian Aid, Care International and Sightsavers. His extensive work on the catastrophic AIDS pandemic blighting Africa has been widely published and exhibited.

    His photography has been honoured with awards from World Press Photo, Visa pour l’image, Pictures Of The Year and the Eddie Adams Workshop.

Ulla loves adventures, and no matter if she climbs the highest volcano on the planet in Chile (6,893m), dives on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, or rock climbs alpine routes in the Dolomites, at least one of her Canon cameras is always with her. Her images are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection and by the German Agency, LOOK.

Ulla is a Canon Explorer and ambassador for the Pacific People Aid Fund (PPAF e.V.) to help tribal people in the South Pacific. Additionally, she is appointed as a member of DGPh (German Association of Photography) and a fellow of Explorers Club New York.

Tom Stoddart

Tom Stoddart began his photographic career on a local newspaper in his native North-East of England. In 1978 he moved to London and began working freelance for publications such as the Sunday Times and Time Magazine.

During a long and varied career, he has witnessed such international events as the war in Lebanon, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the election of President Nelson Mandela, the bloody siege of Sarajevo, the wars against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

In 1997 Tony Blair gave Stoddart exclusive behind the scenes access to his election campaign as the Labour Party swept to victory after 18 years of Conservative government in the United Kingdom.

  • Over the years Tom has worked with charities and NGO’s such as Medecins Sans Frontieres, Oxfam, Christian Aid, Care International and Sightsavers. His extensive work on the catastrophic AIDS pandemic blighting Africa has been widely published and exhibited.

    His photography has been honoured with awards from World Press Photo, Visa pour l’image, Pictures Of The Year and the Eddie Adams Workshop.

In 2012 his ‘Perspectives’ retrospective outdoor exhibition was displayed at London’s South Bank and attracted 225,000 visitors. In 2016 Tom was a guest speaker at Xposure International Photography Festival and held an indoor exhibition.

Tom Stoddart is established as one of the world’s most respected photojournalists. Stoddart is represented by, and works closely with Getty Reportage, to produce powerful photo-essays on the serious world issues of our time.

Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen was born in Tonbridge, Kent. He attended The Judd School and took further education at Leeds University where he received a BSc in Zoology. Whilst at university, Allen undertook a three-month ecological research project in a remote jungle on the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi during which an encounter with a reclusive forest-dwelling tribe proved to be a pivotal point in his life. At the age of 27, he began a part-time diploma in photography in Hereford and for his first-year project, he joined an aid convoy to Mostar during the town’s struggle to rebuild itself after the Yugoslav Wars.

After returning from Bosnia, Allen was offered his first job as a freelance photographer working at the Sunday Telegraph in London. A year later, after commissions from all of the British broadsheet publications, he eventually settled into a six-year position at The Independent.

  • Seven-times winner – Travel Photographer of the Year

  • Six Picture Editors’ Awards

  • Press Photographer’s Year Award

  • Arts Photographer of the Year

  • Twice nominated Photographer of the Year at the British Press Awards

  • Human Planet’ has won a host of awards including two BAFTAs and an Emmy Award as well as the ITB’s Cultural Book Prize

In 2008, the BBC commissioned Allen to work on the documentary project Human Planet. This was the first time that the BBC had employed a dedicated photographer on a landmark series. He spent over a year and a half traveling with 4 teams, covering stories of human endeavour in over forty countries around the world. Allen shot content for the program and its accompanying multimedia projects as well as imagery that was published in a best-selling BBC book, formed an exhibition and was used in the program’s worldwide branding and publicity.

Stephen Wilkes

Since opening his studio in New York City in 1983, photographer Stephen Wilkes has built an unprecedented body of work and a reputation as one of America’s most iconic photographers, widely recognised for his fine art, editorial and commercial work. He joined The Sunday Times of London as deputy picture editor; soon becoming the youngest picture editor in Fleet Street where he spent seven years and subsequently joined the Sunday Times Magazine as Director of Photography and Assistant Editor responsible for all photography at the magazine for eight years.

Wilkes is widely recognised for his fine art, editorial and commercial work. He joined The Sunday Times of London as deputy picture editor; soon becoming the youngest picture editor in Fleet Street where he spent seven years and subsequently joined the Sunday Times Magazine as Director of Photography and Assistant Editor responsible for all photography at the magazine for eight years.

Day to Night, Wilkes’ most defining project, began in 2009. These epic cityscapes and landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours capture fleeting moments of humanity as light passes in front of his lens over the course of a full-day. Blending these images into a single photograph takes months to complete.

Day to Night has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning as well as dozens of other prominent media outlets and, with a grant from the National Geographic Society, was recently extended to include America’s National Parks in celebration of their centennial anniversary.

Stephens editorial work has appeared in and on the covers of, leading publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Time, Fortune, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and many others. The entire Day to Night series will be published by TASCHEN as a monograph in 2018.

Rob Gubiani

Australian photographer Rob Gubiani has travelled extensively and spent more than 10 years overseas. He developed his passion for photography while travelling and ultimately found his voice in wildlife and landscape photography. Rob’s creativity, personal values and identity shine through his work.

As such, his photographs highlight the value and beauty of natural landscapes and animal life. Through his photography, he hopes to encourage education, awareness and conservation of wild areas and animal life. His photographs often bring awareness of the modern-day tension between society and the environment by juxtaposing and contextualising.

Rob’s points of departure are two sides of the same coin. He either seeks to capture ‘new perspectives’ intended to provoke thought or ‘a moment in time and space’ to photograph the essence of what our environment means to us. He enjoys working with light, natural shapes and texture.

 Rob’s work was published in National Geographic in 2015 and his photos have appeared in a number of magazines, newspapers, advertisements, journals and online. Highlights include being invited to participate in several international exhibitions and seeing publications in Acclaim Magazine, Tasmania 40 Degrees South Magazine, to mention a few.

Gubiani has undertaken work for the Tasmanian Government of Australia, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi’s Environment Agency and Canada’s British Columbian Tourism Victoria. Rob’s photos have also appeared in Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper multiple time and he has done work for private businesses and clients. 

Richard Thompson III

Los Angeles based automotive photographer Richard Thompson III draws on a life-long love of cars to create high energy, atmospheric imagery for his clients. Richard is regarded as one of the best three Automotive photographers in the world.

Trained at the Savannah College of Art and Design, his background combines elements of film, photography, and visual effects with a genuine passion for all things automotive.

Richard was raised in a family of car lovers, early experience in the racing world enables him to shape photographs bearing the essence and character of each car. In one year alone Thompson was creating imagery for clients including Bentley Motors, BMW, Chevrolet, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, and Pagani Automobili.

Richard Thompson III draws on his life-long love of cars to create high energy, atmospheric imagery for his clients. His background combines film, photography,

“Consistency is the most important thing in this profession,” says Richard. “I find this rings truer for me with each passing year. Talent is a prerequisite for good photography, but focus and consistent progress are the only ways to make it into a sustainable career.”

Richard’s work is a mix of editorial and fine art. His photos have innate movement, even if the car is parked. It’s a style he’s developed, and developed well. “For anyone in commercial art, I believe craft is comprised of different registers, which dictate the ratio of “work” vs “art” and usually it’s a blend of the two.”

Nasser Ali Albahrani

Nasser Ali Albahrani, Emirati fine art photographer. He is studying chemical engineering, but his free time passion is photography.

Albahrani believes that, “Photography is not only an art; it is an international language. It reflects the sensory impressions and draws the ideas in an easy way, so everyone can understand it.”

For Nasser, a camera is a tool that he uses to tell stories. Most of his photos are conceptual self-portraits. However, he still enjoys taking some cultural photos that reflect the beauty of the United Arab Emirates in its architecture, nature, and traditions.

Nasser Albahrani is a winner of many photography competitions & his work has been exhibited in more than 30 national and international galleries, including the Royal Geographical Society in London, UK.

Muhammed Muheisen

Muhammed Muheisen is a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist. He has been documenting the refugee crisis around the world for over a decade and is the founder of Everyday Refugees Foundation.

Muheisen was born in 1981, graduated with a degree in journalism and political science. As the former Associated Press Chief Photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan he covered conflicts across the region as well documented major events in Europe, Asia, Africa and the U.S. He spent four years in Pakistan as AP’s Chief Photographer for the region, and for the last several years has been documenting the refugee crisis across Europe. Most recently his work has focused on the issue of stranded unaccompanied refugee minors for the National Geographic Magazine.

Muhammed has covered, the Yemeni revolution, the Syrian civil war as well as events in Saudi Arabia, China, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, France,  The Netherlands, South Africa, the funeral procession of Nelson Mandela.Most recently he has been documenting the refugee crisis across Europe.

His work has received numerous international awards, including:

Picture of the Year in 2007’s POYI, in 2014 the Oliver S. Gramling Award for journalism, and the same year he was named TIME Magazine’s Best Wire Photographer. Muheisen also won multiple prizes in: the APME News Photos Award, the John L. Dougherty Award, Asia Media Awards, National Headliner Awards, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, Festival Du Scoop, China International Press Photo Contest, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Sigma Delta Chi Awards, Xposure International Photography Festival Award and the MCF Engaged Journalist Award. As well, he was a participant of 2012 World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class.

Muheisen served as a jury member in the 2016 Picture of the Year International, the 2015 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass and the 2013 Visa D’Or for Visa pour L’image and the 2017 LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards.

He is a member of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award advisory committee at the International Women Media Foundation, the founder and Chairman of Everyday Refugees Foundation and a member of the nominating committee selecting the participants for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class.

Among other exhibitions, a collection from a decade of his work about life in a war was exhibited in the French photo festival Visa pour L’Image in Perpignan, France. His work about refugees was exhibited at Festival des Libertes in Brussels, Belgium and work about the displaced people was shown at THE FENCE in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Boston and Houston, USA. Most recently a selection of his work was exhibited at Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah, UAE.

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Levon Biss

Levon Biss is a British photographer born in London. He began shooting with his father’s camera as a teenager and went professional at the age of 22. Since then, his work has covered a wide breath of photographic genres, from portrait to documentary and sport. In the last 2 years he has turned his attention to macro.

In 2006 he produced his first book, One Love, in which he travelled to 28 countries documenting the culture of soccer. The project covered all levels of the game, from children playing in the mountains of Peru to professionals plying their trade at international level. The photography from One Love produced a touring exhibition, displayed in 17 countries over 2 years.

Biss portrait subjects have included names such as Quentin Tarantino and Usain Bolt, with his work appearing on the covers TIME, The New York Times, GQ and Sports Illustrated. His creativity continues to be in regular demand from commercial brands around the world.

Levon’s passion for nature and photography has now melted together to create Microsculpture, a unique photographic study of insects in mind-blowing magnification that has taken the genre of macro photography to an entirely new level.  Biss has adapted traditional macro techniques to create a photographic process that reveals the minute detail of insects in a resolution never seen before.

His photographs are printed in large-scale formats, with insects that are only millimetres long being presented as 3 meter high prints.  Each image takes over 3 weeks to create and are produced from over 8000 individual photographs. His work has won numerous awards over the years and in 2016 he was honored with a Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society.

Ian Ruhter

Ian Ruhter is a photographer, but he calls himself an Alchemist. He has a camera, but he calls it a Time Machine. Ruhter’s introduction to working with wet plate goes back to 2010 from which time he immediately started experimenting with the process.

One of his first photo shoots with skateboarder Levi Brown, was a near disaster. Due to the heat generated from the lights needed to expose the wet plate correctly, flash heads were exploding all over Brown — but the resulting 8×10 shot of Brown doing an ollie turned out ghostly and beautiful. It was the first time anyone had ever frozen motion with this process using electronic flash. Ruhter was hooked.

The Levi Brown frozen motion image was inspired by the works of Edward Muybridge and his famous horse in motion plates.

In an interview, Ian Ruhter said “the learning curve while attempting to make the worlds largest wet plate was continuous. If one step went wrong the whole plate could be ruined, and when plates run at $500  you’re blowing an emotional and financial investment in one exposure”.

“You had to develop it right or it leaves streaks. If you don’t put the silver nitrate on evenly you get spots,” Ruhter says. “But it gives each image its own signature, even the flaws are original.”

Ian holds world records for the largest ambrotype and the largest portable wet plate camera and produced the largest ambrotype in front of a live stage audience at Xposure International Photography Festival in 2016.

Ian Berry

Ian Berry (born 1934 in Preston, Lancashire, England) is a British photojournalist with Magnum Photos. He made his reputation in South Africa, where he worked for the Daily Mail and later for Drum magazine. He was the only photographer to document the massacre at Sharpeville in 1960, and his photographs were used in the trial to prove the victims’ innocence. Ian Berry was also invited by Henri Cartier-Bresson to join Magnum Photos in 1962 when he was based in Paris; five years later he became a full member. Berry moved to South Africa in 1952  where he soon taught himself photography.He worked under the tutelage of Roger Madden, a South African photographer who had been an assistant to Ansel Adams.

After some time as an amateur photographer, Berry began photographing communities and weddings. During this period he met Jürgen Schadeberg, also a European immigrant and photographer. Schadeberg was offered a position with the new African Sunday newspaper eGoli but declined, suggesting Berry apply for the position instead. After working there only 10 months, the newspaper closed, and Berry began working for the Benoni City Times, but he soon became more interested in freelance work.

Ian moved to London in 1964 to become the first contract photographer for the Observer Magazine. Since then assignments have taken him around the world: he has documented Russia’s invasion of Czechoslovakia; conflicts in Israel, Ireland, Vietnam and the Congo; famine in Ethiopia; apartheid in South Africa.

The major body of work produced in South Africa is represented in two of his books: Black and Whites: L’Afrique du Sud (with a foreword by the then French president François Mitterrand), and Living Apart (1996). During the last year, projects have included child slavery in Ghana and the Spanish fishing industry. Important editorial assignments have included work for National Geographic, Fortune,Stern, Geo, national Sunday magazines, Esquire, Paris-Match and LIFE. Ian Berry has also reported on the political and social transformations in China and the former USSR.

George Steinmetz

Best known for his exploration and science photography, George Steinmetz sets out to reveal the few remaining secrets in our world today: remote deserts, obscure cultures, and new developments in science and technology.

Born in Beverly Hills, California, in 1957, Steinmetz graduated from Stanford University with a degree in geophysics. He began his career in photography by hitchhiking through Africa for 18 months. Today he lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, with his wife and their three children.

For National Geographic magazine, Steinmetz has examined subjects ranging from global oil exploration and the latest advances in robotics to the innermost stretches of the Sahara and the little-known tree house people of Irian Jaya, Indonesia.

For the German and French editions of GEO magazine, he has documented the Salt Desert of Iran and crossed the Empty Quarter of Saudi Arabia. He also received a grant from the National Science Foundation to photograph the polar desert of Antarctica.

Since his first assignment for National Geographic in 1987, Steinmetz has completed more than 20 major essays for the magazine, including three covers.

Steinmetz has won numerous awards for photography during his career, including two first prizes in science and technology in 1995 and 1998 from World Press Photo. He has also won awards and citations from Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and the Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards.

His first book, African Air, is a compilation of ten years of flying in Africa, much of it done with a motorised paraglider. This experimental aircraft is the lightest and slowest motorised flying machine in the world and offers a unique perspective over remote landscapes. His second book, The Empty Quarter, documents three expeditions into the heart of Arabia, where he traversed the world’s largest sand sea.

Drina Cabral

Drina Cabral is an award-winning Food photographer who works from the bustling cosmopolitan city of Dubai. With a background in media production for almost a decade, Drina is able to bring together a harmonious relationship between art, design, and visual appetite. Her unique work in the realm of conceptual food photography explores food in a dimension that engages dialogue, art, and thought.

What distinctively sets her apart from most other Food Photographers is her ability to artistically fashion a dish in a way that appeals best to the lens, thus encapsulating the true adjective of every shot. Her work is a niche to a market that appreciates the fine art of food and comprises of commercial projects among many other privately commissioned ones.

Drina’s passion and commitment for the culinary art is clear in her meticulous details within her work. Having worked with various premium brands and hotel chains, her work puts her on the map as one of the best photographers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions.

Besides having her work being circulated in various publications and advertising platforms, her accolades include a stunning image of a squid and mackerel (The Hunter and The Hunted) that has won a prestigious award in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2015 competition, where she competed against 8,000 other leading photographers globally and has succeeded in putting the U.A.E. in the limelight with her win.

Drina’s image of red pears shot in the whimsical nature of a renaissance painting was  awarded a place in the July 2015 digital exhibition at ‘The Louvre’, in Paris, as part of the Exposure Award Exhibit.

Eddie Keogh

Eddie Keogh is a freelance photographer who shoots sport, mostly for Reuters and also covers England rugby for their main sponsors O2. Keogh has worked as a sports photographer for UK national newspapers from 1986 until 2005, when he joined Reuters as a contract photographer.

Eddie is a Canon Explorer, part of their Ambassador programme, is married with three daughters and lives in Oxfordshire, where on a day off he enjoys riding his bikes in the Chiltern Hills.

Eddie covered his first Olympic Games in Los Angeles, USA, at the age of 21 and including eight football World Cups he has photographed almost every sport ever invented. In 2006 he won the Premier League Football Photographer of the Year award, in 2009 and 2010 the Sports Journalists Association (SJA) Sports News Picture of the Year award and also that year the UK Picture Editors Sports Photographer of the Year award. He also won the SJA Sports Picture Portfolio award in 2012.

With 30 years of experience photographing every sport from Archery to Zinedine Zidane, Eddie enjoys a job that has taken him to the four corners of the globe and some great sporting events. He has worked with Rolex, Rolls-Royce, O2 and Barclays to name a few. Now Eddie shoots mainly for Reuters and other blue chip clients.

Eddie works closely with Canon as part of their Ambassadors Programme, reviewing and testing their cameras and lenses and writing the occasional blog.

Erik Almas

Erik Almas was born in Trondheim, Norway and moved to San Francisco to study photography at the Academy of Art at the age of 22. He graduated in 1999 with the distinction of Best Portfolio”. In 2004, the Academy awarded him Honorary Degree of Outstanding Alumnus.

After assisting Jim Erickson for almost 3 years Erik became inspired, encouraged and nurtured his own image making and established his a set of working habits that have placed him amongst the top in his field.

After assisting Jim Erickson for almost 3 years Erik became inspired, encouraged and nurtured his own image making and established his a set of working habits that have placed him amongst the top in his field.

Almas works on some of the greatest photography assignments and advertising campaigns for clients including Ritz-Carlton, Credit Suisse, Genentech, Union Pacific, Toyota, Hyatt, Puma, Pfizer, Virgin, Microsoft, and Nike.

Erik’s works feature in Communication Arts – Photo Annual, American Photography, and covers including Graphis Photo Annual. Almas is regarded as one of the best commercial photographers worldwide, listed in toptenny as the number one and twice recognised by Luerzer’s Archive as one of the best Advertising photographers.

Rob Gilbert

A visionary artist originally from the rustic last frontier of Northern Canada, Rob has transformed the photographic world with his iconic portraits of massive global figures including President Bill Clinton and the current Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

His life began in a log cabin on 300 acres of land, living off of the fish and wildlife his father hunted, while his mother raised a family of twelve children.

Rob embraced the rural existence discovered by his parents, both European immigrants who were seeking the adventure of a life where self-reliance and the ability to survive became the norm.

Rob’s journey took him to Vancouver, where his interest in photography led to stints as an assistant with some of the greatest photographers Canada has produced.

His foray into portraiture over sixteen years includes a client base of the world’s top leaders in their respective fields.  Such as television stars, film stars, political world leaders and billionaire philanthropists.

Rob frequently works in New York, LA, London, Berlin, and more recently with International Government Communications Forum in Sharjah, UAE. His photographic style is noted for world-class lighting, and an amazing ability to direct talent of all backgrounds.

Elia Locardi

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, videographer, writer, public speaker, and highly sought after educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world.

Location independent since March of 2012, he and his wife live a 100% mobile lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since he began traveling full-time in 2009, he has visited more than 55 countries, flown over one million miles, and collaborated with major companies, brands, countries, and tourism agencies all over the world.

As featured by Professional Photographer Magazine, SmugMug Films, Wacom USA, and Fstoppers, Elia has built an engaged social media following of nearly 3 million people across Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Snapchat. Due to the years of dedication and genuine openness with his audience, he has become one of the most followed photographers in the world.

Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, advanced post-processing methods and time blending techniques, Elia has developed a widely recognised and highly unique style of photography that has become well known around the world. With each photograph, his goal is to share his vision so others can see the world as he does, full of color, texture, beauty, depth and emotion. Many of his photos have been used in some of the most widely circulated publications in the world including National Geographic.

Throughout the journey, he shares the Art of Photography on many different websites including his popular blog, blamethemonkey.com, teaches post-processing workshops worldwide, speaks at major international photography conventions, and is proud to be one of the founders and leaders of Dream Photo Tours.

Elia Locardi joins the line up of guest photographers at Xposure in 2017

Erik Johansson

Erik Johansson (born April 1985) is a Swedish-born artist based in Prague who creates surreal images by recombining photographs and other materials. He captures ideas by combining images in new ways to create what looks like a real photograph, yet with logical inconsistencies to impart an effect of surrealism.

Some finished images are the combination of “hundreds of original photographs” as well as raw materials, and Johansson spends dozens of hours using image manipulation software such as Adobe Photoshop to alter the image digitally and to illustrate his idea.

Reporter Robert Krulwich wrote that Johansson creates a “meticulous fantasy” which is “part photograph, part construction, part drawing” with “so many layers of foolery in his images, you can’t pull the illusion apart, it fits together so perfectly.

Erik Johansson felt like he wanted to do something more to the photos, where pressing the trigger would only be the start. Having an interest in computers made it quite a natural step to start there.

Johansson said “I couldn’t imagine it to be a real profession, it was just a fun hobby and didn’t really believe that fun and work could be combined. But during my time studying my friend Eric bought a DSLR (Canon EOS 350d). This camera was something completely different from the simple point and shoot cameras I had tried up until this point. I was out taking pictures with Eric a few times and it led to me also getting a DSLR (Canon EOS 400d) the year after. “

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Erik Johansson has spoken at several conferences including the TED conference in London in 2011. In early 2016 he released his first book “IMAGINE” featuring the first 9 years of his personal projects.

Fabian Oefner

Fabian Oefner’s visual expression of the invisible effects of the natural sciences and the properties of time is the genesis of his photography, film and kinetic installations. His art forms encourage us to conceptualise in new ways and to accept that art and science do not exist on opposite ends of the academic spectrum but rather inform each other in tangible ways.

Oefner was born in 1984. He grew up in Switzerland where he still lives and works today. Art is his lens to experience — from his preliminary studies at the Basel University of Art where he studied painting, photography, typography and art history — to his Bachelor of Arts in Product Design at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Northwestern Switzerland where he learned that successful design was a multi-layer complex process, combining the widest variety of factors: tactile definition, aesthetics, readability, emotional effect, as well as the language of form, into a single functional product. Parallel to Oefner’s tenure as Leica’s Director of Visual Style for Geosystems (2009-2012), he continued to explore and experiment with visualizing time and the invisible effects of the natural sciences. In 2013, he founded Studio Oefner

The profound intention of Oefner’s art defies description. His explorations into the ephemeral poetry of time and the natural world stop us, allowing us to see the invisible while provoking us to wonder about the myriad magical moments we do not see, while never considering the artist’s process that created them.

Oefner`s work is frequently featured in international blogs and printed publications such as The Washington Post, National Geographic, Der Spiegel, Stern, Wired, BBC among many others. In 2013, he gave a TED talk about his art and the process behind it

Alberto Panizza

Alberto Ghizzi Panizza is recognised as one of the best Italian photographers for landscape and leading the field for macro photography.

Panizza, born in Parma in 1975, has inherited his artistic bent from his granddad who was a naïve painter. Since his childhood, Alberto has drawn and painted. He began to take a keen interest in photography in 1997 during a visit to the ruins of ancient Egypt. He has grown fond of technology, computers and he is a forerunner of digital photography.

He is deeply fond of nature and animals in their different forms. He specialises in naturalistic and landscape photography, always looking for the beauty of the world around us and finding his main source of inspiration in it.

In 2011 he became the deputy chairman of ‘Associazione Travel Photo Experience’. This is a non-profit association, a point of reference for keen travellers, explorers, photographers and for everybody fond of travel and adventures, always in search of the wonders of planet Earth. Recognised as one of the best Italian photographers for landscapes and macro, he has received several awards; he was assigned the first prize.

Alberto has received several awards including the first prize at the Oasis International Photo Contest 2012.

His photos of “Happy Damigelle” go around the world and have been aired on Canadian Discovery Channel and published in newspapers and magazines around the world.

Alberto has also won the first prize at the Natural Worlds International Photo Contest.

Since 2015 he is a Master of the Nikon School program and collaborates with Nital and also he made a reportage for Nikon and ESO at the Chilean observatories testing the new D810A camera.

Andrea Belluso

Andrea Belluso is a world-renowned fashion and beauty photographer with over 30 years of international work experience and a long list of top brand clients in his portfolio.

Belluso created his first published work at the age of 19, for Italian Condé Nast and had been working with top models like; Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Emma Sjöberg, Caroline Winberg and Christy Turlington.

Since 2012, Belluso has been working with top lighting company Profoto who gave him the name ‘The Light Shaper’.  Andrea has also become Profoto’s face out to the public through a video series as well as through an ongoing worldwide tour of seminars first aimed at Profoto’s dealers’ but also open and more and more popular to the general public.

Belluso is a Phase One ambassador and uses his witty and creative way to deliver know-how is unique and highly addictive. Andrea Belluso is not only an excellent photographer and teacher but also a natural born entertainer.

Andrea also works as film director, producer and editor with many broadcasted television hours worldwide and holds lectures and seminars across the Globe. 

Apart from his commercial work Andrea also publishes photographic art books and holds photographic art exhibitions. Andrea will run two painting with light fashion photography workshops at Xposure. One of Andrea’s unique exhibitions was shot on large format 8x10′ Polaroid film. They were first shown at Kulturhuset, the National Culture House in Stockholm and this collection is constantly updated, due to the nature of Polaroid film.

Atif Saeed

A highly talented and renowned landscape and nature photographer from Pakistan, who is well known for his versatile photographic style. For Atif, his photography is a method of self-expression and a method to share his life experiences.

Saeed is an artist of nature who cleverly uses the full extent of the camera’s capabilities to capture beautiful and remote wilderness locations in order to satisfy his personal love of nature and his passion for adventure.

His extraordinary visualising ability, understanding the behaviour of light’ and excellence in composition lets him capture unique moments in a fine art style. Atif’s ultimate objective on each photographic exploration is to create powerful images that induce mood, balance symmetry and colours with simplicity.  When it comes to landscape photography, his philosophy is to get to know the location, culture, and people before venturing in with his camera.

Saeed says “my prime importance is the light, I carefully assess the best time of day and year to to capture the scene at its best”. He will often spend several days studying the environment and light fall to maximise the beauty and creativity.

Through high altitude trekking, off-road jeep safaris, and climbing, Saeed spends most of his time searching for spectacular, unspoilt remote valleys and picturesque places, to capture the beauty of the highest mountains, glaciated lakes and untouched wilderness.

Dynamic nature, tendency to work restlessly and fast reflexes to point fleeting moments has led Atif Saeed to earn distinctive position and enjoy respect among professional photographers of the world. His work is constantly published worldwide in a variety of media and provides advertising images for Apple.

Beno Saradzic

Beno Saradzic

Slovenian born Beno Saradzic is a multi-specialist visual artist. Saradzic is a Canon Explorer for Europe and MENA countries and specifically known in professional circles as a time-lapse cinematographer, director, producer, editor, conceptual and pre-visualisation 3-D artist.

Beno attracted tremendous public attention in recent years through his virally shared time-lapse films and is increasingly known as a photographer, successfully conveying his passion through ambitious, unique and effective visuals.

His work was featured in numerous International publications such as Popular Photography, Digital Foto (Denmark), Digital Photo Magazine (UK), Chip Foto-Video (Germany), GQ (Spain), Huffington Post (US), National Geographic (US & UAE).

Beno Saradzic is a winner of numerous international awards in the field of photography, time-lapse cinematography and film production.

Most notable among them is the Emmy nomination in 2014 for his achievements in time-lapse cinematography for the BBC’s ‘Wild Arabia’ TV series.

In 2015, Beno won a Gold World Medal at the New York Film Festival for his work on the film commissioned by the Abu Dhabi government and as a producer.

Saradzic also won a Silver Dolphin Award at the 2014 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.

Bjoern Lauen

Born 1980, in northwest Germany, Bjoern Lauen has been involved in photography for the past 20 years, starting with a camera his father gave him during his early teens. After taking photos of family and friends for a while, he interned at a local newspaper photographing the local communities and their events.

Lauen later worked part time in a photography studio where he was taught to develop film in the darkroom. He completed a business diploma and started studying psychology. After a successful career as an entrepreneur, co-founding the successful international franchise concept LOOXIS – he later became a director and board member of a UAE based company.

Bjoern focused full time on turning his passion photography into a successful business and would spend his free time traveling the world with expeditions or participating in charitable projects to provide photography for the cause. His published work about the tribes of Omo Valley in Ethiopia has been exhibited at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Hollywood / Los Angeles.

Bjoern”s work has been published in national and international media such as National Geographic Kids, The Guardian, Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal and further more. His photography is part of various books – such as the successful 911LOVE Porsche book.

His aerial work has been used in various international films and publications. Bjoern is a member of the Rotary Club and a supporter of selected entrepreneur owned small business that is innovative and creative. Bjoern is a regular contributor to UAE-based Phocal Media.

Bjoern’s interest in technology and innovation led him to develop an interest in the early development of aerial vehicles (UAV / RPAS) for photo and video. Over the past 3 years, he has tested and photographed with some of the latest aerial imaging setups on the market. He has been part of the development of UAV imaging setups and demonstrations for government bodies, security and intelligence agencies and commercial organisations. He was part of the development team of the first PhaseOne 100MP photography setups on a UAV.

Carolyn Drake

Carolyn Drake was born in California and is now based in Athens, Georgia. She studied Media/Culture and History in the 1990s at Brown University, where she became interested in approaches to documentary and the ways that history and reality are purposefully shaped and revised over time. Drake worked for multimedia companies in New York for many years, but eventually left her office job to engage with the physical world through photography. 

Between 2007 and 2013, Carolyn traveled frequently to Central Asia from her base in Istanbul to work on two projects which became acclaimed photo books. The first, Two Rivers, explores the connections between ecology, culture and political power along the Amu Dary and Syr Darya rivers. The second, Wild Pigeon, is an amalgam of photographs, drawings, and embroideries made in collaboration with Uyghurs in western China. 

Carolyn is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, a World Press Photo award, a Magnum Emergency Fund grant, and a Fulbright fellowship, among other awards. Carolyn became a Magnum Nominee in 2015.

Carolyn Drake was a finalist for the Santa Fe Prize. She has spent years documenting the cultures of Central Asia and life in western China’s Uygur region.

Chris Collacott

Chris Collacott, is an international award-winning photographer who is known for his stunning natural landscape, architecture, and cityscape photography. He focuses on creating ultra-high resolution, large-scale panoramic images.

With a passion for exploring the outdoors he uses various techniques both organic and digital to merge his colourful eye catching images together to create memorable vivid scenes. Chris Collacott is quickly building international acclaim, not just as a talented photographer but also as a visionary, mentor, and voice for some of the world’s most picturesque landscapes.

With work to be found in over 25 galleries throughout Canada, Collacott’s his stunning attention to detail has gained him such accomplishments as a 23 foot mural for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and being a featured artist at the prestigious “ARS” program at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Commercial clients include Destination British Columbia, Mercedes Benz, Vancouver Tourism, BC Hydro and City of Vancouver.

Chris has accumulated over 50 international awards, including the prestigious Master in Fine Art credential from Master Photographers International.

Chris Collacott’s approach to photographing architecture reveals a unique perspective and meticulously detailed panoramas caused him to be placed 6th in TopTenny. In 2014 and 2015, Chris was elected as a judge for the EPSON International Panoramic Awards.

Claes Axstål

Claes Axstål grew up with cameras at his father’s photo store in Gothenburg, Sweden.

His professional career started with ski photography in the early 80’s, where he wanted to find his own style and used medium format cameras and high powered flash in the mountains.

At dawn of the new millennium, he brought flash photography to new heights and even managed to prove his own purpose-built flash system for the aviation industry. Ever since, his trademark has been stunning sunsets with the perfect illumination of sports, travel, yachts, and aircraft in their real environment.

Some 16 years ago Axstal wanted to take his flash photography to new heights and his proving ground was directed at aircraft photography. The “Airborne Flash Photography” was born 28 March 2001 when he photographed the Saab Gripen fighter jet for the Swedish Air Force.

 

Claes has been working with the Swedish Air Force, LAPD, US Coast Guard, and several well-known aircraft and helicopter manufacturers. His images appear on magazine covers of Super Yachts and has published a book “Airborne Flash Photography for the Aviation Industry”

Colin Hawkins

Colin Hawkins is a professional product photographer based in Bath, South West England who works directly with advertising and design agencies and directly with clients for over 20 years.

Colin shoots imaginative images of people and products in the studio or on location. His success is gained through efficient, thorough production and high-quality photography, working with broad spectrum of industries and subjects for inspiring clients.

After studying Fine Art, Colin commenced his photography career a few years later by shooting musicians for editorial features and progressed to shooting record covers and more advertising and design commissioned work. Colin Hawkins is a member of the Association of Photographers and an Associate of The Royal Photographic Society. Clients include; MasterCard, Sainsbury’s, The Times, National Westminster Bank, Johnson & Johnson, EMI Music.

Colin will provide a workshop that gives a hands-on opportunity to enhance photographic skills in shooting products for publishing on the web or other promotional material. Students will learn how to light an object by using a variety of light sources from natural light to a studio setup.

David Alan Harvey

Born in San Francisco, David Alan Harvey was raised in Virginia. He discovered photography at the age of 11. Harvey purchased a used Leica with savings from his newspaper route and began photographing his family and neighbourhood in 1956.

When he was 20 he lived with and documented the lives of a black family living in Norfolk, Virginia, and the resulting book, Tell It Like It Is, was published in 1966. He was named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association in 1978.

Harvey went on to shoot over forty essays for National Geographic magazine. He has covered stories around the world, including projects on French teenagers, the Berlin Wall, Maya culture, Vietnam, Native Americans, Mexico and Naples, and a recent feature on Nairobi.

He has published two major books, Cuba and Divided Soul, based on his extensive work on the Spanish cultural migration into the Americas, and his book Living Proof (2007) deals with hip-hop culture.

His work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Nikon Gallery, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Harvey is founder and editor of the award-winning Burn magazine, featuring iconic and emerging photographers in print and online. His latest book (based on a true story) was published by BurnBooks in 2012. Harvey joined Magnum as a nominee in 1993 and became a full member in 1997. He lives in NC and NYC.

Sir Don McCullin

Sir Don McCullin was born in 1935 in London’s Finsbury Park, a poor and rough area at the time. Leaving school at fifteen with no qualifications, McCullin signed up to National Service in the RAF as a photographic assistant. In 1959, McCullin took his first published photograph of The Guvnors, a London gang who had been involved in a murder. This inimitable image appeared in The Observer that same year. It was this, teamed with his decision based on nothing more than his own intuition to go to Berlin to photograph the start of the building of the Wall, which secured his contract with The Observer in 1961.

Between 1966 and 1984, McCullin worked for The Sunday Times Magazine. At the time, The Sunday Times was at the cutting edge of investigative, critical journalism. During this period, McCullin’s assignments included Biafra, the Belgian Congo, the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’, Bangladesh and the Lebanese civil war.

It is his photographs of Vietnam and Cambodia that have become among the most famous and well recognised.

McCullin faced no restrictions, yet his work, in projecting the realities of war into millions of living rooms back home, contributed substantially to the growth of anti-war feeling.

McCullin took huge risks in order to take his photographs. He was blinded by CS gas during a riot in Derry and wounded by fragments of a mortar shell in Cambodia. But he reports having been most frightened when arrested by Idi Amin’s thugs in Uganda and taken to a notorious prison where they were murdering hundreds of people every day with sledgehammers. He survived but was damaged. He has a head full of demons, and bears a heavy burden of doubt and guilt,

“Sometimes it felt like I was carrying pieces of human flesh back home with me, not negatives. It’s as if you are carrying the suffering of the people you have photographed.”

Alan Ranger
Alan Ranger is a professional photographer and qualified photography tutor based in the UK. He teaches and leads location based photography workshops around the UK and Europe where he supports and instructs photographers, of all levels, the art of camera craft and creative composition. “A passion for photography combined with deep understanding are the most important attributes of a photographic tutor. Alan combines these two qualities in equal measure. His obvious enthusiasm is bound to inspire his clients and help them achieve ever higher standards” – David J Ward
Alan uses the camera to express the excitement of life; this is not done through imitation, but by pulling together strands of creative thought and weaving them into masterful reflections of feeling and insight. Disciplined yet inventive, his inimitable approach allows him to turn unremarkable moments in to extraordinary images, depicting the remarkable journey through life.
He has developed his personal style after more than 20 years’ experience: through expression, perception and a deep understanding of creative intention. Alan uses this understanding to coach clients in a simple, clear manner – inspiring each person to discover individual instincts.

Alan Ranger is an Associate of the British Institution of Professional Photographers (ABIPP) and also holds an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society alongside three other photographic institution accreditations.

Alan’s landscape photography work is not merely a snapshot of what we see; it mirrors how we feel. A glance at his photography illustrates this concept – capturing the energy of the land and depicting the emotion of that specific moment in time. He says “I love the beauty of a landscape image, not because of what or where it is but because it reflects who we are and our individual connection to land, sea, sky and light.”

Alan’s landscape portfolio has been published in: magazines, national and regional press, books and broadcasting.  Alan is recognised within his field of expertise and has been awarded 5 times in Landscape Photographer of the Year and has been a finalist for the past 3 years in Outdoor Photographer of the Year.