Wedding Photographer

Three new judges join the CJPOTY panel

Earlier this year, we announced the Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY) competition with a new platform, new sponsor (MPB.com), a new format and a fabulous jury to award the grand prizes at the end of the year. Today, on International Women’s Day (themed this year is #BreakTheBias), we’re proud to announce three additional stunning judges, giving us better gender representation on the panel. The new judges are:

Donna Crous – Food photographer, author, Nikon Europe Ambassador and Rotolight Master of Light
Dominique Shaw – Photographer, co-founder of York Place Studios and Fujifilm ambassador
Christina Vaughan – Founder of Cultura Creative, the home of inclusion stock photography

Here’s a bit more about each of our new judges:

Donna Crous: Donna is an award-winning professional food photographer based in Jersey, Channel Islands. From her home studio, she works closely with brands and PR agencies to develop recipes and create strong photographic images for food campaigns, social media, websites and print publications.

Donna has worked on several cookbooks and her work is regularly featured in photography and food magazines around the world. She recently published her own cookbook ‘A Healthier Family for Life’ published by Little, Brown in London.

Donna is Nikon’s first European Ambassador for Food Photography and a Rotolight Master of Light. She enjoys sharing her food photography knowledge and skills through regular conferences, workshops and photography clubs across the UK.

Dominique Shaw: Dominique is one half of the acclaimed, award-winning brother-and-sister photography duo York Place Studios. She has studied photography all her life, opening her studio in Yorkshire at the age of 21, initially as a family and portrait photographer. The York Place team has since become best known for their outspoken work; blurring the lines between traditional documentary wedding photography and street photography to develop a unique voice and style and help reframe the narrative of what documentary wedding photography can look like.

This fresh approach and curious eye has received international recognition and has led Dominique to be invited to speak at photography events around the world as well as receiving multiple accolades from the ISPWP, WPJA, Fearless Photographers and This Is Reportage to name a few.

Dominique’s work is people-centered; celebrating personality, relationships and individuality with an unearthly talent for finding humor and connection in his photographs. With a love of spontaneity, it’s no surprise that children and family are a regular theme in his work and whether photographing weddings, street shoots, family or even Instax snaps outspoken from her own family back home, her approach remains the same: to simply seek truth, heart and humor wherever she finds herself.

Christina Vaughan: Christina is the founder and CEO of the photo agencies Image Source and Cultura Creative. She was also recently elected President of CEPIC, the European Professional Body for Image Licensing and is the first woman to hold this position.

Spurred on by the death of George Floyd in 2020, she decided to use her expertise in commercial photo licensing to create a new agency based on diversity – both in front of and behind the camera and thus, Cultura was launched in January 2021

Cultura celebrates creativity in photography, champions gender diversity, and encourages diverse photographers from all walks of life to work in the photography industry, understanding that different perspectives help us all innovate, celebrate gender, and grow as people. people united in the cause, craftsmanship and trade.

Christina has always sought to be inclusive in her work and family life – her mother was from the indigenous Hmar tribe of Mizoram in northeast India and her father was Anglo-Burmese. Christina was born in the north of England and has lived in London, New York, Paris and Argentina.

Jury CJPOTY 2022/23

The addition of the three new judges means that the full panel is as follows:

Ben Brain – Photographer, journalist & Sigma ambassador
Sophie Collins – Marketing Director at MPB
Donna Crous – Food photographer, author, Nikon Europe Ambassador and Rotolight Master of Light
Kate Hopewell-Smith – Wedding, Portrait and Boudoir Photographer, Sony Ambassador
Sanjay Jogia – Wedding Photographer and Canon Ambassador
Pete Reed OBE – Three-time Olympic gold medalist rower and avid documentary photographer
Dominique Shaw – Photographer and Co-Founder of York Place Studios and Fujifilm Ambassador
Craig Strong – Founder of Lensbaby
Christina Vaughan – Founder of Cultura Creative, the home of inclusion stock photography
Jeremy Walker – Landscape photographer, author and former Nikon Ambassador

Entry for Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year (CJPOTY)

The CJPOTY contest runs for 12 months with a different theme each month. Each month, the Camera Jabber team will select one winning image and nine finalists. The photographer of the winning image will receive a voucher from MPB.com worth £500 which can be spent on anything from a huge range of kits from the world’s largest platform for used camera gear.

The 10 images selected each month then enter the shortlist (out of 120) which will be judged by an esteemed jury who will select the images ranked first, second and third. The photographer of the image ranked first overall, as decided by the jury, will receive a voucher worth £1000 of MPB.com as well as a trophy and the title ‘Camera Jabber Photographer of the Year 2023‘. Second and third place photographers will receive vouchers worth £500 and £250 respectively.

This month, the theme is “Spring Color”. Colorful spring flowers and blooms are a welcome sight every year, but especially so lately. We don’t mind if you shoot them close up or use a wide angle lens to put them in the context of the landscape, just make sure the spring flowers are a key part of your image. And don’t worry, we call white a color so images of snowdrops count as the color of spring!

This round is open for submissions until 6:00 p.m. GMT (7:00 p.m. CET and 10:00 a.m. PST) on March 31, 2022. You don’t have to enter the contest every month, but you can.

To submit your application, visit cjpoty.com. You can submit one image per entry, but make up to three entries for £2.00 plus payment processing fee (£0.26).