2020 virtual EDITION May 2020 JUDGES
You may not get to meet them face to face, but we know you'll love them from afar!
2020 virtual EDITION March 2020 JUDGES
They're talented, they're smart, and fun. Thank you to our 2020 judges!
Running a photography community of thousands of the worlds most talented photographers must not be easy, but Huy does it with dedication and a smile. Through Fearless Photographers, Huy unites a community of engaged photographers all over the world through enlightening conferences and workshops. He has also created the world's best-loved resource for matching discerning couples with their dream wedding photographer. As a photographer, Huy's images emphasized quirky, candid moments that constantly surprised his clients. Through education, inspiration, and community, Huy continues to share his belief in environmental responsibility and high-quality learning experiences with photographers around the world.
2020 Austin JUDGES
Jenny Jimenez is a high-kicking, karaoke-singing, camera-slinging badass. A photographer, feminist and speaker from Seattle, Jenny began her career documenting the nightlife, music, and street beats for her city's alternative weeklies. Today she is one of Seattle's most celebrated editorial, lifestyle, portrait, and event photographers. Jenny champions self-expression, love, and laughing your ass off. She looks for the humor in life as well as the beauty and finds that they often go hand in hand. We are stoked to hear from Jenny at Photo Fantastico this January!
Inbal Sivan has a gallery labeled "Party" on her website. And if that's not enough for you, she has a gallery called "Party Hard." One glance at her work, and it's obvious that this Isreali-born ex-New Yorker is a connoisseur of fun. An insanely-talented wedding photographer, her images sparkle with joy and levity, belying her playful personality. We are thrilled to have Inbal judge Photo Fantastico 2020.
Thank you to our 2019 judges,
Kirsten Bethmann Lewis, Jonas Peterson
& Ryan C. Jones
A true believer that one should have as much fun in life as possible, Creative Director and Austin photographer Olivia Vale envisions Photo Fantastico as a playground of photographic creativity; a community where unfettered inventiveness is celebrated, where there is no such thing as "clients." In the process of experimenting with the art of photography all over again, Photo Fantastico participants often find themselves falling in love with their craft like they haven't in years.
As part of a winning team in 2010 for a similar photo event in Vegas, Olivia swears that running around a new town with a camera and three friends was the most fun she's ever had in her life. While FOMO-ing about it, and wondering why there was not anything similar happening in the world of photography, she concluded that her next big life calling was to recreate that magic for other photographers.
Photo Fantastico's only mission is to reconnect professional photographers with the sheer thrill of creating for themselves again, carrying this joy forward into their work. Photography is a magical gift, and Photo Fantastico is here to remind you of that.