You may not get to meet them face to face, but we know you'll love them from afar! 

Megan Allen

Sony Alpha Female Creator in Residence Megan Allen is the creative force behind Studio 22 Photography. A total creative powerhouse. Megan is a wizard with inventive lighting and mag mods, and has the ability to create jaw-dropping images out of everyday surroundings. Not only an impressive photographer, she is truly an adventurer at heart, and her infectious enthusiasm and love of creative photography is a great match for Photo Fantastico.

Jeff newsome

California wedding photographer Jeff Newsom is known for his unique perspectives and unexpected lighting solutions. He keeps his business simple and his marketing minimal to focus on the most important aspect of being a photographer - making better art. He's a devoted dad and fun-loving guy, and he will surely bring both light-heartedness and thoughtfulness to his role as a Photo Fantastico judge!

Ilana Bar-av

Madison wedding photographer Ilana Bar-Av has got fun down to an art. Her lively wedding and portrait photos embody this spirit, and, as a big part of the team behind the Friends of Fearless Conference, she knows a thing or two about uniting people in photo fun. Ilana has been a participant in both 2019 and 2020 Photo Fantasico events (her team won the 2019 contest). Her sense of humor and keen eye will entertain and enlighten us al!

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. 




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

Who's behind this whole thing?

A true believer that one should have as much fun in life as possible, Creative Director and professional photographer Olivia Vale envisions Photo Fantastico as the wilder cousin of sit-down conferences and workshops, giving photographers the chance to reconnect with the creative passion of why they fell in love with photography in the first place. 


She was part of a winning team in 2010 for a similar photo event in Vegas, and swears it 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 mission is to reconnect professional photographers with the thrill of creating photo events  that creative invigoration and the sheer thrill of creating for yourself again.  

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