The Hipstography Awards 2015 – The Ceremony

By on February 9, 2016


Despite schedules that are probably already solidly booked, they have once again accepted to be part of the jury for these Hipstography Awards and I am ever so grateful. So, it’s with great pleasure that I hereby present the members of the 2015 jury.

They are a group of internationally recognized photographers
who have associated their names with Hipstamatic lenses:


awards-2015-ben_watts_portraitBen Watts

Ben Watts moved from his native London to Australia in 1983, where he studied photography at the Sydney College of Arts. When he visited New York in 1990, he quickly discovered the urban hip-hop street scene. He’s been living there since 1995, shooting photos for clients such as Vogue, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Miller Lite, Gap, Apple, Kodak, Sony Music and Tommyboy Records. In 2011, Ben’s friend Mazdack Rassi, founder of Milk Studios, arranged a meeting between Ben and Hipstamatic. The Watts lens and the Big Up film with the Bondi HipstaPak came out in May of that year.

Chris Hornbeckerawards-2015-chris-Hornecker

Chris Hornbecker is an award winning commercial advertising and editorial photographer. He has travelled all over the world shooting athletes, models, and celebrities. He is known for his adept lighting skills, his exceptional timing and ability to capture the moment. Chris was instrumental in the creation of the "NSW Always On Freepak", in collaboration with Nike, released in July 2011. Aside from the 2 black/white films AO BW and AO DLX, we also have him to thank for the Hornbecker lens.

awards-2015-chunky-2015Chiun-Kai Shih

Prolific lensman and creative director, Chiun Kai Shih, AKA "Chunky" as he’s more affectionately and widely known in the industry, works with some of the most celebrated personalities and brands in fashion, media, and entertainment today. Chunky was discovered in 1988 by the publisher of Conde Nast Interculture, and has since worked with various publications and talents like LeBron James, Novak Djokovic, James Marsden, Kevin Bacon, Nick Wooster and David Gandy etc., and too many brands to even begin mentioning here. Transcending traditional photography mediums, Chunky has collaborated with the digital photography company Hipstamatic to create The Chunky Lens, and The Americana Lens for the Hipstamatic iPhone app.

awards-2015-davidDavid Loftus

Award-winning, influential and internationally acclaimed, David Loftus’ photographs for the books of Jamie Oliver, Rachel Khoo, (to name but a few) have brought food to life for millions of people. For over 20 years, David has photographed over 100 books. He works closely with the digital photographic brand Hipstamatic and has developed the most successful downloadable camera pack to date – the "Loftus Lens". David Loftus’ stripped-back, fuss-free style of photography, led Professional Photographer magazine to name him the 65th most influential photographer of all time by, in 2010. In 2012, David published his first book under his own name, a recipe collection entitled "Around The World in 80 Dishes".

The-Jamaica-HipstaPak-Ruddy-RoyeRuddy Roye

Radcliffe "Ruddy" Roye is a documentary photographer who specialises in portraits and photo-journalism; originally from Jamaica but living in Brooklyn, he documents the life of America's most deprived, and also those struggling against adversity in his homeland. He has been on Instagram from the outset and describes himself as an "Instagram activist". One of his aims on this social network is to talk about the problems and injustices that affect the African American community in particular. The Jamaica HisptaPak was released in May 2015 and is therefore a tribute to him, with a lens named after him, Ruddy, and a film called Love 81.


They are also journalists, photojournalists, as well as pioneers in the world of mobile photography, inspiring users with their knowledge and expertise:


awards-2015-danielDaniel Berman

Daniel Berman is a photographer and filmmaker with a background as a producer/director of music & nature programs for television. He brings a lifelong passion for rhythm and the natural world to his imagery. Daniel is the founder of the Mobile Photography Awards, the world’s largest competition for mobile phone photography and art.

awards-2015-GraemeGraeme Roy

Graeme Roy is the Director of News Photography for The Canadian Press, overseeing all photo content sent to clients and subscribers as well as coordinating news coverage across the country. In a career spanning over 30 years he has covered everything from the Olympic Games, Papal tours, political summits, championship sports series and all the daily news that fits in between. He is an Advisory Board member at Loyalist College and also is a member of the Toronto Pan Am Games 2015 Press Advisory Committee. He speaks regularly on photography both with regards to news but also mobile photography and has held multiple street photography workshops across the country.

awards-2015-Kate-WessonKate Wesson

Kate Wesson lives and breathes photography. She works as Editor at iPhone Photography School which has one of the largest mobile photography audiences in the world. With an in-depth knowledge of shooting and editing with iPhone, she spends her days publishing tutorials that help people all over the world to take better photos with their iPhones. She also judges the weekly photo contest at iPhone Photography School, and has interviewed many of the top mobile photographers in the field. And when she’s not doing any of these things, you can find her teaching photography and photo editing courses... or exploring the countryside finding new and beautiful landscapes to shoot.

awards-2015-patrickPatrick Baz

Patrick Baz is a photographer for the French Press Agency (Agence France-Presse) and has covered some of the world’s major conflicts: the first Intifada, for example, the first Gulf War and also the Somali and Iraq wars, to cite just a few. He is the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Photo Manager for AFP. He was a jury member for several international photo awards, including the World Press Photo.

awards-2015-richardRichard Koci Hernandez

Richard Koci Hernandez is a national Emmy award winning video and multimedia producer and worked as a photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. His work has appeared in Time, Wired, The New York Times, a National Geographic book and international magazines. Richard was named deputy director of photography and multimedia after spearheading the creation of Koci Hernandez was appointed as Assistant Professor for New Media at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley in 2011.

awards-2015-Samuel-GascSamuel Gasc

Samuel Gasc is a Chilean/American graphic designer best known in the Hipstamatic community for his former curatorial work with HipstaChallenge and creative direction for the long-running Make Beautiful campaign. While both HipstaChallenge and Make Beautiful have been on a prolonged hiatus, Samuel has continued to lend his silent support for the community in the development of visual identities for Photo Week from Hipstamatic, Hipstamatic Holland, HipstaNYC, and HipstaPilgrim, along with periodically serving as a consultant to Eric Rozen for Hipstography.

awards-2015-simone_muresu_2704Simone Muresu

Simone Muresu is one of the originators of Hipstamatic Sardinia, one of the most active Facebook pages, counting well over 2000 members. Simone created the group along with Maria Columbu and Roberto Murgia. They organize a weekly contest: a combo is selected and the picture that gets the most "likes" over the course of that week wins the contest. Simone specializes in combos and his choices manage to inspire the entire community.


They are in fact… Hipstamatic:


jury_allanAllan Bedford

If you've ever written in for help with Hipstamatic Classic or Oggl, you're probably already familiar with Allan. He provides customer support for Hipstamatic. When he's not busy with that role, he's most likely to be found trying to be a better foodie, comparing local craft beers, writing and/or taking photographs or quite possibly just hanging around on the couch watching Doctor Who on DVD.


jury_LuanneDietzLuanne Dietz

Luanne Dietz is an Emmy Award winning visual storyteller and Director of All Things Good at Cause Beautiful. Previously she was a photo editor and multimedia producer at the San Francisco Chronicle. She has worked in various aspects of the journalism industry including editorial, international documentary, inner-city media education, non profit and movie production. Her endeavors have taken her around the globe, including extended periods of time in Europe and the Middle East. She is rarely seen without a smile on her face.




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