The Hipstography Awards 2017 – The Ceremony

By on February 3, 2018

It’s with immense pleasure that we can now introduce the jury members of this Hipstography Awards 2017 vintage. We, firstly, want to thank them for the time and effort they put into this project, despite their busy schedules, trawling through hundreds of pictures and giving us their expert opinions. It’s not without a certain amount of pride that we can now unveil our panel of professionals. Ladies and gentleman, please welcome the jury members of the Hipstography Awards 2017:


He has worked with the greatest directors in cinema, as director of photography, and last year, he accepted our invitation to become one of the jury members for the Hipstography Awards. In 2017, Hipstamatic dedicated  a HipstaPak to him, calling it the Hanalei HipstaPak. And… Dan Mindel has, once again, accepted our invitation!


Jury-2016-Dan-MindelDan Mindel

Daniel "Dan" Mindel is a South-African American cinematographer. He is known for his frequent work with film directors Ridley Scott, Tony Scott and and J. J. Abrams. Mindel was educated in Australia and in Britain. He began his career as a camera loader before becoming a clapper loader and assistant cameraman on John Boorman's 1985 film, "The Emerald Forest", under French cinematographer Philippe Rousselot. Soon after, he moved to the US and began working on commercials for Ridley and Tony Scott, among several other directors.
Throughout the 1990s, Mindel worked as a camera operator and photographer on a number of feature films and in 1997, he was assigned as second unit director of photography on Ridley Scott's "G.I. Jane". This opened the door for Mindel to become director of photography on Tony Scott's 1998 action-thriller, "Enemy of the State". He then went on to become director of photography for films such as "Shanghai Noon", "Stuck on You".... He has also done additional photography for the films "The Bourne Identity" and "Lions for Lambs".
Director J. J. Abrams selected Mindel to be director of photography on 2006's "Mission: Impossible III" and worked with Abrams again as the cinematographer of 2009's "Star Trek" and its follow-up, "Star Trek Into Darkness". Dan Mindel was also director of photography on "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", which was released on December 18, 2015.


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


Victoria WillJury-2016-Victoria-Will

Victoria Will began her career at the New York Post where she was a staff photographer. In a news environment responsible for headlines like "Headless Body in Topless Bar," Victoria honed her skills and her sense of humor. She has the ability to put the ordinary in an extraordinary light while seamlessly balancing heroic yet natural compositions. No matter what the circumstances she manages to find those honest, real moments. With a focus on portraiture and lifestyle imagery, her photographs appear in newspapers and magazines worldwide, from W Magazine to the Associated Press, The New York Times to Vogue. A graduate from Princeton University, she hails from Washington, D.C., but now resides in New York with her photojournalist husband, their son, and two French Bulldogs. In June 2015, Hipstamatic worked together with Victoria Will to produce the Stand Up to Cancer GoodPak consisting of a lens, Victoria and a film, Stand Up.


Chris Hornbecker

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 aka Chunky

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 Hipstamatic.


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".


Jury-2016-Elijah-NouvelageElijah Nouvelage

Elijah Nouvelage is an award-winning photojournalist based in Oakland, California. His Madagascar work was featured by Apple in their 'shot on iPhone' ad campaign, and formed the inspiration for the Madagascar Hipstapak, which includes the Elijah lens. Elijah's images have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Wired, Newsweek, and The Nation, among others.



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


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-patrickPatrick Baz

Patrick Baz started as a freelance photojournalist in 1982. In 1986, as a young visual enthusiast, he founded, along with three childhood friends, Pikasso, a Lebanon based leading out-of-home advertising company. In 1989, Agence France-Presse (AFP) assigned him as chief-photographer in Jerusalem, where he set up the first network of Palestinian photojournalists. In 1996, he built and managed AFP’s photo network and photo desk in the MENA region. An award-winning photographer, he covered the world’s major conflicts as a photographer and a team leader on the ground. Patrick Baz sat on different prestigious photojournalism, photography and journalism juries. He is now in charge of developing AFP-services in the MENA region.


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.



They are in fact… Hipstamatic:



Ryan Dorshorst
President and co-founder, Hipstamatic

(Read his interview here)


Lucas Buick
CEO and co-founder, Hipstamatic

(Read his interview here)


Aravind Kaimal
Creative Director, Hipstamatic

(Read his interview here)


Mario Estrada
Director of Fun, Hipstamatic

(Read his interview here)


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.


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