Renowned Photographers Join Through Your Lens 2011 Judging Panel

March 01, 2011 | Written By:


We are very excited to announce this year’s judges for the Through Your Lens contest! In addition to excellent student and teacher judges, our panel includes several renowned photograhers who will bring their experience and perspective to selecting student winners for this year's contest. We are so excited to have these amazing judges on board!

Check out their bios below, and be sure to share a photo to show the world what you see every day at school: the good parts, the troubling parts, the things you’re proud of and the things you’d like to change. The deadline for submissions is March 7.

To submit your photo and learn more, visit

Thank you to our photographer judges:

Callie Shell. Callie Shell has been a contract photographer for Time magazine since 2001. Most recently she followed President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and produced a book, “Obama: Path to the White House.” Previously she served eight years as the official photographer for Vice President Al Gore under the Clinton/Gore White House and she was a staff photographer at The Pittsburgh Press, USA Today and the Nashville Tennessean. Her work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington; the Leica Gallery in New York; the Los Angeles Public Library; the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh and at Visa pour L'Image in Perpignan, France.

Matt Slaby. Matt Slaby is a photographer based in Denver, Colorado. Slaby interned at U.S. News & World Report, covering the 2006 congressional elections and the Washington, D.C. political circuit, including the White House and U.S. Capitol. He has a background in writing and literature and holds a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Slaby brings his diverse background to the field of photography and journalism and is particularly passionate about making social justice issues accessible to the greater public. His current photographic efforts are divided between the Rocky Mountain West and Latin America. A selection of his clients includes U.S. News & World Report, TIME, Newsweek, Newsweek Poland, The Wall Street Journal, NEON Magazine, SPIN, Outdoor Life and Human Rights Campaign. You can see Matt's work here

Ami Vitale. Best known for her cultural documentation, Ami Vitale has received recognition from World Press Photos, POYi, Lucie Awards and the South Asian Journalists Association presented her with the Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting. She has been named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association, and Photo District News recognized her as one of 30 image makers of the future. Her stories have been awarded grants including the first-ever Inge Morath grant by the prestigious Magnum Photos, The Canon female photojournalist award for her work in Kashmir, and the Alexia Foundation for World Peace. Vitale’s photographs have been exhibited around the world and published in prestigious international magazines.Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic and Adventure and is a Knight Center Professional in Residence at the University of Miami. Her work can be viewed online here.


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