Judging Panel

Our judging panel has been selected for their range of styles and artistic approaches. The panel represents some of the most experienced and respected figures in the landscape photography field today. Many of these photographers have made outstanding contributions throughout long careers while others are blazing new trails and creating excitement within the photographic community.

Joe Cornish

Yorkshire, UK

Although he has his own gallery and has been exhibited widely, books are the heart of Joe Cornish’s photographic output. First Light, a Landscape Photographers Art, is one of the best-loved landscape photography books of the modern era. He wrote and photographed Scotland’s Coast, and the critically acclaimed Scotland’s Mountains. He has had a DVD (With Landscape in Mind) and a book (Joe Cornish, A Photographer at Work) made about him.

His written work appears frequently in online photography magazine, On Landscape, (of which he is a co-founder) and he is an experienced public speaker who has hosted the Natural History Museum‘s Understanding Photography evenings since 2011. Joe is part of the elite group, The world’s 40 most influential Nature Photographers, listed by Outdoor Photography magazine in 2010, and he has appeared on television as a presenter and photographic expert. He has been a judge on Wildlife Photographer of the Year and is an honorary Fellow of the RPS and one of the RPS distinctions panel adjudicators.


William Neill

California, USA

William Neill, an American photographer and resident of Yosemite National Park area since 1977, is a renowned nature and landscape photographer. Neill’s award-winning photography has been widely published in books, magazines, calendars, posters, and his limited-edition prints have been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries nationally. Neill has received the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography.

Neill’s assignment and published credits include National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, National Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Gentlemen’s Quarterly, Travel and Leisure, Wilderness, Sunset, Sierra and Outside magazines.  Also, he writes a regular column, On Landscape, for Outdoor Photographer magazine.  Feature articles about his work have appeared in Life, Outdoor Photographer and Communication Arts.  His corporate clients have included Sony Japan, Canon USA, Nike, Nikon, and The Nature Company.

He is the photographic author of many books including The Sense of Wonder, The Tree, By Nature’s Design, The Color of Nature, Traces of Time, Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness, Landscapes Of The Spirit, William Neill – Photographer, a Retrospective, and Light on the Landscape.


Sarah Marino

Colorado, USA

Sarah Marino is a full-time nature photographer, photography educator, and writer who splits her time between a home base in rural southwestern Colorado in the United States and nomadic traveling in an Airstream trailer. Sarah’s portfolio features a diverse range of subjects including grand landscapes, intimate landscapes, abstract renditions of nature, and creative portraits of plants and trees. Sarah’s teaching, through speaking and in-person workshops, ebooks, and video tutorials, focuses on personal expression, seeing opportunities in any landscape, photographing nature’s small scenes, and a slow style of photography focused on exploration and connecting with nature. Sarah is a co-founder of the Nature First Photography Alliance and she seeks to promote the conservation and stewardship of wild places through her photography and teaching.


Alister Benn

Scotland, UK

Alister Benn is a Scottish landscape photographer, writer and musician living in the far west of Scotland with his wife Ann Kristin. Together they run Expressive Photography, which is focussed on online learning and small workshops. Alister’s approach to the landscape is on an emotional level, where each line, texture, colour or atmospheric element has an emotional counterpoint in the viewer. Landscape photography is an experiential art form, layered with perspective and the urge to articulate something of that wonder through skilful presentation.

Over the years he has been awarded first prizes in some of the world’s most renowned competitions including the MML and the Px3.


Alex Noriega

Oregon, USA

Alex Noriega is a professional nature photographer traveling full-time throughout the United States in an RV. He has spent the last decade photographing the mountains, deserts, and forests of the American West, with a particular focus on the Colorado Plateau. Whilst he became known through his spectacular grand landscape work he now prefers to feature more subtle, intimate scenes and subjects, with a goal of conveying a sense of mystery and sparking the viewer’s imagination. In 2016, Alex won first place in three major competitions: International Landscape Photographer of the Year, USA Landscape Photographer of the Year, and the Epson Pano Awards.


Adam Gibbs

British Columbia, Canada

Adam has been a professional photographer since 1991. His work has been used extensively internationally both as fine art and within commercial applications. Most notably, Adam’s photographs could be found in four gardening magazines, published nine times a year by Cornwall Publishing. Between 1995 and 2015, Adam had thousands of images published in Gardens West, Gardens East and Gardens Central magazines. Adam has also had over two hundred covers of the same titles. Other notable publication credits include the highly celebrated book “Planet Earth” published by the BBC, Nature’s Best, Fine Cooking, Fine Gardening and Outdoor Photographer magazines. More recently, Adam has been busy running his highly successful YouTube channel, Adam Gibbs Photography sharing his love of the outdoors and, of course, nature photography. Awards include several from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards, Epson Pano awards and most notably, in 2018, Adam was awarded the title of International Landscape Photographer of the Year.


Stefan Forster


Stefan Forster is a professional landscape photographer from Switzerland known for his grand scenics of international destinations. A keen outdoorsman and hiker, his images often reveal unusual or remote viewpoints during challenging and rare weather events. He has been flying large drones with gimbal operated SLRs since 2012. His aerial videography has led to regular work with Google and the BBC and can be viewed on his popular YouTube channel. He is the owner and tour operator of one of Europe’s biggest photography schools, Photocube GmbH. He is a Nikon Ambassador.


Sandra Bartocha


Sandra Bartocha is a German photographer, speaker and author specializing in natural landscapes as well as abstract work, with the specific aim of creating images that evoke an emotional response. Sandra is vice president of the German Society for Nature Photography (GDT) and chief-editor of the magazine GDT Forum Naturfotografie. Her pictures have received prizes in numerous competitions – including the Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the International Photography Awards. She was one of the photographic team on the pan-European Wild Wonders of Europe initiative.