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Meet the Jury

David Allan Brandt


David Allan Brandt is known internationally as a creative photographer with a keen eye for combining art and advertising. His commercial work, along with his personal projects that range from the conventional to the abstract, always search for using the ordinary to create an extraordinary expression of life and art. His images have won him over 150 national awards from American Photography, Applied Arts, Archive, Communication Arts, Graphis, IPA, PDN and many more as well as having his work featured in several of these and other books, publications and exhibitions.

Shana Darnell

Photo Editor
Turner Broadcasting/CNN

Shana Darnell, a photo editor at Turner Broadcasting/CNN, has over twenty years of experience in the visual arts. Darnell earned a BFA in photography from the Atlanta College of Art. Her passion led her to Paris, where she worked in the fashion industry, then New York City, where she worked for Condé Nast, Corbis and Gamma. At Turner Broadcasting/CNN, her contributions have been recognized by Peabody and Communication Arts. Darnell is currently preparing creative for the 2012 election and building her portfolio of portrait work.

Jim Genell

Vice President/Associate Creative Director
Leo Burnett Chicago

Jim Genell is vice president, associate creative director at Leo Burnett in Chicago. Genell got his start in the ad business working as a photo assistant for Kurt Lauer, a well-revered photographer in Chicago. After working at Sears Roebuck's in-house agency in Chicago, Genell attended The Portfolio Center and eventually landed a job at Leo Burnett. After nineteen years with Burnett, Genell considers himself to be fortunate working alongside the best talent and getting exposed to the best work this industry has to offer.

Sarah Leen

Senior Photo Editor
National Geographic

After nearly twenty years working as a freelance photographer for National Geographic, Sarah Leen joined the magazine staff as a senior photo editor in 2004. Leen graduated with a BA in fine arts from the University of Missouri, Columbia and continued there with graduate studies at the School of Journalism. Leen has won numerous awards for her photography in the Pictures of the Year (POYi) and World Press Photos competitions. In 2007 and 2008 she won first place Magazine Picture Editing Portfolio from POYi and several individual Best of Photojournalism editing awards in 2010.

David Meredith

Pilot New York

A former art director at Martha Stewart Omnimedia and founder of the design firm Pilot New York, David Meredith is also a photographer whose clients include Ralph Lauren and Anthropologie. Meredith studied design and photography simultaneously at Brigham Young University. He has designed magazines, packaged products and worked on TV commercials from Vermont to Buenos Aires. His award-winning work has been featured in AIGA, The Art Directors Club, Communications Arts, The One Show, Type Directors Club and many others. He also tells very funny stories (like the one about Nan Talese and Helmet Newton).