James McGavick
James McGavick 2016 Photography Judging Panel
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James McGavick

James McGavick

James has been interested in photography since his first trip to Ireland at the at of twelve. 40 countries later the “art of science” still intrigues him. After a year’s study at Brooks Institute of Photography he relocated, with his wife Corrie, to Charleston, SC, to open a studio specializing in the art of people; MCG Photography. With an appreciation for most all things water, James has never lived more than 10 minutes from a lake, river, inlet, sound or ocean. And this is reflected in much of his personal photography. In addition to private collections and a museum loan, he has been published with Architectural Digest, People and US Magazine. To see more of his work: www.jamesmcgavick.com
Brianna Stello
Brianna Stello 2016 Photography Judging Panel
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Brianna Stello

Brianna Stello

Brianna Stello began her photographic journey as a muse to her mother, in Cape Cod, MA. During her first trip abroad to Costa Rica she carried her mother's college 35mm cannon AE-1. It was then that her fascination to have the ability to still these moments in time began. She has spent a great deal of time immersed in the language, culture and waters of Central and South America. Her experiences abroad honed her already empathetic personality and expanded her artistic horizons. Brianna continues to travel for work and surf and makes time to create her Photography as art. Stello shoots editorials, advertisements, food, real estate, portraits, weddings and more. Brianna finds the diversity in her work keeps her sharp, inspired and challenged. She has been in business for 13 years now and her clients continue to find connection with her eye and spirit that lasts over time, like the quality of her images.
Tim McManus
Tim McManus 2016 Photography Judging Panel
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Tim McManus

Tim McManus

As the owner of Hed High Media a full service video production company with offices in Charleston, S.C. and Berkeley, California Tim's motto for life and business is #sleepwhenwearedead. As an avid surfer and photographer, Tim has the ability to elevate the myriad of Hed High Media with his enthusiasm for life. We are stoked to have Tim on board as a judge for the Carolina Surf Photographer of the Year Award!
Tanya Boggs
Tanya Boggs 2016 Photography Judging Panel
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Tanya Boggs

Tanya Boggs

Tanya Boggs has been an artist her entire life. After years of training as a modern dancer, she discovered her love of photography and later went on to receive an MFA in photography. Tanya's life has been shaped by her impulse to study art and to inspire and teach others to appreciate the craft. She has taught photography workshops and college classes nationwide and her fine art work has appeared in galleries and museums throughout the United States and Canada. When she's not in the studio, Tanya spends her free time riding motorcycles and surfing - hobbies that bring her just as much joy as her work. These pastimes are centered around a love for adventure, friends, good conversation, and a lot of laughter.
Bill Wolpert
Bill Wolpert 2016 Photography Judging Panel
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Bill Wolpert

Bill Wolpert

Bill Wolpert grew up in the cold water of NJ. His Mom would bring he and his brother to Manasquan Inlet to belly board which eventually yielded his infatuation with surfing. Bill moved South to go to college because the water was warm and there was no snow to shovel. He has been a Charleston transplant since 1994. While he discovered photography while in high school he has only become serious about it within the last 10 years. Bill is mostly focused on sports photography but still loves to capture landscapes, portraits and a wedding/engagement from time to time. You will often hear him mention that it is just “Another day in paradise," which is his view on life. He is always looking forward to the next swell!
Katherine Leonard
Katherine Leonard 2016 Photography Judging Panel
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Katherine Leonard

Katherine Leonard

I began my official career working in the Arts right out of college, as a freelance special events coordinator for such clients as The World Flag Project, Urban Glass, and Carnegie Hall. I eventually settled under the non-profit umbrella of the American Guild of Musical Artists, where I became Director of Development for almost 7 years. My passion for photography was fueled by my friendship with the founder of MTV, John Lack, who exposed me to fine art photography in New York City. John always encouraged me to follow the beat of my own drum. I soon immersed myself in the commercial side of the business of photography through my affiliation with freelance photographers, for whom I produced photo shoots around the globe. Merging art and commerce, I served as special projects liaison for world-renowned artist and photographer Peter Beard, from 1996-1998, helping him to mount and market his internationally acclaimed retrospective, Carnets Africains, first in Paris, and then in New York. Mr. Beard enlisted my expertise to help him produce his first portrait show at the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles. During this prolific partnership, I spearheaded a creative collaboration between investors/ art collectors and Mr. Beard, in the spirit of creating a colossal photography show at Il Duomo, in Milan, Italy. I then partnered with Rob Magnotta of Edgereps in NYC, as a producer and agent for five years, working with such notable photographers as Gentl & Hyers, Norman Jean Roy, Michael Lavine, Gerald Forster and Jeff Reidel. During this time, I served on the photography auction committee for Friends Without a Border, Kenro Izu’s non-profit, and, volunteered my time for GenArt. In late 2002, I left NYC to pursue my dream of obtaining a Master’s in Psychology in the city by the bay, San Francisco. Not only did I receive my M.S., I graduated as Academic Scholar of my class, for my contribution to the field of psychology. My field work merged photography and psychology to produce The Big Picture Kids, an award-winning, cutting-edge photography program for at-risk youth, with exhibits at the Bay Area Discovery Museum and the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art. Today, as I live and work in Charleston, I am fortunate to have been made President of the Renaissance Women of Charleston, a cultural, artistic and philanthropic group of women formed through the vision of Frank Russen, Director of the Principle Gallery of Charleston. Our monthly luncheon focuses on a specific artist, bringing in various local makers and cultural groups, while highlighting a local charity. All proceeds after costs are donated to that chosen charity each month. Stay tuned for many more upcoming events from this dynamic group! In my role as a Creative Consultant, I continue to mentor photographers, artists and small businesses toward reaching their highest potential.