The Judges

Final judging panel

Russ O’Connell - Picture Editor, The Sunday Times Magazine
Russ O’Connell Picture Editor, The Sunday Times Magazine

Russ O’Connell is the Picture Editor of the prestigious Sunday Times Magazine; his latest step in a fifteen year career forged within the photographic and magazine publishing sectors.

He worked for some of the biggest consumer publications in the UK Market, before fulfilling a lifelong career ambition of working for the longest standing colour newspaper magazine, The Sunday Times, famed for its history of printing the best in photojournalism, portraiture and photographic essays. He has worked with some of the biggest photographers in the world, both in the UK and abroad, commissioning assignments ranging from high-end celebrity portraiture and fashion shoots to in-depth reportage photography. He has been interviewed by the BBC, CH5 and has partaken in numerous editorial interviews about his career as a picture editor.

Russ has previously been on the judging panel for the Sony World Photography Awards, Amnesty International media awards, and judged for The Royal Photographic Society for their annual print awards.

Nigel Atherton - Group Editor, Time Inc (UK)
Nigel Atherton Group Editor, Time Inc (UK)

Nigel Atherton joined Amateur Photographer, the world’s oldest consumer photography magazine, as a Technique Writer in 1994 and has been Editor since 2013. 

Prior to becoming a photography journalist, Nigel had a career as a professional photographer, working in a variety of photographic fields.

Nigel enjoys many photographic genres, especially landscapes, travel, reportage, nature and portraiture. Nigel believes that there are many potential ingredients to a successful photograph, including great light, perfect timing, an interesting story and a well-observed composition, and in order for him to connect with an image it needs to excel in at least one of these areas, preferably with a dash of originality.

Jasmine Teer - Photographic Manager at VisitBritain
Jasmine Teer Photographic Manager, VisitBritain

Jasmine Teer provides shoot management for VisitBritain, the UK's National Tourism Agency and manages their online collection of over 50,000 images. She has produced and art directed hundreds of shoots throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands, working with some of the best photographers in the UK.

Jasmine previously curated the Britain on View exhibition and is currently a mentor for the Young Photographers’ Alliance.

Steve Watkins - Editor of Outdoor Photography, photographer & writer
Steve Watkins Editor of Outdoor Photography, photographer & writer

Steve Watkins is the editor of Outdoor Photography magazine, and has been a professional photographer and author for over 18 years. His work has taken him to over 70 countries and every continent. He is the photographer and co-author of three international bestselling BBC books in their Unforgettable Things to do series. Among his other editorial clients are the Daily Telegraph, the Times, Mail on Sunday, Sunday Express, USA Today, Wanderlust, Traveller, Country Walking and Geographical.

Steve is a sought-after speaker and has given lectures at all of the main UK travel and outdoor shows, several literary festivals and at numerous bookstores. He has appeared on television, including arts programme interviews on ITV, on the BBC's Tomorrow's World and on C4 as the race director for the UK's first ever winter adventure race. He has also featured on many radio programmes, giving interviews and taking part in travel related discussions. He is also the Director of Photography for the Travellers' Tales Festival.

Steve regularly shares his knowledge and experience via photography and writing workshops.

James Tims - Art and Production Manager, AA Publishing

James Tims Art Director, AA Publishing

James has been a travel photographer for 20 years and, as such, has an unfaltering passion for inspirational and emotive photography.

His relationship with AA Publishing as art director, international photographer, picture library manager and reprographics & imaging specialist, spans almost his entire career. With a key focus to supervise and unify the vision, he is principally tasked with the management of new titles from concept to bookshelf, providing a strong creative steer on all aspects of the publishing programme; both in print and across digital platforms.

Having been involved in the production of the LPOTY book for ten years, James is very much looking forward to joining the judging panel for this year’s competition, believing that original photography of the British landscape is a joy to behold and a vital part of our communication with nature.
Charlie Waite - Head judge, Landscape Photographer and Awards Founder

Charlie Waite Head judge, Landscape Photographer and Awards Founder

Charlie Waite is firmly established as one of the world’s leading landscape photographers. He has held numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious venues in the UK, Japan and the USA and his photographs are held in private and corporate collections throughout the world. With over 30 books to his name, Charlie’s distinctive images have received wide critical acclaim over many years. A sought-after writer, public speaker and television presenter, he has featured in numerous photographic and broadsheet publications, DVDs and television programmes on photography.

Through his company Light & Land, he continues to encourage lovers of photography to seek the enormous enrichment that can be found by engaging with the landscape.

He founded the ‘Landscape Photographer of the Year’ Awards in 2006 and they tie in perfectly with his desire to share his passion and appreciation of the beauty of our world.

Plus 2 further judges to be confirmed




Interim judging panel

Damien Demolder Photographer & Journalist

Damien Demolder started his photographic professional life at the age of 18 and is a photographer, journalist and consultant, having been editor of Amateur Photographer magazine for seven years.

With interests in all areas of photography, Damien does not have a favourite subject, only subjects he is currently concentrating on. At the moment his efforts are going into landscapes and social documentary, as he runs popular street photography courses. When judging photography competitions Damien looks for signs of genuine talent or hard work. Originality is important, as is demonstrating a real understanding of the subject and an ability to capture it in a realistic manner. He says ‘Drama is always eye-catching, but often it is the subtle, calm and intelligent images that are more pleasing and enduring.’

Robin Bernard Director, Bayeux

Robin founded Bayeux, the London West End pro-photo lab, fourteen years ago and it is still going strong today. He is involved in every aspect of photographic post-production, for every genre of photographer. He has been heavily involved in digital imaging since the early days in the nineties but still enjoys getting his hands wet in the darkroom, hand-printing black and white fibre prints that remain popular. Robin admires images that reflect the tranquil peace of the British landscape but is inspired by technical excellence regardless of location.

Charlie Waite Head judge, Landscape Photographer and Awards Founder

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Primary selection panel

To be confirmed