The Jurors: By Category

Image by Thomas Alleman, Critical Mass 2015 Top 50

“Multiple publishers have approached me about doing a book, and the feedback from Critical Mass jurors helped me tailor my edit for contests and a book dummy. Thank you!”
—Theo Stroomer

“Because of entering Critical Mass I received a gallery show at Blue Sky Gallery this December. Just a couple of years ago I would have never dreamed of this opportunity – so thanks, Critical Mass!”
—Calvin Chen

Every year, we strive to build a Critical Mass jury that represents a wide cross section of the photo world. We enlist 200 professionals from galleries, museums, publishing houses, magazines, nonprofits, festivals (and beyond) to weigh in on participating photographers’ images. We want to give photographers the chance to share their work with a diversity of industry professionals – folks who are poised to offer a rich variety of career-building opportunities. As we’ve seen every year, Critical Mass is an instrumental platform for photographers looking to get their work out there. We thought we’d break down the juror list to illustrate how strong the representation is in each of the core categories of the photo world. Read on, below.

And remember – Critical Mass is currently open for entries! Read the success stories, check out the entry details, and start your engines! The entry deadline is July 19th at noon Pacific Time.


Peggy Sue Amison (East Wing, Dubai), Christina Androulidaki (CAN Gallery), Regina Anzenberger (Anzenberger Agency & Gallery), James Barker (PhotoPlace Gallery), Zemie Barr (Blue Sky Gallery & Wolff Gallery), Ellee Bokharachi (Tilt Gallery), Brie Castell (Castell Photography Gallery), Ed Carey (Studio 291), Daniel Cooney (Daniel Cooney Fine Art), Stacey McCarrol Cutshaw (Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography), Karen Davis (Davis Orton Gallery), Shelley de Soto (De Soto Gallery), Jennifer DeCarlo (JDC Fine Art), Monique Deschaines (Equinom Projects), Christa W. Dix (Wall Space Gallery), Heidi Erdmann (The Photographers Gallery ZA), Terry Etherton (Etherton Gallery), Melanie Flood (Melanie Flood Projects), Harris Fogel (University of the Arts), Yumi Goto (Reminders Photography Stronghold), Michael & Chelsea V. Granger (LightBox Photographic), Leslie Hammons (Weinstein Gallery), Lisa Janes (Alibi Fine Art), Todd Johnson (Black Box Gallery), Sharon Lavier O’Keefe (Camerawork Gallery), Arlette Kayafas (Gallery Kayafas), Eric J. Keller (Soulcatcher Studio), Anne Kelly (Photo-Eye Gallery), Paul Kopeikin (Kopeikin Gallery), Olivia Lahs-Gonzales (The Sheldon Art Galleries), Pilar Law (Edition One Gallery), Benjamin Levy (Henry Art Museum), Stu Levy (Portland Art Museum & Photolucida), Dina Mitrani (Dina Mitrani Gallery), Susan Nalband (555 Gallery), Chantel Paul (San Diego State University Downtown Gallery), Rixon Reed (Photo-Eye & Art Photographer Index), Dana Salvo (Clark Gallery), Danny Sanchez (Themes and Projects), Tina Schelhorn (Galerie Lichtblick), Martha Schneider (Schneider Gallery), Jennifer Schlesinger (Verve Gallery of Photography), Randall Scott (Randall Scott Projects), Christina Spielvogel (Blue Sky Gallery Exhibition Committee), Susan Spiritus (Susan Spiritus Gallery), Gordon Stettinius (Candela Books & Gallery), Claire Sykes (Circuit Gallery), Lisa Woodward (Pictura Gallery)


Jamie M. Allen (George Eastman House), Theresa Bembnister (Akron Art Museum), Howard Bossen (Michigan State University Museum), Zora Carrier (Florida Museum of Photographic Arts), Natasha Egan (Museum of Contemporary Photography), Draženka Jalšić Ernečić (Koprivnica Museum), Roy Flukinger (Harry Ransom Center), Kristen Gresh (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), Mazie M. Harris (J. Paul Getty Museum), Divya Rao Heffley & Dan Leers (Carnegie Museum of Art), Joey Herring (Museum of Photographic Arts), Dennis Kiel (Dishman Art Museum), Cathy Kimball (San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art), Linde B. Lehtinen (SFMOMA), Russell Lord (New Orleans Museum of Art), Richard McCabe (Ogden Museum of Southern Art), Kevin Miller (Southeast Museum of Photography), George Olson (Portland Art Museum Photography Council), Even Schillo (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), Becky Senf (Phoenix Art Museum & Center for Creative Photography), Sujong Song (The Photography Museum, Seoul), Nathaniel Stein (Philadelphia Museum of Art), Lisa J. Sutcliffe (Milwaukee Art Museum), Barbara Tannenbaum (Cleveland Museum of Art), Paula Tognarelli (Griffin Museum of Photography), Lisa M. Volpe (Wichita Art Museum), Katherine Ware (New Mexico Museum of Art), April M. Watson (Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art), Francine Weiss (Fitchburg Art Museum), Tim Wride (Norton Museum of Art), Yuko Yamaji (Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts)


Alexa Becker (Kehrer Verlag Publishers), Mary Bisbee-Beek (Read/See Publicity and Marketing & Photolucida), Maggie Blanchard (Twin Palms Publishers), Liz Bordow (Palm Press), Bridget Coaker (Troika Editions), Luca Desienna (Gomma Books), Andrew Fedynak (Zatara Press), Mary Goodwin (Waltz Books), Nick Haymes (Little Big Man Books & Gallery), Joanna Hurley (Hurley Media), Michael Itkoff (Daylight Books & Fabl), John Jenkins (Decode Books), Misha Kominek (Kominek Books), Nion McAvoy (Chronicle Books), Michelle Dunn Marsh (Minor Matters Books & Photo Center Northwest), Bill Schwab (North Light Press), Rob Shaeffer (Princeton Architectural Press)


Anna Goldwater Alexander (Wired), Daphné Anglès (New York Times, Paris Bureau), Simon Banbridge (British Journal of Photography & Apptitude Media), Jacqueline Bates (California Sunday Magazine), Lars Boering (World Press Photo), Kate Bubacz (BuzzFeed), Susan Burnstine (Black and White Photography Magazine), Donna Cohen (Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine), Christophe Dillinger (Square Magazine), Dustin Drankoski (Mashable), Caroline Hunter (Weekend Magazine, The Guardian), Stacey Clarkson James (Harper’s Magazine), Christy Karpinski (F-Stop Magazine), Kat Kiernan (Don’t Take Pictures Magazine), Sarah Kobos (BuzzFeed Life), Sarah Leen (National Geographic Society), Krista Prestek (GQ), Conor Risch & Rebecca Robertson (Photo District News), David Rosenberg (Slate Magazine), Anika Sabin (Capricious Magazine), Thea Traff (The New Yorker), Vaughn Wallace (Al Jazeera America), Manfred Zollner (FotoMagazin & FotoMagazin Edition)


Kyohei Abe (Detroit Center for Creative Photography), Yaelle Amir (Newspace Center for Photography), Alessandra Capodacqua (Fondazione Studio Marangoni), Linda Connor (PhotoAlliance & San Francisco Art Institute), Alexa Dilworth (Duke Center for Documentary Studies), Caroline Docwra & Bevin Bering Dubrowski (Houston Center for Photography), Luke Erickson (Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography), Nancy Farese (Catchlight), Joshua Farr (Vermont Center for Photography), Hannah Frieser (The Center for Photography at Woodstock), Hamidah Glasgow (The Center for Fine Art Photography), Tom Griggs (Fototazo), Jason Houston (International League of Conservation Photographers), Tsuyoshi Ito (Project Basho & Onward), Ann Jastrab (RayKo Photo Center), Guo Jing (International Photographers Association, Royal Photographic Society China), Samantha Johnston (Colorado Photographic Arts Center), Jessica Johnston (Visual Studies Workshop), Ryan Libre (Documentary Arts Asia), Sandee McGee (Umpqua Valley Arts Association), Lesley Meyer (Annenberg Space for Photography), Rodrigo Orrantia (Institute of International Visual Arts), Mary Anne Redding (Turchin Center for the Visual Arts), Thom Sempere (PhotoAlliance), Tate Shaw (Visual Studies Workshop), Amy Dailey Williams (New Orleans Photo Alliance)


Elizabeth Avedon (L’Oeil de la Photographie), Nathalie Belayche (Food for Your Eyes, Paris), Liza Faktor (Screen), Jon Feinstein (Humble Arts Foundation), Charles Guice (Converging Perspectives), Peter Johnson (Captured52), Graham Letorney (FotoVisura), Alejandro Malo (Zone Zero), Jeff Moorfoot (Beta: Developments in Photography), Katharina Mouratidi (Society for Humanistic Photography), Aline Smithson (Lenscratch), Judy Walgren (ViewFind), Pieter Wisse (500 Photographers), Alison Zavos (Feature Shoot)


Tuula Alajoki (Backlight Photo Festival), Baron Barnett (Photolucida), Sam Barzilay (United Photo Industries & Photoville), Carlos Carvalho (FestFoto International Festival of Photography, Brazil), Clara de Tezanos (GuatePhoto), Sarah Hadley (Photo Independent), Hélene Joye-Canard (Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography), Mindaugas Kavaliauskas (Kaunas Photo & F Galerija), Silvia Mangialardi (Encuentros Abiertos, Festival de la Luz), Laura Moya (Photolucida), Jennifer Murray (Filter Photo), Rachel Nusbaum (Photolucida & BorrowLenses), Laura Pressley (Center), Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (Festival of Political Photography), Arianna Rinaldo (Cortona on the Move International Photo Festival), Heidi Romano (Photo Book Melbourne), Mark Sink (Month of Photography, Denver), Takeki Sugiyama (Mt. Rokko International Photography Festival & Gallery Tanto Tempo), Mary Virginia Swanson (Look3 Festival of the Photograph & M.V. Swanson & Associates), Laura Valenti (Photolucida), Sarah Koenig Wagner (Medium), Michael Weir (Belfast Photo Festival)


Laura Elizabeth Andonian (Eye Forward), Leslie K. Brown (Independent Curator), Kathleen Clark (Independent Editor & Curator), Alyssa Coppelman (Independent Curator), Kayt Fitzmorris (Redeye Represents), Lydia Hess (Amber Lotus Publishing), Geoffrey Koslov (Foto Relevance), Michelle Lamuniere (Skinner Auctioneers & Appraisers), Larissa Leclair (Indie Photobook Library), Nadje Masri (Ostkreuzschule für Fotografie), Rick Pérez (O’Connor & Associates Art Advisors), Madeline Yale Preston (Photography Specialist, Writer, Independent Curator), Ariel Shanberg (Independent Curator), Jennifer Stoots (Stoots Appraising), Amy Wolf (CoEdit Collection), Del Zogg (Independent Curator)