2021 Photo Contest Judges

Meet the Judges

 Jennifer Coombes

After working as a professional photojournalist for Knight Ridder and other Midwest publications, in 2008 Jennifer came to Colorado to work as a freelance photojournalist and full-time journalism instructor for Jennifer-Coombes-headshot.jpgDenver Public Schools. While at DPS, Jennifer developed a multimedia program that became an award-winning journalism and digital storytelling pre-collegiate success story that led to multi-million dollar STEM donations from the private sector. Students from this program have attended Colorado College as well as universities across the state and nation. In 2014 Jennifer took a break from her career to attend graduate school at Ohio University's Scripps School of Visual Communication where she studied multimedia, design and interactive design and received a Masters in Visual Communications Management. While at Ohio University, Jennifer won a spot in the 2016 Athens International Film Festival for documentary shorts and a scholarship from the National Press Photographers Foundation that allowed her to do an in-depth project on coastal Maine. Previous to her graduate work, Jennifer attended the University of Missouri-Columbia's School of Journalism where she got a Bachelors of Journalism with an emphasis in Photojournalism and studied abroad at Imperial College in London where she interned as a travel photographer.

In addition to working as Colorado College's photographer and photo editor, Jennifer enjoys working in film and hopes to continue creating meaningful stories through that medium. She also loves the outdoors and sewing projects, lots of sewing projects.


Josh Raab

Josh-Raab_20190621_600.jpgJosh Raab is Director of Instagram at National Geographic. Previously, Josh worked at TIME as a Photo and Multimedia Editor. He has also been an adjunct professor at the International Center of Photography. Josh started out as a photographer covering the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings and Hurricane Sandy, then transitioned into editing by founding Jay Peg’s Photo Pub., an online and print publication for emerging photographers.





Stephen Weaver

Stephen Weaver is an award-winning photographer with over 40 years experience making images of the natural world. Formally educated as a geologist, Steve combines his scientific knowledge with his photographic abilities to produce stunning images that illustrate the beauty of the structure and composition of the earth and its natural systems.SteveWeaverheadshot.jpg

Stephen grew up in Pennsylvania and from an early age developed a passion for nature and the outdoors. As an undergraduate geology  student, he first visited the Rocky Mountains where he fell in love with the mountain environment and the wide-open grand landscapes of the West. Steve currently photographs throughout North America with a major emphasis on mountain, desert and prairie environments. He is particularly known for his evocative & artful images of grasses and the prairie environment.  View his work at Stephen-Weaver.com

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