Frank Miller is a picture editor and staff photographer at The Irish Times. Frank has covered a wide range of domestic and foreign assignments for the newspaper and is a three-times winner of the overall AIB/ PPAI Photojournalist of the Year Award. His foreign assignments have included the Diana funeral, flooding in Sudan, the Kurdish crisis in Iran/Iraq after the first gulf war, the genocide in Rwanda, the plight of the Palestinians in Lebanon, ethical tourism issues in Cambodia. His recent coverage of the situation of the minority Hmong ethnic group in the extreme north of Vietnam resulted in an exhibition in the Irish Aid centre in Dublin and in the Dublin Central Library as part of the PhotoIreland Festival.
Amaia Arenzana is the overall winner of last year’s Irish Times Amateur Photographer of the Year Awards, also achieving first and third prize in the Open Category. She is a graduate of UCD (MSc) and during a career break as a family therapist to raise her young family she took up photography in 2008. Photography has become a very important tool to express her creativity and the way she sees the world around her. Her fascination in the array of different ways of photographic expression, has brought her focus to analogue photography and working with a variety of photographic mediums.
Des Clinton is a Fellow of both the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain and the Irish Photographic Federation. In 2010 he gained the Master’s distinction in photography with the world body of photography FIAP. Des is a Fotospeed lecturer and is currently on the RPS distinction’s travel panel and chairman of the IPF distinction’s panel. Des has been taking photographs for almost 40 years of the people, landscape, culture and troubles in Ireland. His highly acclaimed works have won him many accolades and awards at national and international level over this time. He has represented Ireland at International level in photography over 50 times and was recently presented the prestigious Fenton Medal of the RPS for his photography. Des loves to look at other photographers’ images and share his own images with photographers.
John Duncan studied Documentary photography in Newport with David Hurn and Fine Art Photography at Glasgow School of Art with Thomas Joshua Cooper. He has been editing Source Photographic magazine for over eighteen years. Since graduating in 1991 he has pursued his own photographic career and his work has been shown at The Photographers' Galley London, The Gallery of Photography Dublin and The Museum of contemporary Photography Chicago. His book Bonfires was published by Steidl in 2008. He has been Chair of Belfast Exposed Photographic Gallery for the last two years and is on the Board of The Belfast Photo Festival.
Brenda Fitzsimons is a staff photographer with The Irish Times who has won numerous awards including the prestigious AIB/PPAI Photojournalist of the Year Award and the A.T.Cross Photographer of the Year. Her work has brought her on many assignments around the world including Afghanistan, Libya, Bangladesh, Malawi and the earthquake in Haiti where her work was exhibited in the Gallery of Photography. She has recently returned from Sierra Leone where she worked on the 1000Days project with Concern. Brenda instigated the book 'Caught On Camera' a project where schoolchildren documented their lives in the Dublin Docklands. The publication won the Business to Arts Award.
Ángel Luis González is the founder and Director of PhotoIreland, an Irish organisation dedicated to promote critical thinking around Photography, and a deeper engagement with the Visual Arts, to enhance a wider visual literacy. The organisation celebrates a festival every year in July, highlighting through a proposed theme the works of national and international artists. The event involves individuals and organisations in a celebration of Photography, with many participative events for general audiences. Ángel Luis initiated in 2011 'The Library Project', a collection of publications around Photography, the core of a public resource library already holding over 700 items from 150 publishers worldwide. Nominated for the David Manley Entrepreneur Award in 2011, Ángel Luis won the Arts category for his work in PhotoIreland.
Following six years as Editor of 'Circa', Ireland's leading journal of visual culture, Tanya Kiang became the Director of the Gallery of Photography in 1998. She is responsible for exhibition curation with Trish Lambe and has curated acclaimed exhibitions by Jackie Nickerson 'Ten Miles Round' (Winner of the AIB Prize); John Gerrard 'New Work in New Media'; Anthony Haughey 'Disputed Territory'; Richard Torchia / O’Donnell+Tuomey 'camera obscura installation'; Simon Burch 'Under a Grey Sky', and Noel Bowler, 'Making Space' She is a Nominator or Jury Member for numerous national and international artists awards and commissions including the new SHOWCASE award, the New YorkPhoto Festival Awards, Prix Pictet, DLR Commissions and others.
Barry McCall is a photographer whose love for classic art, old movies and fashion has been a constant source of inspiration for his work, leading to commissions from creative agencies such as Ogilvy & Mather, RedWorks and McCann Erickson and his clients include Coca Cola, Bulova, Heineken, Miller, Vodafone and Sony. His work has appeared internationally in magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and UK Tatler.
Along with some of the world's top supermodels, including Claudia Schiffer, Helena Christensen, Yasmin Le Bon, Sophie Dahl and Erin O'Connor, Barry has worked with everyone from Richard Branson to Colin Farrell, Black Eyed Peas, Michael Fassbender, Liam Neeson, U2 and Gabriel Byrne.
He recently published a 20 year retrospective entitled Pho20graphy – in aid of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – which showcases a style that celebrates the very best of fashion and celebrity, pushing the boundaries of technique and vision to create true works of art. Barry brings a sense of elegance to Irishness and Irishness to elegance.
Daniel V (Danny) McCaughan is a partner in Kernel Capital (based in Cork) and a Fellow of the Royal and Irish Academies of Engineering. The gift of an SLR for his 30th birthday fuelled a lifelong passion and addiction for photography. He worked with imaging devices for the first Picturephones, has patents in imaging, and led large teams building CCD chips and digital imaging systems. The 2011 President of the Northern Ireland PhotographicAssociation, he gained his Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society in 2009. He is fascinated by Natural History, Contemporary, and Scientific imaging and photography, but has interests across all aspects of photography.
Michael O'Sullivan is the incoming president of the Irish Photographic Federation, and is a very experienced photographer in both the amateur and professional arenas, having had his work published both nationally and internationally. He produces Landscape, fashion, commercial and portrait work, but is best known for his personal work, which may be described as "Fantasy themed conceptual Art". Stylistically, his work references the painters of the Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic eras, as well as the great fantasy artists of the 20th century, but retains a unique signature. His current obsession is his "Fallen Angels" series, which is a vehicle for his view of the world, and Humanity's place in it. He is a Fellow of the Irish Photographic Federation, and a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. Michael is a member of the Adjudication panel for photographic distinctions with the Irish Photographic Federation. He is an experienced photography teacher: a popular lecturer and speaker in Ireland and the UK. He leads workshops for photographers at all levels, including master-classes for advanced photographers. He has judged competitions throughout both Ireland and the UK, and as far afield as Canada.