11th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest


Margo Davis
Margo Davis is a freelance photographer living in Palo Alto. She teaches at both UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley Extension programs. Her popular photo workshop in Paris each July is sponsored by the Travel/Study program at UC Berkeley. She has photographed in the Caribbean, Africa, Brazil, Europe, Mexico and Asia. Her work is represented by the Scott Nichols Gallery in San Francisco. Her major publications include: "Antigua Black," "Portrait of an Island People"; "Women Writers of the West Coast" and "The Stanford Album, A Photographic History." Margo is currently working on a new book project. Her work has appeared in many publications, the most recent being in Black and White Magazine, January/February issue 2001.

David Hibbard
David Hibbard has been photographing the natural world for more than 35 years. Early in his career, a conversation with Ansel Adams encouraged him to find his own way as a photographic artist.
Today, David photographs extensively along the California and Washington coasts, exploring their tidepools, rock forms, changes of weather, and lush coastal canyons. He exhibits his work frequently in the Bay Area and teaches workshops at the Pacific Art League in Palo Alto.

Ellen Manchester
Ellen Manchester is an arts administrator, curator and editor. She hasworked at the Friends of Photography Ansel Adams Center, Fraenkel Gallery and the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y. She has served as a guest curator for the Oakland Museum, the de Young Museum and numerous nonprofit galleries and art centers. She was co-founder and project director of The Rephotographic Survey Project published as Second View. She and her husband, Robert Dawson, were co-directors of The Water in the West Project -- a collaborative photographic project addressing water issues in the American West. She was the author of Arid Waters: Photographs from the Water in the West Project; photographic editor for the book, Colorado:Visions of an American Landscape; and co-curator of the University of Colorado's exhibition and book The Great West: Real/Ideal.

Kate Robertson
Kate Robertson is the chief photographer at the Palo Alto Weekly.She holds an undergraduate degree in photocommunications from St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. She has been a teaching assistant for photographic workshops with organizations such as the Austin Museum of Art Laguna-Gloria and the Texas Photographic Society. She has done freelance work for publications ranging from Australian Elle Magazine to the Waco Tribune-Herald. Kate also volunteers her time as a photo coach for San Francisco State University photojournalism students as well as talking to various photo groups and University classes in the area. She has been with the Weekly for over two years.

A comment about this year's contest entries:

"Over and above the obvious -- compositional integrity, technical excellence and compelling content -- we, the judges, look for mystery, emotion and surprise -- all created by an artist, the photographer, who can 'paint with light.'

Past Photo Contest Winners

2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005
| 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 |1997

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