Abstract & Conceptual

Judged by Steven Benson

Steven Benson, professor of photography/videography and chairman of the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies at Daytona State College: Benson has a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the College for Creative Studies and a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art. 

Benson’s work is represented in numerous collections including: the Museum of Fine Art in Houston, Detroit Institute of Arts, Bibliotheque Nationale in France, Centre Georges Pompidou, Museet for Fotokunst-Denmark.

Solo exhibitions of Benson’s photography include the Centre Georges Pompidou and events in Argentina, South Korea, Germany, Syria, Poland, China and Denmark.  A retrospective of his work was on view at the Southeast Museum of Photography in 2012.

Benson is an associate curator for the SE Museum of Photography;

“Roger Ballen: in Retrospect – Four Decades of Photography and Video” (2016) and “Mind Over Matter: The Photography of Arno Raphael Minkkinen” (2017). 

Benson also has served on the National Board of Directors of the Society for Photographic Education and is currently vice president of the Board of Directors of ASMP Greater Florida and vice president of the Board of Directors of SNAP! SPACE ORLANDO.


Judged by Adam Mead

Adam Mead, landscape/beach photographer: Mead started a design business in 2007 and took out a personal loan to buy his first camera. He documented his children's lives and destinations he traveled to with his family. Mead began to find beauty in even the most ordinary objects. In essence, a black box of buttons and glass gave Mead a deeper sense of gratitude for the wonderful world around him.

Mead's images are intended to be more than just fine art photography for the home or office. They are an opportunity to celebrate the same wonderment and exploration that he and his family found. It's seeing the world differently and desiring the spirit of discovery from the comfort of your own base camp.

Nature & Wildlife

Judged by Ed Scott

Ed Scott, Brevard County wildlife and landscape photographer: Scott decided to become a landscape photographer following his first trip to Alaska in 2006.

Captivated by the breathtaking beauty of Alaska, Scott started taking landscape photographs of Florida. Although Florida doesn’t mountains, canyons, and great waterfalls that are found in other parts of the country, Scott started photographing birds during the winter months to pass the time. The next thing he knew, he was hooked. Though Scott still loves landscape photography, much of his time is now dedicated to capturing the image of birds in their natural habitat.

Scott’s goal is to create fine art through photography. He says fine art is a visual image that captures one's eye from across a room and draws one to it for a closer look. Then, it compels one to say: "I Love It!"

Portrait and Street Photography

Judged by Doug Tessler

Doug Tessler, professional videographer and photographer: Tessler began his career in the early 1980s and has been behind the lens for most of the modern cinematic evolution. He has worked on national broadcast productions for major news outlets including PBS, HBO, NBC, CBS and ESPN. 

In his commercial career, Tessler has produced spots for major brands and his skill behind the lens brings a level of quality to every project. His talents have landed him gigs in the professional music scene where he has provided camera work for musicians like Duran Duran, Damian Marley, Common, Daft Punk and many others.  

Tessler, who also is a talented musician that can play just about any type of flute, resides in Boca Raton with his wife Simm.