Winning Images from the Jumpstart Your Photo Business Contest

Winning Images from the Jumpstart Your Photo Business Contest

Last week we announced all the winners from PhotoShelter’s Jumpstart Your Photography Business Contest. We told you a little bit about our Grand Prize Winner and Gold Winners, and now we want to showcase work from all our Silver Winners. Their stories, dedication to growing their businesses, and photography itself really stood out.

Paul Myers

Paul is a Hawaii-based photographer specializing in documentary photography. He is a Creative Contributor for and taught visual storytelling on Faculty in Visual Journalism at Brooks Institute. His short-form multimedia productions have appeared on the websites of USA Today and the San Jose Mercury News.

Photo by Paul Myers

Matilde Gattoni

Based between The United Arab Emirates and Lebanon, Matilde works as a photojournalist and corporate photographer. Her personal project focuses on water issues around the world, related to war, ecological and natural disasters, drought, desertification. Matilde’s clients include HSBC, Shell, Bosch, and Ferrari, and her editorial work has appeared in Time, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, and more.

Photo by Matilde Gattoni

Valerio Berdini

Valerio was born in Rome and is now resides in Cambridge, UK. His work spans documentary, music, event, and editorial photography, and he’s had numerous exhibitions worldwide as well as published several books.

Photo by Valerio Berdini

Aldona Kmiec

Aldona recently moved to Australia and has been working to establish herself as a commercial photographer in Queensland and Victoria. She also works as a fine art portrait and wedding photographer. Aldona’s current projects include facilitating We R You paste up project – a community engaging project modelled on the global Inside Out initiative; a photographic portrait project 100 Faces documenting people she meets on her journey; and Under the Floorboards commissioned Artist Residency with Uniting Care Ballarat.

Photo by Aldona Kmiec

James and Julie Branaman

In 2006 James followed a pretty girl (now his wife and the other half of Branaman Photography) to the Tampa Bay area of Florida. In addition to working as a freelance photojournalist, James also teaches photography classes and workshops through public schools, rec centers, and the Morean Arts Center. His work has been published in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, Seattle Times, and many other national publications. He is a regular contributor to The St. Petersburg Times and their publication BAY Magazine.

Photo by James Branaman

Brian Adams

Basked in Anchorage, Alaska, Brian works as a freelance photographer specializing in environmental portraiture and medium-format photography. His work has been featured in both national and international publications, such as The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, The Guardian, and The Observer. Brian’s images documenting Native Alaskan villages have also been showcased in galleries across the U.S.

Photo by Brian Adams

Aaron Schmidt

Aaron is a graduate of Brooks Institute with a degree in Visual Journalism. He currently lives in San Clemente, California where he works as the Photo Editor for Canoe and Kayak magazine. Aaron focuses his personal work on documenting outdoor adventure sports and natural history.

Photo by Aaron Schmidt

Nick Childers

Nick is a documentary photographer and filmmaker living in New York City. He’s dabbled in music video, narrative, and documentary short films, and is a contributing photographer for the non-profit art and culture publication, Brooklyn Rail. Nick photographed communities in New York that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy last fall; his images immediately went viral, and he was then attributed to helping document the negligence of emergency services.

Photo by Nick Childers

Nigel Fearon

Nigel is an advertising and commercial photographer based in Tsawwassen and services the Vancouver, Canada area. He recently quit his day job and began focusing on his photography business full-time. Nigel’s work spans portrait, music, and nature photography. He loves to travel, and is inspired by all the different cultures and religions in Vancouver – he hopes to foster community by documenting and sharing photos of his new city and its people.

Photo by Nigel Fearon

Tyson V. Rininger

Tyson is the photographer behind TVRPhotography, which specializes in aviation photography. Tyson is a contributing photographer for multiple agencies including the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) and works with about two dozen different magazines on a repeat basis. He is a self-published author, and when he’s not not working behind a camera, he represents Apple, Inc. as Monterey County’s Photography Business Consultant for small business owners and photographers intending on learning more about Apple products.

Photo by Tyson V. Rininger

Thanks again to everyone who entered the Jumpstart Your Photography Business Contest!

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