Meet the Judges


Federica Armstrong is an editorial and commercial photographer working with many nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. Her skills include traditional documentary photography, environmental portraiture and event photography. She is the founder of the Palo Alto Photography Forum, a lecture series that features prominent photographers and promotes conversations on current issues through visual storytelling. Armstrong's latest project, "In Plain Site" on Silicon Valley Superfund Sites, was published in the New York Times Lens Blog in 2018. 

Patrick Tehan is a freelance photographer based in Aptos, California, after retiring from the San Jose Mercury News. In 1992 he was named runner-up Newspaper Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographers Association for his work at the Pittsburgh Press. Tehan has contributed to more than 20 books, including several in the Day in the Life series: America, California, Spain, the Soviet Union, China, Italy and Ireland. He was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize three times and was a finalist in 2003.

Don Feria is an independent editorial and commercial photographer based in the Bay Area. With beginnings in culinary school in 1996, he adjusted his focus after seeing his first black-and-white image appear in the darkroom developer. His work has been commissioned for Nike, Forbes magazine, Fortune, Stanford University, Tesla, Apple, REI, the Discovery Channel and Kaiser Permanente. See his work at 

Magali Gauthier covers the Bay Area as the Chief Visual Journalist for the Palo Alto Weekly, the Mountain View Voice and The Almanac. She received her Master of Journalism from the University of Southern California, where she focused on visual journalism through video, photo, interactive webpages and social media. Her work has been recognized by the California Newspaper Publisher’s Association.