Lead Judges

Trey Ratcliff


Trey Ratcliff is a photographer, artist, writer and adventurer. Trey’s images and stories capture the beauty of exotic travel destinations and the humor of bizarre situations he often finds himself in. There is always something new, unexpected and beautiful to see.

Each day, Trey posts a new photo to his website, StuckInCustoms.com, which receives over one million monthly page views. His photos have been viewed over 5 Billion times, and his YouTube videos nearly 4 million times, according to Google’s statistics. He currently has over 13 million social media followers via Google+, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

Dany Sanz

Cosmetics Industry Leader

Dany Sanz, Creator and Artistic Director of the international brand MAKE UP FOR EVER, is a true mentor in the makeup world. With her humble, non-eccentric attitude, she’s easy to pick out of a crowd with her signature bright red hair.

While working on theatre sets one day, she discovered by chance that she could also paint on the actors’ skin; a revelation she coined as her “paintings in motion”. As a result she began teaching the techniques of body painting to other makeup artists, slowly creating a following in the makeup community.

“I dreamt of a place where makeup artists could find everything that they needed for their art as well as a collection of reliable, authentic products with professional performance.”

Benjamin Von Wong

Photography Judge

Benjamin Von Wong is world-renowned for his epic photography. His hyper-realistic art style captures viewers in a fusion of special effects and innovative concepts. Ben's background in engineering gives him a unique edge for creative problem solving, where technical challenges become friendly competition. Fueled by his passion to connect people, Ben has an affinity for finding unique talent to help bring his complex stories to life. His images have a visceral impact, and his creation and process documentation have earned him a significant following. VonWong.com

Rob Woodcox


Rob Woodcox not only possesses a creative talent that is unlike anyone his age, he exercises his talent for photography with a passion that is unquenchable and contagious. As a surreal portrait artist, Rob thrives on sharing his imagination and dreams with others. Rob is also passionate about raising awareness for those in need. In 2013 he raised funds for foster kids to attend camp and to further knowledge of the foster care system.

Renee Robyn


Renee Robyn's style is an ethereal combination of fact and fiction, merging together expertly shot photographs of unique and interesting subjects and using hours of meticulous retouching. Through Photoshop and her artistic vision, Renee creates easily recognizable imagery that is both stunning and distinctively her own. Renee specializes in fashion, fetish, and creative beauty photography, and does collaborative projects with many other photographers. She currently travels and teaches workshops around the world.

Rae Morris

Make Up Artist

Rae Morris is one of the world's most influential make-up artists, and has four times been the Australian Makeup Artist of the Year. Having just finished a ten year period as the Make-up Director for L'Oreal Paris Australia, she has launched her own brand of products found at RaeMorris.com. Rae has published books on makeup, several of which are now curriculum standard for makeup academies around the world. Alongside her many years of working with celebrities, she aims to bring beauty to anyone’s everyday reality.

Adrian Sommeling


Adrian Sommeling is a Netherlands based surreal photographer with amazing ideas and perfect execution. To quote an article from photofocus.com As dedicated father the creatively integrates both of those aspects of his life into his photography concepts. His art is imaginative and his photographs tell stories while his own son stars in the artistic ideas he creates.

Josh Rossi


Josh Rossi is a photographer and retoucher who specializes in creatively stylized photos. He uses compositing and special effects to make his photos look incredibly unique. Over time he has developed the Josh Rossi technique – a method of creating a “painted” look on photos. He is the founder of tutorial site http://compositeplanet.com/ and the photo blog http://fulltimephotographer.com/. hdpixels.net dubs him one of the top 10 photographers on the internet.

Jason Chan


Jason Chan is an acclaimed illustrator and digital artist. He is now a full-time concept artist with Massive Black Inc., working for clients in the video game and entertainment industries. A number of the notable clients Jason has worked with through Massive Black include Riot Games, Sega, Sony Entertainment, Microsoft, BioWare, Electronic Arts, and many more.

Jaime Ibarra


I am a Professional Portrait/Art Photographer, but I am also known to do Editorial, Fashion, Commercial and Advertising work.

My ‘style’ is the visual amalgamation of over 15 years in Graphic Design, 25 years of composing & performing music, many years spent traveling around the planet, a lifetime of over-romanticizing things, insomnia, an inexplicable ability to hear what colours would sound like if they could sing (Synaesthesia, anyone?), an unfaltering fascination with humans, and an obsessive need to create.

It all adds up. Somehow.

Justin 'Coro' Kaufman


Justin 'Coro' Kaufman is a searingly talented concept artist, and is the co-founder of industry powerhouse “Massive Black,” an illustration, artwork, and animation company for the entertainment and advertising industries. Their work for video games such as BioShock and Hellgate London is widely known. Coro is a highly regarded fine artist and lead instructor at the infamous ‘Safehouse Atelier,’ a two-year immersive arts program for illustrators and artists. It’s no real surprise he would smash these skills together to create the visually lush graphic novel titled “Transient Man.”

Zev Hoover


Zev Hoover from Natick, Massachusetts, is known through his Flickr username FiddleOak, a play on “little folk”. He took the internet by storm with his dreamlike art that makes normal-sized people appear tiny, and everyone had to double-take when they discovered his age. Zev began photography at much younger than his current 15 years. Zev often brainstorms with his sister Aliza Razell Hoover, who is also judging one of our photo contests.

Cliff Baise


Cliff has maintained a strong commercial business in photography since 2008 as a self employed artist/graphic designer/photographer in Arlington, Texas. He works at The Creative Gap, and in recent years has exploded across the internet for his artist vision. His work also includes marketing design, and Cliff also draws, paints and creates with stained glass. From catalog work to the most surreal images from Burning Man, Cliff sets no limits on his photographic and artistic journey.

Bambi Cantrell


Bambi Cantrell is one of the world's most decorated professional photographers. In 2007 she was named "One of the 10 BEST Wedding Photographers in the World" by American Photo Magazine and in 2009 she was the first woman honored with the prestigious "Golden Eye" award from the Russian Federation of Professional Photographers. In 2011 Photo Focus named her "The most Influential Photographer of the Year". She is a regular speaker for international photography conventions and has authored three best-selling books, all published by Random House. CantrellPortrait.com

Dave Brosha


Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories based, award-winning commercial, personal, and adventure photographer Dave Brosha is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of this world – whether it’s the beauty of some of most extreme and pristine environments in the world, or the beauty of some of a person’s most personal moments. In addition to living throughout northern Canada for much of his life, Dave – along with his beautiful wife, Erin, and three children – have also lived in Asia and have traveled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of their native country and numerous countries abroad.

Dan Lim

Photography Judge

Dan Lim is an international award-winning photographer who excels at capturing the beauty and spontaneity of the moment. His extensive experience directing talent lets him bring a creatively focused and comfortable atmosphere to his shoots. Dan is renowned for shooting celebrities, top beauty, fashion and advertising clients including Sara McLachlan, Catherine O'Hara, Diana Krall, Triumph, Bonnebell Cosmetics, Coppley, Canada's Next Top Model, P&G and Shoppers Drug Mart, to name but a few. Having worked in print, digital and motion formats, there are no challenges Dan can't handle. He has also just launched a beautiful new website www.DanLimPhoto.com

Natasha Kudashkina

Make Up Artist

Natasha Kudashkina is a revolutionary award winning painter and visionary. Born in Siberia, currently living in Toronto, Natasha has been painting since she was a child and has naturally acquired many of her skills through perseverance and practice. She attended art school before moving to Canada, where she earned a degree in Graphic Design.

Melissa Nicholl

Make Up Artist

Melissa Nicholl has worked in Toronto’s vibrant cosmetics industry for over a decade. Her love of creativity began at an early age spending endless hours painting and designing. With varying experiences working with some of the world’s top brands, including MAKE UP FOR EVER, her motivation remains the same: To make every person who works with her, feel like they are their most beautiful and confident self.

Koby Inc


Koby at Koby Inc.is an award winning photographer who specializes in fashion and beauty. He currently resides in Toronto and works internationally in collaboration with high-end luxury clients. He has shot and produced stunning images for clients such as Hazelton Lanes, L’Oréal, Fashion Week, M-A-C Cosmetics and Marc Anthony, to name but a few. Koby’s passion for photography has extended to creating motion pieces, television appearances on Entertainment Tonight, Fashion TV and Much Music, as well as speaking at colleges and universities. Koby-Inc.com

Aliza Razell Hoover


Aliza Razell Hoover from Natick, Massachusetts, goes by the Flickr username Ummatiddle. Aliza has a demonstrated artistic vision and drive to create. At 19 she has produced more work and art that inspires more than most do in a lifetime. She is well traveled and has studied abroad in Finland, has co produced shoots with her brother, Zev Hoover and she has been featured in numerous online reviews for her amazing photography and watercolor experiments.

Jacquie Jeffery

Make Up Artist

Jacquie Jeffrey has been doing makeup for as long as she can remember, and has been working with MAKE UP FOR EVER for the last 14 years. She has enjoyed a steady rise from Retail Makeup Artist to Regional Trainer to Pro Business Manager. Today, Jacquie spends her days behind the scenes advising the industries top fashion, TV and film artists on how to achieve the best results using the world’s most creative makeup products. She finds it is the perfect role that allows her to mix her business acumen with artistic pleasure

Peter Chan


Peter Chan specializes in illustrations for publishing and editorial. He is a rising star in the fine art scene, having shown exhibits in Toronto, Los Angeles, and New York. His favorite themes to explore are the nature of existence, identity, and the unknown. PeterChanArt.com

Michael Woloszynowicz

Photography Judge

Michael is the owner of Vibrant Shot and is based out of Toronto, Canada alongside Melanie Handy.

In addition to creating images, I have a passion for teaching and do so through a variety avenues. I provide a comprehensive set of free tutorials on my YouTube channel, offer private training sessions and am also an instructor at Retouching Academy.

Warne Noyce


Warne Noyce is an award winning Canadian photographer who travels internationally for photography and through teaching workshops. His portraiture and pinup photography have captured the attention of audiences everywhere and was named the Professional Photographers of Canada (Saskatchewan) Photographer of the year in 2009

Sheilagh McGrory

Make Up Artist

Sheilagh McGrory has been perfecting her craft as a makeup artist for over 13 years. During that time, she has distinguished herself as both a special effects and prosthetic makeup artist in movies such as the Resident Evil series, Pontypool, and The Guest. She works as the Dean of Academics at SOMA. As the other half of DeWilde FX Studio with notable FX artist, Matthew DeWilde, Sheilagh specializes in prosthetics for film and television productions and special makeup effects.

Andrew Miller


Andrew Miller is a professional photographer and the owner/operator of Zephn Studios. He has years of experience with circus, creative and commercial photography. He is also our executive director here at the North American Circus Competition. Andrew will participate in preliminary image review.

Fraeya Pinto


Fraeya Pinto is a talented Toronto based digital artist currently working for Rune Entertainment. She is also a lead production coordinator for the digital illustration contests here with us on the site. A sample of her work can be found at Fraeya.com

Elizabeth Horodnyk

Make Up Artist

Elizabeth Horodnyk is a talented cosmetics artist and photographer. Elizabeth is in charge of social media with us at www.circuscompetition.com, and she will participate in preliminary image reviews.

Jocelyn Santos-Thompson

Make Up Artist

Jocelyn Santos-Thompson is a talented cosmetics artist employed by Sephora. She is a graduate of SOMA - the School of Makeup Art. Jocelyn will participate in preliminary image reviews.

Ravi VonAwesome


Ravi VonAwesome is a fashion photographer and fire performer in Toronto. Ravi has also served as a judge on a variety of game and trivia based TV shows.

Kareen Mallon


Kareen Mallon is the owner of Electrafire Studios. Based out of Toronto, she is also the senior photographer at FAJO Magazine. Electrafire (Designs) Studios is a photographic design company with a fresh and urban twist, turning photos into art. They specialize in commercial, fashion and event photography.