We are pleased to present our juries for AP30 and AI33. The two panels, made up of creative professionals in art, photography and design, will meet in New York City to select the winning images from all submissions.


American Illustration 33 [Play Video]

Steve Byram, Artist and Designer, Screw Gun Records

Stephen Byram is a New York-based graphic designer. He was born in
Oakland, California in 1952, studied at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, and moved to New York in 1979. He has worked as an art director, graphic designer and illustrator in the music business for Sony Music, CBS Records, RCA Records and MTV, as well as a wide range of independent entertainment outlets.
His groundbreaking designs for music packaging were the subject of a major feature in Eye magazine (No. 42, Vol. 11, Winter 2001). This work is typified by tactile surfaces, hand drawing and dynamic typography. Byram has designed for a wide range of musicians, including The Beastie Boys, Slayer, Tim Berne, Dave Douglas, Paul Motian, and Django Bates, and all CD packaging for Screwgun Records. He currently operates as art&designstephenbyram from the Screwgun Records site

Chris Dixon, Design Director, Vanity Fair

Chris Dixon is currently the Design Director of Vanity Fair magazine, where he has been since 2011. Prior to that, he was at New York magazine for eight years, starting out as the art director, and eventually spending five years as the Design Director. He graduated from the Emily Carr Institute in Vancouver, Canada, with a degree in Communication Design, and then spent 3 years in Vancouver as the Art Director of Adbusters magazine. He has also held design positions at the New York Times Magazine and the Financial Times of London, and taught graphic design at The Cooper-Union and Parsons. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.

Marti Golon, Art Director, Reader's Digest

Marti Golon is the Art Director of Reader's Digest. She (yes, Marti is a she) was a key player in the 2014 redesign of Reader's Digest with creative director Dean Abatemarco and the design firm DIGO. She designs for print, tablet and mobile. Her previous work includes Special Projects Art Director at TIME magazine where she designed The Person of the Year and The TIME 100 Most Influential issues. She was also app designer at Best Health (RD Canada), Creative Director at Bonnier, and Deputy Art Director at LIFE magazine. Marti's work has been recognized by American Illustration, American Photography, Art Director's Club, Communication Arts, Graphis, PDN, Print, Society of Illustrators, and the Society of Publication Designers.

Amy Hausmann
, Deputy Director, MTA Arts for Transit & Urban Design

Amy Hausmann is the Deputy Director of  MTA Arts for Transit & Urban Design, responsible for an arts programs in a transit environment used by 2.6 billion people annually.  A curator and art historian, Amy lectures about art and its role in the public realm. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Peter Morance, Art Director, The New York Times Science

Peter Morance has been an Art Director at the New York Times for 14 years. The last 5 years as the Art Director of the Science section. Previously, he was the Art Director of Forbes' American Heritage and was Art Director and Vice President at McCaffrey and McCall Advertising working on the Mercedes-Benz account including Mercedes magazine, founding partner Sundberg Morance and Associates with many editorial clients including American Express, CBS publications and Business Week. Peter was the Associate Art Director at Conde' Nast's Mademoiselle and Self magazines. He is a graduate of Cooper Union with a BFA in painting. For him, the best part of being an art director has always been the opportunity to collaborate with artists.

Len Small, Art Director, Graphic Designer, Nautilus

Len Small is the art director for Nautilus, a new science and culture magazine. His previous work includes art direction at Tablet Magazine and Nextbook, as well as a design career in New York over the past 15 years, including work with IBM, MTV, and New York Magazine. He earned his MFA from the School of Visual Arts Designer as Author program, and his BFA from Washington University in St Louis.

Alex Spiro, Creative Director, co-Founder, Nobrow 

Alex Spiro is the Creative Director and Co-founder of Nobrow, an award winning visual publishing company set up in late 2008 with offices in London and, more recently, New York. He has curated spaces and events at Somerset House, The Hayward Gallery and the V&A Museum and is the co-creator of ELCAF, the East London Comics and Arts Festival founded in 2012 with over 4,000 guests in attendance yearly. He acts as both Lead Commissioning Editor and Creative Director of Nobrow and Flying Eye Books. Alex read Modern History at Oxford and has a second degree from Central Saint Martins (London) in Graphics and Illustration, in the past he has worked as both an assistant animator and a freelance illustrator.


American Photography 30

David Carthas, Director of Photography, Bloomberg Businessweek
David Carthas is the Director of Photography for Bloomberg Businessweek. His prior work includes The New York Times Magazine, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Blender, Premiere, and Esquire. David’s work has been recognized by the Society of Publication Designers, PDN, Creative Review, ASME and American Photography.

Jeff Dryer, Art Director, Wieden + Kennedy
Jeff Dryer is an art director at Wieden + Kennedy, New York, where he has created work for clients ranging from Nike and ESPN to Southern Comfort and Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry. His work has been recognized by the Art Director's Club, D&AD, Clios, One Show, AICP, AMP, Cannes and has been nominated for an Emmy. A native of Virginia and the son of a drill sargeant and librarian, Jeff now regularly eats donuts for dinner when he returns home every night to Brooklyn because he is an adult and he can do whatever he wants.

Karen Frank, Senior Director of Photography, ESPN The Magazine
Karen Frank began her career as a Director of Photography at GQ Magazine.  She went on to work at O, The Oprah Magazine in its beginning days, helping to establish the visual identity of the magazine.  Since then, Karen has worked at numerous other publications, including More Magazine, Conde Nast Portfolio, and Bloomberg Businessweek.  She is currently the Senior Director of Photography at ESPN, The Magazine.  Karen has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Wyatt Gallery, Fine Art Documentary Photographer 
Wyatt Gallery, a person not a place, is a nomadic American photographer who received his BFA from New York University Tisch School of The Arts. Wyatt has received numerous awards such as the Fulbright Fellowship, the PDN 30, PDN Rising Star, PDN Photo Annuals, and 25 Under 25 Up-and-Coming American Photographers by Duke University.  His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and are in major private and public collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the George Eastman House, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and American Express. Wyatt was as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania and loves to inspire others by speaking at High Schools and Universities. His work has been published in the New York Times, Geo Saison, Esquire, Mother Jones, Newsweek , and numerous books on art and architecture.  In 2011 Wyatt published his monograph Tent Life: Haiti with Umbrage Editions and 100% of the royalties were donated to Haitian Relief. He followed the success of this model of using the photography book to raise awareness and funding for a cause when he created an exhibition and published book of iPhone photographs taken by twenty acclaimed photographers who documented the destruction and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. In 2013 he published #SANDY with Daylight books and 100% of the royalties are donated to Occupy Sandy. Through the exhibition, book launch, and book sales, Wyatt (alongside Foley Gallery, Hous Projects, and the photographers involved) have donated $23,000.

Cory Jacobs, Curator, Gallery at Hermès
Cory Jacobs is the curator of the Gallery at Hermès which exhibits contemporary photography and is supported by La Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. A graduate of Barnard College with a degree in art history, Jacobs began as a picture editor at Interview before moving to Spin and New York, among others. She has won numerous awards and nominations from American Photography, ASME, Communication Arts and SPD and has judged competitions for American Photography, Critical Mass, Festival de Photographie à Hyères and PDN. In addition to her work with the Hermès Foundation, Jacobs works with Editorial Director James Truman as the Photography Director at The Ritz-Carlton Magazine.

Ayanna Quint, Photo Editor, Modern Farmer
Ayanna Quint is the Photo Editor at Modern Farmer, a quarterly farming, food and travel magazine launched in 2013. In addition, she is a freelance picture editor and has worked with a variety of print publications, including GQ and Radar, and on films, such as the documentaries About Face and The Out List for HBO. Soon after graduation from The Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Photography, Quint became Photo Editor at Out. She was also previously a staff photo editor at W and Teen People and recently spent a year working with design firm Pentagram on The Atlantic.

Jaspal Riyait, Art Director, Martha Stewart Living
Jaspal Riyait is an art director and studio designer specializing in editorial. Over the past 15 years, she has worked on redesigns for numerous national and international publications, receiving recognition and awards from many design associations, including the Society of Publication and Design, ASME and the Advertising and Design Club of Canada. She is currently the Art Director at Martha Stewart Living. A Canadian expat, Jaspal now resides in Brooklyn.

Natalie Matutschovsky is a Senior Photo Editor at TIME where she produces photography for weekly features and covers, along with special projects such as the annual Great Performances portfolio. She oversees photography for the magazine's weekly culture section and is a contributor to TIME's Lightbox photography blog.  Natalie formerly edited at the The New Yorker, Modern Painters, Culture + Travel and the Canadian literary magazine The Walrus. Her work has been recognized by POYi, ASME, American Photography and the Society of Publication and Design. She has participated in judging numerous photography awards including The Aaron Siskind Foundation Grant, PDN, The Magenta Foundation and SPD among others.

AI-AP Committee 

Kathy Ryan, The New York Times Magazine, Chair Emeritus
Fred Woodward
, GQ, Chair Emeritus
Mark Heflin
, Director