The two panels of art, photo and design creative professionals who hire and assign photography and illustration will select the winning collections for publication in the two hardcover annual award books.

American Illustration 41 Jury


Keith Henry Brown, Art Director / Illustrator 

Keith got his start drawing superheroes, but music has always been his true inspiration. He has served as Creative Director for Jazz at Lincoln Center and Churchill Downs as well as art director at advertising agencies Grey Group and Cline Davis & Mann. Keith has also contributed as both illustrator and designer for many high-profile music-related projects, including creating posters for Jazz Appreciation Month for the Museum of American History and The Newport Jazz Festival, and creating jazz album covers for artists such as Christian McBride, Kevin Eubanks and Wynton Marsalis. Keith’s first children’s book, Birth of The Cool: How Miles Davis Found His Sound, was published by Page Street Books in 2019 and received a Starred Review from Kirkus. His latest, Because Of You John Lewis, written by Andrea Pinkney drops early April 2022 from Scholastic. He is represented by Painted Words.

Shoshana Gordon, Editorial Illustrator, Axios

Shoshana Gordon is an illustrator and art director, currently working as an editorial illustrator and visual journalist at Axios. Previously, she worked on ProPublica's visuals team, art directing and photo-editing investigative journalism.

Dian Holton, Senior Deputy Art Director, AARP

Dian Holton is a senior deputy art director at AARP where she oversees creative for and The Ethel. She routinely contributes designs to AARP The Magazine and specifically cover stories. Her background includes book design, branding, retail installation, styling and footwear design. Dian is a former AIGA Washington DC chapter board member and is serving as a mentor for several mentorship programs. Her passions include education, philanthropy, fashion and pop culture.


Leeya Rose Jackson, Art Director, Illustrator and Creative Founder of Noisemakers Design Shop

Leeya Rose Jackson is a multidisciplinary artist, Art Director, and graphic designer from Detroit, Mi and living in Minneapolis, MN. As an Art Director, she worked for Wieden + Kennedy NY, Fallon, and Carmichael Lynch producing work for brands such as Heinz, RocNation, Silk, Arby's, and US Bank. She currently runs an illustration shop through her moniker, Leeya Makes Noise and is the Creative Founder of Noisemakers Design Shop. Her work explores the intersections of identity, specifically Blackness, femininity, and queerness. She has practiced painting and printmaking for 12 years, earning her BFA in Fine Art from Illinois Wesleyan University. She has exhibited in Florence, Italy, Detroit, Bloomington, Minneapolis and North Adams, MA. Her illustration has been commissioned by Adobe x Billie Eilish, Outside Lands Music Festival,, Ramsey County of Minnesota, AdCouncil, Title IX, Heinz, and Voyageurs National Park.


Ben King, Design Director, BuzzFeed News

Ben King is the Design Director for BuzzFeed News, where he works to visualize, design, and provide art for our journalism. In his time at BuzzFeed News, Ben worked on the launch of, designed, and art directed articles that have won awards from the Society of Publication Designers, American Illustration, and the Society of Illustrators, and the Pulitzer prize. Prior to BuzzFeed News, Ben has worked at Vanity Fair, Travel + Leisure, Print Magazine, and Pentagram.


Justin Patrick Long, Design Director, Vanity Fair

Justin is a Graphic Designer and Art Director living in New York City. He began his career designing regional publications, first at Indy Men’s Magazine in his hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana, followed by Orange Coast Magazine in Newport Beach, California. Justin relocated to New York City in 2010 and served as Art Director for several brands including Popular Mechanics, Men’s Health Magazine, Details, Men’s Journal, GQ, and GQ Style. He is currently the Design Director for Vanity Fair.

Angelica McKinley, Director, Creative at Disney, formerly Art Director, Google Doodles

Matt Singer, Brand Art Director, Warby Parker

Matt Singer is the Brand Art Director at Warby Parker. He lives in Brooklyn, NY 


Andrea Zagata, Senior Staff Editor, News Design, The New York Times

Andrea Zagata is a news designer and art director at The New York Times. In five years at the Times, she has worked with illustrators across the News, Business and Sports sections. Previous stops include The Cleveland Plain Dealer and The Buffalo News. Currently, Andrea works primarily on the Sunday print section of The New York Times. She handles projects from the investigations, climate and national desks. In her career, Andrea has been honored by the Society For News Design, the Society of Publication Designers, American Illustration and The Society of Illustrators for her work. Her accolades include SND portfolio awards for work at three different publications, and she was the first woman to win a sports design portfolio award at The New York Times. From SND, Andrea has also won a Silver Medal for breaking news sports design and an illustration she art directed won a Gold Medal. Andrea is a proud member of the Times Guild, the union which represents New York Times employees. She is an elected member of the News Guild of New York executive committee. She lives in Manhattan with a puppy, three cats and her husband.

Zipeng Zhu, Founder / Creative Director at Dazzle

Zipeng Zhu is a Chinese-born artist, designer, art director, illustrator, and animator in New York City who wants to make every day a razzle-dazzle musical. His clients include Apple, Adidas, Adobe, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Twitter, Netflix, New York Times, Harry’s, Viacom, The New Yorker, Fox, Away, Animal Planet, CNN, MTV,  Refinery29, Chobani, and Samsung. He was one of the Art Directors Club Young Guns 13 winners and has been recognized as Print magazine’s New Visual Artist and The One Show Young Ones. His work has been exhibited all over the world including New York, Barcelona, Dubai, Mumbai, Shanghai, and other major museums and institutions. Now he runs his creative practice Dazzle Studio and gift shop Dazzle Supply to push dazzle to the next level.

1st row: Keith Henry Brown, Shoshana Gordon, Dian Holton; 2nd row: Leeya Rose Jackson, Ben King; 3rd row: Justin Long, Angelica McKinley, Matt Singer; 4th row: Andrea Zagata, Zipeng Zhu


American Photography 38 Jury

Samir Abady, Photo Editor, The Wall Street Journal

Samir Abady is a photo editor and photographer born and based in Queens, NY. After graduating from the International Center of Photography he found his way to editing as a photo assistant at Redux Pictures, where he went on to serve as digital photo editor at Fast Company, handling News and Creativity verticals. He now works as a photo editor on print for The Wall Street Journal.


Dudley M. Brooks, Photo Editor, The Washington Post Magazine 

Dudley M. Brooks is the Deputy Director of Photography for The Washington Post, where he manages the creative strategy and production of photo-oriented content for the Features and Sports sections. He is also the Photo Editor for The Washington Post Magazine. Proceeding this, Brooks was the Director of Photography and Senior Photo Editor for the monthly magazine Ebony and its weekly sister periodical Jet - both published by Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago. These iconic publications chronicled the African American experience for over seven decades and he was a key member of the senior staff responsible for redefining the overall editorial content of each.  

Shahrzad Elghanayan, Senior Photo Editor, NBC News 

Shahrzad Elghanayan is a senior photo editor at NBC News. Before joining NBC News, she worked at Bloomberg News and at The Associated Press.


Gail Fletcher, Photo Editor, The Guardian 

Gail Fletcher is a Photo Editor at The Guardian where she develops and produces visual stories. Several of the projects she produced alongside editors and photographers received recognition from organizations including Pictures of the Year, ASME, and World Press Photo. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Government from Cornell University and is originally from South Florida.

Jeanne Graves, Director of Photography, Fast Company

Jeanne Graves has been an editorial photo editor for 18 years, and has worked at such titles as Men's Health, Best Life, Interview and Wired.  Her work has been recognized by American Photo, AP, Communication Arts, Graphis, and SPD. She is currently the director of photography Fast Company  


Whitney Matewe, Photo Editor, TIME Magazine 

Whitney Matewe is photo editor at TIME Magazine working primarily on portraiture, features and conceptual photo projects as well as larger packages such as Time 100 and Next Generation Leaders. Prior to joining the photo department at TIME, Whitney was a photo editor at National Geographic, The New Yorker, The Intercept and Condé Nast brands like Teen Vogue and GQ. While she’s based in New York, she collaborates with photographers around the globe and strives to amplify the stories and perspectives of underrepresented voices. Whitney was a panelist speaker for the 2021 National Association of Black Journalists, served on the jury of the Overseas Press Club in 2021 and will be an editor mentor for the 2022 Women Photograph Mentorship Program and a juror for 2022 The Lit List.


Michele Romero, Creative Photography Director, PhotoRehab

Michele Romero is a Creative Photography Director with 30+ years of image making experience in the Entertainment Industry. She is a 30 year veteran of Entertainment Weekly where she came up with concepts for magazine covers and produced award winning work with photographers from sketch to final. In 2019 she launched PhotoRehab which is a hub for her creative work including illustration and photography. She uses her Instagram account to highlight the photography others and has a vast knowledge of photographic history. Michele Romero has never taken a selfie.


Elijah S Walker, Visual Journalist and Photography Editor, The New York Times


Amy Wolff, Photo Director, Hearst Enthusiast Group

Presently, I'm the Director of Photography for Popular Mechanics, Runner's World and Bicycling, overseeing visual content for both our print and digital platforms. I have a lengthy history working in the photo industry. Photo editing print magazines (Fortune, Photo District News), co-founding an online gallery (CoEdit Collection), producing programs and events (Photoville, Inspired Live), and mentoring young photo students (NYC SALT). In my spare time I run, bike, eat gummy bears and hang with my dog, Pre.



Nili Zadok, Executive Producer 

Having grown up in advertising, formerly at 72& Sunny, 1870LA, Saatchi & Saathci, Public Interest, Pulsar, Ogilvy & Mather and DDB Entertainment, I have been surrounded by creative minds throughout my professional career. For nearly 20 years I have traveled the globe producing marketing content for brands small and large, including Sony Electronics, Boost Mobile, CocaCola, Smirnoff, Klarna, adidas, Expedia and Johnnie Walker to name just a few. I started my career as an Art Producer looking for photographers to help bring print and OOH campaigns to life. Over the years, I expanded my expertise to cover the gamut of advertising production, leading TV spots and social content films, experiential activations and events across the US and Europe. Most recently, as Executive Producer for Google overseeing all production work across EMEA. I have learned that creativity is all around us, and the best creative problem solving often comes from the least expected places.

1st row: Samir Abady, Dudley Brooks, Shahrzad Elghanayan; 2nd row: Gail Fletcher, Jeanne Graves; 3rd row: Whitney Matewe, Michele Romero, Elijah S. Walker; 4th row: Amy Wolff, Nili Zadok

AI-AP Committee 

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

AI-AP Founding Committee 1982

Edward Booth Clibborn
, Booth-Clibborn Editions

Julian Allen, Artist/Illustrator (1942–1998)
Marshall Arisman, Artist/Illustrator, SVA MFA Program
Sue Coe, Artist/Illustrator
Mark Crawford, Time Capsul
Steven Heller, The New York Times Book Review
Nigel Holmes, Time
Linda Johnson, Tonight
Robert Priest, Esquire
Mary Shanahan, Rolling Stone