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

American Illustration 42 Jury

Emily Crawford, Art Director, Vanity Fair
Emily Crawford has worked in the magazine industry for over twenty years as an art director and creative director at publications such as Fast Company, the New York Times Magazine, Travel + Leisure, Time, and Vanity Fair. Her design work and collaborations with illustrators and photographers have won numerous awards. She is currently based in Los Angeles.

Lixia Guo, Senior Art Director,
Lixia Guo has been a graphic designer for over 15 years now. She has worked at some of the well-known titles such as BuzzFeed News, Fast Company, Fortune, Time, Glamour, Lucky, Cooking Light, Departures, and Entertainment Weekly. Currently, she is the Senior Art Director for, where she oversees all the editorial creative. She has art directed award-winning illustrations that were recognized by American Illustration and Society of Illustrators. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband. 

Ted Halbur, Sr. Manager & Associate Creative Director, Target
Ted Halbur has been developing a wide range of award winning creative for over two and a half decades as a Designer, Art Director and Associate Creative Director for Target.

Anton Ioukhnovets, Creative Director, 30 Point
Anton Ioukhnovets is an award winning graphic designer and Art Director. Over the course of the past 20+ years Anton worked at just about every major magazine publisher in the U.S, creating beautiful and subversive editorial work for magazines like GQ, W, Bloomberg Pursuits, Esquire and New York Times Magazine to name a few. Currently, Anton is a Creative Director at 30Point  ( as well as Creative director of German publications, Achtung and TheAlbum by Mytheresa. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Anton came to the United States in 1992. Prior to finding his passion for editorial graphic design at School of Visual Arts, Anton worked as a construction worker, bike messenger and a taxi driver in New York City.

Matthew James-Wilson, Founder, Heavy Manners Library
Matthew James-Wilson is the founder of Heavy Manners Library, an art space in Echo Park Los Angeles. From 2012-2018 Matthew ran the online art magazine FORGE. Matthew has curated art exhibits, worked for various independent record labels, and written for publications including Pitchfork and VICE.

Annie Jen, Deputy Art Director, The New York Times Magazine
Annie Jen is a Taiwanese Art Director and Designer based in New York. She’s currently Deputy Art Director at The New York Times Magazine. Previously, she was Art Director at The California Sunday Magazine / Pop-Up Magazine and has worked for other publications including WIRED magazine and The New Republic magazine. 

Katie Kalupson, Art Director, TIME
Katie Kalupson started her career in Philadelphia, really got the ball rolling in Miami, and currently is in Brooklyn, NY. She is an award-winning art director and illustrator who is pursuing an MFA in Illustration at FIT, class of 2023. Her art direction has been recognized by Communication Arts, American Illustration, and the Society of Publication Designers. Katie simply loves illustration. She also enjoys collecting children's books, watching films, traveling (Katie is a double Sagittarius, after all), and otherwise just being a silly little guy.

Esther Sarah Kim, Senior Designer, Tor Books
Esther Sarah Kim is currently a Senior Designer at Tor Publishing Group, where she designs and art direct covers for TPG's imprints: Tor Books, Nightfire, Forge, and Tor Teens. She has illustrated for Newsweek, La Mer, and Hachette UK and exhibited silkscreen works in group shows. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

George McCalman, Principal, McCalmanCo
George McCalman is an artist and creative director based in San Francisco. His design studio McCalmanCo collaborates with a wide range of cultural clients. He is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. His ‘Observed’ and ‘First Person’ columns document Bay Area culture. His first book ‘Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and Unseen’ was published in Sept 2022.

Angela Panichi, Creative Director, Air Mail
Angela Panichi is the Design Director of Air Mail, where she creates and oversees all design components of the multi-platform digital publication. A founding member of the Air Mail team, Angela is responsible for establishing the overarching brand voice and direction as well as the day-to-day creative oversight of the platform’s many verticals, international newsstands, podcasts and partnerships.A sought-after industry professional, Angela has worked at titles including W Magazine, Vitals and Vanity Fair, and collaborated on the branding for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party (2005-2022), Cannes Film Festival events, the White House Correspondents Dinner, the Tribeca Film Festival party and more. She designed “The International Best-Dressed List” and “Ebony: Covering Black America” for famed publisher Rizzoli. Angela is also the Creative Director of Electragram, a design-driven digital start-up launched by Graydon and Anna Carter in 2022.From digital branding and printed ephemera to products, packaging and physical activations, Angela incorporates her signature style that makes traditional designs look and feel fresh, bringing a patina and warmth to both the online and real-life experience. A native New Yorker, Angela currently lives in Brooklyn and is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts.

Steven Wardlaw, Art Director, Blue Q 
Since 2010, Steven Wardlaw has been working as an art director at the legendary gift manufacturer Blue Q, part of a team collaborating with artists from around the world to help create Blue Q's unique products. Prior to this dream job, he worked for comic book publishers DC Comics and Tundra Publishing, in retail buying and visual display, and as a recording and touring musician. He spent his childhood tagging along with his artist father, George Wardlaw, through museums and galleries, assisting him in the studio, talking about art and artists, and schlepping his big-ass paintings and sculptures back and forth from New York City to western Massachusetts.

Sam Yates Meier, Educator, The University of Kansas and Design Researcher, Hallmark 
Sam Yates Meier is a Midwest-born designer based in Kansas City, Missouri. Meier’s experience ranges from in-house media for Kansas City PBS, experiential design and wayfinding with Dimensional Innovations, to brand experience and identity with D.C. firm, Beveridge Seay. She has been an American In-house Design Awards winner and an American Graphic Design Awards winner through Graphic Design USA (GDUSA). Meier currently designs with the Trends and Innovation Studio at Hallmark while teaching at the University of Kansas (KU) in the Visual Communications Department. Additionally, Meier is a MA Student in the Kress Foundation Department of Art History at KU, studying Black American Art and Design and the French Influence on the Harlem Renaissance. She is President Emeritus for the Kansas City Chapter of AIGA (a professional association for design). She spends her free time working with her partner in their shared studio, Yup Yup Design, practicing yoga, or volunteering with various community groups.

American Illustration 42 Jury
1st row: 
Emily Crawford, Lixia Guo, Ted Halbur
2nd row: Anton Ioukhnovets, Matthew James-Wilson, Annie Jen
3rd row: Katie Kalupson, Esther Sarah Kim, George McCallman
4th row: Angela Panichi, Steven Wardlaw, Sam Yates Meier

American Photography 39 Jury


Maïa Booker, Visuals Editor, The Wall Street Journal 
Maïa is a visuals editor and producer based in New York, with a strong foundation in multi-platform storytelling. She is currently a photo editor at The Wall Street Journal and has previously held editorial and communications positions at TIME, The New Republic and Greenpeace International, among others. Teamwork and intentionality are key to her work, and she's assigned and collaborated with photographers and artists around the world.


David Cooper, Photo Director and Illustrator
David Cooper is a Brooklyn born creative. He has art directed, produced and commissioned photography as a photo director for Health Magazine, Parents Magazine and Siempre Mujer Magazine. David has recently illustrated The New York Times best-selling children’s book, “Marcus Makes a Movie”. His illustrations have appeared in Print Magazine, The New York Times and he has illustrated book covers for Macmillan Children’s Publishing and Little A Books. His work has been exhibited at The New York Society of Illustrators, Illustration West, American Illustration and 3x3 Magazine. He is currently a visiting instructor at The Pratt Institute. 


Maura Friedman, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic
Previously, Maura served as lead photo editor and projects photographer at the Urban Institute, a multimedia reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, and an independent visual journalist producing photo and video stories across the Southeast United States.

Lauryn Hill, Photo Editor, WIRED 
Lauryn Hill is a photo editor. Prior to joining WIRED in 2019, she attended George Washington University and produced content for The Afro American and the Washington Informer. During her three years at WIRED, she has been a part of numerous portfolio reviews including Palm Springs Photo Festival, SPD, NSC and Review Santa Fe. She has also juried PhotoLucinda Critical Mass and commissioned work that ranges from still life and photo-illustrations to portraits and documentary. 

Amy Kellner, Senior Photo Editor, The New York Times Magazine
Amy Kellner is the Senior Photo Editor of The New York Times Magazine. She has been a photo editor at the magazine since 2011. Previously, she was at Vice Media for 10 years, in several positions including the managing editor of Vice Magazine and a video producer for

Robert Miller, Deputy Photo Director, The Washington Post
Robert Miller is the Deputy Director of Photography at The Washington Post. His focus is on the news sections, which includes the National, Foreign, Financial, Real Estate, Metro, Investigative and Outlook desks. Miller was a staff photojournalist at the News and Observer of Raleigh, N.C., and rose to director of photography and multimedia there before joining The Post in 2008. He was graduated from Randolph Community College, Associate of Applied Science, Photographic Technology and Photojournalism. You can follow his street photography on Instagram @rmillerphotoeditor.

Laura Oliverio, Associate Photo Editor, CNN
Laura Oliverio is photo editor and photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. She works as an Associate Photo Editor at CNN where she helps the digital team pick images to run in various types of visual stories. Before this, Laura was a Mentee to Adriana Teresa Letorney in The Visura Mentorship Program. In this role, she worked on a project that highlighted success stories of 36 freelance photographers worldwide. It was important to her to not only choose the strongest images but also showcase each photographer’s unique vision. She graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2021. There she earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Science with a concentration in photography and psychology. For two years, Laura served as President of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) SU Chapter and then was Head of Visuals at The Newshouse news outlet where she assigned over 20 photographers to stories that dealt with inequality in Central New York. In her personal projects, Laura blends documentary with art photography and focuses on themes of family, childhood and psychology. She also has a passion for connecting people, especially those interested in photography. Please, do not hesitate to reach out.


Amy Silverman, Creative Lead, Photography, Airbnb 
Amy Silverman is a photo director who has been assigning and producing photography for the last 15 years, most recently in the creative marketing department at Airbnb. In 2021, she acted as the Photo Director for the pilot issue of a new business magazine called 100 Battles. Before landing at Airbnb, she was a senior photo editor at Wired and Outside Magazine. During the early days of the pandemic, she put together a series of interviews for the Daylight Books website, called Daylight Dialogues. She has reviewed portfolios at various photography festivals and loves discovering new photographers. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Allyson Torrisi, Deputy Director of Photography, People
Allyson Torrisi is currently the Deputy Director of Photography at People Magazine and has been involved in the world of photography for over twenty 25 years. She began her career producing fashion advertisements for Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Ave, Nordstrom and Talbots. She was on the launch staff of InStyle Magazine and was a senior photo editor there for seven years. After In Style, she became Creative Director at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta, and was responsible for several award winning campaigns for Turner's original movies (for TNT & TBS ), and helped to re-brand several news programs for CNN. She recently served as President of the Society of Publication Designers, where among many things, she helped to curate and produce their speaker series. Torrisi has been Director of Photography at Men's Journal, Popular Mechanics, the award-winning magazine on science, technology and the DIY space , and is currently the Deputy Director of Photo at People magazine.

Karen Williams, Freelance Photo Director and Producer, Black Visual Queen
Karen Williams is a Photo Director, Producer, and Visual Storyteller with 10+ years of experience at major media and brands. I have created and art-directed images for prime brands and media, including Square, Airbnb, AARP, MasterClass, Wired, and San Francisco Magazine. I have produced hundreds of photo shoots, spanning the entire creative process from securing talent to onsite logistics to post-production. Stepped in to lead photo departments and visual aesthetics, managing all collaborations with creative teams and photographers.


Andrea Wise, Visuals Editor, ProPublica
Andrea Wise is a visuals editor responsible for ideating and commissioning photography, illustration, and other forms of visual journalism at ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news outlet. She is also the co-founder of Diversify Photo, a global community working to amplify the voices of underrepresented groups in visual media. Prior to joining ProPublica, Andrea was a contract photo editor on the history & culture desk at National Geographic and also worked with Newsweek, BuzzFeed News, The Intercept, and Open Society Foundations, among other publications. She has coached workshops at Syracuse University, The University of Oregon, and Western Kentucky University, as well as juried competitions for Getty Images, The Connecticut Art Directors Club, American Illustration - American Photography, and the Society of Professional Journalists. Andrea earned her M.S. in Photography from Syracuse University and her B.A. in Studio Arts from Trinity College. She is an alum of the Eddie Adams, Kalish, and Mountain Workshops.

Cengiz Yar, Deputy Editor, Rest of World
Cengiz Yar is a documentary photographer and editor currently based in El Paso, Texas. He is a Deputy Editor at Rest of World, overseeing all visuals and site production for the tech publication. His documentary photography focuses on mass displacement, religious and ethnic minorities, and the repercussions of the Islamic State.


American Photography 39 Jury
1st row: Maïa Booker, David Cooper, Maura Friedman
2nd row: Lauryn Hill, Amy Kellner, Robert Miller
3rd row: Laura Oliverio, Amy Silverman, Allyson Torrisi
4th row: Karen Williams, Andrea Wise, Cengiz 

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 (1938-2022)
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