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 43 Jury

Michael Houtz, Art Director, GQ

Chuck Kerr

Creative Director, Entertainment Weekly

As Entertainment Weekly’s Creative Director, Chuck shapes all design and visuals for the brand, including EW’s website, social media, live events, podcasts, and innovative, award-winning digital covers. His design and art direction work has garnered accolades from Society of Publication Designers, American Society of Magazine Editors, Art Directors Club, Society of News Design, Adweek, Los Angeles Press Club, and others. Prior to joining EW in 2018, Chuck was an Art Director at Variety, SagaCity Media, and the San Antonio Current. He is currently serving as Vice President on the Society of Publication Designers Board of Directors.

Julia Knetzer

Art Director, Garden & Gun

Julia Knetzer is an award-winning editorial art director and designer. Her more than 15-year career has ranged from newspaper design to imagining some of the very first iPad magazines with Zinio for national titles including TIME and National Geographic. She is currently the art director of Garden & Gun magazine and has previously worked in the art departments of Fast Company, Popular Mechanics and Outside's Go. Julia currently lives in Charleston, SC.

Lisa Larson-Walker

Art Director, ProPublica

Lisa Larson-Walker joined ProPublica in the spring of 2020 as its first art director. She previously worked as art director of Slate Magazine. Her freelance illustration work has appeared in outlets including ACLU Magazine, The Baffler, Barron’s, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, and The New York Times. She graduated from The Cooper Union School of Art.

Taylor Le

Design Director, Los Angels Times

Taylor is currently design director at the Los Angeles Times where she shapes visual experiences across print and digital platforms. She is responsible for leading and growing a team of 30 art directors and managers. Before joining the Times, Taylor’s projects at Medium, AFAR Media and San Francisco Magazine saw her guiding the art departments through collaborations with multilevel stakeholders to improve processes and develop thoughtful branding and designs. Previously, as creative director at Pacific Standard, she produced immersive photo stories and procured partnerships with the Pulitzer Center, NOOR, and Magnum Photos. Under Taylor’s creative leadership, Pacific Standard received a National Magazine Award for feature photography.

Kelly Lynch

Creative Director, Workman Publishing / Hachette Book Group

Motivated by curiosity, I work with ideas and stories enhanced by visuals. I art direct, design identities, visual branding, campaigns, books and events, products and experiences all driven by unique narratives for national and international clients. It has been my pleasure over the years to work for wonderful brands such as EILEEN FISHER, Pentagram, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Putumayo World Music, and J. Walter Thompson in New York, but also a cutting-edge marketing firm in Amsterdam as well as a boutique design studio in Paris. Currently I am the Creative Director for the Workman Calendar program, part of Hachette Book Group. Over the past six years I have had the immense pleasure of working with ten highly creative designers and six amazingly talented photo researchers creating products that are akin to both books, because most of our calendars are driven by editorial content and stationery due to the purpose and temporary nature of the products. I’m also an author with my first non-fiction book due to be released in the fall of 2024, published by Storey Publishing and a second book published by Workman Publishing will be out in the fall of 2025.

Chris Mihal

Art Director, Southern Poverty Law Center

Chris Mihal is the Director of Creative at the Southern Poverty Law Center, overseeing the creative team’s art, photography, video and design work. Mihal was previously the design director for Barron’s, a financial magazine. His experience also includes assisting with the rebrand and redesign of the weekly Variety magazine. His work for these magazines included numerous photo shoots with celebrities and leading business executives. Earlier, he worked at newspapers in Atlanta; Phoenix; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and the Northeastern United States. He studied journalism at Ball State University.Mihal has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, The Society of Publication Designers, Society for News Design, Communication Arts, American Illustration and American Photography and the Los Angeles Press Club.

Anjali Nair

Art Director, WIRED

Anjali Nair is an Art Director at WIRED. She has previously worked at the MSNBC + NBC News Digital and The Caravan Magazine. Her work has been recognized by AI-AP, The One Club, Print Magazine, Society of Typographic Arts and Adobe among others. Originally from India, she is currently based in New York.

Marci Senders

Art Director, Disney+Hyperion

Marci Senders always had a love of children’s books. After graduating with her B.F.A. from Tyler School of Art of Temple, Senders started working as a designer in the children’s book industry. Senders has been working in children’s book publishing for also twenty-five years and is now the Art Director for Disney•Hyperion Books.  She has designed and art directed the best-selling series The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Darkest Minds and The Isle of the Lost. Recently, Senders earned an MFA in Illustration from the University of Hartford to develop the skills to write and illustrate her own children’s books. When not art-directing, she can be found drawing and painting in her art studio in Queens, NY. You can see her work on Instagram at @marci_senders and on her website

Minh Uong
Art Director, The New York Times Sunday Business 

Minh Uong is a Visual Editor at the New York Times Sunday Business. He has also art directed/illustrated a variety of stories for the paper’s Mutual Funds, DealBook, Education Life, Business Day, Personal Tech and Your Money supplements. His work has been recognized by the Society for News Design and the Society of Publication Designers. Many of his illustration collaborations have been selected for annuals, appearing in the Society of Illustrators, Print magazine and Communication Arts. He has taught illustration classes at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), the Pratt Institute and Syracuse University, and he is a frequent guest lecturer at Syracuse, SVA and the Savannah College of Art and Design. From 1995 through 2006, he served as the art director at the Village Voice.

Alexandra Zsigmond, Art Director, The New Yorker


American Photography 40 Jury

Thomas Alberty

Design Director, New York magazine

Thomas Alberty is the design director at New York Magazine. He counts himself lucky to have collaborated with many brilliant and talented editors, designers, photo editors, illustrators and photographers over the years. His work has been recognized by the American Society of Magazine Editors, the Society of Publication Designers, and the Type Directors Club. The beach is his happy place. 

Michael Baca

Senior Art Director, BASIC® Agency @ Google

Michael Baca works professionally as a photographer, art director, and creative producer. He has a deep-seated passion for all forms of visual expression, namely photography, design, and video. Michael is also a proud father of two kids under 3, a dedicated husband and dog dad.  He currently based in San Francisco working full-time as a Senior Art Director for BASIC® Agency @ Google.

Lydia Chebbine

Photo Editor, The 19th News

Lydia Chebbine (she/they) is an Algerian-American photo editor and artist based in Washington, D.C. She is fascinated by how knowledge, truth and meaning are made, shaped and interpreted. As photo editor at The 19th, she oversees photography for the independent nonprofit newsroom, assigning photojournalists nationwide. Lydia is dedicated to amplifying stories that impact women, the LGBTQ+ community, and cultures that have been historically underrepresented in American journalism. Previously, as photo editor at U.S. News & World Report, she crafted visuals for national and international news stories and special packages which have been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association. 

Donna Cohen

Director of Photography, Bloomberg Markets Magazine

Donna Cohen is a senior photo editor at Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine and in 2018 was named as the Director of Photography at Bloomberg Markets Magazine. Her work at Businessweek and Markets has been recognized by the Overseas Press Club, American Photography, and the Society of Publication Designers. Prior to Businessweek, she was a photo editor at Conde Nast Portfolio, People Magazine, Life Magazine and the Associated Press.

Amy Feitelberg

Freelance Director of Photography, Creative Producer, Curator

For twenty years, Amy has been on set art directing and producing photography and creative content. She has collaborated with photographers and crews all over the world making distinctive award-winning work for both commercial and editorial worlds. Most recently she has been a Photo Creative Lead at Airbnb partnering on seasonal launch campaigns. Before that she ran Photo Creative at Square for 6 years overseeing the evolution from documentary storytelling to global campaigns. She also she founded and curated an award winning, in-house brand magazine called The Reader. Previous to entering the tech world she was the Photo Director at Los Angeles and Outside magazines. She has curated several shows in Los Angeles and she has been a mentor at Art Center in Pasadena and a guest lecturer there as well. 

Natalie Gialluca

Senior Visuals Editor, Vanity Fair

Natalie Gialluca is an award-winning visual content creator and photo producer based in New York City. She has over fifteen years of experience creating original photography for clients in editorial and advertising environments.  Previously at Entertainment Weekly, Natalie is now the Senior Visuals Editor for Vanity Fair where she works on celebrity cover shoots and fashion portfolios. Additional clients and collaborators include: Apple TV, Netflix, HBO, Macys and Aveda.  Previously Vice President, Natalie now serves on the Society of Publication Designers Advisory Board, is a leader on the Speaker and Podcast committee, and the host for the SPD podcast, Who the F Did That?  She is kind and thoughtful and believes the foundation for a successful shoot is everyone showing respect and support to each other.  Natalie lives in New York with her husband, two kids, cat and dog! With work life and home life, there is never a dull moment!

Julie Hau

Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine

Julie Hau is a photo editor at National Geographic magazine, where she commissions and curates the departments pages of the magazine and works with photographers and creatives to create visual content for print, the website, and social platforms.

Stephanie Heimann

Photo Director, The New Republic

Stephanie Heimann is the Photo Director for The New Republic, an American magazine and publisher on politics and culture based in New York City. Her career began as a photojournalist covering post-Soviet culture and the first war in Chechnya, and she spent almost ten years as an expatriate photo editor based in Moscow, Hong Kong, and Europe. She teaches at the International Center of Photography in the Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism program, and is an advisory member on the Rory Peck Trust whose mission is to provide practical and financial support to freelance journalists worldwide.

Gabriel H. Sanchez

Photo Editor, The New York Times

Gabriel H. Sanchez is a photo editor at The New York Times and a contributing art critic for Artforum International Magazine. He holds an MFA in Photography from Parsons School of Design, where he is currently a professor of photography, focusing on topics of professional practices and curatorial studies in the arts.


Christine Walsh

Senior Agent, South James

Christine Walsh has worked in the photo industry for over 15 years. Before becoming an agent Christine was a photo editor at major media companies such as The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Time Magazine and New York Magazine.

Alison Wild

Director of Photography, Entertainment Weekly

After graduating from the Savannah College of Art & Design eight years ago, Alison started at Entertainment Weekly as the Design & Photo Assistant. She has worked her way up to become the Director of Photography, where she oversees all cover and photoshoot conceptualization and production for the brand (and the occasional People Magazine project). Back in 2019, she helped pioneer EW’s first digital covers and continues to shape and build their visual identity and industry impact. In between shoots, she and the creative team collaborate with top studios and networks to create custom and unique visuals for their projects through an editorial storytelling perspective. She also previously spent some time at Netflix as the Photo Lead of Creative Development and Production for the launch of their new editorial site, Tudum.



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