Meet the AP39 Jurors

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday February 2, 2023


This just in from the Home Office:
The jury for American Photography 39 is now in place to view your work from 2022, in the categories of Advertising, Editorial, Posters, Unpublished, Books, Graphics/Promotion, Video/Animation, 3D, Student Work.
The final deadline is February 15, and you can enter here

Above: 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 Yar

Meet the jurors:

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. 

David Cooper, Photo Director and Illustrator
David Cooper has art directed, produced and commissioned photography 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. 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 
Prior to joining WIRED in 2019, Lauren produced content for The Afro American and the Washington Informer. Since joining WIRED, she has been a part of numerous portfolio reviews including Palm Springs Photo Festival, SPD, NSC and Review Santa Fe, and has also juried PhotoLucinda Critical Mass.

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’s focus is on The Post’s news sections, incuding the National, Foreign, Financial, Real Estate, Metro, Investigative and Outlook desks. Before joining The Post, in 2008, he was director of photography and multimedia at the News and Observer of Raleigh, N.C. You can follow his street photography on Instagram @rmillerphotoeditor.

Laura Oliverio, Associate Photo Editor, CNN
Before joining CNN Laura Oliverio 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 focuses on themes of family, childhood and psychology. 

Amy Silverman, Creative Lead, Photography, Airbnb 
Amy Silverman has been assigning and producing photography for the last 15 years. 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 called Daylight Dialoguesfor the Daylight Books website. She has reviewed portfolios at various photography festivals and loves discovering new photographers. 

Allyson Torrisi, Deputy Director of Photography, People
Allyson Torrisi has been involved in photography for over twenty 25 years, having begun her career producing fashion ads for Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Ave, Nordstrom and Talbots. She was subsequently a senior photo editor at InStyle Magazine; Creative Director at Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta; President of the Society of Publication Designers; Director of Photography at Men's Journal; Popular Mechanics, and the DIY space. 

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 including Square, Airbnb, AARP, MasterClass, Wired, and San Francisco Magazine. Karen has produced photo shoots spanning the entire creative process from securing talent to onsite logistics to post-production, providing leadership on visual aesthetics and collaborations with creative entities and photographers.

Andrea Wise, Visuals Editor, ProPublica
Andrea Wise’s expertise includes ideating and commissioning photography and other forms of visual journalism, currently at ProPublica. She is the co-founder of Diversify Photo, working globally to amplify the voices of underrepresented groups. Previous posts include: contract photo editor on the history & culture desk at National Geographic; photo editor at Newsweek, BuzzFeed News, The Intercept, and Open Society Foundations, among other publications. 

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.