Keynote speakers

PIX Keynote Speaker, Sponsored by Sony
Cristina, a Sony Artisan of Imagery, is a marine biologist and photographer who specializes in conservation issues surrounding fisheries and indigenous cultures. As a writer and a photographer her work centers on the delicate balance between human well-being and healthy ecosystems. She is the founder and former president of the International League of Conservation Photographers and was recognized as one of the World’s 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by Outdoor Photography Magazine. Photo credit Paul Nicklen.
PIX Closing Speaker, Sponsored by Sony
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith is the luckiest guy on the planet. He’s told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire hour, appeared on The X Factor, exhibited at the Library of Congress, dined with the President, written an Amazon Best Seller, shared cupcakes with Anne Hathaway, gotten drunk with George Clooney and married the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on ...

Additional speakers

Sponsored by Samsung
Ach is a New York-based Samsung Imagelogger photographer who blurs the lines between editorial and commercial photography by telling moving stories with still pictures. From traveling with Prince as his European tour photographer to portraiture with top celebrities, Brian is equally adept behind-the-scenes, on location or in the studio. His work has been seen in Rolling Stone, People, Time, Entertainment Weekly, The NY Times, Travel and Leisure, and major newspapers and magazines around the world.
Sponsored by Samsung
Alcorn is an award-winning Los Angeles-based editorial and corporate Samsung Imagelogger photographer whose career highlights include having the lead photos of the LA Times 1994 Pulitzer Prize winning Northridge earthquake edition and curating a photography project by dementia patients benefitting the Alzheimer's Association.
Devin Allen, a 26-year-old amateur photographer with aspirations to make a career out of his work, has become a viral sensation. His images of protests in Baltimore have amassed thousands of likes and have been shared by international media organizations around the world, including landing the cover of Time magazine.
Living on the road since 2010, Alexandria Bombach is an award-winning filmmaker from Santa Fe, New Mexico. Focusing on character-driven stories evoking empathy rather than sympathy for the human condition, Alexandria’s work challenges the perceptions of cultures, issues and ideas that usually have limited or sensationalized coverage in mainstream media.
Sponsored by Sony
Colby Brown is a professional photographer, photo educator and author. Specializing in landscape and travel photography, he also does freelance photojournalism and donates his time to The Giving Lens, a charity he founded.
Michael Brown, founder and president of Serac Adventure Films, is an award-winning director and a pioneer of adventure filmmaking. He has summited peaks on all seven continents and made first kayak descents of wild rivers in places like Bhutan and Chile, all with the camera rolling.
Sponsored by Nikon
World-renowned wedding and portrait photographer, Bambi Cantrell, is one of the most decorated and celebrated professional photographers of our time. She is highly regarded in the photographic industry as the foremost expert on lighting and posing and spends a great deal of her time educating photographers from around the world on her unique style and techniques that have brought her fame and success.
Sponsored by Samsung
C.C. is an advocate who speaks about building passionate communities and the strategic values of content-based marketing. He is a Samsung Imagelogger, the original ONE Dad and a UN Foundation Social Good Fellow. As a storyteller for hire, his work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal. C.C. serves as the Chairman of the Board at Wediko and serves on the board of The Hockey Foundation.
Sponsored by PicMonkey
Karen Cooper’s editorial work spans all screens, but she says she learned everything she needed to know from her very first job, at the Muppets. She moved on to produce children’s television programs for ABC, NBC, and PBS and then pressed the “Start” button at Microsoft, where she was a writer-producer of programs for nascent interactive platforms. After a few years developing editorial for mobile apps, she’s happy to call PicMonkey home.
Anna Mia Davidson is a professional photographer based in Seattle, Washington. She believes strongly in the power of images to influence, inspire, and impact the way we see the world around us. When she is not working on her own longterm photographic projects, she works for many different international news and magazine publications and is involved with commissions and large public arts installations of her work.
Sponsored by Nikon
Dixie Dixon is a commercial fashion photographer who shoots internationally for various brands, TV shows, commercial campaigns and editorial projects. A Nikon Ambassador who started off with a Nikon FG when she was 12 years old, Dixie is known for her sensuous and polished images that create an idealistic world in which romance is always alive.
Aaron Draper's career in visual storytelling has spanned journalism, commericial and wedding photography, and teaching. His project, Underexposed, sheds light (both literally and figuratively) on the issue of homelessness by using lighting to make the homeless as visually appealing as possible in a society that is visually demanding. Underexposed has received worldwide recognition and has enabled him to use his photography as a vehicle for social activism.
As a "Photographer of Wild Places, Things & People," Kiliii Yüyan is fascinated by human beings and their connection with the natural world. He shoots journalistic images that lay bare people and wilderness, alongside commercial outdoor images that tell stories and ignite people’s imaginations.
Sponsored by Sigma
Sigma Pro photographer David FitzSimmons is on a mission to get children and families hooked on nature. A leader in the Children & Nature movement, his award-winning "Curious Critters" picture books have sold over 100,000 copies. A former school teacher and university professor, David helps photographers learn how to share their love of nature through spectacular, thought-provoking images.
Natalie Fobes is one of the most diverse photographers in the country. From wildlife to endangered cultures to weddings, she loves telling stories with her photographs. Natalie is also one of the co-founders of Blue Earth Alliance, a non-profit dedicated to helping photographers and film makers shoot documentary stories about the environment, endangered cultures and social issues.
Ian Goode has over 12 years of experience in the creative world of advertising. His passion for storytelling and post perfection has led to the creation of award-winning digital and traditional campaigns for multiple brands while the Creative Director at Gigantic Squid. He is currently sticking to his goal of "Do what I love and love what I do" as a Creative Strategist at the Facebook Creative Shop in Seattle.
Sponsored by Adobe
Tim Grey is regarded as one of the top educators in digital photography and imaging, providing clear guidance on complex subjects through his writing, speaking, and tutorials. He has written more than a dozen books on digital imaging for photographers and has had hundreds of articles published in magazines such as Digital Photo Pro and Outdoor Photographer.
Sponsored by Olympus
Laura Hicks is a Cincinnati-based professional wedding and portrait photographer with a unquenched passion for creating macro images. Her professional career started in 2002 when she photographed her first wedding. Hooked immediately, she has spent the last 13 years photographing hundreds of weddings and thousands of portraits. Her work appeared on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Her photography has also been featured in numerous on-line and print photography magazines.
National Geographic photographer Aaron Huey has shot stories around the world for National Geographic and Harper's magazine. Hawkeye Huey is his son—a 5-year-old who likes bows and arrows, tree houses, rockets, and all things NASA. He is also very handy with his (analog) Fujifilm Instax camera, and as such, he is the youngest photographer represented by National Geographic.
Robert Hurt is an astronomer and visualization scientist for NASA's Spitzer Space telecope and other missions. He's the one who takes the raw data captured by telescopes and translates them into publication-worthy photography.
Sponsored by Sigma
Jared Ivy’s passion for photography started at age 12 when he began shooting, processing, and developing black and white photographs in Tucson, AZ. Currently he is the Senior Technical Representative for Sigma Corporation of America and enjoys traveling to teach classes and workshops and loves the creative shooting freedom that his position affords.
In 2005, family and wedding photographer Lynette Johnson founded Soulumination, a non-profit organization that celebrates the lives of children and parents facing life-threatening conditions by providing professional photographs of these special individuals and their families, free of charge. Nearly 50 professional photographers volunteer their time and talent to Soulumination and over 1,400 photography sessions have been provided to families in need.
Sponsored by Samsung
Matthew Kumasaka is a Seattle-based cinematographer, Instagram Influencer and Samsung Imagelogger photographer. He specializes in cinematic live event coverage, and amidst all of the excitement and mayhem that live events bring, he is addicted to shooting anything and everything in the great outdoors. From the Milky Way to the summits of nearby mountains, Matt absolutely loves being able to take the time to explore all of the beauty and wonder that Washington has to offer.
Sponsored by Fujifilm
Bobbi Lane is an award-winning commercial photographer specializing in creative portraits on location and in the studio. As a dedicated photo educator, she brings insight and enthusiasm to her students in workshops held worldwide. She is known for teaching lighting techniques for portraits using both natural and artificial lighting. Combining her love of travel, photography and teaching, Bobbi also leads international photo travel workshops.
Sponsored by Lensbaby
Fritz is passionate about location portraiture, fine art, and commercial and editorial projects. He's won awards from top photography publications and his work has been published in the likes of National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and more. His personal projects, including Astra Velum, Quite Normal, Welcome to Wonderland, and Skeleton in the Closet, are shown, published, and collected internationally.
National Geographic photographer/writer Max Lowe has spent his life in the wilderness. Through the National Geographic Adventure Blog and his own projects, he shares his experiences of extraordinary moments, wildlife, people and places. "Photography is not an end in itself. It takes me to incredible places and shows me a view that I might have missed entirely were I not looking through the lens of my camera.
Sponsored by Smugmug
Ben joined SmugMug 12 years ago doing Support part time between his college classes. The customers quickly became more important than his classes, and a love affair with Support began. With experience in QA and Product Management to complement the front line Support, Ben is able to provide insight into what it really takes to truly delight your customers.
As a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse helping families with premature infants, Dianne Maroney met countless individuals with touching stories of strength, perserverance, kindness and hope. These stories affected Dianne so much that she wanted to capture and share them, believing that the extraordinary stories of ordinary people would touch and inspire others. Thus was born The Imagine Project: a nonprofit humanitarian organization dedicated to giving kids age 5 to 18 a voice to "rewrite" their own life stories.
Tim Matsui is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated visual journalist and filmmaker focusing on human trafficking, alternative energy, and the environment. Tim seeks to inform and engage viewers through his projects, using media for social change.
Kerri Jablonski is the voice behind I am the Maven®. Her big girl camera is often neglected because it’s so much easier to fit an iPhone in her back pocket, but she's always up to learn about more options for getting those key photos. You will find everything from family friendly entertainment, travel and brands on her parenting blog. When not traveling, Kerri likes to concoct recipes and avoid cleaning up after.
Sponsored by Nikon
Joe McNally is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned more than 35 years and included assignments in 60 countries. Whether he is capturing individuals or large- scale assignments, McNally’s photographs inform the viewer with their artistry and compassion, telling us stories elicited by his great communicative skills and captured through his lens.
Sponsored by Samsung
Muklashy is an award-winning Southern California-based landscape and commercial Samsung Imagelogger photographer and media professional who has been involved in everything from print publications to video production. He spent several years producing marketing and commercial videos and corporate media packages for Fortune 500 companies, but he has turned his focus back to image making while documenting state and national parks and landscapes through photography.
Sponsored by Sony
Patrick Murphy-Racey covered hundreds of photography assignments for Sports Illustrated with four covers credited to his name. Author of two photography books to date with one in process, currently working with corporate / editorial clients and teaching lighting and video production at various workshops.
Sponsored by Samsung
Ibarionex Perello is a Los Angeles-based Samsung Imagelogger photographer, writer, and host & producer of The Candid Frame photography podcast. He has over 25 years of experience in the photographic industry and his work has appeared in numerous publications. He has served as an adjunct professor at the Art Center College of Design, and he currently is a production fellow for MaximumFun, which produces NPR’s Bullseye with Jesse Thorne.
Jared Polin, AKA FroKnowsPhoto, is one of the largest photo personalities and talents in the world today. He is best known for creating "Fun and Informative" videos that help photographers all around the world. Love him or hate him you can't deny what he has done.
Brad Puet is a photographer whose documentary work showcases the street and its lifestyle as his subject. As a self-taught artist who has developed a style and composition all his own, his award winning work is recognized around the globe.
Tom Reese is an independent photographer and editor specializing in environmental storytelling. His work as a newspaper and magazine photojournalist has been nominated for Pulitzer Prizes in breaking news photography, feature photography and explanatory reporting, and also honored by World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and International Conservation Photography Awards.
Sponsored by Samsung
Ruiz is a Los Angeles-based freelance Samsung Imagelogger photographer. He has garnered attention on the local arts scene for his distinctive style of black-and-white street photography, with its emphasis on the interplay of light and shadow. In addition to his street photography, Rinzi shoots portraits, weddings, and events, and teaches photography in both workshops and one-on-one tutorials.
Sponsored by Canon
Rick Sammon is an award winning photographer and Canon Explorer of Light. Described by some as ‘one of the most active photographers on the planet,’ Rick is a prolific and inspirational image-maker with a contagious enthusiasm for digital photography. Artists of all types, including movie makers, painters, musicians, and sculptors have been inspired by Rick’s insight.
Seattle-based visual journalist Joshua Trujillo documents people and events so you can talk about ideas. His work as a photojournalist has been published in almost every major US newspaper and magazine, including the front page of the New York Times and full-page features in People Magazine and Sports Illustrated. Seattle locals will recognize his photos in the Seattle P-I, and many more can see them through the Associated Press.
Sponsored by Samsung
Winslow is a Samsung Imagelogger and an internationally published portrait and commercial photographer in Phoenix, Arizona with a modern and colorful style. Her work has appeared in Real Simple, Professional Photographer Magazine, Rangefinder, Digital Photo Pro, on HGTV.com and numerous other print and online publications.
Eric Wolfinger is a traveling food photographer who spent six years cooking and baking professionally before working behind the lens. An immersive photographer known for weaving practical instruction with powerful storytelling, the cookbooks he shoots go on to become the classics of their category. His first project "Tartine Bread" was nominated for a James Beard Award and is now in its 9th printing. Twelve books later he is still hungry and on the move.
Sponsored by Smugmug
Motivated by the desire to be creatively challenged and overcome impossibilities, Benjamin Von Wong has become notorious for his epic photography. His hyper-realistic art style captures viewers in a fusion of special effects and innovative concepts. Benjamin's background in engineering gives him a unique edge for creative problem solving, where technical challenges become friendly competition.