Meet the 2023 Jury
Ad Astra, Antebellum
John Axelrad is an American editor. He started his career by editing short films and TV Movies. He is known for movies like The Switch (2010), Something Borrowed (2011) and Krampus (2015), The Lost City of Z (2017), and Ad Astra (2020).
Photography / Director of Photography
Matt Brown is a commercial photographer, documentary filmmaker, screenwriter and podcaster living in Los Angeles with over 30 years of professional photography experience shooting a variety of assignments. Matt has created memorable images for a large client base including Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Sports Illustrated, LA Angels, MLB, Gatorade, National Geographic Traveler, NBA, ESPN the Magazine, Mizuno, Sony and Newsweek. During the last 15 years Matt has made a dozen documentary films.
Nicola Daley, ACS
Nicola is an award winning Director of Photography with extensive experience in drama, documentaries, commercials and music videos.
Nicola shot documentaries for 10 years all over the world, in some of the most talked about places on earth – North Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and after having survived that she now shoots high end TV drama and feature films.
Nicola has just finished working as the lead DP on ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 5 with director Elisabeth Moss. She has numerous TV shows under her belt including ‘Harlots’ for Hulu, ‘Half Bad’ for Netflix, ‘Domina’ for Sky, and ‘Gentleman Jack’ for HBO
Photographer / Multimedia Creator
Josh is the owner of One Zero Digital Media, LLC, He provides video and photography services from the ground and in the sky with high end drones and industry standard cinematic camera He has been involved in the aerial imaging industry since purchasing one of the first DJI Phantom 2 drones in February of 2014, and has worked for ESPN, HGTV, Caribbean Cruise Lines, the Anaheim Convention Center and many other companies, providing aerial media services such as videography, photography and 3D models and maps.
Photographer / Trainer
Based in Southern California, Emily is a photographer and videographer who specializes in landscape, aerial, and portrait work for her clients. It was through working with high-end commercial real estate clientele that she fell in love with drone photography, and she now lives for the thrill of capturing images that would otherwise be missed by the human eye. Her unique aerials created through her focus on composition, colors, and contrast have caught the attention of industry influencers.
Photographer / Multimedia Storyteller
Johnny Miller is a photographer, activist, and multimedia storyteller based in Cape Town, South Africa and Detroit, USA. He is interested in exploring inequality, architecture, displacement and climate justice from the ground and from the air.
His photographic project Unequal Scenes has garnered widespread praise and been featured in many of the world’s top publications.
Johnny is also the co-founder of africanDRONE, a pan-African organization committed to using drones for good. He attended Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, USA, and the University of Cape Town in South Africa.
Drone Racer / Content Creator
Jordan Temkin is a life long tinkerer, with a major in photography, he discovered drones in 2013 and immediately fell in love with seeing the world from a new perspective.
Going head on in the world of drones, he became the first ever Drone Racing World Champion in 2016 and subsequently winning in 2017, becoming not only the first ever DRL World Champion but still holds the title as the only two time back to back World Champion.
Founder and owner or Project399 LLC, he has helped bring FPV drones to the masses, developing high performance and easy to build carbon fiber drone frames.
Along side commercial filming and racing, Jordan has helped educate children and adults alike on the joys of flight through a plethora of STEM education programs.