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LexJet Congratulates Winners of the Shine On! Print Contest

LexJet is pleased to announce the winners of the Shine On! Print Contest for images output on LexJet’s new Sunset Photo Metallic paper for professional inkjet photo printing.

Ryan Joseph, of R. Joseph Photographics in Tampa, FL, won the Best of Show Award and a 24-in.  Canon iPF6300 printer for his entry entitled America? Joseph also won an Apple iPad as the First-Place Winner in the Wedding/Portrait category of the contest.

When LexJet account specialist Michael Clementi shared the good news, Ryan Joseph was excited, noting that “This is the first competition I’ve ever won! I’m so glad it was with LexJet. I love the new Sunset Photo Metallic paper!

Two of the members of the Shine On! Print Contest judging panel Carmen Schettino (left) and Gloria Pearse display the print chosen Best in Show. Entitled America?, the award-winning print was created by Ryan Joseph of R. Joseph Photographics using LexJet Sunset Photo Metallic paper on his Canon iPF8000 printer.

Gary Haines of Grizzly Creek Gallery won First Place in the Nature/Landscape/Fine Art category for his image entitled Winter SerenityAnne Smyth won the First Place Award in the Open Category for her image entitled Ball in Wire. Anne Smyth’s image was printed by Giclée of New England. Gary Haines and Anne Smyth will each receive an Apple iPad.

The three First Place-winning prints were Ball in Wire by Anne Smyth in the Open category, America? by Ryan Joseph in the Wedding/Portraits category, and Serenity by Gary Haines in the Nature/Landscape/Fine Art category.

All of the award winners are listed below. Each of the Second Place winners will receive a $250 LexJet gift certificate; each Third Place winner receives a $150 LexJet gift certificate; and each Fourth Place winner will get a $100 LexJet gift certificate.

“This was the first time LexJet had ever conducted a competition of this kind. We want to thank everyone who entered,” said contest coordinator Sean McGettigan. “The Shine On! print contest was a huge hit. We received more than 500 images from 180 contestants.”

The images will be displayed at LexJet headquarters where they will inspire the staff and be viewed by the many photo-industry manufacturers, influencers, and partners who visit our offices each week.

“It is amazing to see the many ways photo prints can be creatively enhanced by the subtle luminosity of Sunset Photo Metallic Paper,” says LexJet product manager Alex Ried. “Everyone who entered will be receiving a thank-you gift from LexJet.”

We also want to thank the talented professional photographers who spent a full day at LexJet headquarters judging the entries in a specially constructed viewing booth. The judging panel was led by Carmen Schettino, and included Alfred Gordon, Charles Neubauer, and Gloria Pearse. All of the judges have earned the Master of Photography degree from Professional Photographers of America and were experienced in judging print competitions.

The judges had their work cut out for them as they reviewed more than 500 images from 180 contestants. Shown here (from left to right): LexJet’s Michael Henshaw and judges Gloria Pearse, Charles Neubauer, Alfred Gordon, and Carmen Schettino.

Schettino agrees that the number and quality of entries in this first-of-its-kind contest were impressive, noting that as a judge, “It was tough to make decisions. Sometimes the decisions came down to some very minor details.” He regards the success of the Shine On! print contest as evidence of the high level of rapport the LexJet account specialists have established with their customers.

Congratulations to all of the winners listed below. You can read more about them in future posts on this blog.

By Ryan Joseph
R. Joseph Photographics


First Place
By Ryan Joseph
R. Joseph Photographics

Second Place
Window Light Glamour
By David Powers
David Powers Photography

Third Place
By Shawn Wright
Wright Studio

Fourth Place
By Travis Gugelman
Gugelman Photography


First Place
Winter Serenity
By Gary Haines
Grizzly Creek Gallery, Inc.

Second Place
Last Stop for the Emmett Kelly
By Renee Besta
Renee Besta Photography

Third Place
‘S’ Curve Road to the Red Barn
By Randy Zack
Bay View Studios

Fourth Place
Cubes in Space
By Kenneth Deitcher
Nature Photographer


First Place
Ball in Wire
By Anne Smyth
Printed by Giclée of New England

Second Place
In Dark and Light – Shot 2
By Emin Kadi
Emin Photo

Third Place
There’s One in Every Family
By Travis Gugelman
Gugelman Photography

Fourth Place
By Timothy Park
Timothy J. Park Photography

Honorable Mention
December Storm
By Jim Thompson
Jim Thompson Photo

If you would like LexJet to conduct similar contests in the future, please call your account specialist at 800-453-9538.

Since 1994, LexJet has helped tens of thousands of business owners, photographers, artists, and designers prosper by helping them select the best digital-printing equipment, materials, software, and finishing systems for their operations.


  1. Sharon Jones

    Would love to see some of the other photos entered in the competition. Congrats to the winner, Ryan Joseph! Well done.

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