Meet the 2016 National Sunset Print Award Judges | LexJet Blog

Meet the 2016 National Sunset Print Award Judges

All year long, photographers and digital artists have competed in Sunset Print Award competitions throughout the country. This month, we welcome all the winning entries into the National Sunset Print Awards held in the S-One Holdings Corporation’s Sarasota headquarters, home of LexJet and Sunset, on Nov. 16.

LexJet-sponsored Sunset Print Awards took place at various professional photography associations across the country. Thirty winners of the 2016 competitions were entered for this year’s National Sunset Print Award grand prize.

For this year’s judging of the local and regional winners, four esteemed judges will view the prints and judge them using the 12 traditional Professional Photographers of America (PPA) judging elements, which include impact, technical excellence, creativity, style, composition, presentation, color balance, center of interest, lighting, subject matter, technique and story telling.

This year’s judges, pictured left to right above, include:

CarmenPhoto200Carmen Schettino, jury chairman. Carmen is a professional photographer with more than 40 years of experience in portrait, wedding and commercial work. He discovered the lure of photography when, as a young soldier stationed in Germany, he watched a blank piece of paper miraculously change to an image in the darkroom. While the “magic” of the darkroom era has come and gone, Carmen’s love of photography has never diminished. He is a Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman, both earned professional achievements, awarded by the Professional Photographers of America for excellence in photography and service to the industry. He has served as the president of the Professional Photographers of New York State and has more than 390 PPA merits for his photography and his teaching work.

jane-conner-ziserJane Conner Ziser. Jane is a photographer, digital artist, premier educator and independent consultant. With over 25 years of experience, 19 of them in digital imaging and evolving technologies, the techniques Jane developed for facial retouching and enhancement and portrait painting are widely emulated by photographers and digital artists worldwide through her classes and educational products. She was named as one of Canon’s Explorers of Light in their PrintMaster program, is past co-chair of Digital and Advanced Imaging Committee and Professional Photographers of America

tomc_picThomas Carabasi. Thomas is currently the department head of photography and digital imaging
at the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, and has been a visiting artist and lecturer at the International Center of Photography in New York City for more than 25 years. He has actively conducted workshops on developing innovative concept development and technique both in the U.S. and Europe since 1989. His fine art photography has won him grants from the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts and The Australian Council of the Arts and his work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally including shows in Australia, Germany, Italy and Art Basel, Miami. Thomas has also published a monograph of his work entitled “Traces: Photographs and Poetry 1979-1989.” He is currently represented by Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art in Sarasota.

Scott_HimeScott Hime. Scott received his degree in Portrai­ture from the Ohio Institute of Photography in 1981 and upon graduation moved to Sarasota and opened his studio. Hime Photography does portraiture of families/children and  weddings. He has earned his “Master of Photography” degree and his Certified Professional Photographer. From the Florida Professional Photographers he has earned the Florida Service Award and The Florida Degree of Photographic Excellence. He is twice a past president of the Bay Photographic Association and served on the board for 12 years. Scott is married to Jenny, and they have two children, Matt, 32, and Sarah, 30 and two grandchildren.

To view past and current winners of the Sunset Print Awards, visit

Shellie has more than 20 years of experience in the print publication industry as a content strategist, editor and writer. She has partnered with printing, photography and graphics professionals on a wide variety of publications and printing projects. At LexJet, she writes about customer experiences, industry trends, new products and the latest inkjet printing innovations.

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