Meet The Judges
Ruth is a full-time professional nature photographer, writer, public speaker, workshop leader, coach, and consultant with 30+ years’ experience teaching nature photography.
She enthusiastically works with photographers from all skill levels, ages, and walks of life, including youths from 8-18 years, US Veterans, artists’ groups, people with disabilities, and other specialized groups.
Ruth writes for the Journal of Wildlife Photography and manages its monthly photo contest.
A Certified Interpretive Guide and Certified Texas Master Naturalist, Ruth is best known for her Texas bird and wildlife photography and professional guiding services on private south Texas ranches, Costa Rica, and numerous other locations.
Darrell Gulin has traveled the world for nearly 40 years, capturing special moments to share with others. He has marketed his work the last 37 years, with 31 of those as a full-time nature and travel photographer.
He markets his work through stock agencies such as GettyImages and Danita Delimont, as well as editorial and paper product markets, photography workshops, tours, seminars and speaking engagements.
Darrell is one of Canon’s Legends and also past President of North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). His work has been published in Outdoor Photographer, Newsweek, Audubon, National Wildlife, Popular Photography, Our Daily Bread, most top nature and wildlife calendars, and Nature’s Best, to name a few.
He is an accomplished speaker and teacher and has led his own photo workshops along with Joe Van Os Photo Safaris. Darrell has been featured on the TV program Canon Photo Safaris.
Melody Lytle began photographing digital photos of birds and animals approximately 20 years ago in connection with her job as a biologist for the City of Austin’s endangered species program.
Since retirement, she has photographed in North and South America as well as Africa and has been published in books, magazines, calendars and online field guides.
Melody has spoken to a number of camera clubs and will speak and lead a workshop in November at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in Harlingen, Texas. She serves as a guide for the Laguna Seca Ranch and Trogon Nature Tours, as well as a private tutor for both hardware and software skills.
Melody hopes to continue learning from the community of nature photographers and improving her skills.