The Jury Panel

 A Brief Video About The People at
The Luminous Endowment

The Luminous Endowment's grant selection jury is comprised of some of the world's leading photographers and photographic educators.

After a pre-selection process by the Endowment's executive, new grant applications are sent to jury members for their consideration. Jury members may discuss each application confidentially via a private online forum.

At the deadline jury members vote on each application and the result of this selection is forwarded to the Endowment's Executive and Board for final consideration. Based on the Endowment's then financial ability, awards are subsequently granted to applicants. 

Jury member's participation is pro-bono, with no remuneration of any kind. No direct communication is allowed between applicants and jury members. 


John Paul  Caponigro /  Eric Meola / Peter Cox / Mikkel Aaland / Ctein / Katrin Eismann 
 Alain Briot / Tim Wolcott / Sean Reid / William Neill / Andy Biggs / Nick Rains / Ken Duncan



John Paul Caponigro

One of the most prominent artists working with digital media, John Paul dynamically combines his background in painting and historic photographic processes using state-of-the-art digital technology. His life’s work is both a call to connection with nature and a call for conscientious creative interaction in our environment during a time of rapid change. His art has been exhibited internationally and purchased by numerous private and public collections including Princeton University, the Estée Lauder collection, and the Smithsonian. Respected as an authority on creativity and fine art digital printing, he is a highly sought after speaker, lecturing extensively at conferences, universities, and museums, in venues as diverse as Photoshop World, MIT and TEDx. He teaches workshops globally. John Paul’s work has been published widely in numerous periodicals and books including Art News and The Ansel Adams Guide. A contributing editor for Digital Photo Pro and a columnist for the Huffington Post, he is the author of Adobe Photoshop Master Class and the DVD series R/Evolution. John Paul is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, an Epson Stylus Pro, and an X-Rite Coloratti. His clients include Adobe, Apple, Canon, Epson, Kodak, and Sony. Learn more – visit and get a free subscription to his enews Insights.


Eric Meola

Eric Meolas graphic use of color has informed his photographs and his distinguished career for more than four decades. As an undergraduate at Syracuse University, he studied color printing and color theory with legendary instructor Tom Richards at the Newhouse School of Journalism before graduating in 1968 with a B.A. in English Literature and then moving to New York City in 1969 to work with Pete Turner as his studio manager.  

Erics prints are in several private collections and museums, and he has won numerous awards including the Advertising Photographer of the Yearaward in 1986 from the American Society of Media Photographers.

In 1972 he photographed Haiti for Time magazine, resulting in one of his most famous images, Coca Kid,which was included in Life magazines special 1997 issue 100 Magnificent Images,as well as the ASMP archive at the International Center of Photography.  In 1980 his signature red, white and blue image Promised Land,was chosen for inclusion in the permanent collection of the George Eastman House. In 1989 he was the only photographer named to Adweek magazines national Creative All-Star Team; and that same year he received a Cliofor a series of images he made in Scotland for a Timberland ad campaign. 

In 2004, Graphis Editions published his first book The Last Places on Earth, a look at disappearing tribes and cultures throughout the world.  His second book Born to Run: The Unseen Photos (Insight Editions, 2006), was followed in 2008 by INDIA: In Word & Image (Welcome Books, NY), and an exhibit in 2009 at the Art Directors Club of New York.  In October 2013, Welcome books published a new, expanded version of his INDIA book, and in the spring of 2014 he received the “Power of the Image” George Eastman award. 

Eric has lectured extensively, including at Syracuse University, the Rochester Institute of Technology, the Art Center at Pasadena, Parsons, and the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.  He is currently working on a new book project to document the Great Plains, including “Tornado Alley”, which he hopes to publish as a book in 2020.

Peter Cox

Peter Cox is a landscape photographer living and working in the beautiful south-west of Ireland. Originally a senior IT systems engineer, he grew tired of the corporate environment and decided to change careers and to pursue his love of photography in 2005. Through hard work and dedication, and not a little luck, he was successful in this goal and is now one of the top landscape photographers in Ireland. Peter's inspiration is the desire to share the beauty he sees in nature with those who view his photographs. To this end, he sells prints through his gallery in Killarney, Co. Kerry and leads workshops and photo tours in beautiful locations around the world. 

Mikkel Aaland

Mikkel Aaland is an award winning photographer and best-selling author of 12 books on digital photography, including Photoshop RAW, Shooting Digital, the first Adobe Lightroom Adventure (Iceland) edition, and the second Adobe Lightroom Adventure (Tasmania) edition. He is a popular workshop leader both in the United States and Europe and creates training videos in collaboration with and Adobe Press. Aaland is the co-host of the Nordic Light International Festival of Photography held every year in Kristiansund, Norway and the co-creator of the Beyond Pixels UnFestival.  Aaland is currently based in San Francisco and Telemark, Norway. 

Katrin Eismann  

Katrin Eismann is an internationally respected artist, teacher,and author specializing in creative digital photography and the impact of emerging technologies upon professional photographers, artists, and educators. She received her BFA degree in Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology and her MFA degree in Design at the School of Visual Arts. Katrin is the co-author of Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, Photoshop Masking & CompositingThe Creative Digital Darkroom, and Real World Digital Photography – all of which have been translated into numerous languages for worldwide distribution. In 2005, Katrin was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame and her images have been featured in many books, magazines, group and solo exhibitions. Katrin is the founder and chair of the Masters in Digital Photography department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, which is offered as both an on-campus and low- residency program.

Alain Briot

Alain Briot is an Avant Garde photographer who continues the French Beaux Arts tradition by exploring the intersection of technology and art in digital photography. Trained as a painter at the Academie des Beaux Arts in Paris, Alain decided to use photography as his medium because of its contemporary nature and its relationship with cutting edge technology.  Alain’s work focuses primarily on landscapes with the goal of interpreting the subject to express an emotional response.  To this end Alain makes use of all the tools that digital photography offers. His images are interpretations of the photographs captured by the camera.

Alain is the author of 4 books published by Rocky Nook: Mastering Landscape Photography. Mastering Composition, Creativity and Personal Style, Marketing Fine Art Photography and How Photographs are Sold. Alain creates fine art photographs, teaches photography workshops with his wife Natalie, offers 1 on 1 consulting services, and publishes the Mastery Workshops on DVD photography tutorial series.  His work, books, workshops and tutorials can be seen on his website at

Tim Wolcott

Introduced to the head of conservation at Smithsonian in 1997, Tim proposed a project that would create exact replicas of extremely rare ephemera, such as important historic images and documents, with an end goal of release to the public. Up until then the rarity of these artifacts, including early civil war stills, Wright Brothers flight images, and portraits of the Great Sioux Chief by J.A. Anderson, had been barred due to their value. Tim’s practice for preservation of these collections was featured on PBS in 2003 and his connection with Smithsonian continues today: in 2009 and 2010, they named him Best Landscape Photographer.

Enthusiasts of Tim’s work range from private to corporate collectors, including Guggenheim, Photokina, Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, Chevron and the Nature Conservancy. His images have been exhibited at Fahey Klein Gallery, Photography West, Vision Gallery, Photocollect, and Grubel Gallery.

Tim’s persistence in documenting history via art led him to publish two coffee-table books. The first, Along the Water’s Edge, features essays alongside images Tim made over the last 20 years. For the Love of Texas, Tim’s second foray into publishing, features spring landscapes of Washington County with commentary from notable Texans, including George W. Bush, Lance Armstrong and Nolan Ryan.

In 2000, Tim realized a dream to open the first green gallery in the world. Dedicated to showcasing his own work and the artistic talents of others,  Gallery of the American Landscape is located in Southern California’s iconic high country of Big Bear Lake.

In 2012, Tim created a revolutionary new printing process.  This proprietary new paper combined with a proprietary new coating  is considered to be the finest pigment printing process on the planet. This proprietary printing process allows the art lover to have a visual experience, to see the artwork without the use of glass or plexiglass.  This innovative new printing process creates the most realistic luminant photographs known to mankind. This process is also green and is the longest lasting process in the world.

Sean Reid

Sean Reid has been a commercial and fine art photographer for thirty years. He studied photography at Bard College under Stephen Shore and Ben Lifson. In the late 1980s he worked as an exhibition printer for Wendy Ewald and other fine art photographers. In 1989, he was the first American photographer to receive an artist-in-residence grant from the Irish Arts Council in Dublin, Ireland and his work is held in their collection. That same year he gave a guest lecture at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art in Dublin. In the early 1990s Sean met occasionally with Helen Levitt to discuss and edit pictures he was making in the subways of Budapest and New York City. These were exhibited in New York in conjunction with performances by Jens Nygaard's Jupiter Symphony.

Sean's work for clients is often of weddings and architecture. His editorial work has appeared in magazines such asMotorcyclist, Rider and The Robb Report. His personal work is primarily of people in public places -- especially in rural New England where he resides.

In 2004, Sean began reviewing cameras and lenses for Luminous Landscape. The following year he began Reid Reviews (, a site -- of equipment reviews and essays on photography -- that accepts no advertising and is paid for entirely by subscribers. Written primarily for professional and serious amateur photographers the site has become known for its in-depth analysis based on both field and studio testing. Sean also serves as an unpaid consultant, advisor and sometimes beta tester for several camera and lens manufacturers.

William Neill

William Neill, an American photographer and resident of Yosemite National Park area since 1977, is a renowned nature and landscape photographer. Neill's award-winning photography has been widely published in books, magazines, calendars, posters, and his limited-edition prints have been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries nationally, including the Museum of Fine Art Boston, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Vernon Collection, and The Polaroid Collection. Neill has received the Sierra Club's Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography and is a member of Canon USA’s elite Print Masters.

Neill's assignment and published credits include National Geographic, Smithsonian, Natural History, National Wildlife, Conde Nast Traveler, Gentlemen's Quarterly, Travel and Leisure, Wilderness, Sunset, Sierra and Outside magazines. Also, he writes a monthly column, On Landscape, for Outdoor Photographer magazine. Feature articles about his work have appeared in Life, Camera and Darkroom, Outdoor Photographer and Communication Arts, from whom he has also received five Awards of Excellence. His corporate clients have included Sony Japan, Bayer Corporation, Canon USA, Nike, Nikon, The Nature Company, Hewlett Packard, 3M, Freidrick Grohe, Neutrogena, Nikon, Sony Music/Classical, University of Cincinnati, UBS Global Asset Management.

He is the photographic author of many books including The Sense of Wonder, The Tree, By Nature's Design, The Color of Nature and Traces of Time. A portfolio of his Yosemite photographs has been published Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness and a retrospective monograph of his landscape photography entitled Landscapes Of The Spirit.

Andy Biggs

Andy Biggs is an avid adventurer, conservationist, teacher, and outdoor photographer whose photography celebrates the African landscape and its rich wildlife, people, and culture. With a deep respect and understanding for African wildlife, Andy unfolds the world of the Serengeti, the Okavango Delta and other wildlife-rich destinations onto our doorstep with striking emotional depth. His photographic safaris allow the traveler to not only enhance their understanding of photography, lighting, and wildlife, but to develop a life-long admiration for Africa 's beauty and culture.

In 2008, Banana Republic used thirteen of Andy's photographs as the cornerstone of their Urban Safari campaign, and his images were seen in all 750 stores around the globe, as well as in their billboards, catalogs and annual report. Andy was also the winner of the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year in the 'Wild Places' category in 2008.

Andy launched Gura Gear in 2008, in an attempt to deliver lightweight camera bags to the market. Andy was looking for a lightweight camera bag to hold all of his photographic gear, and there was nothing desirable on the market that suited his needs. After spending 2 years with many prototypes, the Gura Gear Kiboko bag was born.

Andy's photographic interests also encompass the landscapes of the American Southwest. His key to shooting a great photo? Andy makes it a priority to shoot when the light is most dramatic, notably the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset.


Ctein is the author of  "Post Exposure: Advanced Techniques for Photographic Printer" (now available as a free download at  and "Digital Restoration from Start to Finish"  (sample  excerpts  are at He's written about photography for nearly 4 decades, with millions of words and close to 1000 columns and articles in print and online.

Currently he is the Technical Editor for The Online Photographer ( He is widely known as an expert color printer  and photographic restorer. Until 2013, he was one of the few practitioners of the exclusive craft of dye transfer printing. His work can be found at  and

Nick Rains

Nick Rains has been a professional photographer for the past 31 years, during which time he has worked for well known publications such as Australian Geographic, Outback, GEO, Sports Illustrated, TIME, BBC and many others. He has worked in all genres of the industry covering sports, news, celebrities, travel and commercial but now concentrates on documentary photography both in Australia and overseas. More recently Nick has become involved in training other keen photographers, sharing his wealth of experience and knowledge and, in addition to writing travel and photography articles, he is a Leica Ambassador and Principal Instructor for Leica Akademie Australia. 


Ken Duncan 

Well known as the pioneer of panoramic photography in Australia, Ken Duncan is an originator – not an imitator.  In a 2007 segment on television’s A Current Affair he was described as “definitely one of Australia’s most iconic image makers”. 

In 2006 he was granted an Honorary Fellowship from the Australian Institute of Professional Photography in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the industry. In 2009, Ken was awarded a Medal Of The Order Of Australia (OAM) by the Australian Government for his services to landscape photography, publishing and the arts. He has also received the Photo Imaging Council of Australia’s highest honour – the Gold Tripod award. 

Ken’s works are owned by members of royalty and national rulers; by Sheiks, movie stars and music industry icons; by major business leaders, investors, and private individuals all over the world.