BIOCOMM 2017 Speaker Bios
Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Speaker
Pulitzer Prize (1971 Feature Photography) winning photographer Jack Dykinga blends fine art photography with documentary photojournalism. He is a regular contributor to Arizona Highways and National Geographic Magazines. His ten wilderness advocacy, large format books include: Frog Mountain Blues, The Secret Forest, The Sierra Pinacate, The Sonoran Desert, Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau, and Desert: The Mojave and Death Valley. He authored and photographed Large Format Nature Photography, a “how to” guide to color landscape photography. Jack Dykinga’s ARIZONA, released in 2004 from Westcliffe Publishers, is a compellation of Jack’s best Arizona images and: IMAGES: Jack Dykinga’s Grand Canyon released by Arizona Highways, May 2008, reflect Jack’s love for Arizona. Jack’s book: “Capture the Magic” released November 2013, delves into composition and the creative process. Jack’s newest book: “A Photographer’s Life” was released in the fall of 2016.
Dykinga’s fine art images were featured along with the work of Ansel Adams in an Arizona Highways Magazine retrospective shown at the Phoenix Art Museum, The Center for Creative Photography, and the Museum of Northern Arizona.
Recent work includes: Texas/Mexican border highlighting the biological diversity of protected areas along the Rio Grande River, appearing in the February 2007, National Geographic Magazine. His illustration of the wilderness lands of Native American Tribes is featured in the August 2010 National Geographic.
Jack has donated his talents to the International League of Conservation Photographer’s RAVEs (Rapid Assessment Visual Expeditions) El Triunfo, Mexico, 2007; Balandra 2007, Baja Sur, Mexico; the Yucatan 2009, Yucatan, Mexico; the U.S./ Mexico Borderlands 2009, as well as the 2010 Patagonia, Chile RAVE and the September 2010 Great Bear RAVE in B.C. Canada. In each case, Jack and teams of celebrated photographers from all over the world pooled their collective talents to highlight potential environmental degradation.
In April 2010, Jack’s image: “Stone Canyon” was selected as one of the forty best nature photographs of all time by the International League of Conservation Photographers and he received: The 2011 Outstanding Photographer of the Year Award from the North American Nature Photography Association in March 2011. Most recently he was named the recipient of NANPA’s 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.Visit his website at, www.dykinga.com.
- A Life Shaped by People that Profoundly Influenced My Image Making
(Maria Ikenberg Lindberg Keynote Address)
The Anne Shiras Pioneer Lecture
George D. Lepp is one of North America’s best-known contemporary outdoor and nature photographers. His passions for natural beauty, technical precision, cutting-edge technology, and environmental responsibility are revealed in his beautiful and compelling photographic images. He is also widely recognized for his unique dedication to sharing his photographic and biological knowledge with other photographers through his seminars and writing. In both realms, George Lepp is a leader in the rapidly advancing field of digital imaging.
Lepp’s images have appeared in some of the world’s most widely viewed venues and on the covers of many books and magazines, including Natural History, Car and Driver, PC Photo, and Outdoor Photographer; at prestigious galleries and museums throughout the United States; and at the corporate headquarters of Canon USA, Eastman Kodak, and Epson America. He was chosen by Canon USA as one of the first members of its Explorers of Light program, which features the industry’s most influential photographers. He is known for his sweeping panoramas that capture the magnificence of locations in Africa, Antarctica, the Netherlands, and North America. His stock and assignment photography is represented by Getty, Corbis, and Photo Researchers.
Lepp is regularly read in popular photographic magazines; he is the field editor of Outdoor Photographer Magazine, where he has a monthly column. He is the author of many books, including Wildlife Photography: Stories from the Field, Golden Poppies of California, and Beyond the Basics I and II: Innovative Techniques for Outdoor and Nature Photography, as well as hundreds of articles on photography. He has taught at Photoshop World, Santa Fe Workshops, Palm Beach Workshops, and founded the Lepp Institute of Digital Imaging. Lepp is a founding board member and fellow of the North American Nature Photographers Association and winner of many awards for his work, including Photo Media’s Photography Person of the Year and the prestigious Progress Award, the highest given by the Photographic Society of America.First trained in wildlife and wild lands management at Oregon State University and Humboldt State University, George Lepp later earned a BPA and honorary MS in Professional Photography from Brooks Institute. He and his wife Kathryn, a writer and editor, live in Bend, Oregon. Contact him through his web site, www.GeorgeLepp.com.
- No Limits Extreme Capture Techniques in Nature Photography
(The Anne Shiras Pioneer Lecture)
Matt is a landscape photographer and educator based out of Tampa, FL. He's published over 20 books on photography, Lightroom and Photoshop and speaks at conferences around the world. He's also owner of the blog/online training website, mattk.com
Norm Barker, MS, MA, RBP, FRPS
Norm Barker MS, MA, RBP is a Professor of Pathology and Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. He is Director of Pathology Photography and Graphics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. A graduate of The Maryland Institute College of Art, he also holds a M.S. from Johns Hopkins University in education, as well as a M.A. from The University of Baltimore in publications design. He specializes in photomicroscopy and macro photography. He is a Fellow of the The Royal Photographic Society in Great Britain and the Biocommunications Association. His work appears in textbooks, journals and museums worldwide.His photographs are in the permanent collections of more than forty museums including The Smithsonian, The George Eastman House, The American Museum of Natural History, The Nelson-Atkins Museum and The Science Museum in London. He has published six books and numerous scientific articles. His book collaboration “Hidden Beauty: Exploring The Aesthetics of Medical Science” shows the beauty of medicine and the human body and will be going on a museum tour in 2014-2018, the first stop, The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia.
Sergeant Kathryn Denny is attached to the Photographic and Electronic Recording Sections, Forensic Services Group within the Queensland Police Service, Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Photography) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and is currently completing a Master of Philosophy through the James Cook University (Australia). Kathryn’s work duties include major crime scene recording, specialised imaging, research and development and staff training. Kathryn specialises in technical imaging particularly alternate light source techniques and is currently conducting research into the analysis of closed circuit television (CCTV) imagery.
Richard DeWitt, MS, RBP
Rick DeWitt has been working in the medical photography field since 1983 when he started in Pathology Photography at Johns Hopkins Hospital. While working there, Rick earned his RBP, and an MS degree in Business Administration. He has been the Photography Production Coordinator at MSK since 2000.
Danielle Edwards, BA, BAppSc(hons), FAIMBI, FIPT, FBCAs
Ms. Danielle Edwards has been a practicing medical photographer for the past 27 years. She has been a mentor, judge/assessor in the RMIT Bachelor Applied Science Photography course. Active in professional associations, she has held positions as conference convener, council member and President for the Institute of Photographic Technology (IPT), exhibition coordinator, Vice President and committee member for the Australian Institute of Medical & Biological Illustration (AIMBI) (VIC). Currently Ms. Edwards serves as the BCA EFFE Chair & Certification Committee Member, IPT President and AIMBI Vic Registration and Education Board member
Rick’s current position includes sales, marketing, customer consulting, business development, project management, and customer support for Chromix Corporation in Seattle, Washington.
James Hayden, RBP, FBCA
James Hayden is a Registered Biological Photographer, Fellow of the BCA and Louis Schmidt Laureate. He has been Managing Director of the Imaging Shared Resource at the Wistar Institute in Philadelphia for 15 years and in the field for over 30 years. His introduction to microscopy began in the BCA while working on his RBP. His work has been published widely in scientific journals and his images have appeared on many of those covers. He has presented internationally and locally on scientific imaging for both professional and lay audiences.
Charles “Chip” Hedgcock, RBP, FBCA
Charles "Chip" Hedgcock RBP, FBCA, has made numerous presentations to, and led several popular workshops for, the BCA and other organizations. He has exhibited his fine art photography nationally and internationally. See more of Chip’s work at: charleshedgcock.photoshelter.com
As a bio-photographer, Ken is often seen as eccentric because of the work he does. As artists and scientists - how does that fit into the community?As an evangelical Christian, Ken often finds himself in conversation with people in that community who, with no basic knowledge, try to refute scientific claims as contrary to biblical "truth."
Michael Peres, RBP, FBCA
Michael Peres is a professor of biomedical photographic communications at Rochester Institute of Technology. Michael has been photographing using a microscope for more than forty years. He is an award-winning educator, author, scientist, and photographer. In December 2016, he authored a reference book Laboratory Imaging and Photography (Focal Press). His photomicrographs have been featured in Time, the CNN Blog, TimeLight Box, Popular Photography, the Weather Channel and others.
Gale E. Spring, FBCA
Gale has worked in biomedical/forensic imaging since 1976. Moving to Australia in 1988, he developed academic programs in technical imaging as a program leader in undergraduate and post-graduate programs in scientific photography and applied sciences at RMIT University. He retired as Deputy Dean, School of Science in 2013, but remains active as adjunct professor and continues to consult with law enforcement and legal professions on the interpretation of photographic evidence.
Kathleen Velo MA, MFA
Kathleen Velo MA, MFA, has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. She teaches photography in Tucson, Arizona. Visit her website at: kathleenvelo.com.
James Wetzel, PhD
As a professor of biology at a liberal arts college, my freshman classes are often a mix of science majors and non-majors in across various disciplines. But one common theme throughout my classes is one’s personal connection with the earth. I’ve developed Environmental Photography to help students develop their own photo essays of personal expression of environmental awareness. My doctoral degree is in Zoology, specifically working on marine embryos, and I primarily use light and electron microscopy for research.
For the past eight years, John has been employed as a medical/clinical photographer at The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Sydney NSW. He holds a Bachelor of Veterinary Science from the University of Sydney and a Diploma of Photography from the Sydney Institute of Technology. John has presented at AIMBI Conferences, Photography of the Scoliosis Patient and RAW Capture and the use of Capture One in Medical Photography.
Based in the UK, Tim Zoltie is the Head of Medical & Dental Illustration at the University of Leeds having previously worked as a Medical Photographer in the NHS. He is the Director of Clinical Photography UK, www.clinicalphotography.co.uk, specializing in personal injury photography for legal firms across the UK. He is a member of the Academy of Experts, Institute of Medical Illustrators, and The British Institute of Professional Photography.