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BioImages 2011 Judges

Paul CromptonPaul Crompton

Paul Crompton began working in photography in the mid 1970s when, after studying photography and Blackpool College of Art in England, he joined former recipient of the Louis Schmidt award Professor Ralph Marshall as a trainee medical photographer at the University Hospital of Wales.

He remained in Cardiff, becoming a Senior Medical Photographer, until a developing interest in teaching led him, in1984, to take up a position as a lecturer in photography at the Cheshire School of Art. During his time as a teacher Paul undertook a number of art-based projects, exhibiting at galleries in the north of England and Wales. In 1991 he graduated from Derby University with a Master of Arts in Photographic Studies.

With an eye on the developments in digital technologies, which were about to revolutionize photography, and keen to engage again in professional practice rather than teaching, Paul secured a post as Head of Photography back at the University Hospital of Wales in 1995. With his team he led the implementation of the digital photography in one of the largest teaching hospitals in the UK, revolutionizing service delivery and developing the ophthalmic and dermatology photography units.

Paul has received a number of awards in the UK from the Institute of Medical Illustrators and Ophthalmic Imaging Association. He has published papers and presented at conferences in the UK and North America and had an image accepted into the 2009 exhibition Images from Science 2.

In 2009 he became Director of the Media Resources Centre, which provides the medical photography, video and graphic design services to Cardiff's National Health Service Board and Cardiff University.

Alan Goldstein, FBPAAlan Goldstein, FBPA

Alan Goldstein is the Supervisor of the Medical Photography for the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center in West Hills, California. Alan specializes in video production, as a cameraman and editor.

Working for the burn center for the past 19 years his work has been broadcast on major networks, ABC World News, for CNN a one hour special on Youssif – a little boy burned in Iraq by masked men, Zubaida's Journey for Discovery Channel which was nominated for a Emmy. Some of Alan's work will appear on a special about a firefighter burned, and being honored on Discovery Channel.

Alan has been a past Chair of the BioImages Salon, and a judge many times. He was awarded BPA Fellowship in 1989 and has been a member of BPA/BCA since 1971.

Michael PeresMichael Peres

Michael Peres joined the faculty of Rochester Institute of Technology's School of Photographic Arts & Sciences in 1986. He is a professor of biomedical photography and teaches photomicrography, biomedical photography and other related applications of photography in science. He served as the chair of the biomedical photographic communications department from 1989 until June 2010 when he was appointed associate administrative chair of the School.

Peres has enjoyed a varied photographic career which began in 1973. He has been actively publishing most of his career and recently served as the editor in chief of the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography – 4th Edition published in 2007. Some of his professional activities include being chair of the Lennart Nilsson Award nominating committee located in Stockholm Sweden and serving as one of the coordinators of the R•I•T Images from Science project and the RIT Big Shot project. Peres was a 2003 RIT Eisenhart outstanding faculty award winner and he has been twice awarded the RIT College of Imaging Arts & Sciences Gitner Award for outstanding achievement in the graphic arts.

In 2007 Peres was awarded the Schmidt medal by the BioCommunications Association for lifetime achievements in the field of bio-communications. Michael holds a master's degree in instructional technology and bachelor's degrees in biology and biomedical photographic communications. He is also a registered biological photographer.

Gabriel UndaGabriel Unda

Gabriel's career included many years as Principal Photographer at the University of California at Davis and U.C. Davis Medical Center. In this role he guided the shift at that institution to digital photography. Although retired, he continues to explore the bleeding edges of digital photography. He has been speaking on the topic of the marriage of computers and photography for the past twenty-eight years.

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About BioImages

BioImages is an annual visual media competition that showcases the finest still, graphics and motion media work in the life sciences and medicine. Entries are evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges based on their impact, clarity, scientific content, technique, lighting, image quality, presentation, creativity, originality and effective use of the medium to fulfill its purpose. Best of Show, Award of Excellence, and Citation of Merit awards, in addition to five sponsored Merit Awards, are given in three visual media divisions: Still, Graphics and Motion. Winners are announced at the BioImages Opening Reception and Awards Presentation, held each year in conjunction with the association's annual meeting.