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BioImages 2013 Judges

Paul CromptonPaul Crompton

Paul is head of the Media Resources Centre at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, which is one of the UK's largest teaching hospitals. The department has a staff of over 30, with 12 photographers covering a range of specialisms including dentistry, dermatology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and paediatrics. The Centre also has a team of designers and printers serving the clinical, teaching and corporate needs of the hospital and medical and dental schools. The Centre also runs a training scheme for clinical photographers.

Originally trained as a commercial photographer at Blackpool College of Art in England, Paul entered medical photography via the training scheme in Cardiff, run at the time by 1988 Schmidt Laureate Professor Ralph Marshall. After an eight year spell as a photographer in Cardiff, Paul moved in to teaching, becoming a lecturer and eventually course leader in photography at the Cheshire School of Art and Design. In 1995 he returned to Cardiff as head of photography, before becoming head of service and director in 2008.

In his second spell in Cardiff he become renown as an ophthalmic photographer, winning a number of awards in the UK and having an image accepted into RIT's Images from Science 2 exhibition. He has recently become involved with the Mothers of Africa, a charity seeking to address maternal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa, travelling to Zambia to document the challenges facing mothers and their families.

Charles Hedgcock, RBP, FBCA

Charles "Chip" Hedgcock is equally at home photographing in the studio or in the field. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography, a Registered Biological Photographer and Fellow of the BioCommunications Association, Hedgcock has studied under such notables as writer/educator Bill Jay and master printers/photographers John Sexton and Bruce Barnbaum.

Hedgcock has been a professional Biocommunicator for more than 27 years. Starting in 1984 as a medical photographer for the University of Arizona's department of BioCommunications and later transferring to the UofA's Department of Neuroscience.

Now retired, Hedgcock's dexterity with a camera and his keen interest in natural history continue to lead him on photography and research expeditions throughout the desert Southwest and Sonora, Mexico. His award winning photographs have appeared in an eclectic mix of publications including; LensWork, Spin, Ranger Rick, BBC Wildlife, Outdoor Photographer, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature, and the Journal of BioCommunications.

Wayne Pearson

Wayne has been working in the medical photography field since the spring of 1973 and recently celebrated his fortieth anniversary in the business. Wayne started his career as an assistant photographer at Don Allen Studios where he remains today having purchased the studio from the founder in 1985.

Don Allen Studios specializes in patient photography for the plastic surgery and dermatology fields. The studio also has a strong presence in the presentation field as well as surgical photography and is currently moving strongly into public relations photography as applied to the medical industry.

Wayne has previously been an active member of the BPA/BCA organization serving as representative to the House of Delegates, Vice Chair of the New York Chapter, and on the Board of Governors of the national organization as director of chapters and membership/ marketing. During this time Wayne helped organize both chapter meetings, a large regional meeting and the first teleconferenced BPA meeting of multiply chapters of the BPA and several chapters of the International Teleconferencing Association.

Wayne currently lives in Patterson, New York with his wife Anne. When not at work Wayne enjoys traveling for both pleasure and to pursue various photography projects. He is currently at work on a photographic project encompassing the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Will Willner, RBP, FBPA

Will Willner currently teaches traditional silver based photography in the art department at Wake Forest University. Previously, he was on the faculty and director of photography at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor in the Medical Illustration Graduate Program as well as Director of Medical Photography at the Medical College of Georgia.

Will is a RBP, a fellow of the association and has served on the Board of Governors as well as chairman of the Board of Registry. He has won many awards at the association's salon and has over 80 exhibits of his personal photography.

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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.