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Meet the Judges


Federica Armstrong is an editorial and commercial photographer working with many nonprofit organizations in the Bay Area. Her skills include traditional documentary photography, environmental portraiture and event photography. She is the founder of the Palo Alto Photography Forum, a lecture series that features prominent photographers and promotes conversations on current issues through visual storytelling. Armstrong's latest project, "In Plain Site" on Silicon Valley Superfund Sites, was published in the New York Times Lens Blog in 2018. 

Margo Davis is a fine art photographer with many published books and a long teaching career in the Bay Area. She teaches intermittenly for the Stanford Continuing Studies Program at Stanford. Her work is represented in individual as well as major museum collections, including Cantor Art Museum, Stanford University, San Francisco MOMA, Bibliotheque Nationale and Brooklyn Museum. You can see her work on her website:

John Freeman Todd has been a professional photographer for more than 25 years. Since 1996, he has been the team photographer for Major League Soccer’s San Jose Earthquakes. He also owns International Sports Images, the official photography supplier to the U.S. Men and Women’s soccer teams, Stanford Athletics and the former Maverick’s Big Wave Surfing contest. You can see his work on his website: 

Veronica Weber is a staff photographer and videographer at the Palo Alto Weekly where she has spent more than 10 years covering communities along the Midpeninsula. In her spare time, Veronica enjoys taking long hikes and photographing the Bay Area’s abundant nature. Her work has been recognized by the California Newspaper Publisher’s Association and the Peninsula Press Club.