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Tin Man Lee - Photographer

Tin Man Lee - Photographer

Chairman Jury NPOTY 2024

Tin Man Lee

Tin Man Lee is an internationally well-known nature and wildlife photographer. He was born in Hong Kong and lives in the United States. Tin Man Lee teaches photographers to take sharp images, photos that inspire, and to speak out for wildlife who doesn’t have a voice. He believes animals have feelings. 

Currently, he has over 600 students. And his students have won awards such as WPOTY, NBP, Audubon, NANPA, Share The View, and numerous prestigious publications. 

The photos of Tin Man Lee have made covers in NANPA Expression, NBP, Wild Planet Photography Magazine, Smithsonian Calendar, and Alaska Magazine. His photos have also been featured in Nature’s Best, WPOTY, NANPA, Smithsonian Earth, Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Peta Pixel, and Nik Softwares. 

He’s the grand prize winner of Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International and also the winner of the wildlife category of that contest. In 2014, he held an invited solo exhibit of 48 photos at HKUST, Hong Kong for 5 months. His photos have also been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC and G2 Gallery.

Tin Man Lee is an experienced photographer and member of the jury of photo contests. Previously he was also an invited judge of Nature’s Best Photography Asia and Viewbug. We are pleased that Tin Man Lee will judge our Nature Photographer of the Year-contest (NPOTY).

Kevin Morgans - Photographer

Kevin Morgans - Photographer


Kevin Morgans

Kevin Morgans is an internationally known multi-award-winning wildlife photographer, tour leader, and photographic guide, with his work widely published around the globe. Born on the Wirral, Merseyside, he likes nothing more than exploring the coastline and uplands of his home, the British Isles.
Kevin has a passion for photographing UK wildlife, but his journey has seen him travel further afield across Europe, Canada and the polar regions in search of wildlife. He is an experienced guide who has been running 1-1 and group workshops for many years, using this experience to pass on his knowledge of the natural world and how best to capture it.
He has had a highly successful career to date, having previously finished runner-up in Nature Photographer of the Year and being the winner of the Portfoilio category in Bird Photographer of the Year for his work with the Atlantic Puffin. Kevin has also had multiple images awarded in some of the world’s biggest photography competitions, including Nature’s Best, Montphoto, and BWPA, to name a few.

In 2022, his book Puffins: Life on the Atlantic Edge was released, which was met with critical acclaim throughout the industry and across the globe, bringing the lives of these special seabirds from their remote clifftop world into the homes of many.

We are pleased that Kevin Morgans will judge our Nature Photographer of the Year-contest (NPOTY).


Joan de la Malla - Photographer

Joan de la Malla - Photographer


Joan de la Malla

Joan de la Malla (Barcelona, 1982) is a freelance photographer focused in nature, local communities and the environment as well as a biologist, specialised in organisms and systems. At present he is devoting his efforts to conservation topics by working with national and international entities helping to raise awareness of the vital work being undertaken to safeguard the future of endangered species and their habitats. Currently he helps to spread the work of various organisations working on conservation, such as International Animal Rescue, Global Change and Conservation, Jakarta Animal Aid Network or Africa Conservation Centre among others. During the lasts years, Joan has been selected by UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere programme to document many UNESCOS’s Biosphere Reserves around the world with his images. He also collaborates frequently with the scientific communication agency Incognita Agency in the realisation of his audiovisual projects.

Joan’s images have been published several times in prestigious international media such as National Geographic, Geo, Mongabay, Conservation Letters or Lonely Planet amongst many others and his photographs illustrate a vast number of books. His work has also been exposed worldwide in diverse individual and collective exhibitions.

His photographs have been awarded several times in prestigious international contests including, for instance, winner images in the NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2023, 2018), in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2018), or in Montphoto (2015, 2021) and he has received dozens of honorific mentions in the same competitions and in many others.

Joan also combines his professional activity with other disseminative works and nowadays he gives talks and conferences related to photography and its application to science and conservation in several centres, festivals and universities around the world.

Joan is a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, an elite group of the world’s top wildlife, nature and culture photographers who, in addition to displaying remarkable photographic skills, have each demonstrated a deep commitment to conservation efforts around the globe.

We’re excited to have Joan de la Malla as a judge for our Nature Photographer of the Year contest (NPOTY)!


Ellen Cuylaerts - Underwater and Wildlife photographer

Ellen Cuylaerts - Underwater and Wildlife photographer


Ellen Cuylaerts

Award-winning Belgian photographer Ellen Cuylaerts captures images of ocean wildlife that are serene, peaceful, and strikingly intimate. With a masterful understanding of composition and light, Cuylaerts creates works that are almost otherworldly, ushering her viewers into a realm still so foreign to the human collective. Cuylaerts’s objective with her work is twofold: she seeks to bridge a deeper connection between humanity and nature, and she also works to capture her own experience as the photographer, and how it feels in those moments when she is behind the camera. As she explains, “You can either choose to document an encounter or express how you’ve experienced the encounter. I try to shoot from the heart.” In this way, she essentially draws the viewer into the natural world.

Elle is responsible for overseeing the UN’s World Ocean Day Photo Competition and has created a Charter of Commitments focused on ethics for both UN’s World Ocean Day and UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. Additionally, as a Fellow Explorer International, she served as a member of the Flag and Honors Committee within the Explorers Club between 2015-2020. In 2019, she was honored with induction into the Women Divers Hall of Fame. We are pleased to have Ellen in our judging panel for NPOTY 2023.


More names will be added shortly. In addition to the jury, we are supported by former jury members and other experts across various fields who assist us in assessing the feasibility of certain images and in identifying instances of animal harassment.

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