Written Word Judges

Dan Brown

Dan Brown is a veteran journalist who has worked for three of Canada's national news organizations, the CBC, the Globe and Mail and the National Post. He has also taught journalism at both the university and college levels. He currently works for The London Free Press as an editor, reporter, columnist and blogger and teaches arts journalism at the University of Western Ontario. He has been writing about pop culture for more than 22 years.

Don Genova

Don Genova is a British Columbia-based award-winning freelance journalist specializing in food and travel. He also teaches courses in food and travel writing and blogging at UBC. Don’s latest radio column with CBC Victoria is called “Food Matters,” and delves into the world of sustainable eating. His first book, “Food Artisans of Vancouver Island & the Gulf Islands”, was published this spring by TouchWood Editions. His blog is blog.dongenova.com

David Homel

David Homel was born in Chicago and has lived in Montreal for many years. His work has appeared in electronic and print media: the CBC, Radio-Canada, La Presse and many English-Canadian dailies. He is also a documentary film-maker, literary translator and novelist with nine books to his credit. He has just released a new children’s novel with Marie-Louise Gay, Summer in the City (Groundwood Books) and is a mentor for 7th-grade writing groups in two schools in the Ottawa region.

Photography Judges

Mishell Raedeke

Mishell Raedeke has many years of experience as an illustrator, infographic artist and graphic designer. Her work includes marketing and advertising materials for print media and the internet, and editorial work for newspapers, magazines, educational children’s books and travel guides. She is currently leading her own designing-consulting company Omnidesign and previously worked as Creative Director at Okanagan Life magazine. Mishell is also recently nominated to be the best Graphic Artist/Designer of the Okanagan Valley by the Okanagan Arts Awards. Mishell’s main interest outside of art, design and music, is to help needy people in the Third World.

Boris Spremo, C.M.

Boris Spremo joined the Globe and Mail staff in 1962 and moved to the Toronto Star in 1966 where he remained until retirement in 2000. During his career, Spremo has won more than 295 national and international awards for photography. Recognition of his talent began early, when in 1965, he earned what is perhaps his most important distinction, being the first Canadian to capture a First Prize Gold Medal in the World Press Photo competition in The Hague, Holland. In 1966 Spremo was awarded with two honours by the Professional Photographers of Canada standing as a Master of Photographic Arts (M.P.A.) and Canadian Photographer of the Year. During the course of 40 years career, Spremo assignments have taken him around the world covering wars, famine, politics, Royals, Olympics and