Adorama Adds Powerhouse Photographers as Guest Judges for ‘Top Photographer With Nigel Barker’
Adorama, one of the world’s largest photography, video, audio, imaging and electronics retailers, has just announced the latest star power to join
“Top Photographer with Nigel Barker” – Canon Explorer of Light with 13 Sports Illustrated covers, among many other credentials, David Bergman; and fashion photographer Emily Soto. Bergman and Soto will be joining Nigel Barker for the sports and fashion photography challenges, respectively.
With just two days left to enter a photograph (entries close Friday, August 12th), “Top Photographer with Nigel Barker,” sponsored by Canon, is a reality web series competition that will air on AdoramaTV featuring five hand-selected photographers from across the nation competing in photo challenges for the chance to become the next Top Photographer.
Each episode of “Top Photographer with Nigel Barker” will feature a new photography challenge focused on a different genre of the medium. Seen many times on the pages of Sports Illustrated and photographer of numerous sporting events including the Olympics, World Series, Super Bowls, and more, David Bergman will be offering his experienced eye alongside Barker and additional sports aficionados in Top Photographer’s sports photography challenge. Contestants will be getting in on some gold medal action, working with world-famous athletes to capture the perfect shot.
Contestants will also be challenged to photograph the avant-garde in a fashion shoot, with star fashion photographer Emily Soto joining the judges table. Soto made a name for herself in one of the most competitive markets and cities in the world and has since garnered more than one-million followers on Instagram and Facebook, shooting national campaigns for the likes of Claire Pettibone, Justin Alexander, Lillian West, and Escape Watches, with work published by Allure, Teen Vogue, V Magazine, and Nylon, to name a few.
Top Photographer contenders will face-off to see who can snap the best image, evoking emotion from their subject and telling a unique story through their photography.
Airing in November, the finale of “Top Photographer with Nigel Barker” will conclude with the final two contestants competing for the title and the grand prize, valued at $50k, which includes a photography equipment package as well as a photo exhibition event in New York City hosted by Nigel Barker, to take place after the finale airs.
About the Judges:
Canon Explorer of Light David Bergman is a New York-based music, portrait, and sports photographer. He has been Bon Jovi’s official tour photographer since 2010, documenting the band on stage and on the road in more than 30 countries on six continents. In addition to his other celebrity clients, Bergman has 13 Sports Illustrated covers to his credit and has photographed numerous Olympics, World Series, Super Bowls, NBA and NCAA Championships. His high-resolution GigaPan of President Obama’s first inaugural speech was viewed by over 30 million people, and he produced a 20,000 megapixel image at Yankee Stadium that was printed and displayed 130 feet wide. Bergman is an engaging and passionate public speaker and educator, and hosts a weekly web series, “Two Minute Tips with David Bergman” for AdoramaTV. He was a charter member of Apple’s prestigious Aperture Advisory Board, is on the design board for Think Tank Photo, and is an AdoramaPix ambassador. Before moving to New York City in 2001, Bergman was a photojournalist on staff at the Miami Herald and covered news and sporting events around the world.
Emily Soto is a photographer residing in New York City specializing in fashion photography shot with digital and film mediums. Her style blends a cinematic, ethereal beauty with raw, emotional moods, and themes. Soto’s bold yet playful images appear on magazine covers, in editorial spreads and campaigns for national clients. Her work has been published by Allure, Teen Vogue, V Magazine, and Nylon, to name a few, and she was recently ranked #3 Fashion Photographer on the Web. Soto’s recent exhibitions include London, Paris, Berlin, and NYC.
Nigel Barker is an internationally renowned photographer, author, and filmmaker. Best known for his participation on America’s Next Top Model with Tyra Banks, Barker has created a prominent presence in the fashion and entertainment industry. He currently is the host of a weekly radio show called SiriusXM’s Gentleman’s Code as well as the host of Oxygen’s The Face with Naomi Campbell. Drawing on his many years of experience, Barker has published two books: The Beauty Equation and his latest book, New York Times best-seller, Models of Influence. After 20+ years in the industry, Barker is definitely one of the ultimate influencers in the photography world.
Additional judges, including internationally known, award-winning photographers, will be announced soon – stay tuned for more details!
Enter Now for a Chance to Compete in Top Photographer with Nigel Barker
Interested in competing for a chance to become the next Top Photographer? To enter, upload an authentic image taken within the last five years. 1,000 entrants will make it through to the final phase, when they will be asked to submit a 30-second video addressing a question from Barker. Five finalists will then be chosen to move on to the filmed competition, which will take place in New York City this September.