Second place awarded in NYC Photo Exhibition

I’m elated that NYC gallery director Darren Ching juried in two of my photographs for the NYC4PA photography exhibition titled Decay, Corrosion, Rust 2020. Mr. Ching selected 50 images from over 1700 entries and I was awarded a second place with cash prize. 

The two photographs were from Faces of the Alcazar, a photography project documenting 90 year old magazine clippings still attached to the walls of a closed section in the Lightner Museum.  I discovered these during a recent photo shoot and was immediately drawn to them on many levels.  Once the servants quarters of the former Alcazar Hotel, they were most likely added by the Irish and Italian immigrants who served the wealthy patrons of the hotel. For me, these faded fragments of the past evoke the ephemeral nature of memory and fame. 

New York Center For Photographic Art Exhibition

Proud to have one of my photographs selected by juror Claudia Sohrens for the New York Center for Photographic Art’s Secondary Colors Exhibition. A drone image titled Lagoa das Sete Cidades, was one of 50 chosen from over 800 submissions. The mission of the NYCPA is to provide exhibition opportunities in the vibrant New York City gallery world to photographers around the globe. NYC4PA offers international, themed, open call competitions juried by recognized experts in the field of photography.  To see all the work selected for this interesting show, visit

NatGeo’s Planet or Plastic Photo Exhibition

I believe photography can be an instrument for positive change in the world. With that in mind, I submitted this image to National Geographic for their Planet or Plastic photo competition, part of Natgeo’s multiyear effort to raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis.

I’m grateful that it was one of only 25 photographs selected from over 13,000 submissions for the Planet or Plastic exhibition at Photofest, an international photography festival held in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. We decided to attend and had a great time exploring the city, meeting NatGeo editors, staff and photographers. In keeping with the Planet or Plastic theme, the entire exhibition was displayed on cardboard kiosks that will be recycled. Amazing!!

Timucuan Parks Foundation Video Project

I’m excited to be partnering with the Timucuan Parks Foundation on a video for their 25th Anniversary exhibition at the Museum of Science and History.  I’ve been shooting drone footage for the last two weeks of some amazing environments in Duval County and will share the finished video with you once it is completed in late October. In the meantime, here are some stills from recent flights.  These include Round Marsh, Little Talbot Island, Hanna Park and Bird Lagoon near Big Talbot Island State Park.  Enjoy!

The Sublime Landscape | Praxis Gallery

I’m elated that Islet of Vila Franca has been juried into The Sublime Landscape at Praxis Gallery in Minneapolis! Praxis Gallery and Photographic Arts Center is a community based arts organization that aims to support the development of emerging and established photographers. Praxis Gallery provides solo and group show exhibition opportunities to local and international media artists. They hold several international juried competitions a year, and I’m proud to be included in their latest exhibition. 

Understand Photography Podcast

A big thanks to Peggy Farren of Understand Photography in Naples Florida for interviewing me on the subject of water photography. Capturing the beauty of the ocean is one of my favorite subjects, so I was super excited for the opportunity.  Peggy had seen some of my work on Instagram so she invited me down to Naples to record a video interview and podcast for her large online audience. We had a great discussion about my techniques for capturing images in the surf and I also shared some good tips on drone photography. I’m deeply grateful to Peggy and her assistant Heather for their interest in my work. Here is the full length video and the web page with more tips and info. 

Color 2019 | Southeast Center for Photography

Color is one of the most important and fascinating parts of photography for me so I decided to participate in a calls for entry at the prestigious SE Center of Photography in Greenville, South Carolina.  SE4P supports fine art photography with monthly calls for submission and juried exhibitions, so that local, national and international photographers of all skill levels have the opportunity to have their work presented and enjoyed by collectors, curators, enthusiasts, and colleagues. I’m honored that one of my recent street photographs from Morocco was selected for the show by juror Blue Mitchell. Here is a link to the  selected work that is currently on display in the main gallery through the end of August.


Chasing Waterfalls with Jacksonville Magazine

From Jacksonville Magazine: An hours drive from Jacksonville yields an unexpected oddity: Falling Creek Falls. The falls aren’t huge, plum­meting just ten feet over a lip of limestone and boulders at the bottom of a ravine. Falling Creek was the site of the first settlement in the area, and is easily accessible via an elevated boardwalk.  Photographer Tom Schifanella was drawn to the picturesque location by a roadside sign.  “After the summer after­noon thunderstorms, Falling Creek becomes a cascade of coffee colored water and foam,” he says. “Like a latte swirling in your cup, the falls churn the foam in a limestone saucer of eddies and whirlpools. The coffee color comes from the tannic acid of the decaying leaves lining the banks and swampy floor. I used a neutral density filter on the lens, which reduced the amount of light, and lengthened the exposure to eight seconds.  If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, Schifanella’s photo­graphic vocabulary runs very deep. 

NatGeo Traveler Publishes “Women of Galungan”

Grateful that NatGeo Traveler has published this image for their July/August 2019 issue. I was fortunate to document these women crowding into a temple during the annual ceremony of Galungan, which celebrates the return of Balinese gods and deified ancestors to Bali. The highly decorative baskets contain special offerings and gifts to the gods. 

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