2018 Judges

2018 judges

This year we have once again attracted six distinguished judges, namely Charles Cooper, David Cowlard, Eva Polak, Judy Stokes, APSNZ, Matt Ellwood, and Tanya Blong who will have the unenviable task of selecting the best images from the thousands of entries for acceptance into the salon.

Charles Cooper.

Pro since 1995, I'm an international advertising photographer with intense commercial experience in the advertising and travel industries, coupled with vast exposure to the fashion and film business.
I DO NOT shoot babies, weddings, parties or commercially-manufactured celebrities.

My personal contacts extend to Heads of Government, Creative Directors, Editors, Producers, Government Ministers and Chief Executives - people who expect 100% every time and don't play games.

Please just judge me by my photos. They're celebrated by my peers, models, clients and media. I simply love making them because it's the only way for me to make sense of this lunatic world.




Lynn Clayton is an Auckland photographer.  Lynn enjoys all forms of photography however her passion lies with flowers, people and travel photography.

Lynn is an accredited judge and has judged the PSNZ National Salon 3 times, plus the NSPS Salon twice.  Lynn was invited to judge the 16th Chinese Salon of photography and in 2017 the New Zealand International Salon.

Lynn has held many exhibitions in the Auckland area since 1998, and her work is included in numerous private collections in New Zealand and internationally. This year she is exhibiting in Sydney.

Her murals are showcased in some of Auckland’s prominent buildings and homes, both here and in Australia, N.Y., Hong Kong and the Philippines.



Eva Polak

Eva Polak is a photographer, artist, author and teacher, and is well known for her enthusiasm and passion for impressionist photography.

She is an author of six books, At the Beach", "Walking the Dog" and "Parallel Universes" are a collection of images, while "Impressionist Photography Techniques", "Transcendent Light" and "The Secret Life of Dandelions" are outlining ways to use your camera for painterly effect.

Eva has had three solo exhibitions and has participated in a variety of group exhibitions. Her photographs are in private collections in New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

As an educator, Eva has passed on her knowledge and experience to keen photographers through a variety of workshops.



Judy Stokes APSNZ

My photographic world is one of instinct and total creative freedom, leading me to a world I LOVE. Over the last six years since photography has taken over as my passion. I have been fortunate enough to receive Gold medals for black and white images, landscape images and mostly Impressionistic images. Highlights are: being awarded the Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in the North Shore Salon in 2017 in the Impressionism category; Being chosen as one of the top 11 artists in the Christchurch Artshow; Chosen to exhibit in the NZ Artshow in Wellington; and enjoying seeing my work exhibited and sold in many exhibitions around New Zealand and in Fiji. In 2017 I published my first book ”Moments in Muriwai” and started sharing my photographic passion with others as I lead Impressionism and Abstract tours for NZ Photography Tours in Auckland. In 2018 I became an accredited PSNZ judge.


Matt Ellwood

Matt Ellwood (born in Wellington, 1973) lives on the North Shore and is the Head of Fine Arts at Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design in Auckland. Since graduating with his MFA (1st Class hons , Vice Chancellors Scholarship) from Elam in 2003 he has garnered critical acclaim including being curated into the Govett Brewster Gallery’s biannual review of contemporary New Zealand art, and winning the prestigious Wallace Arts Trust Kaipara Foundation Award in 2011. Ellwood recently collaborated with photographer Yoon Tae Kim for the Te Tuhi Gallery billboard project and is represented in New Zealand by Melanie Roger Gallery



Tanya Blong.

Raised on the shores of Taranaki, Blong studied at Hungry Creek Art and Craft school, New Zealand, majoring in painting and sculpture.
 She continued with a full-time sculpture practice and spent 6 years as studio assistant to renown New Zealand sculptor Terry Stringer.
Living in Western Australia for 5 years she worked as an art technician in a private school, along with mentoring programmes and community workshops with Indigenous communities.
With a return to New Zealand her painting practice is in full swing with group and solo exhibitions.
She also teaches art to adults and children with arts education company Creative Matters