JUDGES

Judging an artistic creation is a very difficult task. Especially when it comes from the endless creativity of a young artist. This is the reason why we want to count with a very specialized and diverse panel to accomplish such an important and exciting task. We are happy to introduce to you our distinguished judges.

Efraín Riera

Toronto, Canada

Founder and Chairman of the Diproinduca Group “Our beloved World Environment Day Drawing Contest is definitely an event I feel has helped generate more interest in environmental issues among the members of the Diproinduca family. In these six years, we have been running this contest, our artists have been maturing and showing their growth. I am proud and happy to once again be a witness of honor and also a part of the judging panel of this contest as well as to monitor the career of these young artists in age, but certainly large in talent and sensitivity”.

Roderic Mast

Washington DC, USA

President/CEO of Oceanic Society, the oldest non-profit organization in the USA dedicated to ocean conservation (established 1969).  Oceanic Society (OS) aims to “deepen the connections between people and nature through research, community engagement, and travel.” Rod is an author, photographer, seasoned traveler and marine turtle expert. He is the Co-Chair of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group, founder of the State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT) program, and Chief Editor of SWOT Report.

Katherine Barbacci

Washignton, USA

Painter. Born in New York, she started drawing and painting with acrylic while living in Barbados, where natural beauty is abundant. She’s inspired by nature and often incorporate natural elements, such as sand and seashells, into her artwork. One of the most rewarding experiences she had was working with a group of students on a large, wall mural to highlight the island’s natural resources and encourage sustainable practices. Her biggest supporters are her two young daughters, artists in their own right, who encourage her to express herself and creativity through art.

Randy Hryhorczuk

Vancouver, Canada

Canadian contemporary visual artist. He grew up in the wild, rural countryside of British Columbia’s lower mainland. This self-taught oil painter has shown publicly at galleries and art fairs since 2000 in Canada, the United States, and Germany. His artwork can be found in private and corporate collections in Canada, the United States, Great Britain and Guatemala. Randy currently paints at his home studio and is represented by contemporary art galleries in Toronto and Ottawa. He’s also involved in the production of group art exhibitions and giving artists talks.

Lianna Nielsen

New York City, USA

Actress currently living in New York City. She was fortunate enough to grow up in a beautiful little town in the woods of Maine, which started an early love of nature and the environment. Lianna graduated from the George Washington University where she studied literature as well as art history and painting. Upon moving to New York she studied theater at a conservatory and can be seen in films, commercials and on TV. Lianna is passionate about visual art and is honored to be one of the judges in this competition.

Alberto Rojas

Santiago, Chile

Chilean photographer. He has received prizes from Alliance Française, Centro Gumilla and Caracas Ciudad Positiva in Venezuela. He also has created the blog Caracas Shots, winner of the 9 th annual journalism contest, from the Commerce Chamber of Caracas. He currently lives in Santiago, Chile, where he works as an advertising creative, urban photographer and runs the blog Calle Chile.

Stacy Altman

Bridgetown, Barbados

Artist and teacher by profession.She started painting with oils and acrylics some years ago but has been interested in art in varying forms throughout her life. Other art techniques that she has used include batik, tie-dye, screen printing and block printing. Various subjects are depicted in her paintings, but regardless of the subject, she always enjoys using vivid colors.

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