Erin Elder has been committed to promoting the achievements of photographers and encouraging an appreciation of photojournalism for the past 20 years. In 1990, she began working at Maclean’s, Canada’s national news magazine, as an editor and freelance photographer. After moving to Hong Kong in 1995, she became photo editor on Asiaweek magazine, returning to Canada in 1998 to become photo editor of The Globe and Mail, which in 2005 won a gold medal from the Society of Newspaper Design for Best Use of Photography.
Under her guidance, The Globe and Mail won numerous awards. In 2008, Erin elected to move into Digital Media at the newspaper, and is responsible for business development in the online, mobile and other new-media sectors.
Erin was on the USA/Canadian nominating committee for the Joop Swart Masterclass from 2003 to 2007, a World Press Photo jury member in 2008 and 2009, and jury member for the PGB Award and Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Award in 2010.
Graeme Roy is the Directory of News Photography at the Canadian Press, the country’s leading multimedia news and information agency.
He has organized and overseen coverage of multiple major events, including this past year’s Winter Olympics, where The Canadian Press was the host news agency, royal tours, papal tours, numerous G8/G20 summits, The Summit of the Americas, both Winter and Summer Olympics, Grey Cups, Stanley Cups, just to name a few.
He is in charge of and responsible for all editorial photography done each day by the agency across the country and is a 25-year veteran of the news business.
Richard Lautens has been a photographer at the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, for more than 23 years. In that time he has covered news and events all over the world, including fashion, sports, civil strife and features. He has won local and international awards for his work.
In addition to photojournalism, Richard writes regularly at the Star, trains other journalists, blogs, is an occasional assignment editor, shoots video and assembles multimedia stories for the web.
Richard also speaks regularly on photojournalism at Centennial College, as well as lectures all over Ontario to a variety of clubs and organizations.