Introducing the Scenic SWPA 2023 Photo Contest judges! All are all accomplished photographers and hail from different parts of the region. We are honored to have them judge our photo contest. Learn more about each of them below, and take a look at some of their photos as well.
“A camera never out of reach.” Brad Berkstresser, owner of Bradley B. Photography, has been photographing Pittsburgh from the air and on the ground for the past several years. He discovered his penchant for aerial photography after purchasing his first quadcopter (drone) to fly for fun. From there, the hobby took off with clients residing all over the US. Some of Brad’s favorite things to photograph include the many bridges Pittsburgh has to offer, the iconic Duquesne Incline, and the colorful homes of various Pittsburgh neighborhoods such as Lawrenceville and Mount Washington. Brad’s work has been featured in the internationally known pop-culture website “Accidentally Wes Anderson,” Mt. Lebanon magazine, promotional materials for corporate real estate firm CBRE, NEXTPittsburgh, and The Incline, among other online publications. An Investment Management focused attorney by day, Brad also enjoys playing hockey, golfing with his son, Jack, and kayaking on the rivers of Pittsburgh. You can find Brad’s work at his website, and on Etsy, as well as on his Facebook page and Instagram feed.
“I have always had a passion for photography and I absolutely love photographing our beautiful city, Pittsburgh.” Carolyn is known for her use of a lensball in many of her photos, and has had her work featured in several local venues, including featured by Visit Pittsburgh. She is a category winner of the 2022 Scenic SWPA Photo Contest. Carolyn is also a cyclist and bikes Pittsburgh city trails with her backpack and camera, all the better to capture unique shots on the way. You can see more of Carolyn’s work on her Instagram and her Facebook page.
Nicolette Tolomeo Germain
“There is so much beauty and magic in the world around us, often overlooked or taken for granted. I have been carrying a camera around with me for over 40 years, from film to digital, learning and refining new techniques along the way.”
Nicolette’s photography reflects her great love of nature, from local parks and countryside to southern Georgia marshes, the Florida Gulf coast and Lake Erie Shores and Islands. A former local business owner and small business advocate in Butler County, Nicolette now spends much of her time on photography. You can find her work on Facebook at Nicolette’s Memories Photography, or join her private group at Memories Photography * Moraine State Park * McConnells Mill * Marblehead or sign up for her newsletter.
“My interest in photography started when I worked at an advertising agency in New York and got to know some of the staff photographers. Upon my return to Western Pennsylvania, I developed a deep respect for the beauty of our area. From that point on, nature and landscape photography has been my passion.”
A resident of the Penn Trafford area in Westmoreland County, Angelo’s work has appeared in the Natural World Photo Exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and an exhibition at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in New Castle. He has won photo awards from the Pennsylvania State Parks, Laurel Highlands, Moraine State Park, and Scenic Pittsburgh, and received an honorable mention in last year’s Scenic America Photo Contest. You can find his work at Fine Art America.