Meet the POP 2024 Judges!

The Wide Angle Photo Club is proud to announce three highly acclaimed photographers/educators who will be judging our 2024 Power of Photography® contest!

George D. Lepp
Nature photographer, teacher, author, and inventor George Lepp became one of Canon’s first Explorers of Light in 1995 and is now a member of the Canon Legends program. His passions for beauty, precision, cutting-edge technology, and environmental responsibility are revealed in his compelling images, which are widely published and exhibited.

Lepp’s university studies in wildlife and wildlands management were interrupted by service in the U.S. Marine Corps. He then earned a BA and honorary MSC from Brooks Institute of Photography and began his career working with scientists at UC Davis.

Lepp has shared his knowledge of all aspects of photography through hundreds of publications and lectures. A founder of the North American Nature Photographers Assoc., he has been honored by many awards, including Photo Media Photography Person of the Year, the Photographic Society of America’s Progress Award, and NANPA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jeffrey Cloutier
An American artist best known for his portraiture work and photographic art books. His most recent book APOTHEOSIS highlights a study of contrasting motifs and form.

In addition to publishing, Jeffrey also provides his imagery for a broad range of clients. These include National Geographic Society,, Christopher Makos, Springs Magazine, Shortt Communications, LLC, ARTDESK Magazine, Space Foundation, and Raytheon Technologies.

Tanya Jeffrey, Art Director for Springs Magazine writes, “Jeffrey is one of the most reliable and versatile photographers I’ve worked with, delivering on-point images…he has become one of my go-tos when a project needs more than highly quality photos…he is a switch hitter meaning he’s great with conceptualizing and executing an idea of his own.

Mike Pach
Mike is the owner of 3 Peaks Photography & Design, an internationally known, award-winning photographer, speaker, and author with more than 40 years’ experience in photography. He is the founder of the Colorado Photography Learning Group and has been teaching photography and Photoshop classes since 2007.

He is the author of “Colorado Springs Then and Now”, and he conducts night-sky photography workshops. He is an avid outdoorsman knowledgeable of many of the best locations for photography in Colorado and is available for private photo tours and coaching.

Mike is a Visit COS partner, a member of Canon Professional Services, Colorado Springs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance advisory council, the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs, the Pikes Peak Arts Council, the Colorado Authors League and Dark Skies, Inc. He’s lived in Colorado since 1997 and enjoys showing people the best of what Colorado has to offer.