Spirit of the NW: Photo Competition

New Belgium Brewing Partners with We Are Juxt, Instagramers Seattle, Urban ArtWorks and City Arts Magazine to Highlight The Northwest’s Best Mobile Photographers

#SnapshotPNW photo search will honor 50 images at Fremont Foundry’s inaugural gallery event

April 25, 2014 at The Fremont Foundry

Please RSVP at CityArts (Limited space available)

To promote and celebrate mobile photography as an art form, and in honor of New Belgium Brewing’s latest year-round offering, Snapshot Wheat, We Are Juxt, Urban ArtWorks, Instagramers Seattle, and City Arts Magazine are collaborating on an effort to uncover the Spirit of Seattle and the Northwest through mobile images.

Photos can include urban and rural shots, portrait and landscape, even action and drama…whatever inspires.

“It takes a certain personality to really thrive in the Pacific Northwest, so there’s an inherent regional pride here to begin with; and we have a lot of natural assets to be proud of,” said Todd Gillman, New Belgium’s Seattle Field Brander. “But right now, with the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl and Macklemore bringing home four Grammies within the same two-week period, Seattle is feeling especially good about itself. We want to tap into that energy and mobilize the great amateur photographers of the region to try to capture what inspires them about this place we call home.”

An all-star jury will curate the 50 most deserving images to be printed and displayed at the Fremont Foundry in April. The top selection will also have their photo permanently displayed as a mural piece in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood.

“Urban ArtWorks is thrilled to be partnering with New Belgium Brewing for the SnapshotPNW project,” said Kathleen Warren, director of Urban ArtWorks. “Half of our mission is to bring communities together through public art, and this is just a different way of doing it. An event like this that allows our supporters to participate and celebrate is invaluable to us. It also introduces a whole new audience to our organization, and raises much needed sustained support, so that we can continue to achieve positive outcomes for youth and communities in Seattle.”

Photo Credits: Victoria Wright (top), Michaela Lincoln (middle right)


#SnapshotPNW Photo Contest Details

Dates: Now – March 31, 2014

*If you have been chosen to be in the gallery, please contact brad@wearejuxt.com for more details.

To submit photos, publish your photos to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #SnapshotPNW (must be 21+
to enter)

  • Square format only 
  • Pics must be taken in the PNW
  • Open to those residing in the PNW 
  • Tag your photo(s) with #Igers_Seattle_TuesdayChallenge AND #SnapshotPNW 
  • Unlimited entries 
  • Images must be your own
Note: in order to be considered for the exhibit, your image must meet the minimum 1800×1800 size to print.  Those that are below will not be selected.


#SnapshotPNW Fiesta

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014
Location: Fremont Fine Arts Foundry – 154 N. 35th St., Seattle, WA 98103
Live DJ: DJ Phosho
Food Truck: Outside The Box: Paleo Food Truck

The curated photos from this event will be sold to the public.

All proceeds from this event will be donated to Urban ArtWorks.  This night will include interactive art components provided by Urban ArtWorks, shake your booty beats from local Seattle celeb DJ Phosho, food from the awesome Outside The Box team, and New Belgium beer!


Meet the Celebrity Judges

Jordan Stead
Staff photographer at SeattlePI.com & co-founder of The Emerald Collective

I’m a staff photographer for SeattlePI.com and 2011 graduate from Western Washington University, currently residing in Seattle, WA.  After having photographed with and for such outlets as The Seattle Times, The Associated Press, High Country News and The New York Times, my work – both in stills and video – has received national attention through the NPPA, SPJ, Scripps Howard and the American Photo Magazine. In recent years, I attended both the 25th anniversary of the Eddie Adams Workshop and the 65th Missouri Photo Workshop and currently hold the Region 11 chair of the National Press Photographers Association. Giving back to the rich photographic community that raised me is important; I regularly return to Western Washington and other schools around the region to speak on the merits of life that photojournalism can provide. Aside from organizing the world into one rectangle at a time, I enjoy cold showers, hot vacations and temperate attitudes.

Josh Trujillo
Staff photographer at SeattlePI.com

Working as a photojournalist since 1999, Josh uses his craft to capture  images that grab attention. He excels at working in uncontrollable  environments or in situations where he can collaborate with a subject to create the perfect image. He works to capture storytelling, magical moments. Josh has worked at major US newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and seattlepi.com, the first major metro newspaper to shift to online only publication. He has photographed everything from combat in Afghanistan to the Aurora Avenue late at night, the Super Bowl to ultimate frisbee at Green Lake.

Josh is on the board of the Society of Professional Journalists, Western Wash. and is a co-founder of Northwest Photojournalism, a group that supports and educates photojournalists in the Pacific Northwest.

His work has been published in almost every major US  newspaper and magazine, including on the front page of the New York Times and full page features in People Magazine and Sports Illustrated. His photos are often shared via the Associated Press. But probably more rewarding, his  photos have been featured on countless refrigerators in the communities  where he has worked.

He also can be found occasionally teaching photography classes to everyone from college students to first-graders.

John Lok
Seattle Times staff photographer

John Lok discovered a passion for taking pictures, and photojournalism in particular, at the age of 30. This led him to pursue formal training in the photojournalism program at Western Kentucky University, where he graduated in Fall 2002 with his second undergraduate degree. During his photography education, he interned at the Messenger-Inquirer (Owensboro, Ky.), Kalamazoo Gazette (Kalamazoo, Mich.), St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Los Angeles Times. His career has taken him to a Super Bowl, the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and several seasons’ worth of Seattle Seahawks football games. Lok enjoys portraiture, lifestyle, food and sports photography, and is an enthusiast of great design in all its forms. The Seattle native has worked at his hometown’s biggest newspaper since 2003.


Gathigi Gishuru
The Physics member and Rappers with Cameras

My name is Gathigi Gishuru, also known as Thig Nat of The Physics. Based in Seattle, WA, I create music and images. My film and digital photography capture easily-missed details, and portraits of people and places dear to me. And my passion for street photography has broadened into product and editorial projects, as well. I’m currently available for freelance work.



George Quibuyen
Activist, Blue Scholars, and Rappers with Cameras

Geologic (born George Quibuyen; also known as Prometheus Brown, Geo) is the vocalist for the Blue Scholars and has also performed as a spoken word poet. In the 2007-2008 city-wide election for Seattle’s Poet Populist, Quibuyen placed sixth with ninety-six write-in votes, the highest total for a write-in candidate in the nine year history of the competition; although, the record was subsequently broken by Seattle poet Ananda Osel in the 2008-2009 election.

The son of Filipino immigrants, Quibuyen lived in various locations along the west coast and Hawaii as a child until his family settled in Bremerton, Washington. Geo feels rooted in his Filipino heritage and that there is an unfinished revolution among his people. His lyrics are drawn from experience, crafted for a connection to community, and working to uplift communities in general. He remains a strong advocate for the Filipino community all over the world, as an outspoken critic of US foreign policy, including its tough immigration laws and unfair corporate practices by Western business.


Meet the Sponsors

New Belgium Brewing Company

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews nine year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Snapshot Wheat, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsener,

Urban ArtWorks

Something powerful happens when you give young people a chance to create public artwork. They find a positive way to express themselves. They feel more connected to their communities and to their peers. And they gain real-world skills that prepare them for the future.

Since 1995, our programs have fostered a new sense of self-esteem, self-motivation and self-sufficiency for youth through pre-employment training and subsidized employment.

Instagramers Seattle

Igers Seattle is an Instagram community for Seattle and the Puget Sound.  Formed in September 2011, our vision continues to be the same – to just have fun!
Our goal is to bring photo enthusiasts together who share the same passion about photography as we do and to showcase the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

CityArts Magazine

City Arts is a platform for arts and culture in the Puget Sound. We publish City Arts, a glossy monthly magazine, and we produce a variety of music and arts events, including the Art Walk Awards.

Every month, City Arts magazine goes for a colorful, glossy romp inside our community, catching up with artists-in-process, visiting stages and studios all over town to give our readers a bird’s-eye view of what our region’s up to. We quest to understand the creative character of this place, to figure out our fundamental ethos, to chase down the cutting edge and hold the zeitgeist in our hands.

Inspired by the overlaps and intersections of our region’s many music and arts scenes, we aim to feed cross-pollination and shake things up a bit. That’s why we unearth stories from all corners of the creative community, shining a light on the people and work behind music and dance, theatre and comedy, film and visual art, lifestyle and literature.

We Are Juxt

We Are Juxt represents the idea that mobile art forms are quickly advancing along with mobile device technology.  Mobile art is defined simply as Art created and developed on a mobile platform (for example iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile).  The advancement and popularity of this art form has created a culture where community is highly valued and art is constantly pushing the limits.  Juxt believes that the BEST is YET to COME.  The art form is young and already so advanced.  We cannot wait to see what the future brings.  Through community presentations, artist participation, and artist engagement, We Are Juxt believes that mobile arts will continue to advance along with technology, and more importantly through COMMUNITY.

If you’re interested in participating in this kind of mobile art competition some time in the future, check out more details here