Special Commendation
JURORS: Susan Spiritus, Susan Spiritus Gallery
Hannah Sloan, Director, ROSEGALLERY

Joan Dooley

"Mexico Beach"

"Chicago Gaze"


"Rome Trinity"


"LA Kiss"



"Memphis Fountain"




A fine art documentary photographer & art historian, Joan's style has been described as “decisive moment meets Jan Vermeer.” She earned a BA in Art & English & an MA in Art History at the U. of Massachusetts, Amherst. For 12+ years she was Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Getty Museum. Since 1999 she has taught full-time in LAUSD. Her photography has received many awards including a recent international one by the National Geographic in their annual photo competition.
Joan has received many awards for teaching photography including the Santa Fe Center's Patron Saint of Photography as well as Otis and CalArts Teacher of the Year:
Joan's students have also earned many awards including in photography: the "LA Music Center Spotlight" Grand Prize ($5,000 cash prize); multiple national "Scholastic Art" awards plus a national "Congressional Art" award. Her students' animations have won awards at many film festivals including the "LA Film Festival" and "Motion 08." In 2011 alone her students won 44 Scholastic Art awards, and she was honored by "Ovation TV" as the Southern California teacher with the most student art awards.

J U R I E D E X H I B I T S / A W A R D S

2011: Photo LA, Women in Photography International Booth, "Nimbus"
2010: “Faces (Toddler & Ninety) <http://tinyurl.com/28ue85r> ,” Honorable Mention (2), Women in Photography International (Caitlin Mairead McKiernan, Hairdresser House Call)
2010: “A Decade of Images: 2000-2010 <http://www.womeninphotography.org/wipihome.html> ,” Honorable Mention, (page 4), WIPI (Memphis, Fountain)
2009: World in Focus <http://worldinfocuscontest.com/entries.shtml> , Merit Award, National Geographic Traveler and Photo District News (Trinity, Rome, Italy)
2007: “The Portrait,” Top 25, Women in Photography International (WIPI) (Chicago Reverie)
2007: “The Portrait,” Top 50, WIPI (At Granny McKiernan’s House, Ballyconnell Ireland)
2006: “Lifestyle,” Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards (IPA) (Chinatown Alley, LA)
2006: “Turning Silver: Juror Choice 100,” Women in Photography International (Nimbus, Santa Monica)
2006: “Viva America,” Women in Photography International
2006: “The Aftermath Project Auction,” Michael Dawson Gallery
2006: “Conflict,” SPE West Regional
2005: “Portraits of Children.” Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards (IPA) (Atlantic Avenue)
2005: “Decisive Moments,” Honorable Mention, Women in Photography International (Cross-Section, Rome)
2005: “Decisive Moments,” Honorable Mention, Women in Photography International (Kiss, Los Angeles)
2005: “Ruth Bernhard Tribute,” Women in Photography International
2005: “Relativity,” SPE West Regional
2004: “Virtual Visual,” Honorable Mention, Women in Photography International, (Nimbus, Santa Monica)
2004: “Virtual Visual,” Honorable Mention, Women in Photography International, (Kiss, Los Angeles)
2004: “Beauty,” SPE West Regional
2003: “Zoom,” I-5 Gallery, Brewery Arts Complex, LA
2003: “Out of the Box: Contemporary Photography,” Brea Gallery, Brea
1998: “Contemporary Book Arts,” Artworks, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica
1995: “Flipside,” Getty Art Museum, Malibu
1992: “Freedom,” Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena


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Home of the renowned Distinguished Photographer’s Award, first presented to Eve Arnold in 1981. The Award has been presented to outstanding photographers including, Ruth Bernhard, 1984, Judy Dater, 1985, Marion Post Wolcott, 1986, Linda McCartney, 1987, Mary Ellen Mark, 1988, Ruth Orkin, 1989, Joyce Tenneson, 1990, Berenice Abbott, 1991, Grace Robertson, 1992, Annie Leibovitz, 2003, Sylvia Plachy, 2004 and Carrie Mae Weems, 2005. The Top 100 female Photographers List was completed August 31, 2008.


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