Meet the judges – our expert selection panel from the photography and automotive industries

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Karen is the Creative Director of Shutter Hub, the UK based photography organisation providing opportunities, support and networking for creative photographers worldwide. In 2021, she launched Shutter Hub Editions, a publishing house specialising in photobooks. 

An award-winning photographer, Karen acts as a juror and reviewer for many photography exhibitions, festivals and events around the world. 

Whether it’s competing in the LCUK Speed Championships or meandering through the countryside in her old Audi 100, when’s she’s not working on Shutter Hub, or the various other projects she’s involved with, Karen will most certainly be found near a car.

Charlie is a Founding Partner and Director of  The Maze Group – a collective of specialist marketing agencies with over a decade of experience in identifying and nurturing raw creative talent and working with brands from the automotive and finance sectors. 

The Maze Group consists of a number of organisations offering complimentary services: the creative marketing agency Maze, which delivers strategic support and clever, creative campaigns, WXVE, a studio creating short cinematic productions and photography for brands, people, and storytellers, performance marketing specialists Optimyzd, and Fluential, which matches brands with creators to deliver effective influencer marketing campaigns, and hardworking content for a digital world. 

Charlie will select the winner of the 2023 Adrian Flux Award.

Alessia Glaviano is head of Global PhotoVogue and Director of the Photo Vogue Festival. Glaviano has a degree in economics from Bocconi University in Milan, but has always been passionate about photography. After graduating, she moved to New York to a job at Pier 59 Studios, where she worked with a range of international fashion photographers. 

In addition to her editorial and curatorial activities, Glaviano teaches master courses at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan, and lectures regularly at other academic institutions. She was a 2015 World Press Photo jury member, and has participated in several portfolio review sessions, including the New York Times Portfolio Reviews.

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An experienced photographer, Charles started taking photographs seriously at the age of twelve under the name of Charles Settrington. He began his professional career as an apprentice to the film director Stanley Kubrick. He worked on many of the great advertising campaigns of the 1980s including Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut, Levi’s, and ICI.

Aside from his photography, Charles has instigated at Goodwood two internationally-acclaimed motorsport events.  In 1993, he held the first Festival of Speed. This annual event has become the largest car culture event in the world.  In 1998, he held the first Goodwood Revival meeting at the reopened historic Goodwood Motor Circuit.

Phil is the Founder and Creative Director of Caffeine & Machine, catering to everyone with a love of things that move and seeking to break down barriers and encourage conversation and discovery.

Always passionate about photography, Phil’s first creative project, Crank & Piston, was a marketing agency with global clients including McLaren, MOMO, JLR, Porsche, /Drive and Pirelli.

Phil now combines his love of photography and the car scene at Caffeine & Machine, a melting pot of automotive culture with inclusivity at its core. The man behind the camera for all the visuals and photography for Caffeine & Machine, Phil believes photography to be paramount in the brands success, from its early phase as a one-day event in the UAE to its place five years later as a permanent and key player in UK car culture.

As the winner of our Creative Impact Award 2023, for his significant impact in the community and industry, we welcome Phil to the AUTO PHOTO judging panel.

Carol is the Founder of Next Racing Generation (NRG), the UK-based organisation with a mission to take ambitious young people, particularly those from diverse groups, to the pinnacle of motorsport.

As a licensed official, Carol has been a volunteer in motorsport for over 30 years, becoming a Race Official in 1988. She was the first female Official of colour in the UK and has worked as a Marshal, Championship Coordinator and Secretary of the Meeting at a national and international level across circuit, sprint, and rallycross events. Carol undertakes the important role of Clerk of the Course at race circuits for either racing or rallycross.

Carol is also an FIA Girls on Track Ambassador, encouraging more young girls to get involved in all aspects of the sport from drivers to engineering.

Since 2018, Hugh has worked as CEO of Motorsport UK, the National Governing Body responsible for four-wheel motorsport in the UK. The community includes 50,000 licence holders as well as 15,000 officials and volunteers. The role also involves managing and promoting major events, including the British Grand Prix and the FIA British F4 Championship.

Previously, Hugh was Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of World Sailing (IF), CCO of Team Sky, and from 2008 to 2013 Hugh was CCO of the British Olympic Association; establishing Team GB as the greatest sports brand of the nation. From 2001 – 2005,  Hugh was Commercial Director of the BAR Honda F1 team, and for ten years was a partner in Prodrive, the largest independent global motorsport organisation  with 1200 staff worldwide (Subaru WRC, Aston Martin Racing, Ferrari GTS Le Mans, BTCC Honda/Ford/Alfa).