EYMF Judges


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 Federico Traeger

Federico Traeger, a veteran of the Hispanic advertising industry co-founded SosaGomez Publicidad and now is Creative Director at Lopez Negrete in Houston, Texas.


 Becky Sangha

Becky Sangha, co-founder of the nonprofit Sun & Moon Vision Productions (SMVP) has produced and directed 8 documentaries with national and international distribution. She has also produced numerous local and international public advocacy and educational video projects about social justice and humanitarian consciousness. In addition, Becky teaches media production for social change with youth and underrepresented groups. The Women’s Resource Center recognized Becky and fellow producer Kathy Sangha as Arts & Culture Women of the Year, and in 2009 they received the All Peoples Celebration Award-for increasing multicultural understanding and advancing dialogue, community, and diversity at California State University San Marcos. Becky was also a nominee for the Women Who Mean Business Awards for outstanding contributions to business by the San Diego Business Journal in 2009.

 Mitchell de Neve

Mitchell has twelve years of teaching experience, with nine years in the Escondido Union School District. In 2003, Mitchell had the privilege of being an original Project LIVE member and continues to successfully create and produce classroom and teacher video projects, which have won National, State, and County (IVIE) awards.


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 Tomoko Kuta

Tomoko Kuta, Education Director at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, has worked in the arts and arts education for over fifteen years in museums, academic institutions, and other non profit organizations. With an MA in the history and theory of photography (University of Chicago) she has since developed exhibitions of photography as well as a variety of education programs for students, teachers, and the general public that provide direct engagement in the arts.

 Phil Gibbs

Phil Gibbs is an Escondido native with a passion for nature and the outdoors. A banker by profession, Phil finds creative release and balance in his photography. The dominant subject of Phil's photography work is the ocean, which includes everything from abstract work to big-wave surf images.

 Colin Hanel

My name is Colin Hanel and I am a 4th grade teacher at Bernardo School. I have been teaching for 8 years now.  One of my many passions is photography. Ever since I was little I have loved taking pictures. As I walk through life, I am always looking for opportunities to take pictures. It doesn’t matter the subject matter, good pictures are just good pictures, as long as they are interesting. But my favorite thing to take pictures of is candid pictures of my family and birds.


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 Sarah Atwood

Sarah Attwood is a multimedia artist and designer living in San Diego, CA. She received a Bachelors Degree in Biology from McGill University in Quebec, and a Bachelors of Fine Art in Art & Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Sarah is committed to art which physically engages the participant, and she seeks to recast complex cultural issues in a way that is entertaining, provocative, and open-ended. 


 Merryl Goldberg

Merryl Goldberg is a Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) where she teaches courses on Arts & Learning and Music and where she is founder and director of Center ARTES, a center dedicated to restoring arts to education through working with the SDCOE, arts partners, parents, and teachers. Merryl has numerous publications including books, articles, chapters, editorials, and blogs and is the recipient of numerous grants from the Federal Department of Education Innovation, a joint Spencer and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Fulbright-Hays Foundation, and the California Arts Council.  Prior to entering academia, she recorded numerous CDs and was on the road for 13 years playing the saxophone with the Klezmer Conservatory Band.

Rob Shepherd

Rob Shepherd is a 36 year veteran teacher in the Escondido Union School District. Rob first began integrating audio and video projects into his instructional program way back in the 70s, initially utilizing a cassette recorder, sound effects on 12 inch LP records played on a classroom record player, and a super eight movie camera. As technology advanced, Rob's students raised funds to purchase increasingly sophisticated equipment for sound effects stories and video productions. With the support of EUSD's Project Live, Rob's students have written, performed, and produced a number of iVIE award winning standards-based instructional videos. Rob says, "Video, photography, music, and audio productions are highly engaging and motivating forms of expression for kids. The Escondido Youth Media Festival provides us with an important vehicle to recognize and celebrate the creative genius of EUSD students."