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OPPA Active Jurors and Jury Chairs have spent countless time studying and honing their skills to become qualified to judge your images. You can be confident that your scores are based on the 12 elements and and follow best practices followed by PPA Jurors.

OPPA Active Jurors are all experienced image competitors themselves and are required to attend ongoing training to ensure their competition and judging skills are kept current.

Below is the list of OPPA Active Jurors , a brief bio and some of their images that showcase their competition images.

OPPA's 2023 Juror Oversight Committee chair is Aaron Hockley, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, FP-OR, HFP-OR

Beth Brinston

M.Photog. CPP, FP-OR

Beth Brinston is a Master Photographer, CPP and FP-OR, APAI, Accred. PPOC has been an OPPA member since 2017. She started competing at the PPA print competition level in that same year and became an approved OPPA Juror in 2021. She is passionate about print competition and believes that competing is some of the most valuable education available to photographers to help master their craft. Beth has also been a two-time Grand Imaging Award Nominee at the International Print Competition hosted by PPA. She runs a part-time photography business specializing in Pet Photography in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Lisa Dillon

M.Photog.Cr., CPP,

Lisa Dillon is a Master Craftsman Photographer and CPP from Portland Oregon. She has also earned the Fellow of Photography degree and Honorary Fellow of Photography  from OPPA.  She is in her 19th year of business and specializes in high school senior, business and family photography. Lisa is the 2023 OPPA President, and she is a past president of the Professional Photographers of Oregon (PPO), and Oregon Professional Photographers Association (OPPA). Lisa is an approved juror for the OPPA and is an Approved Affiliate Juror for the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).  Lisa served as a PPA Councilor representing Oregon from 2013-2019.

Aaron Hockley

M.Photog.Cr.,CPP, FP-OR, HFP-OR

Aaron Hockley is a event, commercial, and fine art photographer who bridges the boundary between the technology and photography worlds. His professional work focuses on building relationships with clients who use his images to drive business. He enjoys experimenting with the worlds of abstract and fine art photography, often bringing unique perspectives to scenes we see every day. In 2015 he was awarded third place for Illustrative/Commercial images at PPA’s Grand Imaging Awards. Aaron is an active OPPA juror, a recipient of the PPA National Award and the OPPA President’s Award for service, and served as OPPA’s President in 2017 and 2020.  Aaron is currently the Secretary of the Professional Photographers of Washington.  He has attended PPA's IPC Juror Training Workshop and is a PPA Juror in Training.


Thea Martin

M.Photog., FP-OR

Thea Martin has been photographing for over 40 years and had a camera in her hand as soon as she could walk and spent many hours in her dad’s darkroom.  While she specializes in Fine Art and Nature Photography, she knows her way around a studio as her father is a portrait photographer in Mexico.  She has her Master of Photography Degree from PPA, Fellow of Photography from OPPA, has earned multiple medals by competing at IPC and earned a GIA award from Districts in 2022.  She is an Active for OPPA and part of the Juror Oversight Committee for OPPA and she completed the PPA Juror Training Workshop in 2022.


Sam Tarrel

M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, HFP-OR, DFP-OR

Sam Tarrel is a Fine Art Portrait and Commercial photographer in Hillsboro, Oregon where he runs his business, Light Science Studios. Sam is extremely active in the photographic community and his passion for photography is rivaled only by his passion for teaching and educating others. His ultimate goal is always to help each student achieve the most they can in their craft. He is very active in the Oregon Professional Photographers Association, and is current Past President.  Sam holds his Certification and multiple degrees from the Professional Photographer of America. He is an informative and engaging instructor, committed to his industry and colleagues, and his students always come away with a greater understanding and confidence in their work after working with him.

Bryan Welsh


Bryan Welsh, of Hillsboro, Oregon is a Portrait photographer and educator.He has received numerous awards in image competitions that include - PPA Loan Collections, Fuji MASTERPIECE Awards and Kodak Gallery Awards. Bryan’s images and articles have been published in numerous publications in the photographic industry.  Bryan has his Masters of Photography Degree (M. Photog.) & Photographic Craftsman Degree (Cr. Photog.) and is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP). He has the Fellow of Photography Degree from the Oregon Professional Photographers Association. Bryan also holds the status of an Approved Photographic Instructor (API) and has over 100 speaking merits (EDU 100). Bryan is the Past President of the Oregon Professional Photographers Association and the elected PPA Councilor for the State of Oregon. Bryan is an approved juror for the OPPA and is an Approved Affiliate Juror for the Professional Photographers of America (PPA). 

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