We were able to snag the founder of Stock Pot Images, Ophelia Chong, as a special judge for this year’s Awards. Ophelia’s impact on the industry is to redefine and re-present the face of the average cannabis user in photography. Ophelia realized there was an opportunity to change the perception of cannabis and cannabis users through professional, stock imagery and capturing the true users of today. And Stock Pot Images was born.
After graduating from the Art Center College of Design in 1989, she traveled the world for a few years and found her calling in photography. She began her career as the photographer for David Carson at Raygun Magazine and then moved on to Sony Music, Mercury, Epitaph, and Interview Magazine. Her next career phase began with the leap from music to the creative director at Strand Releasing, distributing over 50 films to Sundance, Toronto, New York, Venice, Berlin, and Outfest film festivals. As creative director for Slamdance Film Festival for 10 years, she never got to ski once at Park City. Later, she took on the stock and assignment photography business, beginning as the creative director at Workbook and Workbookstock. From 2005 to the present, she has specialized in marketing and designing for photographers, photography monographs, and photography agencies. Ophelia teaches Marketing and Self-Promotion to photography students at the Art Center College of Design and has been an art director in the MFA writing program at CalArts since 2008.
Ophelia’s relationship with cannabis and the industry is an interesting story, one that we hope she’ll share on the live broadcast feed from the Judge’s House this November 18th. But as a judge, we are curious to see what sort of observations she makes as she judges each of the 16 entries across the four categories of Fruit, Floral, Earth and Fuel.
Be sure to tune into the live feed and join Ophelia and the other judges as they discuss California’s finest light dep cannabis! Be sure to watch the livestream and chat November 18th starting at 11am.