Meet Our Judges for #dayinthelifejc!

September 22, 2016 Jersey City

The results are in! We want to thank our judges who volunteered their time to help create the #dayinthelifejc exhibit that will be on display at the JCAST 2016 flagship location at 150 Pacific Avenue from October 7th to October 9th, 2016. Additionally, the images will be on a banner that will be on display in front of City Hall. Each judge selected 10 images to create a collection of images that highlight one day in our diverse and dynamic city! Meet the judges who helped make this community-generated photography project possible!

Above and below: Images selected for the #dayinthelifejc exhibit. Submissions came from across all age groups and communities in the city!


Beth Achenbach

Beth Achenbach is a photographer who has lived in Jersey City for 14 years. She is a curator, artist, poet and founder of the “Ladies On The Mic” events. She works as the Digital Lab Manager at Duggal Visual Solutions and part time as creative consultant and photographer for The Jersey City Independent. See more of Beth’s work here:



Annette Booth

Annette Booth is director of exhibitions management for Aperture Foundation where she has worked since 2004. She oversees all aspects of Aperture Gallery, helping to produce, design, and install eight exhibitions per year. In addition, Annette runs their traveling exhibition program, touring exhibitions to venues worldwide.



Chris Gadsden

Chris Gadsden is a vice principal at Lincoln High School as well as a community activist. He is the proud father of three beautiful girls and has been married to his wife Petal Gadsden for almost 15 years. He has been a member of groups that empower the community such as the North Jersey Chapter of National Action Network, Progressive Leadership Opportunities for Tomorrow (P.L.O.T), the Jersey City Chapter of the NAACP, and The Royal Men Foundation.


ChicPea Lynn Hazan, aka Chicpea, is the founder of ChicpeaJC and a creative entrepreneur. After two months of launching ChicpeaJC, she decided to leave her corporate life to pursue entrepreneurship full time. Since then the blog has grown into a full-fledged Jersey City resource with over 20 contributing writers covering all topics from fashion, food, events, youth, non-profits and more!



Andy Mac is a 19 year old creative from Jersey City, New Jersey. Mac says, “I do photography but I don’t personally like being called a photographer because my artistic abilities aren’t restricted to just photography. I’m just now reaching a platform where people are seeing my work on a grander scale so I’m excited for whats to come from this journey in life.”



trishforwebTrish Szymanski works in many genres. For the past few years she has been dramatizing early American literature on the stage. Currently, she is producing and directing Washington Irving’s “The Devil and Tom Walker, ” going up in October at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Jersey City.



We would like to thank our sponsors, JLD Tax and Accounting, Rolon’s Keyhole Bar, The Jersey City Independent , Hazel Baby, and Hound About Town who helped make #dayinthelifejc even bigger and better this year!