Vincent Versace Guru Award: Nicole Gibson

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This is my friend and former student Nicole Gibson. I shot this as she leaned out of the window on our houseboat in  Srinagar, Kashmir, India, last summer on our Lumen Dei tour. Only days before we’d been at the Jama Masjid in Old Delhi and she shot this image. (Oops, Matt Brandon tells me it was at Shah Hamadan in Srinagar. I stand corrected.)


Fast forward one year and last weekend at Photoshop World, Nicole won the Vincent Versace Guru Award for the same image. I can’t tell you how proud I am of Nicole and how excited I am for her future as a photographer and communicator. Huge congratulations to Nicole – well done, my friend!

For a full list of the GURU winners, click HERE.


  1. Nicole, Congratulations again for the Vinny Award! It was nice meeting you. I was able to get a closer look at your shot after the keynote, in the lobby where the prints were on display. Wow! What a great capture. It reminded me of a comment Jay Maisel made during his “Light, Gesture & Color” class. He mentioned how none of his shots were posed and that many of the moments he captured could never be recreated. This photo is one of those moments. Looking forward to seeing many more in the future.

  2. Wow, thanks for that Damien! That’s an amazing compliment. I’m looking forward to finding out where I’ll go from here. It was great meeting you, and you should also be really proud of your work!

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