Zoolens - Mercantil Bank's Wild for Art Education Photography Contest

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Mercantil Bank’s

Ron Magill
Nikon® Ambassador Ron Magill has worked with wildlife for over 30 years and has had the privilege of having “hands-on” experience with a tremendous variety of animals. As Zoo Miami’s “Goodwill Ambassador,” he has made frequent television appearances on many programs, including National Geographic Explorer, the Today show, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS’ The Early Show, Dateline, and various shows on CNN. Magill is also a regular guest on several Spanish language television programs, including international hits Sabado Gigante and Despierta America. In addition, he has written and produced many wildlife articles and award-winning photographs that have appeared in publications and galleries around the world. Magill has traveled extensively throughout Africa, India and Tropical America while developing and directing award-winning conservation projects and documentaries focused on the wildlife of those regions.

Maria Martinez-Cañas
Maria Martinez-Cañas was born in Havana, Cuba. She received a B.F.A. in Photography from the Philadelphia College of Art and an M.F.A. in Photography from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. An artist who works with innovative, non-traditional photographic media, she has exhibited extensively in the United States and abroad, with 34, one-person exhibitions and over 250 group exhibitions. Martinez-Cañas is the recipient of a Cintas Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts award, and a Fulbright-Hays grant, among others. Her works are included in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Arizona, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., among others. Her work is represented by the Julie Saul Gallery, New York; Fredric Snitzer Gallery, Miami; Schneider Gallery, Chicago; and De Santos Gallery, Houston. Martinez-Cañas has lived and worked in Miami since 1986.

Rosario MartinezRosario Martinez-Cañas
Rosario Martinez-Cañas was born in Havana, Cuba and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and then moved to Miami, where she worked in the graphic design field for several years. In 1991, she founded The Image Designers Group, an award-winning graphic design studio that has been featured in several books, including “Hot Graphics USA.” While running her graphic design business, Martinez-Cañas began teaching as an adjunct professor at New World School of the Arts. In 2006, she received a master’s degree in graphic design from Miami International University of Art and Design. That same year, she was hired as a full-time faculty member of New World School of the Arts, in charge of the graphic design department. Martinez-Cañas served on the board of directors of the American Institute of Graphic Arts [AIGA]-Miami Chapter for six years.

Patrick Farrell
Patrick Farrell has been a photographer with The Miami Herald since 1987. He is the recipient of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography—awarded for his photographs of the devastation in Haiti caused by a particularly brutal hurricane season. Farrell has documented three decades of major news events, both locally and abroad, including the 1989 race riots in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, political and civil unrest in Haiti during the country’s 1994 military rule, Hurricane Andrew’s 1992 path of destruction in South Florida, the 1999 earthquake in Turkey, the Columbine High School massacre, and childhood poverty in the Americas. He has won numerous awards for his coverage of Haiti, including a Feature Photography Award in 2008 from the Overseas Press Club, two first place awards from Pictures of the Year International (also in 2008), and the first place 2009 National Headliner Award for Photo Essay. Farrell has been named Region Six Photographer of the Year twice by the National Press Photographers Association. Born in Miami, he graduated from the University of Miami in 1981. Farrell is married to Miami-based journalist Jodi Mailander Farrell and they have two young daughters.

Grizzel GonzalezGrizzel Gonzalez VP, Marketing Services,
Mercantil Bank

Grizzel M. Gonzalez serves as Vice President, Marketing/Channels Manager at Mercantil Bank N.A., responsible for the coordination of marketing programs across physical and virtual channels. Gonzalez has been an active board member of the Zoological Society of Florida since 2006— involved in the preservation of wildlife and the further development of Zoo Miami, as well as responsible for spearheading efforts to name the Mercantil Bank Children’s Zoo at Zoo Miami. Born in Cuba, Gonzalez moved to the United States when she was 18 months old and considers herself a Florida native. She attended Coral Gables High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Florida International University. She regularly volunteers with the League Against Cancer, March of Dimes and other nonprofit organizations. Gonzalez is an active volunteer at SMMCS Broadcast Arts Booster and served as Treasurer of the Board of Coral Gables Elementary School’s PTA from 2002 through 2004.

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