Skylum Sponsor Martin Evening Excellence in Digital Retouching Award 2024

Skylum the company behind Luminar Neo

Photographer: © Aaron Brimhall; Retoucher: Mark Francis @ Midas Retouching; Client: DJI Global

Association of Photographers Announces Skylum / Luminar Neo as Sponsor for 2024 Martin Evening Excellence in Digital Retouching Award.

The Association of Photographers (AOP) announces Skylum  / Luminar Neo as the sponsors of the 2024 Martin Evening Excellence in Digital Retouching Award which is returning for its second year.

Commemorating the late Martin Evening, this award spans both photographic stills and short form film to recognise outstanding work in digital retouching and post-production.


Entries for the Martin Evening Excellence in Digital Retouching Award opened on 20 March 2024 and close on 13 May 2024. Finalists will be announced week ending 28 June 2024. The judges will be looking at essential aspects to include photographic application of digital retouching and post-production skills.

For full details of the scope of the award, visit


“We are delighted to have Skylum, the company behind Luminar Neo, supporting the Martin Evening Excellence in Digital Retouching Award, which recognises the talented and skilled craft retouchers bring to illuminating incredible commercial photography shot by many of our members.”

"We are honoured to support the Martin Evening Excellence in Digital Retouching Award that celebrates exceptional talents and creativity within the industry. For over 15 years, our commitment at Skylum has been to empower photographers with post-processing tools designed to elevate their creative potential, and we are pleased to partner with organisations who share our values."

The judging panel this year includes:

Paul Waterhouse, Director of Photography and Founder Cine Photo Pro
Mark Francis, Creative Director Midas Retouching and inaugural Martin Evening Excellence in Digital Retouching Award Winner
Julia Fullerton-Batten, Multi Award winning AOP Accredited Photographer
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Paul Waterworth

Director of Photography and Founder Cine Photo Pro

Mark Francis

Mark Francis

Creative Director Midas Retouching and inaugural Martin Evening Excellence in Digital Retouching Award Winner

I am the founder and Creative Head of Midas Retouching, a global, award winning, high-end retouching and CGI production studio that has successfully partnered with the world’s leading photographers, agencies and brands since its launch in 2007.

I have recently been awarded a Gold in the prestigious Martin Evening Excellence in Digital Retouching 2023 Award and my company, Midas Retouching, has been Shortlisted for the D&AD 2023 Awards, Lurzers 200 Best Digital Artist 2023 and shortlisted for the Production Paradise, Spotlight 2023 Awards.

I trained as a retoucher under the renowned and sadly now recently deceased, Dan Tierney at the Dairy Studio and at Saddington & Baynes where I led some of the earliest CGI projects for the global automotive industry.

Midas Retouching was soon born, and we have spent the last 15 years partnering a who’s who client base of photographers, advertising agencies and consumer brands, working on iconic campaigns and projects, such as the global launch of Tesla Model X and Rolls-Royce Boat Tail, and the creation of full asset libraries for multiple automotive brands.

Our clients include GM, Adidas. Mercedes-Benz, Land Rover, Heineken, Lexus, Ford, Tesla, BMW, Infiniti, Vodafone, Top Gear, McLaren, Toyota, Hyundai, Rolls-Royce, Acura and more.

Julia Fullerton-Batten

AOP Accredited Photographer

Julia Fullerton-Batten is a fine-art photographer renowned for her highly cinematic visual story-telling.  Her large-scale projects are based around specific themes. Each image in the project embellishes her subject matter in a series of thought-provoking narrative ‘stories’ using staged tableaux and sophisticated lighting techniques.

Julia’s use of unusual locations, highly creative settings, street-cast models, accented with cinematic lighting are hallmarks of her style. She insinuates visual tensions in her images and imbues them with a mystique that teases the viewer into continually re-examining the picture; something new coming to the fore each time. 

 Her fine-art work is globally renowned and exhibited. She has won countless awards worldwide, is frequently portrayed in photographic journals, has published three books, is a Hasselblad Ambassador and a frequent speaker at international workshops and a juror of international competitions. Her images are on the front covers of ‘A Guide to Collecting Contemporary Photography’. She has a permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery, Musee de l’Elysee, Lausanne and the Parliamentary Art Collection, Houses of Parliament.

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About Martin Evening

Martin Evening , who sadly passed away in December 2022 at the age of 63 after quietly battling cancer, was a highly influential photographer, expert digital retoucher, author and teacher. He was an early pioneer of digital retouching and an early adopter of Photoshop. Martin was a long-standing member of the AOP and had a successful 25-year career as a London-based, award-winning portrait, beauty, and advertising photographer, working with some of the biggest names in hairdressing.

In 2008, Martin was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, in recognition as a respected leader in the industry and his contributions as an alpha and beta tester for Adobe in contributing to its advancement and development.

About Skylum

Skylum is a global imaging technology company dedicated to revolutionizing the world of photo editing and creative tools. Its core product, Luminar Neo, empowers photographers of all skill levels to unleash their creativity and transform their visions into reality with advanced AI-based technologies while providing the artist with complete control over the final result. Skylum has won the Red Dot Award, Apple’s Best of Year, and Best Imaging Software by TIPA and EISA, as well as several other top industry awards. To learn more, visit the website.  

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