Judging panel

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Vanessa Harryhausen

Vanessa Harryhausen is a Trustee of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation, and is Ray’s daughter.

Vanessa grew up around her father’s films and creations, being on set for all of his film from ‘The Valley of Gwangi‘ until ‘Clash of the Titans‘. Vanessa later became a Trustee of the Foundation, and is passionate about the preservation and promotion of her father’s legacy.

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John Walsh

John Walsh is a trustee of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation. He is a double BAFTA nominated filmmaker whose work focuses on social justice giving a voice to otherwise unheard contributors. After graduating from the London Film School, John founded his own film production company, Walsh Bros Ltd, which became one of the UK’s top 100 production companies.

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Steve Henderson

Dr Steve Henderson is the Editor of Skwigly Online Animation Magazine and Director of the Manchester Animation Festival. Steve regularly hosts exhibitions, events and discussions on animation at film festivals. He sits on the jury of several animation awards and competitions. He has a PhD from Loughborough University focussed on Animation Archives and British Children's Television Animation. He lectures at Manchester School of Art.