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Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Stephen Jess is a New York City based photographer and film editor with over 20 years experience in commercials, features, and branded content.

His film editorial work has included national and global advertising campaigns, as well as award winning documentary films. His photography has been exhibited in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, and across the US.




Sports Emmy nomination: Oustanding Short Documentary
Sports Emmy nomination: Outstanding Digital Innovation
Cannes Lion Grand Prix: Entertainment for Sport
Clio Sport: TV/Series Original Content

GLASS: a portrait of Philip in twelve parts

Emmy nomination: Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming

Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Documentary

Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Sound in a Documentary


Red Nation Film Festival: Best Documentary​

White Sands International Film Festival: Best Documentary​


United Nations Film Festival: Grand Jury Prize, Best Short Documentary



The International Center of Photography, New York '#Concerned: Global Images for Global Crisis' 2020

Los Angeles Center of Photography Fifth Annual Fine Art Exhibition, 'Exploring Humanity' 2020

Midwest Center for Photography, 'Graphic Elements' 2023

Gallarium Art, 'Shapes and Colors' 2023

Las Laguna Art Gallery, California, 'Figures & Faces' 2023

Dab Art Co, 'Art In The Time of Corona' 2023

Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, 'The Portrait' 2021

Silos at Sawyer Yards, Houston, "Street Encounters" 2021

Midwest Center for Photography 'Abstract' 2021

SoHo Photo Gallery New York, 2021

Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, 'The Streets' 2021

Midwest Center for Photography Portfolio 2020

Praxis Gallery, Minneapolis, 'Narratives' Exhibition 2020

Texas Photographic Society, 'Street Encounters' 2020

The Dallas Center for Photography 'The Human Portrait' Exhibition 2020


Global Photo Awards - shortlist, 2021

14th International Color Awards - Portrait, Nomination, 2021

International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention, 2020

 New York Center for Photographic Arts Street Photography Awards 2020

STF Awards: Shoot The Face, September 2020

New York Center for Photographic Arts, 'Primary Colors' 2020



The International Center of Photography, New York '#Concerned: Global Images for Global Crisis' 2020

Creative Quarterly Issue 71

DocuStreet Magazine: Vol1, issue 2 2021

F-STOP magazine Documentary 2020

Creative Boom, August 2020

Plain Magazine, August 2020

Creative Quarterly Issue 62

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