2019 Celebrity judges

Steve Oederkerk


American comedian, director, editor, producer, screenwriter and actor. Oedekerk is best known for his collaborations with actor Jim Carrey and director Tom Shadyac (particularly the Ace Ventura franchise), Bruce Almighty, Nutty Professor, Jimmy Neutron, Kung Pow.... 

Jimmy Thomas


Jimmy Thomas, Grammy nominated writer and producer, a Music industry veteran working with Clarence Avant in Music, TV and Politics.  Leader in Lion Forge Comics,  Ruthless records, Island Deff Jam, and CEO of Mergela Entertainment, 

Co-founder and CCO Crowdaa, Founder and CEO of Do Something Athletic (DSA) 



 Grammy award-winning R&B/Pop singer-songwriter James Fauntleroy, musician & Grammy award-winning producer, Larrance “Rance”

clients include: JayZ, Beyonce, Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith, Adele, Snoop, Usher, Kendrick Lamar.....

Dave Warren


Dave Warren is an Emmy winning animation artist, producer and director who is best known for his work on The Simpsons and Sons of Anarchy. His career spans more than two decades with credits ranging from Animaniacs, Pinky and The Brain, Despicable Me, The Minions and many more. He is currently based in Los Angeles and is the co-founder of pixlhaus entertainment. 

Charles Hambleton


 Charles Hambleton, Oscar Winner "The Cove" documentary Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health. 

DJ Battlecat


Legend original Hip Hop producer working on endless collaborations with such talents as Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Dr. Dre, Faith Evans, WC and The Game just to name a few across the worlds of Hip-Hop and R&B.  

2019 celebrity judges



  Mischke is an LA-based Grammy-nominated songwriter/vocal producer/producer signed to Universal Music Publishing. He started his career as part of Rodney Jerkins' Darkchild camp, and has gone on to collaborate with many of the world’s top music producers and artists.  He’s worked with and/or has had songs on artists including Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Maluma, Little Mix, Jojo, Gwen Stefani, Austin Mahone, Trey Songz, Jhene, Luis Fonsi & El DeBarge, and is recognized as one of the top vocal producers in the game. 

Secretariat of United Nations Biodiversity

Two representatives of the Secretariat of the United Nations Biodiversity will be voting

Two representatives of the Secretariat of the United Nations Biodiversity will be voting 

Ryan Black



Ryan Black is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Sambazon. Black is a pioneer in the natural foods industry who created the company with his brother, Jeremy Black, and friend Ed “Skanda” Nichols, following a post-graduate surf trip to Brazil in 1999 where they experienced their first açaí bowls. The powerful health benefits of açaí have helped enhance the quality of life among millions of people who now enjoy it on every continent.


Ryan is also co-founder of thetri.org, a non-profit working to empower millennials into building a more conscious future. He speaks multiple languages, and credits his time in Boulder and international football career as the stepping-stone to a socially responsible, international business.


National Geographic Society leaders will be casting their vote

2018 Celebrity Judges

Paul Millsap


Paul Millsap a four-time NBA All-Star, playing for the Denver Nuggets. He is a philanthropist serving youth and his communities through his Paul Millsap Foundation.  

Kimberly Van Der Beek


Kimberly Van Der Beek is an Environmental Changemaker, Philanthropist, former Strategic Adivsor for Jeff Skoll-Participant Media, & Heath Healer

Jesse Combs


Jesse Combs, CEO/ Creative Director of Jecarco LLC has rapidly become a noted bastion in the future generation of global entertainment and media. Already among the most sought after talents in the industry, both as a hands-on Creative Director/Producer and executive, Combs' mission is to harness his creativity and vision to create pieces of media and design that will withstand the test of time. 

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