Nigel Barker, renowned photographer and former judge on the reality television show "America's Next Top Model," is coming to Portland for the grand opening of a luxury hotel and a photography contest. Credit: Submitted photo from AC Hotel Portland Downtown/Waterfront

Nigel Barker, a former judge on the reality show competition “America’s Next Top Model,” will come to Maine’s largest city Thursday for the grand opening celebration for a new hotel and finale of a local photography contest.

Five finalists in the hotel’s “Unpacking Portland” contest, in which Maine-based photographers were asked to submit photographs of “ Portland’s unexpected moments,” are being invited to a mini master class with Barker Thursday before the ceremonial opening of the AC Hotel Portland Downtown/Waterfront.

Barker is a longtime photographer whose work has appeared in magazines such as “Town & Country” and “GQ,” and who rose to fame as a judge on “America’s Next Top Model.” He has also written bestselling books on beauty and models, and is now a judge on reality show competitions “The Face” and “Top Photographer.”

The luxury hotel at 158 Fore St. has 178 guest rooms and a 40-seat restaurant.

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Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.