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A GREAT INTERNATIONAL JUDGING PANEL

PHOTO BY MARIA TUDELA

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” Susan Sontag

PhotoLux Festival (Lucca)
 

Enrico Stefanelli is a photographer, journalist, curator and teaches photography in workshops. He was the founder and, for 7 years, the artistic director of the international festival of photography and video art “Lucca Photo Fest” which was established in2005 and currently the founder and artistic director of Photolux Festival the biennial of photography in Lucca. He has written articles and contributions on photography for several catalogs, books and magazines.

Clampart Gallery (N.York)
 

Brian Paul Clamp is the owner and director of ClampArt, a gallery in Chelsea in New York City specializing in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on photography. ClampArt mounts ten to fifteen exhibitions per year featuring the work of emerging and mid-career artists. Mr. Clamp opened the gallery in 2000 after completing a Master of Arts degree in Critical Studies in Modern Art at Columbia University.

Anzenberger Gallery (Austria)
 

Born and lives in Vienna/Austria. Artist, curator, founder and director of the AnzenbergerAgency, Gallery and Bookshop. She has been director of the ViennaPhotoBookFestival (2013-2017). Her own artistic work includes publications like ‘Roots & Bonds’ (AnzenbergerEdition, 2015), ‘Imperfections’ (Artist Book, 2016), ‘Goosewalk’ (AnzenbergerEdition, 2019) and ‘Shifting Roots’ (AnzenbergerEdition, 2020)

LagosPhoto (Nigeria)
 

Ayoola Princess is an Art enthusiast and Writer who has been in the Nigerian art scene for a couple of years. Although a graduate of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering from the university of Lagos, She’s presently a Creative Manager at the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organisation based in Lagos

Head On Photo Festival (Sydney)
 

Head On Photo Festival is the leading photography organisation in Australia. The annual festival is run by Head On Foundation, a not for profit organisation which provides a multi-faceted platform for nationally and internationally acclaimed artists as well as emerging talent across all genres of photography.The centrepiece of the festival are the Head On Photo Awards, and the Head On Portrait Prize, Australia’s most critically acclaimed photographic portrait prize.

Erdmann Gallery (C.Town)
 

Heidi Erdmann is a Cape Town based curator and founder of the Photographers Gallery ZA and Erdmann Contemporary. Erdmann started her career at the South African National Gallery in 1994. In 1997 she joined AREA; South Africa’s first photography gallery. Erdmann Contemporary was launched in 1999, and in 2001 the Photographers Gallery ZA was opened. Since opening her gallery Erdmann has hosted a frequently changing roster of exhibitions by historically significant and important contemporary practitioners.

Coco PR Communications (Singapore)
 

With her background in luxury hospitality and lifestyle, Shanthi Jeuland brings a breadth of expertise, with six years of combined experience in public relation agencies and in-house marketing and communication departments. She has handled a wide variety of accounts, from luxury hospitality, F & B, auction houses, entertainment and tech start-ups. Shanthi leverages her extensive network of contacts to garner her client’s coverage in all media outlets, both online and in print, and in traditional and new media. She has established and maintained strong working relationships with regional journalists and editors, focusing on top-tier trade, lifestyle media and freelancers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Viewbug (San Diego)
 

Founded by photography buffs Ori and Jimmy, and supported by a team of all-star advisors, ViewBug is out to redefine the photo contest. Much more than just contests, we’ve built a unique photography community that fosters collaboration and rewards creativity.

Red Stamp Art Gallery (Amsterdam)
 

Sonia Arata is born in Italy (Alessandria) in 1971.In 1993 she graduated at the High Institute of Interior Architecture of Vicenza, then she studied Theatrical Scenography at the Fine Arts Academy of Venezia.In 2000 she moved to Amsterdam where in the same year she opened the Squaremeters Atelier in Brouwersgracht; in 2005 she gave birth to Red Stamp Art Gallery.

Medium Photo (San Diego)
 

Sarah Koenig Wagner is a photographic artist and fine art advocate who holds degrees in photography and art history from the University of Arizona. She has worked for the Center for Creative Photography and Museum of Photographic Arts prior to helping run the Medium Festival of Photography. She currently serves as the Exhibitions Manager for Medium Photo in San Diego, California.

500PX (Toronto)
 

Aneta Filiciak is CEO of 500px. Aneta embodies the essence of 500px, with background and experience that ideally position her to lead the company. She’s a photographer with the heart of a creative. Aneta holds degrees in both mathematics and psychology, as well as an MBA. Prior to joining 500px, she worked in management consulting and financial services. Since 2015, Aneta has held several key leadership roles within the company. [Photo:Matthew Tran]

Getty Images (New York)
 

Jay Davies is a photographer and editor who lives in New York. Since 2012, he’s been a senior photo editor at Getty Images Reportage; previously, he was an editor at Newsweek/Daily Beast and The New York Times. He graduated with a degree in photojournalism from San Francisco State University in 2005

MIFA (Moscow)
 

Moscow International Photo Awards’ mission is to recognize, reward and expose talented photographers from around the world and introduce them to the creative community in Russia. Our affiliate competition, Tokyo International Foto Awards exhibits our winners’ work in Tokyo, Japan. Photographers from all corners of the world are encouraged to enter their work.

Riga Photomonth (Riga)
 

Arnis Balcus is a photographer, editor in chief of FK Magazine and also the director of Riga Photomonth festival in Latvia. Has participated as an expert at portfolio reviews in Kaunas, Derby, Madrid, St.Petersburg and Landskrona festivals and events, as well as nominating and evaluating entries for photo contests such as Prix Pictet, First Photobook Prize, Saatchi Selfie and Google Photography Prize.

Image Rights Intl. (Boston)
 

Ted VanCleave is a professional photographer and artist living in Miami. His digital pallet is primarily architecture, iconic places and nature made available as fine art prints. Artworks by VanCleave are collected internationally and reside in the permanent collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. In addition, Ted co-founded ImageRights International in 2008

Galerie Minimal (Berlin)
 

Florian Kazimirski. Art Director Galerie Minimal. As Art Director of Galerie Minimal, Florian Kazimirski is responsible for the exhibition design, artist selection and visual storytelling of the gallery. In addition to their regular exhibitions, the founders organize many other events such as Photo walks, lectures, workshops and book presentations to give their guests the opportunity to participate.[Image:James Kezman]

KLPA (Kuala Lumpur)
 

Steven Lee is a Malaysian freelance photographer based in London, UK. He began his photographic career as a documentary and travel photographer in the late 90’s when began writing travel related articles for magazines and journals. In 2009, Steven initiated the Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards, an annual international portrait photography competition centred in Malaysia, focussing on the best in contemporary portrait photography and has attracted the participation of some top international photographers.

International Centre of Photography (New York)
 

Mark Lubell was appointed Executive Director of ICP in 2013. In his first three years, he launched the new ICP Museum at 250 Bowery to critical acclaim, and relocated ICP’s collection to an expansive new facility at Mana Contemporary. Before ICP, Lubell served as Director of Magnum Photos, spearheading its restructuring and steering it into the twenty-first century.Prior to his tenure at Magnum, Lubell was Chief Operating Officer of Here Is New York: A Democracy of Photographs, which was formed in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. Here Is New York organized the second-most-viewed photo exhibit in history, created a website that received two billion hits in fewer than five months, published a best-selling book, and raised and donated significant money to benefit families affected by the attacks.[image:©Henry Leutwyler]

Photo Basel (Basel)
 

Photo Basel is Switzerland’s first and only international art fair dedicated to photography based art. Photo Basel brings together galleries from around the world in a unique, authentic setting. Be it collectors, visitors or buyers – photo basel fosters the dialog between all actors of the photography community.

Emilia van Lynden is Artistic Director of Unseen, the leading platform for contemporary photography. Exclusively focusing on what’s new in the photography world, Unseen provides a channel for up-and-coming talent to showcase their work, as well as presenting the newest work by established artists. Unseen is an all year round platform with physical events throughout the year and with the main event, Unseen Amsterdam, returning for its sixth edition in September 2017.(Photo(c)Sophie Wright)

Alice Zilberberg (Toronto)
 

Alice Zilberberg is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning artist, recognized by curators, collectors, and art patrons across the globe. Born in Tallinn, Estonia, and raised in Israel, she currently resides in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Photography program, she began her artistic practice by painting: a verve which remains very much present in her digital works.

Julia Fullerton Batten
 

Fullerton-Batten has won countless awards for both her commercial and fine-art work, and is a Hasselblad Master. She was commissioned by The National Portrait Gallery in London to shoot portraits of leading people in the UK National Health Service. These are now held there in a permanent collection. Other images are also in permanent collection at the Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland. She is widely interviewed about her projects by professional photographic magazines from around the world and is sought after as a speaker at international events and as a judge for prestigious international photographic competitions.

L.A Festival of Photography (Los Angeles)
 

The Los Angeles Festival of Photography is an international photographic festival bringing together photographers, curators, students, amateurs, and professionals in the industry with the aim of encouraging and celebrating the art of photography. The Festival aims to encourage and celebrate the photographic image and those who devote their work to creating and advancing the medium. The international festival gathers leading figures in the industry to celebrate the current photographic landscape.

Indian Photography festival (Hyderabad)
 

Founder and director of the Indian Photography Festival – Hyderabad. A Not-For-Profit initiative of Light Craft Foundation, is an international photography festival, showcasing a wide range of photography from India and around the globe with a series of events, including talks and discussions, portfolio reviews, book launches, screenings, workshops etc.

Gurdas Dua (Indore)
 

Gurdas Dua is a International photographer, Judge and Faculty from India. He is a Fellow of India International Photographic Council and Butterfly Art Foundation, as well as Honorary Associate of Pictorial Art Society of Pakistan. Dua also conducted many workshops throughout India and has been honoured as Sony Alpha Series Brand Ambassador by Sony for conducting Sony organised Photographic workshops.

National Geographic Photographer
 

Reza is a person with his light and one of the best-known photographers in the world, he has shot his camera capturing the beauty and war, for the National Geographic and other prestigious international media such as Time, Stern, Newsweek, El País, Paris-Match, Geo. Born in Iran in 1952 and of Franco-Iranian origin, Reza currently resides in Paris.
Author of 30 books and recipient of many prestigious photography awards over the course of his career, following his passion for photography, he travelled more than hundred countries, during the last four decades witnessing and capturing through his camera the worst conflicts and catastrophes of humanity. Reza is a Philanthropist, an idealist and humanist, a photographer committed to the reality that surrounds him.

OFF Bratislava (Slovakia)
 

Dušan Kochol founded and now directs and curates a festival of contemporary photography in Bratislava. The OFF Bratislava is held simultaneously with the Month of Photography and it enriches its program with a platform for fresh talents of the photography scene. For a decade, the mission of the event remains to provide a large-scale platform for the presentation and promotion of new artists working with the medium of photography.

Black Eye Gallery (Sydney)
 

Tom evangelidis is photographer and gallery director. Black Eye Gallery for contemporary photography, is committed to representing the photographic art form and all lens based media. We represent both established and emerging artists from Australia and abroad. We also stock publications by Australia’s leading photographers.The architect designed space is located at 3/138 Darlinghurst rd and is close to both Oxford Street and Kings Cross. Black Eye is also available for hire, it’s the perfect venue for product launches, presentations and many other uses

Opiom Gallery (Opio)
 

Situated in the vicinity of Cannes in a brand new and uncluttered 500 m2 space, OPIOM Gallery brings to our scrutiny a curated selection of artists articulated through two mediums only: Photography and Sculpture. Arisen out of a genuine passion for art, it is the desire to represent and promote artists with whom he shares a sincere and personal connection that drew Michaël Zingraf to launch this new venture.

Medium Festival of Photography (San Diego)
 

Medium is an annual festival of photography celebrating creative photography in San Diego and Southern California. Medium returns to San Diego every fall in October.

Galerie Du Canon (Toulon)
 

The Galerie du Canon, founded in 2017 by Jacques Mikaélian and Gilles Altieri, represents contemporary and confirmed artists and develops a policy of promotion and support for young creation. With an exhibition space of 250 square meters, the Galerie Du Canon is aimed at a wide audience. It will host monographic or collective exhibitions, thematic or group, of various currents and artistic disciplines.

In focus Gallery (Köln)
 

Burkhard Arnold is the founder, owner and director of in focus Gallery. In focus is a gallery dedicated to international classic and contemporary photography, founded in 1989. The gallery organizes between 4 and 5 exhibitions a year, including documentary, photojournalism, conceptual, and fine art photography with emerging as well as established artists. Burkhard Arnold regularly curates shows for other institutions, galleries and museums. In focus Gallery publishs regulary catalogs and books to the galleries exhibitions.

New England School of Photography (Boston)
 

Erin Carey is an artist, educator and independent curator based in Boston, MA. She has served as the Gallery Director of the Garner Center for the last eleven years, curating regionally and nationally acclaimed artists in solo and multi-person exhibits. Erin is a regular contributor to portfolio reviews, juries and panel discussions at such institutions as the Photographic Resource Center, The Griffin Museum of Photography and most recently Photoville’s The Fence.

Catherine Edelman Gallery (Chicago)
 

December 1, 2017 marks the 30 year anniversary of Catherine Edelman Gallery, a venue for contemporary fine art photography in Chicago. Since its founding in 1987, the gallery has established itself as one of the leading galleries in the Midwest devoted to the exhibition of prominent living photographers, alongside new & young talent. The gallery showcases a broad range of subject matter, attracting both the seasoned collector and first time buyer.

The Little Black Gallery (London)
 

The Little Black Gallery is London’s boutique photography gallery specialising in contemporary photography from around the world. The Little Black Gallery was set up by Tamara Beckwith Veroni, Lindsey Carlos Clarke and Ghislain Pascal in November 2008. It is also home to the Estate of Bob Carlos Clarke and has a permanent room of work by the legendary photographer. Today the gallery is co-owned by Tamara Beckwith Veroni and Ghislain Pascal.

Balkan Photo Festival (Sarajevo)
 

Balkan Photo Festival and a selection of the best photo Balkan Photo Award are the legal heirs of the festival Photo of the Year BiH. Announcement of the winners and the complete program of the festival is traditionally held in Sarajevo, at the end of January. The festival consists of three programs: competition, education and connectivity photographer through socializing.

International Centre of Photography (New York)
 

Erin returned to ICP in 2016 after a brief hiatus. She had previously worked in ICP’s Exhibitions and Collections department for eleven years, where she organized, curated, and co-curated over 30 exhibitions and publications including The Loving Story: Photographs by Grey Villet, Hiroshima: Ground Zero 1945, President in Petticoats! Civil War Propaganda in Photographs, Take Me to the Water: Photographs of River Baptisms, and Munkacsi’s Lost Archive. Erin also conducted research on the collection, oversaw collection loans and rights and reproduction program, and co-taught an ICP-Bard course on research methodologies and writing.

Galerie Thierry Bigaignon (Paris)
 

Thierry Bigaignon is not new to the art business, nor is he to photography. After studying Politics and History in London, and later on photography at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, Thierry came back to Paris to work in a PR agency and then started his first venture at the age of 31. For the next 12 years, he focused all his efforts at bridging the gap that often separates the art scenes and the corporate world. Curating major photography shows and discovering new artists has been his motto for years.

Klompching Gallery (N.York)
 

Darren Ching is the co-owner of Klompching Gallery. Mr. Ching’s involvement with photography includes panel presentations, jurying of competitions, consulting, design, and contributing to both online and print publications on the subject. Until the Spring of 2015, he was Creative Director of PDN, and served as a perennial juror for the PDNs 30. Additionally, he is an Adjunct Faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York

The Empty Quarter (Dubai)
 

An ambitious and reliable Art Advisor/Dealer, Museum Manager/Director/Exhibition Coordinator/Art Consultant, with an extensive background in graphic design, film production and gallery curation. Combines expertise in overall safety, preservation, recordkeeping of the museum’s collections, project management, VIP relations, PR and event management with an international perspective and multicultural, multilingual heritage.

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