The PHM 2016 Grant prizes will be assigned by a distinguished panel of jurors. Applying to the competition will offer you the opportunity to have your work reviewed by some of the industry’s most influential names.
In the past few years our panel of jurors included professionals like Martin Parr, Kira Pollack, Alec Soth, Iata Cannabrava, James Estrin and Christopher Anderson.
Here you can learn more about this edition's jury.
Director of photography at The New York Times Magazine
The longtime director of photography at the New York Times Magazine, Kathy Ryan has been a pioneer of combining fine art photography with photojournalism in the pages of the publication. During her time there, the Magazine has been recognized with numerous photography awards, including National Magazine Awards. In 2012, Ryan received the Royal Photographic Society’s annual award for Outstanding Service to Photography. In 2014, she won the Vision award from the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Under Ryan’s leadership, the Magazine commissions the world’s best photographers, a selection of whose work was published in The New York Times Magazine Photographs (Aperture, 2011), edited by Ryan. A book of her photographs Office Romance was published by Aperture in 2014. She also lectures on photography (she gave the 2012 Karsh Lecture in Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) and serves as a mentor at the School of Visual Arts.
Photographer and Professor at the Royal Academy of Art
Prior to photography, Donald Weber originally trained as an architect and worked with Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Weber is the author of three photography books. Interrogations, about post-Soviet authority in Ukraine and Russia, has gone on to much acclaim; it was selected to be included in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s seminal ‘The Photobook: A History, Volume III. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize, two World Press Photo Awards and shortlisted for the prestigious Scotiabank Photography Prize. His diverse photography projects have been exhibited as installations, exhibitions and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide. Currently Don is working on his next project, War Sand, about historic sacrifice, and the meaning of war in our modern world. He is represented by Circuit Gallery in Toronto.
Art Director and Curator
François Hébel is a French art director on the side of photographers since 35 years. He’s the initiator and art director of the Month of photography of the Grand Paris April 2017, Art director/co-Founder of the Biennale Foto/Industria in Bologna (Italy) 2013, 2015, 2017 and art director of “French protocol” program at Fiaf gallery, New-York 2015/2016. François is also the Consultant Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation Paris 2015/16, the Curator of Lucien Clergue (Grand Palais), Centennial 1914/1918 (Panthéon) Paris 2016 and the curator of “Eaux trouble, eaux calmes” Fondation François Schneider Wattwiller 2016. Hebel is the former director of the Rencontres d’Arles photo festival (1986, 1987 and 2001/2014), co-founder of Photo Spring in Beijing 2010/2013, former vice-president of Corbis photo agency (2000/2001), former director of Magnum Photos Paris and International (1987/2000) and former director of Fnac stores galleries (1983/1985). He works as a producer, curator of numerous exhibitions, books, educational initiatives, slide and live shows on the five continents.
Photographer & Researcher at UAM
Born in Mexico City in 1958, Mata Rosas holds a degree in Mass Media Studies. His work has been exposed in 150 individual exhibitions in 50 countries, among others: Germany, Argentina, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia, Brazil, China, United States, Mexico, Ethiopia, France, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libia, Morocco, Romania, Russia, Santa Lucía, Serbia, Ukraine, Uruguay, Venezuela, and South Africa. He was invited in world-wide project "24 hours in Cyberspace", February of 1996, as one of the 150 photojournalists selected in the world. He is also author of 7 books and he has obtained several awards, such as the Prize of Honor in the Bicentennial of the French Revolution (1989), in France, among others. He is also a teacher and researcher at UAM - Universidad Autonoma Mexicana - in Mexico City, Mexico.
Mariela Sancari was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1976. She lives and works in Mexico City since 1997. Her work revolves around identity and memory and the way both are mingled and affected by each other. She examines the thin and elusive line dividing memories and fiction. She has received numerous awards for her work: selected by curator Susan Bright to be included in the 2015 Ones to Watch issue of BJP Magazine, she was also named one of the Discoveries of the Meeting Place of FotoFest 2014 Biennal. Winner of the VI Bienal Nacional de Artes Visuales Yucatan 2013 and PHotoEspaña Descubrimientos Prize 2014, her work was selected for the XVI Bienal de Fotografía from Centro de la Imagen and received an Honorable Mention in XI Bienal Monterrey FEMSA, with her series Moisés. Her first book, Moisés, was selected by several curators and reviewers as one of the Best Photobooks in 2015. In 2011 she has been selected to participate in Contemporary Photography Seminar at Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Her work is part of the Instituto de Cultura de Yucatán Collection in Mexico, among many other private collections.
Photographer and PHM Curator
Nicolas is an Argentine photographer, anthropologist and photo editor. His work is focused on long term personal projects in Latin America. Among other prizes, he has been awarded with The Repsol Prize in 2014. His work has been also recognized by Buenos Aires Photo and PhotoEspaña among others. He gives lectures and workshops in several Latin American institutions such as Centro de la Imagen (Peru), at Buenos Aires National University and FOLA (Latin American Photo Library), where he also coordinates the education programs. Nicolas has been pointed out as one of the nine Argentine photographers to follow by TIME Magazine. He served as a jury for different Grants such as Fotoperiodismo Por La Paz (Ecuador) and twice the photojournalist prize by FNPI (Colombia). His work has been featured in New York Times Lens Blog, TIME Magazine, Der Spiegel & Bloomberg News among others media. His personal work has been exhibited in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, France, Spain, USA, India & China. He works as a photo editor at phmuseum.com since 2013.
Laura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer. She was born in Worcestershire, England to Egyptian parents and grew up between Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the US. Her photography is inspired by questions on her identity - exploring social and environmental issues pertaining to her background. In 2002, she started her career as a newspaper photographer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Sarasota Herald-Tribune (USA). In 2006, she became freelance to pursue personal projects. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (USA) with dual degrees in journalism and political science. Her first book, In the Shadow of the Pyramids, offers a first person account exploring memory and identity against the backdrop of her native Egypt’s political turmoil from 2005 to 2014. Self published on Jan. 25, 2015 to coincide with the anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, it has been named as one of the best photography books of 2015. It is shortlisted for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2016. The series will be on show at The Photographer’s Gallery in London, UK from April 15-July 3, 2016.
Photographer & PHM Curator
Argentine photographer Alejandro Kirchuk was born in 1987 in Buenos Aires, where is based. His work is mainly focused on personal documentary long-term projects in Latin America. With his work "La noche que me quieras", about Alzheimer's disease, in 2012 he received a 1st prize in 'Daily life stories' category, in the World Press Photo contest. In his time within photography, his work has been also recognized by different organizations such as POYi, NPPA, Magnum Expression Award, Ian Parry Scholarship, Terry O'Neill Award, PhotoEspaña, Lumix FotoFestival, among others. Between 2011 and 2012 he was a fellow of the National Funds for Arts in Argentina (FNA). His photographs are regularly published in different media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Stern Magazine, ESPN Magazine, Sports Illustrated China, among others. He works as a photo editor at phmuseum.com since 2012.