These are the panels of international judges that will review the applications and assign the prizes. Learn more about them:
Director of Photography at the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine
Emma Bowkett is Director of Photography at the Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine. She is a visiting university lecturer, and regularly participates at international portfolio reviews, festivals, art fairs and awards, including Unseen, Foam Paul Huf, and the Kraszner-Krausz Foundation Book Award. Emma has been a Master at both Foam and Fabrica Masterclasses and is part of Magnum Photos Professional Practice, which supports young and emerging photographers. She co-curates a Financial Times special supplement and day of events as part of Photo London. She recently won the inaugural Firecracker Contributors Award, which recognises women who have had a substantial impact on the photography industry and is voted for by professional photographers.
Director of Photography National Geographic Magazine and Partners.
Sarah Leen is the Director of Photography for National Geographic Magazine and Partners. Prior to joining the National Geographic staff in 2004 she worked as a freelance photographer for nearly twenty years publishing 16 stories and five covers of Nat Geo magazine.
Leen graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in 1974 from the University of Missouri, Columbia and continued with graduate studies at the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Leen was the College Photography of the Year in 1979 and worked as a staff photographer for the Topeka Capital Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer until 1988 when she began her freelance photography career.
Leen has won numerous awards for her photography and editing in the Pictures of the Year (POYi) and the World Press Photos competition. In 2007 and 2008 she won first place Magazine Picture Editing Portfolio from POYi and second place in 2011. Her team of photo editors won the Angus MacDougall Award for Excellence in Editing in 2015.
She has juried numerous contests including Pictures of the Year International, The W. Eugene Smith Grants and the Getty Images Editorial Grants and the World Press Joop Swarts Masterclass.
In 2010 Leen curated National Geographic’s Water is Life exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, the Beyond the Photograph exhibit at the National Geographic Society headquarters in 2011 and The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years in 2013 at the Annenberg Space.
Alejandro Chaskielberg (Buenos Aires, 1977) is an independent photographer, videographer and teacher. He has established a worldwide reputation for his innovative vision and sensibility that crosses the boundaries between document and art. Chaskielberg graduated from the National Institute of Cinematography of Argentina as Director of photography. He performed advanced studies in classical music at the Manuel de Falla Conservatory (violin) and animation at the National Art Film Institute of Avellaneda
He received the BURN Emerging Photographer Grant by the Magnum Foundation in 2009 and was titled World Photographer of the Year 2011 by the World Photography Organization. The Boston University awarded him with the Leopold Godowsky Jr. Award, which recognizes excellence in the field of contemporary color photography. He was also granted by National Geographic Society with the All Roads Photography Program and won the Fifth RM Iberoamerican Photobook Competition.
Alejandro has lived for three years in the islands of the Parana River Delta to work on his first monograph La Creciente. His second monograph Otsuchi Future Memories, documents the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami in a small fishing town in Northern Japan. He has also developed projects in Bolivia, Surinam, Netherlands, Cuba and Kenya.
His work was presented at the Brighton Biennial curated by Martin Parr in 2009 and at the Daegu Photo Biennial in South Korea 2014 and the Ballarat International Photography Biennial in Australia 2015 and has also exhibited in many photographic festivals worldwide. He has been one of the Masters of the First Latin American Masterclass organized by the World Press Photo and Master at the ISSP - International Summer School of Photography in Latvia.
Director of Tokyo Institute of Photography
Ihiro Hayami (b. 1982, Osaka Japan) is the director of Tokyo Institute of Photography, and the organizer of Tokyo International Photography Festival. He’s the former chief editor of Japanese Photography Magazine, “PHaT PHOTO”(2012-2014). From 2008-2012, he worked as the one of the directors at RING CUBE gallery in Ginza, Tokyo. His selected curatorial exhibitions include, Alejandro Chaskielberg’s “Otsuchi Future Memories” (2016), Alex Prager’s “WEEK-END” (2010). He is also known as lecturer. He teaches RISING SUN Master class with Marc Prust (artistic director, Photo Reporter) at Tokyo Institute of Photography, and gives lectures at universities and photography schools such as Tokyo Polytechnic University, Nihon University College of Art, and Nippon Photography Institute on invitational basis.
Visual Journalist & Senior Photo Editor at PHmuseum
Argentine visual journalist Alejandro Kirchuk was born in 1987 in Buenos Aires, where he 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 New Yorker, The Guardian, Stern Magazine, ESPN Magazine, Sports Illustrated China, among others. He works as a photo editor at phmuseum.com since 2012.
Senior Photo Editor for BuzzFeed News
Kate Bubacz is the senior photo editor for BuzzFeed News. Previously, she worked at ABC News and The New York Post. She started photographing as a kid on vacation and when she’s not looking at pictures, she likes to travel, read and cook.
Global Business Development Manager at Magnum Photos International
Fiona Rogers is the Global Business Development Manager at Magnum Photos International, working to implement new business innovations and strategic partnerships. Prior to this she was the Cultural & Education Manager, conceiving and delivering international exhibitions and events and creating Magnum’s global Education department in 2006. Fiona has extensive experience as a project manager, producing global exhibitions, cultural projects, and photographic assignments for a variety of clients.
Fiona is also the founder of Firecracker, a platform supporting female photographers. In 2012, Firecracker launched an annual grant, offered to photographers to complete a long-term documentary photography project. Fiona has a strong interest in emerging photographers and has participated in international platforms such as Recontres D’Arles, Format Festival and the Singapore International Photography Festival. She has participated as a judge for several notable competitions including the Mack First Book Award and the Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography.
Photographer | Director of Just Another Photo Festival
Poulomi Basu is a storyteller, artist and activist. She was raised by her mother in Calcutta, India and found early inspiration in the city’s rich cinematic history. Poulomi’s work has become known for documenting the role of women in isolated communities and conflict zones and more generally for advocating for the rights of women. Poulomi was featured alongside Hilary Clinton as one of the one of the 'Amazing women from around the world giving their best advice' by Refinery29.
In December 2015, she shared a platform with the parents of the Nirbhaya Delhi rape victim talking about her social activist initiative, The Rape in India Project. She is the director of Just Another Photo Festival, a traveling guerrilla visual media festival that democratizes photography by taking it to the grass roots and forging new audiences. She was a part of VII Photo Agency mentor program.
She was invited in January 2016 to speak at The National Geographic Headquarters D.C. for their annual seminar , United Nations Young Changemakers Conclave. She has lectured in ICP NY, London College of Communication, TISCH NYU etc.
Poulomi has won several grants like Magnum Emergency Fund 2016 and was recognized as the Finalist for the prestigious W.Eugene Smith Award 2016; Magnum Foundation What Works, 2016. She was a Magnum Foundation Human Rights scholar in 2012 and a Foam Paul Huff Nominee 2015, and recognised in many other awards like Foto Visura Award, Firecracker Grant, Best of Magenta etc.
Her works have been exhibited widely like The Bronx Documentary Centre NY, House Of Commons and Palace of Westminster, London, St. James Palace, London; The Half King NY; Glastonbury Music Festival; Human Rights Watch Sydney; Beijing Art Bienalle, Lodz Poland, Host Gallery, Objectifs Gallery Singapore, Hong Kong Photo Festival, Australian High Commission, London among many others.