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Andrei Polikanov, photoeditor, visual director at «Takie Dela» project. Born in 1961 in Moscow. Graduated from the Military Institute of Foreign Languages in 1987 and over the next six years served on several missions in Angola as a commissioned officer. In the early 1990s, Andrei worked as a fixer and stringer with Anthony Suau, Christopher Morris, Stanley Greene and other prominent international photojournalists, producing stories for such major international publications as Time, The New York Times Magazine, Stern, Focus, Spiegel and Paris Match on events in former USSR territories (including conflicts in Nagorno-Karabakh, Chechnya, Transnistria, Abkhazia and Tajikistan). From 1996 until 2007, he worked as a photo editor at Time magazine’s Moscow bureau and since then has been director of photography at Russian Reporter magazine. Andrei Polikanov is a member of various national and international photo contest juries (World Press Photo, Visa d’Or in Perpignan, Press Photo Finland and Interfoto Russia, among others). He was a member of the Joop Swart Masterclass independent selection committee and a judge for World Press Photo’s educational program for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), a reviewer at the FotoFest International Portfolio Review, a lecture at the International Bursa Photo Festival. He has taught numerous workshops on photojournalism, both in Russia and worldwide, since 2005. These include being a mentor at the Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Project Grantee Workshop, a mentor at the World Press Photo educational project in the Caucasus, a Consultant at The International Center for Journalists, as well as at the International Summer School of Photography and the Danish School of Media & Journalism.
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Horacio Villalobos, photographer, worked as freelance- stringer for UPI, AP, Time, Newsweek, Business Week, the New York Times and W Magazine among other publications, in Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Middle East. For twenty years Horacio worked as Director of Photography of Diario Popular, Argentina. Worked for EPA as Chief Photographer for France and Luxembourg. Regional Chief Photographer for France , Luxembourg, United Kingdom and Ireland. Senior Desk Editor EPA HQ in Frankfurt, Germany. Now Horacio works as Corbis/Getty photographer contributor and stringer in Portugal.
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Maria Mann is a photojournalism consultant and public speaker based in Portugal. She currently consults for the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) on international relations, and also acts as photo coach and mentor for EPA. She is active in photojournalism education, curating exhibits for institutions and conducting workshops. She joined EPA in 2007. Previously, she was director of global current events at Corbis, Paris, director of photography for Agence France-Presse for the Americas and international photo editor-in-chief in Paris.  Maria has judged photojournalism contests including World Press, Unicef, Bayeux War Correspondents, POY, World Press Master Class and CHIPP/China. She was the founding chair of the Best of Photojournalism Contest in the US and is currently category secretary for the World Press Photo Contest. She is a member of the Forum: Code de déontologie de la Presse écrite Maghrébine in Tunis,ра the first code of ethics for the media in the Maghreb region. She is the recipient of the National Press Photographers’ Joseph Costa Award for ‘leadership and continuing service to photojournalists and photojournalism.’
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Peter Bitzer worked as director of marketing for laif agency and Bilderberg. In 1992 he returned to laif as the managing partner. Under his direction the agency developed into one of Germany’s top suppliers of magazine and travel photography and photojournalism. Peter Bitzer works with over 400 photographers and 40 international picture desks. Today he is the CEO of laif, also he is teaching Photo Edit and Branding at University of Dortmund. Peter is a member of various international photojournalistic contest juries.
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Svetlana Bachevanova is a publisher of FotoEvidence and documentary photographer with interest in human rights that began while living under a communist dictatorship in her native Bulgaria. In 1989, after the fall of the regime, Svetlana join the first anticommunist newspaper “Demokratia” where she led the photo department. Seven years later she became the head of the photo department in the Bulgarian News Agency. Svetlana covered the transition to democracy in Bulgaria, Slovenia, Lithuania, the war in Kosovo and Bosnia, the revolution in Romania. In 2001 Svetlana moved to New York where she founded FotoEvidence to continue her life work of using photography to fight oppression and expose human rights violations. She seeks to help photographers who work to document and fight against human rights violations so the story of her country and friends will never happened again.
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