Jury 2015

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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.
Andrei Polikanov
Born in Italy in 1979, Gaia started her career at Fnac as assistant curator of the photo gallery in Milan in 2001. After graduating in 2003, started working for the italian photo agency Grazia Neri, in charge of the photographers’ editorial production, assignments and of selecting new photographers. In 2007 became photo editor for the italian magazine Amica and in 2011 moved to Paris to work for the International Herald Tribune, now The International New York Times. Other experiences include book editing, Christopher Morris’ book “Americans” published by Steidl, and “Quest for Identity”, by Ziyah Gafic, published by de.MO, and curating exhibitions, Donald Weber’s “Interrogations” exhibition at the festival Fotoleggendo in Rome in 2011 and Christopher Morris’s exhibition The America at the festival Fotoleggendo in Rome in 2010. Gaia Tripoli has been part of some photography contest juries –  such the Turkish Photojournalism award in 2013, the Jury of the Slovenian Press Photo award in 2012 and of the Italian Canon Young Photographers’ Award in 2010 – and occasionally does portfolio reviews.
Gaia Tripoli
James Wellford is a photography editor and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. For 12 years he was the International Photo Editor at Newsweek Magazine where he collaborated on a number of projects that received top honors at the Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo, POYi, American Photo, Visa Pour L’images, PX 3, and NPPA. He curates photography and multimedia shows that address topical issues in the world including most recently; * “American Photography” for the Photographic Museum of Humanity. Winter 2015; * “Under the Bridge” (reflections on Turkey’s political crisis) Photoville, 2014; * “Remembering Liberia”. Photoville 2013. Brooklyn, NY. * “Iraq 10 Years”.  by Franco Pagetti. VII Gallery. Brooklyn, NY. 2013; * “Dispatch from Tohoku: Documenting the Aftermath in Japan” New York, NY.  2012.; * “Generation 9/11, Ten Years of War Photography after 9/11” The Hague, Netherlands.  2011; * “Projections of Reality: Encounters with the (Un)Familiar” Moscow, Russia.  2010. James has served as a jury member for the Tim Hetherington Trust Award, the PhotoPhilanthropy Awards, Visa Pour L’image,  POYi, the Aperture Paris PhotoBook Award,  and the Overseas Press Club and was a member of the 2012 World Press Masterclass in Amsterdam. He is also on the advisory board of the Photobook Museum and the organization Social Documentary Network (SocialDocumentary.net) and is the co-founder of two groups SeenUnseen and Screen that are working on ways to create, support, and deliver powerful visual and narrative stories around the world. He is a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan and a contributing photo editor to Foreign Policy and CNN.
James Wellford
Pep Bonet. Director, Photographer and Filmmaker. Pep Bonet (Mallorca, 1974) is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer who has travelled extensively capturing profound moments that represent the unbalanced world in which we live. He is co-founder of Altamar Productions. His longer-term projects focus on African issues, with his most well known project being “Faith in Chaos”, a photo essay on the aftermath of the war in Sierra Leone. Pep‘s ongoing work around the globe on HIV/Aids has led to several photography books and many exhibitions worldwide. He is also known for a long-term reportage on the rock’n roll band Motörhead. Pep spent three years (2008-2010) on the road with Lemmy Kilmister, the legendary singer of the band and created an exceptional visual document of the many hours spent on the road with Motörhead. He also created „Lemmy‘s box“, a hand made collector‘s box existing of 25 exemplars showcasing 10 prints. Being extremely fascinated by the fact that HD DSLR photo cameras nowadays also have the capability of shooting HD films, Pep crafted himself into shooting documentaries with DSLR cameras. This resulted in several short documentary films, amongst which the award winning Altamar production, ‘Into the Shadows’, a pursuit into the lives of hundreds of thousands of Africans living in the inner city of Johannesburg. Pep’s work has been recognized with many industry awards. It started in 2002 when he was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass with his work “Faith in Chaos”. That same year he was nominated “one of the top 30 to watch” by Photo District News. Pep won the Kodak Young Photographer of the Year in 2003 at the festival Visa pour l`image, and the Luchetta Foundation in Trieste nominated him the best press photographer of the year in 2004. He was a recipient of the W. Eugene Smith Humanistic Grant in Photography in 2005 and in 2007 won the second prize in the World Press Photo contest in the Sports category for his work on the amputees’ football league in Sierra Leone. In 2009 Pep won a second World Press Photo Award for his work “Forced Identity”, portraying the lives of transsexuals in Honduras. In 2013, Pep won the World Press Photo Multimedia Award for Into the Shadows. Pep works on personal projects, mostly films, and on assignments for clients and NGO’s. He frequently lectures on photography / multimedia / film and conducts workshops. Pep lives in Mallorca. 
Pep Bonet
Svetlana Bachevanova is a Bulgarian American photojournalist. She is the executive director of the FotoEvidence Foundation and a co-founder FotoEvidence Press (2010). Svetlana and her team publish books to promote social change, focusing on various issues such as injustice and violations of human rights. Bachevanova published the work of some of the most skilled and dedicated documentary photographers. FotoEvidence Press exhibitions were on display around the globe. Svetlana founded the FotoEvidence Book Award and the FotoEvidence W Award in order to support photographers who work with the issues of human rights violations. Such projects are unlikely to be commercially published elsewhere. Under her management, FotoEvidence has occupied a unique space in the world of photojournalism as both a publishing house and activist organization.
Svetlana Bachevanova