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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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Enrico Stefanelli is a photographer and journalist 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 in 2005 and currently the founder and artistic director of Photolux Festival - the new biennale of photography in Lucca. He has conceived expositions in Italia, Portugal, Norway, Germany. Since 2010 Stefanelli is the Italian curator of European Photo Exhibition Award. He has written articles and contributions on photography for several catalogs, books and magazines. Also Stefanelli is a member of the Nominating committee for the Joop Swart Masterclass at World Press Photo Foundation.  
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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.
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Svetlana Bachevanova
Tuula Alajoki (b. 1975) is a Finnish curator and the director of the Backlight Photo Festival (Tampere, Finland). She has been involved in Photographic Centre Nykyaika ́s actions and Backlight since her graduation as a visual artist in 2001 and in 2012 she was appointed to be the director of the event. Alajoki curates exhibitions both in Finland and abroad and she works intensively to develop international art and artist exchanges. Currently she also lecturers and teaches analogue photography in Tampere. She has Masters degree in Art from the Aalto University, School of Art and Design and she has completed her studies with art history and theory at the University of Helsinki.
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Tuula Alajoki