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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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Kathy Moran is a Deputy Director of Photography in National Geographic magazine. As the magazine’s first senior editor for natural history projects, Moran has been working on projects about terrestrial and underwater ecosystems since 1990. At last count, she has edited over 350 stories for the magazine. Kathy was the project manager of the collaboration between photographer Nick Nichols and Dr. Michael Fay’s that involved a trek across Central Africa for the National Geographic Society/Wildlife Conservation Society.  The resulting stories were the reason for the creation of Gabon’s national park system.    Moran has edited several books for the Society, including Women Photographers at the National Geographic, The Africa Diaries – An Illustrated Life in the Bush, Cat Shots and most recently, Tigers Forever.  She was the photo editor for two anthems of wildlife photography, “100 Best Wildlife Pictures” and “Wildlife, The Best Photos.”  She recently curated an exhibition for the Society’s museum “50 Best Wildlife Photographs.”  She was named “Picture Editor of the Year” for her winning portfolios in the 2017 and 2006 POYi competition and 2011 Best of Photo competition.   She is a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has served on the Executive Committee. She has edited numerous books for ILCP photographers published with the University of Chicago Press.  She served on the Executive Committee of Wildscreen USA. She has been on the jury for numerous photo competitions including World Press, Por el Planeta, Big Picture Natural World Competition, POYi, Montphoto, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.   She lives in Arlington, VA, with her husband and three bad cats.
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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
Thomas Borberg is a Photo Editor-in-Chief in Politiken newspaper in Denmark. Thomas started as a photojournalist and worked as a freelance and staff photographer for 15 years. For the past 12 years, Borberg has been teaching photojournalism. He worked as an examiner at the Danish School of Photojournalism and as a visiting lecturer at many universities and photo festivals. Thomas has also worked as a photo editor for numerous book projects as well as a jury member for national and international photo contests, including the 2016 and 2018 World Press Photo Contest. In 2009, he got selected for the photo editor-in-chief position of Politiken’s newspaper.
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Thomas Borberg