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The World Photography Organisation team is truly global. Working across up to 180 countries, and with offices in London, Shanghai and San Francisco, our programmes include the Sony World Photography Awards, Sony Global Imaging Ambassadors and PHOTOFAIRS | International Art Fairs Dedicated to Photography. 

Meet the Team

Scott Gray

Founder and CEO
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As founder of the World Photography Organisation, Scott maintains a close involvement in all areas of the organisation and develops the business and new ventures. Scott is based in the London headquarters office.

Ania Wadsworth

Operations Director
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With a degree in photography from University of Westminster, Ania manages the logistics for all of the World Photography Organisation's international exhibitions and events; Sony World Photography Awards, PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai and PHOTOFAIRS | Francisco.

Melanie Philippe

Director, Marketing & Content
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Melanie's career in the creative industries has taken her from film to television, and now, with her true passion: photography. Melanie has a keen eye for discovering and promoting the work of emerging and professional photographers, serving on the judging committees for United Photo Industries' THE FENCE and Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year, among others. Following eight years with the World Photography Organisation, Melanie currently serves as Marketing & Content Director.

Jill Cotton

PR Director
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Jill has worked with the World Photography Organisation since 2009 and oversees the media communications of all the company’s activities across the globe. This includes PHOTOFAIRS and the Sony World Photography Awards, the PR campaign for which annually reaches over 950 million people. Jill has a Masters in Arts Management from Goldsmiths College, University of London and, before joining the World Photography Organisation, worked extensively in art PR on projects both in the UK and around the world.

Astrid Merget

Creative Director, Sony Global Imaging Ambassadors
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The sky is the limit.

Astrid divides her time between London and the USA, continuously developing content and expanding the brand of the World Photography Organisation and its many international initiatives.

Giulia Messina

Operations Manager
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For the last five years, Giulia has managed a variety of high profile clients and individual projects for both the World Photography Organisation and the Sony World Photography Awards. Giulia helps manage the logistics for all events.

Panos Pomonis

Online Project Manager
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Panos has a diploma in Photography from Middlesex university, he has worked in project management for various online startups in the UK for the past 9 years. He is in charge of all project management on the World Photography Organisation and PHOTOFAIRS websites.
He also manages Student Focus, one of the world’s leading programs for photography students

Matthew Oxley

Digital Content Editor
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Matthew oversees World Photography Organisation’s editorial and social media channels. He arrived to us following editorial contributions to Hotshoe Magazine, TAGMAG, and Birdwatching Magazine. He graduated from Falmouth University with a BA in Marine & Natural History Photography in 2013.

Elly Thomas

Photographers' Liaison
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Elly graduated in 2014 from Nottingham Trent University with a BA in Photography, she then went on to study a Post Graduate Diploma in Event Management. She began interning at World Photography Organisation and has since moved in a full time position.

Isabelle Boyd

Events Coordinator
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Isabelle graduated in 2014 with a BA in History of Art from Bristol University. Before starting at The World Photography Organisation she worked for The Other Art Fair, the UK's leading artist fair. Isabelle enjoys anything design based and has completed courses and work placements in set design.

Daria Albano

Events Coordinator
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Daria graduated in Economics and Management of Art & Entertainment in Milan and then completed her MA in Arts and Heritage Management at the London Metropolitan University. She has worked in a variety of art organisations and galleries in both the UK and Italy since completing her studies.

Cecily Breese

PHOTOFAIRS Managing Director

董事总经理

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For the last 6 years, Cecily has managed all the World Photography Organisation's international exhibitions and events in leading institutions and galleries across Australia, China, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil, Mexico, USA, Canada, UK, Germany and France. Cecily was Assistant Director for Art International, Istanbul's leading contemporary Art Fair and directs the annual Sony World Photography Awards exhibition in London.

Georgia Griffiths

PHOTOFAIRS, Group Fair Director

集团展会经理

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Prior to her appointment, Georgia was Fair Manager for Art16 in London where she played a vital role in the development of London's global art fair from it's inception in 2013.  Georgia was involved in the launch of Art Central Hong Kong working as their International Development Manager bringing in galleries from Europe and North America.  Joining the Art Fairs London ltd.

Julia Thoma

Gallery Liaison

画廊联络员

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Julia studied Art History and Economics at the University of Basel in Switzerland. During her studies she also worked as a tutor giving weekly classes for introductory seminars in Art History. After graduating, Julia worked at Christie’s, Zurich in the Swiss Art Department for two years before moving to London to join the Art16 team as Gallery Liaison. In September, Julia started her part time MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London as well as joining the PHOTOFAIRS team.

Peipei Han

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, Fair Manager

展会经理

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After finishing MA of Media, Communication and Critical Practice from the University of the Arts, London, Peipei was very much involved in the arts/culture/design scene in Beijing focusing on curating exhibitions as independent projects. In March, 2015 she joined the team and has worked on 2 editions of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai.

Mia Tan

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, VIP Relations Manager

贵宾主管

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Mia is fully-experienced in the aspect of design and luxury industry and she has excellent connections with people in many different backgrounds such as art, design and fashion. Based in shanghai, she is taking care of VIP relationship from the first year of Photofairs.

Vivian Huang

PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai, Operations Manager

运营经理

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Vivian worked in the exhibition operation field for more than 10 years. Previously she worked for organizations including Hannover, Frankfurt and LPS. With her vast experience in show operations, she is now working for the Shanghai team for each year’s fair.

Yihui Wang

Marketing Executive

市场营销经理

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Prior to joining World Photography Organisation, graduated with the MA in Social Policy from University of York, Yihui has worked in marketing and public relations fields both in Britain and China, mostly for the world's leading châteaux, watch and jewelly brands. She is now working for PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai.

Yang Hu

Event Coordinator

活动协调

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Yang has worked in fields such as curating, public relations and cultural heritage both in Scotland and Shanghai. She finished MSc in History of Art in the University of Edinburgh in 2016. In January, 2017 she joined the team and is now working for PHOTOFAIRS based in Shanghai.

Dorothy Yang

Marketing & Communications

市场传播

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Graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a MSc in Language Education, Dorothy has engaged in marketing and business development for international art festivals and music-related trade fairs in the UK and China since 2011. She joined the team of PHOTOFAIRS | Shanghai in May, 2017.

Sarah Shepard

PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco, Fair Director
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Sarah joined the PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco team Spring 2016 and comes from the auction world where she worked for Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips since 2001 as a Photographs specialist and member of the Business Development team . Based in San Francisco, she manages partnerships and event initiatives on the West Coast.

Thank you to all those who attended the 2017 #SWPA Exhibition. See you same time next year!