The following experts from across the photographic industry will come together to decide the best images entered into the 10th anniversary of the world's largest photography competition, the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards.
The judges of the Professional competition are: Zelda Cheatle (Chair) Curator (UK); Allegra Cordero di Montezemolo, Curator and Head of Exhibitions, Centro de la Imagen, (Mexico); Russ O'Connell, Picture Editor, The Sunday Times Magazine (UK); Aida Muluneh, Founder/Director, Addis Foto Fest (Ethiopia); Denis Curti, Creative Director, Tre Oci Foundation (Italy) and Francoise Callier, Program Director at Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops (France).
The Open and Youth competitions will be chaired by journalist / photographer Damien Demolder (UK), who will also judge the National Awards competition which runs across 61 countries worldwide. The Student Focus competition will be judged by Andrea Kurland, Editor-in-Chief, Huck (UK), Dan Rubin, Photographer & Creative Director, London (UK) and Jennifer Shaw, Founder and creative director, PhotoNOLA (USA).
Zelda Cheatle (Chair of the Judges), Curator (UK)
Zelda has worked in photography since graduating, starting in the Print Room of the Photographers Gallery, London before opening her own gallery, Zelda Cheatle Gallery, in London in 1989. For 16 years, the gallery exhibited work by early 20th-century maestros of the medium including Eve Arnold, Bernice Abbot, Abbas Kiarostami, Kertesz, Robert Frank and Bill Brandt amongst others, while consistently exhibiting and supporting emerging artists.
The gallery helped build private and corporate collections and Zelda continues to work with museums and public collections nationally as well as internationally.
Zelda is a consultant on multiple projects, is on the board of the Koestler Trust and their Arts Committee, helped create John Kobal Foundation (now Taylor Wessing at National Portrait Gallery, London), established the Photography Fund, is a nominator for Deutsche Borse and Prix Pictet competitions and an active member of the Academy for World Photography Organisation. She is also a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster, University of Ulster and Sothebys Institute.
She also curates and lectures internationally, most recently exhibiting Yan Preston Mother River in China at Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing, Wuhan Art Museum and Swatch Art Peace Hotel Shanghai.
Most recently Zelda was Head Curator of the inaugural Dubai Photo Exhibition, one of the largest photography exhibitions ever produced with artworks by 129 photographers from 23 countries selected by 18 renowned curators. Held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, Dubai Photo Exhibition is organised by the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA).
Aida Muluneh, Founder/Director, Addis Foto Fest (Ethiopia)
Born in Ethiopia in 1974, Aïda left the country at a young age and spent her childhood between Yemen and England. After several years in a boarding school in Cyprus, she finally settled in Canada in 1985. In 2000, she graduated with a degree from the Communication Department with a major in Film from Howard University in Washington, D.C. After graduation she worked as a photojournalist at the Washington Post. Also as an exhibiting artist, a collection of her images can be found in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art Hood Museum and the Museum of Biblical Art in the United State. She was the 2007 recipient of the European Union Prize in the Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, as well as the 2010 winner of the CRAF International Award of Photography. She is also the founder and director of the first international photography festival the Addis Foto Fest in Ethiopia. Aida continues to curate and develop cultural projects with local and international institutions through her company DESTA (Developing and Educating Society Through Art) For Africa Creative Consulting PLC (DFA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is currently getting ready for the 2016 Addis Foto Fest, one of the biggest Photo festivals in Africa.
Allegra Cordero di Montezemolo, Curator & Head of Exhibitions, Centro de la Imagen (Mexico)
Denis Curti, Curator and Journalist (Italy)
Russ O'Connell, Picture Editor The Sunday Times Magazine (UK)
Francoise Callier, Program Director at Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops (France)
Born in Ghent – Belgium, Francoise has lived in Paris since 1983. She is currently the Program Director at Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops. She also curates for various festivals that help emerging Asian photographers and others show their work around the world. From 1983-1990 she was the photographer’s agent for Helmut Newton, Jean-Paul Goude, Max Vadukul and others.
Open & Youth competition
Damien Demolder, Photographer and Journalist (UK)
He uses a wide range of equipment, from wooden plate cameras to the latest DSLRs, is a great fan of the emerging compact system camera and all products that make good photography more accessible to more people.
Although he specialises in street photography, he also shoots portraits, landscapes, architecture, natural macro and occasionally even wildlife and weddings.
Andrea Kurland, Editor-in-Chief of Huck (UK)
Prior to joining Huck in 2006 - a month before the first issue went to press - Andrea studied International Development and Politics. She's drawn to human stories that unfold on the fringes, at the pressure points where counterculture and power politics collide. She is interested in the creative potential of transmedia storytelling and is working to bring Huck's editorial voice to life as films, digital experiences and inclusive photography workshops that bridge the gap between readers and storytellers they admire.
She has sat on the juries for Amnesty's Photojournalism Award 2016 and The Pilkington Prize 2015.
Dan Rubin, Photographer & Artistic Director, London (UK)
Jennifer Shaw, Founder and creative director, PhotoNOLA (USA)
Shaw earned a BFA in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design (1994). She teaches the disappearing art of darkroom photography at the Louise S. McGehee School, in addition to pursuing her own photographic practice. Her photographs have been published widely, and are included in two recent monographs: Hurricane Story (Chin Music Press, 2011) and Nature/Nurture (North Light Press, 2012). Her work is held in collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.