Jury for photographic works
Kadir van Lohuizen
Kadir van Lohuizen (The Netherlands) has covered conflicts in Africa and elsewhere, but is probably best known for his long-term projects on the seven rivers of the world, the rising of sea levels, the diamond industry and migration in the Americas. He started to work as a professional freelance photojournalist in 1988 covering the Intifada. In the years following, he worked in many conflict areas in Africa, such as Angola, Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Liberia and the DR of Congo. From 1990 to 1994 he covered the transition in South Africa from apartheid to democracy. Kadir’s environmental projects continue with ‘Wasteland’, where he investigates in six megacities (Jakarta, Tokyo, Lagos, Amsterdam, São Paulo and New York) how they manage or mismanage their waste. For this project he uses photography, video, drone footage and audio. For this project he received 1st World Press Photo Prize in the Environmental category. In 2018, Kadir van Lohuizen and Yuri Kozyrev were the laureates of the 9th Prix Carmignac for Photojournalism, where they undertook a year long expedition through the Arctic, documenting the consequences of the climate crisis.
As a photojournalist for the past 25 years, Yuri Kozyrev (Russia) has witnessed many world-changing events.
He started his career documenting the collapse of the Soviet Union, the last empire of our modern times, capturing the rapid changes in the former USSR for the LA Times during the 90’s. In 2001, Yuri started to cover international news. He was on the scene in Afghanistan after September 11, 2001, and lived in Baghdad, Iraq, between 2002 and 2009, arriving before the war. During those Iraqi years, he was a contract photographer for Time Magazine and traveled all over the country, photographing the different sides of the conflict. Since the beginning of 2011, Yuri has been documenting the “Arab Revolutions” and their aftermaths in Bahrain, Yemen, Tunisia and specially Egypt and Libya. Yuri has received numerous honors for his photography, including several World Press Photo Awards, the OPC’s Oliver Rebbot Award, and the ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism. In 2008 he received the Frontline Club Award for his extensive coverage of the Iraq war. In 2018, Kadir van Lohuizen and Yuri Kozyrev were the laureates of the 9th Prix Carmignac for Photojournalism, where they undertook a year long expedition through the Arctic, documenting the consequences of the climate crisis.
Roman Vondrouš, born in Pardubice (Czech Republic), graduated in Institut tvůrčí fotografie FPF Slezské univerzity in Opava (Czech Republic), where he is currently continuing his studies in a doctoral program. In 2013 he was awarded with the first prize in the category Sport in the prestigious photography competition World Press Photo. In the years 2016 and 2017 he won two second places in one of the important world journalistic photo competition Pictures of the Year International. In 2020 he won the first prize in the category Sport portfolio in the international competition AIPS Sport Media Awards. In the Czech Press Photo competition, he holds more than dozen awards (among other also the Grant from the mayor of Prague to photograph the transformations of the capital city). In 2013 he was awarded with the Prize Cena rektora Slezské univerzity in Opava for the extraordinary achievements in the field of journalism. From 2005 he is photojournalist of the Czech press office (Česká tisková kancelář), where he is daily responsible for the agency photo news. He photographed at the Summer and Winter Olympic games: 2008 – Peking, 2010 – Vancouver, 2014 – Sochi. In his free time, he is working on other personal photography projects, but the main part of his work is the horse-ricing theme.
Prof. Mgr. Jindřich Štreit is a Czech photographer, university pedagogue, curator, and organiser of cultural life.
In his work he has focused on life in villages and people living in the Czech countryside. He has so far produced over 1,000 exhibitions and is the author of more than 30 publications. His works form an integral part of the most significant collections. Several films have been shot on Jindřich Štreit. At present, he teaches at the Institute of Creative Photography in Opava, Czech Republic.