Jury for photographic works
Joe Klamar comes from Jasná (Liptovský Mikuláš) in the Low Tatras, Slovakia. He studied photography and arts at the Medicine Hat College in Canada. As a photographer, he worked for a local daily newspaper and later for the Canadian Press Agency, the Winnipeg Sun and for Reuters and TASR press agencies. Since 2003, he has worked for Agence France Presse (AFP) as regional chief photographer for Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia. In 2011–2014, he worked in Los Angeles, USA, and since 2014 he has been based in Vienna. He covers events in his region and worldwide. He has been awarded a number of Czech Press Photo prizes, including the main prize – the Photograph of the Year 2009. For the 2004 Olympic Games, he was awarded the 2nd prize of the Pictures of the Year International (POYi). His pictures are regularly published in prominent magazines, such as Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and dailies, such as the Washington Post and Guardian and in many others all over the world.
Maral Deghati is a photo-editor, producer and educator specialising in photojournalism, with more than 15 years of work experience in photojournalistic reporting, management and education across Europe, Asia and Africa. Maral has worked in many aspects of the industry from reportage to sales, in both editorial and commercial. She has been international project manager and co-programmer for the WARM Foundation and its festival since 2012. She is currently manager of education at World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam.
Photo by: Uros Abram
Since the 1980s, Francesco Zizola (Italy, 1962) has documented the world's major conflicts and their hidden crisis, focusing on the social and humanitarian issues that define life in the developing world as well as in western countries. Francesco published seven books, among which Born Somewhere (Delpire/Fusi Orari, 2004), an extensive work on the living conditions of children from 27 different countries. In 2003, Henri Cartier Bresson included one of Francesco's pictures among his 100 favourites. He received several awards over the years, including ten awards in World Press Photo contests (the last one in 2016) and six Picture of the Year International awards (POYi). In 2008, he founded 10b Photography, a multipurpose centre for digital photography located in Rome, where he currently lives.
Since 1981, Czarek Sokołowski has worked as a photojournalist for the US Associated Press agency in Poland. He documented the events in Poland in the 1980s – street protests of “Solidarity” trade unionists, the introduction of martial law, the wave of strikes in 1988 and the common gray life of the Polish People's Republic. At that time he was arrested by the militia over 23 times. He also reported on the bloody overthrow of Nicolae Ceauşescu's dictatorship in Romania in December 1989, or the dramatic accidents in the Baltic States in 1990–1992. He covered the first democratic elections in Albania in 1992, and when Yugoslavia fell apart, he photographed in Sarajevo. In 1994–1999, he documented Formula 1 races at the Hungaroring circuit in Hungary. He won the Pulitzer Prize for a picture taken during the putsch in Moscow in 1991.
Petr Vavrouška is a former Czech Radio foreign correspondent. He covered crisis areas (Afghanistan, Pakistan and Macedonia), reported from two winter Olympics and broadcasted from the basic camp at Mount Everest. As a permanent foreign correspondent he worked in Russia, Poland, the Baltics, Belarus and Slovakia. For his work in the Czech Radio he won many prizes. He is a double winner of the Journalistic Prize and the holder of the Prix Bohemia Radio international prize. He is the author of the books Russian Souls and Polish Souls. He currently works as business manager at mmcité+.