Kontinent Awards

International Kontinent Photography Awards

Members of the 2015 judging committee are;

 

Alessia GLAVIANO / Senior Photo Editor, VOGUE ITALIA

Anna G. DICKSON / Deputy Photography Director, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Anne FARRAR / Senior Photo Editor, THE WASHINGTON POST

Barbara CEFERIN / Owner, GALERIJA FOTOGRAFIJA SLOVENIA

Brent MURRAY / Director of Photography, BLOOMBERG

Chelsea MATIASH / Photo Editor, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Elizabeth I. JOHNSON / Senior Photo Editor, CNN

Elviera VELGHE / Director, FOTOMUSEUM ANTWERP

Jessie WENDER / Senior Photo Editor, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE

Jonas TEBIB / Photography Specialist, CHRISTIE’S PARIS

Magdalena HERRERA / Director of Photography, GEO FRANCE

Michael PRITCHARD / Director General, THE ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

Pawel KOPCZYNSKI / Editor Pictures Europe Central, Nordic and CIS, THOMPSON REUTERS

Sophie BATTERBURY / Head of Pictures, THE INDEPENDENT

Vanessa HALLETT / Senior Director and Worldwide Head of Photographs, PHILLIPS

 


Jury Members in Spotlight

 

Alessia GLAVIANO / Senior Photo Editor, VOGUE ITALIA

Alessia Glaviano is the Senior Photo Editor for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue. Besides curating a series of interviews with the Masters of photography for the web-site version of Vogue Italia, which have acquired enormous popularity among the community of people interested in photography and which are also broadcast on the Italian Sky Arte channel, Alessia Glaviano is also responsible for Photo Vogue, an innovative platform on which users can share their own photographs knowing they can rely on the curatorial supervision of professional photo editors.   

Under Alessia Glaviano’s direction, Photo Vogue has reached over 90.000 users/photographers hailing from all over the world and launched a collaboration with the prestigious international agency Art & Commerce, which represents some of the most esteemed names in fashion photography, including Steven Meisel, Sølve Sundsbø, Paolo Roversi and Patrick Demarchelier. At Condé Nast, Alessia is responsible for the artistic direction of events and exhibitions for Vogue Italia and L’Uomo Vogue. Besides the editorial activity, Alessia teaches the IED’s Master courses in Milan and holds lectures and conferences on a regular basis. Some of the institutes and universities she was invited as guest lecturer include: IED, Bocconi University and the Milan Polytechnic.

Alessia Glaviano was invited to participate as jury member in numerous internationally acclaimed photography contests including the World Press Photo and has participated in several portfolio review sessions, including the “New York Times Portfolio Reviews”.


Anna G. DICKSON / Deputy Photography Director, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Anna Dickson is the Deputy Photography Director for The Wall Street Journal.  Her career spans 10 years working in the industry for both print publications as well as online. 

Anna started her photo editing career at Netscape in 2004, moving a year later to New York City to pursue a career in print.  She worked at publications such as Guitar World, Revolver, Future Music, Rolling Stone and Popular Photography prior to heading back to the digital world for iHeartRadio where she oversaw 850 websites and large scale events including the iHeartRadio Music festival.  In 2012, Anna helped launch Huffington., the iPad Magazine before moving to Photography Director for the organization.


Anne FARRAR / Senior Photo Editor, THE WASHINGTON POST

Anne Farrar is a Senior Photo Editor with The Washington Post. She has been an editor for news organizations for over 15 years, including the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and The Dallas Morning News. During her time at the News, she was part of the team that won The Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, she left the news industry to open a wedding/portrait studio and teach lighting workshops around the country with her husband JVS. Unable to resist the call of journalism, she joined The Washington Post in April 2011.


Barbara CEFERIN / Owner, GALERIJA FOTOGRAFIJA SLOVENIA

Barbara Čeferin, owner of Galerija Fotografija gallery, lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

After studying Spanish language and literature and Ethnology at University of Ljubljana, she worked, from 1989 till 1993, as a freelance photojournalist, then as a photographic editor and as a photographer for various Slovenian theatres. Her photographs were published in most Slovenian as well as in some Yugoslav newspapers and magazines.

In 2003, she decided to quit her job as a photographic editor and opened her own gallery for fine art photography Galerija Fotografija gallery which was the first private gallery for fine art photography in Slovenia. The motivation behind the founding of Galerija Fotografija was to make fine art photography better known to the Slovenian public at large and to act as something of a forum for those active in the photographic arts circles as well. In addition, she has sought to create a market for fine art photography which until then, had been largely non-existent. 
The gallery is dedicated exclusively to fine art photography, representing photographers from both Slovenia and around the world. 

In the last 10 years Barbara Čeferin curated more then 100 exhibitions of Slovenian and foreign artists in Galerija Fotografija as well as in other venues in Slovenia and abroad. In 2014 she opened also a bookshop specialized on photographic arts.


Brent MURRAY / Director of Photography, BLOOMBERG

Brent Murray is currently the Director of Photography for Bloomberg Digital. He has conceived and produced many original and online-exclusive investigative photographic pieces for the two sites, collaborating with some of the industry's greatest talents including Bruce Gilden, Ed Kashi, Ben Baker, Christopher Morris, Amy Arbus, James Whitlow Delano, Jill Greenberg and more.

Immediately prior to joining Bloomberg, Brent was Vogue magazine's first online art director, overseeing the visual redesign of Vogue.com as well as coordinating and editing photographic coverage of New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks and major events such as the Met Gala and Fashion's Night Out for both the web site and the magazine.

Brent spent eight years first as a web designer and then a photo editor for The New York Times where he produced many multimedia pieces and photo essays, several of which won awards from Communication Arts and Pictures of the Year International, including best use of photography for NYTimes.com.


Chelsea MATIASH / Photo Editor, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Chelsea Matiash is a Photo Editor at The Wall Street Journal, where she edits for print, digital and social mediums. She is an editor and contributor for Photo Journal, WSJ's photography blog, and the curator of the WSJPhotos twitter account. She is immersed in the turn to a digital-first newsroom, adapting to emerging media and reacting to breaking news across formats. She is an advocate for visual-led reporting and most enjoys working on photo essays for the blog.

Previously, Chelsea was a Photo Editor at The Associated Press headquarters in New York, where she served as a national news desk supervisor as well as on the sports desk. She worked on assignments ranging from the London Olympics to New York’s Fashion Week. 

Chelsea got her start at The South Florida Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she interned and later contributed as a photographer, photo editor, and videographer. Although she is in love with her home-base, Brooklyn, she is always happy to hop a plane back to South Florida.

She earn a BS, Communications degree in Visual Journalism from the University of Miami, where she also pursued graduate coursework in multimedia. She served as editor in chief of her student newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, where she realized her passion for editing.


Elizabeth I. JOHNSON / Senior Photo Editor, CNN

Elizabeth I. Johnson is a Sr. Photo Editor for CNN Digital and supervises the photo department at the Atlanta headquarters. She is part of the team that launched the CNN Photos blog in November 2011 and edited photography for the CNN iPad app when it launched. 

She coordinates daily news and sports coverage and assigns photographers to long-form enterprise stories. 


Elviera VELGHE / Director, FOTOMUSEUM ANTWERP

Elviera Velghe is the Director of Fotomuseum Antwerp. She was bachelor teacher Dutch-History-Geography and teached master art history _ Magna cum laude at University of Ghent. She curated and coordinated several art projects and exhibitions including ‘On the War Path’, ‘Young Primitives’, ‘Exotic Primitives’, ‘Charles the Bold (1433-1477)’, ‘Hungry Eyes’ :Tony Le Duc, Dimitri Tsychalov, Valerie Bélin (spring 2011), ‘Insight’ : Jacques Sonck, Elke Boon, Elinor Carucci (summer 2011), Peter Lindbergh, Frank Philippi, magazine Visionaire (winter 2011), ‘Imaging History’ : Sally Mann, Simon Norfolk, Bruno Vandermeulen, Danny Veys, Shimon Attie, Raphael Dellaporta, Bart Michiels, Lara Mennes and Sarah Carlier (spring 2012)’ ‘From Here On’ : groupexhibition about digital revolution in photography (summer 2012), Weegee : Murder is my business (with ICP New York), Gert Jochems, Lucie et Simon (winter 2012), Power! Photos! Freedom! : groupexhibition about revolutional power of photography, e.g. Khaddafi Archives ; Charles Fréger, Camera Exotica (spring 2013) You ain’t seen nothing yet : groupexhibition about music and photography (summer 2013) The Sochi Project with work of Rob Hornstra and Arnold Van Bruggen (winter 2013) Broomberg & Chanarin, Rinko Kawauchi, Richard Mosse, Michael Subotzky, Nick Hannes, Vincent Delbrouck (2014) Shooting Range : groupexhibition about WWI photography. 

She started up several projects about photography e.g. new photomagazine for youngsters ‘.tiff’, new exhibition sequence ‘Young Belgian Photographers’. She publicated several texts about photography e.g. in museummagazine ‘Extra’,‘Tony Le Duc. Food Photography’, ‘The Eye of the Photographer’, ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet’, ‘Shooting Range’. 

She was the member of jury at portfolioreview Fotografiska Stockholm, Fotofever Festival Brussels, PhotoEspaña.


Jessie WENDER / Senior Photo Editor, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE

Jessie Wender is a senior photo editor at National Geographic Magazine where she commissions and researches features and the magazine's short form sections, including Visions, Proof, and Departments. She loves working with artists and with creative people, and is a huge supporter of emerging photographers. Before coming to National Geographic, Wender was a photo editor at The New Yorker, where she commissioned the magazine's portraiture, photography for the arts and culture features, and wrote for the Photo Booth blog. She has also worked in the photo departments of Esquire and Time Inc., for the photo agency VII, at the Stephen Cohen Gallery, and as a producer of Photo LA.


Jonas TEBIB / Photography Specialist, CHRISTIE’S PARIS

Jonas Tebib works for the Photographs department at Christie’s in Paris. He has a diverse experience in the field of both Modern and Contemporary Photographs. Prior to joining Christie’s, Jonas worked as a Photographs specialist for auction houses in Paris and London and acting as a private advisor. He began his career at several photography galleries including Esther Woerdehoff, Baudoin Lebon and East Wing. He holds a Master’s Degree in Art & Art Market Studies, specializing in contemporary art from IESA Paris, and studies of History of Art at Sotheby’s Institute.


Magdalena HERRERA / Director of Photography, GEO FRANCE

Magdalena Herrera is a French citizen born in Havana, Cuba. Based in Paris, Herrera works as Director of Photography at GEO Magazine, France since 2009. She has been Art Director and Head of Photography at National Geographic, France, since the launch of the French edition in 1999. Herrera studied art history and aesthetics, earning an honors degree at the Sorbonne before starting her career as a photographer and graphic designer. Magdalena Herrera teaches photojournalism at Sciences Po / École de journalisme, Paris. She has been a member of several international juries and acted as a tutor and supervisor at international photographic seminars organized by World Press Photo Foundation, Fokal in Haiti, Gröningen Masterclass. She has also taught photojournalism workshops at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi.


Michael PRITCHARD / Director General, THE ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

Dr Michael Pritchard has been Director-General of The Royal Photographic Society, UK (www.rps.org) since 2011.  He spent 20 years as a photography specialist at Christie’s, London, before working on a PhD which examined British photographic history in the nineteenth century. He has written a number of books on photography including Photographers (Reel Art Press, 2012) and most recently A history of photography in 50 cameras (Bloomsbury, 2014). He has wide-ranging photography interests ranging from documentary through to landscape and portraiture and he has acted as a juror for a number of international competitions including the Spider Awards, the Terry O’Neill Award and the International Photography Awards amongst many others. 


Pawel KOPCZYNSKI / Editor Pictures Europe Central, Nordic and CIS, THOMPSON REUTERS

Pawel Kopczynski was born on June 22, 1971 in Warsaw. He began his photo journalist  career as 17 year old freelancing for Warsaw Daily “Zycie Warszawy”. Then continued working for various weekly magazines and finally for Polish Press Agency (PAP) as a staff photographer. Pawel joined Reuters in Warsaw in November 1994, then was on internationals assignments in Russia, India, UK and finally in Berlin where he is responsible for the region Europe Central, CIS and Nordics. 


Sophie BATTERBURY / Head of Pictures, THE INDEPENDENT

Sophie Batterbury is currently Head of Pictures at Independent Newspapers where her responsibilities cover The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and 'I' . Her career in photojournalism began in The Independent darkroom in 1989, where a keen interest in photography became the passion that it is today. Since then she has had various roles across both Independent titles either side of a short stint at a celebrity agency. She frequently judges competitions and reviews portfolios which she finds is a geat way of seeing new work. This year she participated in The Eye photographic festval in Aberystwith and was inspired further by the great photographers and work on show there.


Vanessa HALLETT / Senior Director and Worldwide Head of Photographs, PHILLIPS

Vanessa Kramer Hallett is the Senior Director and Worldwide Head of Photographs at Phillips

Since joining Phillips’s Photographs department in 2005, Vanessa, named Director and Worldwide Head of Photographs in 2010, has led her international team to the forefront of the international Photographs market. Featured in the Art + Auction December 2011 Power Issue for her achievements, Vanessa’s tenure at the Photographs department has been steadfastly defined by the successful introduction of emerging photographers to the secondary market and the setting of numerous world auction records for classic and contemporary photographers. Previously, she was at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA and worked in Client Services at Sotheby’s. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University in Art History and a postgraduate degree in American Fine and Decorative Arts from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art.