2013 Sony World Photography Awards Judges Announced
The World Photography Organisation has announced the judging panels for the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.
For the Professional competition, the annual Honorary Jury will judge all serious photographers submitting a body of work. Made up of prestigious photography professionals from the World Photographic Academy, the Honorary Jury includes leading industry members such as photo editors, photographers, agency directors, critics, curators and publishers. Each expert judge is selected to shortlist new works submitted for 15 Professional categories before granting one photographer the coveted L’Iris d’Or, the Sony World Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year, and $25,000 (USD).
Catherine Chermayeff, who will chair the judges, said: “I am honoured to be chairing this year's Sony World Photography Awards. We are living in such a transitional and dramatically evolving moment in visual culture. The opportunity to recognise new and emerging talent in photography is more important than ever. I look forward to working with my fellow jurors to recognise and better understand photography in this unique landscape.”
Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation, said: “Selecting the honorary jury each year is a central task to our organisation and one that must be carefully approached. The jury must be well balanced to represent a wide range of expertise within technical, aesthetic, subject and cultural trends. These members face the challenge of choosing excellent work amongst thousands of submitted images, and must do so fairly and collectively. It is a difficult but very rewarding process.”
The 2013 Honorary Jury includes:
Current Affairs / Contemporary Issues / People / Arts & Culture:
Fiona Shields - Picture Editor, The Guardian (UK)
Francesca Sears - Director, Panos Profile at Panos Pictures (UK)
Chien-Chi Chang - Magnum Photographer (Taiwan)
Lifestyle / Fashion & Beauty / Campaign / Sport:
Tim Paton - Managing Director, Balcony Jump (UK)
Catherine Chermayeff (Chair) - Director, i2i photo agency (USA)
Travel / Landscape / Nature & Wildlife:
Caroline Metcalfe - Director of Photography, Conde Nast Traveller (UK)
Monica Suder - Photographic Consultant and Coach (Germany)
MAcduff Everton – Photographer (USA)
Architecture / Conceptual / Portraiture / Still Life:
Juana de Aizpuru - Gallery Director, Galeria Juana de Aizpuru (Spain)
Olga Sviblova - Director, Moscow House of Photography Museum (Russia)
The judging panel for Student Focus, the world’s largest student photography programme and competition, has also been selected from the World Photographic Academy. Led by photographic consultant W.M. Hunt (US), the panel is completed by British photographers Leonie Hampton and Jonathan Worth. The judges will select ten university finalists to be flown to London in April 2013 to compete for the Student Focus winner title and a chance to win €45,000 worth of Sony photography equipment. All 10 finalists will also be awarded with a professional camera.
For amateurs and enthusiasts entering The Open Competition work will firstly be judged by WPO's pre-selection committee. A special judging panel, including the Chair of the Honorary Jury and representatives from Sony and the WPO, will then decide the shortlist and winners.
The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s leading photography programme. A record number of over 112,000 images from 171 countries were entered into the 2012 competition.
For more information about the World Photography Organisation and the Sony World Photography Awards visit worldphoto.org
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