Judges

Shannon Ghannam
Global Education Director, Magnum Photos

Shannon Ghannam is the Global Education Director at Magnum Photos, responsible for the celebrated agency’s educational programming globally, including the recently launched online learning platform Magnum Learn. Previously she managed Content Strategy and Development at Reuters, working to showcase on multiple platforms the agency’s multimedia content.

Shannon has collaborated on numerous photographic books, international exhibitions and multimedia projects including the Emmy award winning photojournalism app Reuters The Wider Image. Shannon has worked in various roles at Screen Labs, Night Contact photography and multimedia festival, Australian Associated Press (AAP), The Australian Photojournalist Journal, The National Archives of Australia as well as developing a year long collaborative portraiture project with refugee communities for the Australian Red Cross.

Shoair Mavlian
Director, Photoworks

Shoair Mavlian is director of Photoworks and curated the 2018 Brighton Photo Biennial ‘A New Europe’. From 2011 – 2018 she was Assistant Curator, Photography and International Art at Tate Modern, London, where she curated the major exhibitions ‘Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art’ (2018), ‘The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection’ (2016), ‘Conflict, Time, Photography’ (2014), ‘Project Space: A Chronicle of Interventions’ (2014) and ‘Harry Callahan’ (2013).

While at Tate Modern she also researched acquisitions and curated displays from the permanent collection including ‘Dayanita Singh’ (2017), ‘Lynn Cohen and Taryn Simon’ (2017), ‘Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’ (2016), ‘Close Up: Identity and the Photographic Portrait’ (2015), ‘Charlotte Posenenske and Ursula Schulz-Dornburg’ (2014), ‘Lewis Baltz and Minimalism’ (2012), and ‘New Documentary Forms’ (2011).

Recent independent curatorial projects include the exhibition ‘Don McCullin: Looking Beyond the Edge’ (Les Rencontres d’Arles, 2016) and ‘In flux’ (Kanellopoulos Cultural Centre, Greece, 2015 and Getxo Photo 2017).

Shoair has a background in fine art photography practice and the history of photography focusing on the twentieth century. She has a strong interest in photography relating to conflict and memory, Central and Latin American photography and emerging contemporary practice. Recent publications include ‘Ursula Schulz-Dornburg: The Land In Between’ (Mack 2018) and ‘Catherine Wagner: Place History and the Archive’ (Damiani 2018).

Sunil Gupta
Photographer

Sunil Gupta (b. New Delhi 1953) PhD studied photography with Lisette Model and Philipe Halsman (New York, 1976) and was educated at the Royal College of Art (MA 1983) and has been involved with independent photography as a critical practice for many years focusing on race, migration and queer issues. His latest show (with Charan Singh), “Dissent and Desire” was at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi, India 2018 and his latest book is “Christopher Street 1976”, Stanley Barker 2018. His work has been seen in many important group shows including “Paris, Bombay, Delhi…” at the Pompidou Centre, Paris 2011 and “Street and Studio” at Tate Modern 2008 and is currently on show at the Tate Modern, and Tate Britain. He is Visiting Professor of Photography at UCA, Farnham, and Visiting Tutor at the Royal College of Art, London. He was Lead Curator for the Houston Fotofest 2018. His work is in many private and public collections including; George Eastman House (Rochester, USA), Tokyo Museum of Photography, Royal Ontario Museum, Tate, Harvard University and the Museum of Modern Art.

Simon Bainbridge
Editorial Director, BJP

Simon Bainbridge has worked in arts journalism for nearly 30 years, serving as editor of BJP since 2003, transforming it from a weekly trade journal into an award-winning monthly, showcasing the best in contemporary photography from around the world. He initiated BJP’s annual talent platform, Ones To Watch, its International Photography Award, and Portrait of Britain, the country’s largest annual public exhibition. He has also curated three photography exhibitions, worked as an external assessor at education institutions including The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and École cantonale d’art de Lausanne. He is currently working on a book about portraits of artists.

Martin Osborne
Co-Founder Hoxton Mini Press

Martin Usborne is a photographer, publisher, and writer based in East London. He founded Hoxton Mini Press and has published five of his own books. He has a particular interest in photographing animals, often dogs, and is concerned with the problematic relationship between humans and animals. Usborne’s images have been featured in numerous exhibitions and publications, and he has been the recipient of a number of awards for his work.

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