Judges

Aidan Sullivan started his career as a staff photographer for a local newspaper in the UK at the age of 18 and then free-lanced as a news photographer in Fleet Street, covering events and conflicts around the globe. He later joined The Sunday Times in London as deputy picture editor, soon becoming the picture editor and subsequently joining the Sunday Times Magazine as Director of Photography from 1989- 2002.

In 2004, Sullivan joined Getty Images and relocated to New York. He created Reportage by Getty Images in 2009, representing some of the leading international photojournalists and documentary photographers in 2009. Sullivan is currently based in New York City.

Sullivan is the director and founder of The Ian Parry Scholarship, created following the death of the photographer Ian Parry during the Romanian Revolution, while on assignment for The Sunday Times. The scholarship has helped many of the finest young photographers currently working in the profession and is widely recognized as one of the most important awards available for aspiring photojournalists.

In 2013 Sullivan created Day Without News? the campaign to protect journalists which has successfully lobbied the UN to address the legislation around the protection of journalists.

Sullivan has been a master for the Joop Swart Masterclass and has also sat on the international judging panel for the Visa d'Or, Chairman of the World Press Photo Competition in 2012 a member of the 2011 World Press Photo contest jury, Chairman of the Sony World Photography Awards. His own accolades include an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal Photographical Society and International Picture Editor of the Year award at Visa pour l'Image.

Alicia is based on the Gold Coast of Australia and began her love affair with photography at the age of 12 when her family handed over the camera to her. She often attended school with a camera in her bag.

Over the years she has developed a love of conceptual photography and her composite work has been awarded at the highest level. She is also a wildlife photographer and her wildlife images are known to be simple and beautiful. She was awarded Queensland Epson AIPP Science, Environment and Nature photographer of the year for 2014.

Alicia is a Master of Photography with the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) and an Associate of Photography with WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) in the USA. She has judged the AIPP state professional photography awards in Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia as well as judging the Australian Professional Photography Awards each year since 2010. In 2014 she judged at the WPPI awards in Las Vegas for the first time.

As well as judging, Alicia has presented workshops in Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, Victoria and also online, sharing her approach to conceptual portraiture as well as her editing techniques with eager participants. She is also an active working member of the AIPP and holds the office of Vice President for Qld in 2013/2014/2015.

Gurdas Dua is a photographer from India who specializes in pictorial, nature, wildlife and portrait photography.

He is a Fellow of India International Photographic Council as well as an Honorary Associate of Photographic Art Society of Pakistan. He is a life member of various photographic councils including the India International Photographic Council, Federation of Indian Photography and the center of advanced photography, Indore, India.

He has conducted several highly technical & specialized photographic campaigns for Archeological Survey of India which involved the restoration of 3000 years old Buddha period cave paintings at Bagh caves, India and the documentation of more than 100 ASI listed monuments.

Dua also conducted many workshops in India and has been honoured as the "Sony Professional Tied up Photographer" by Sony India for conducting Sony organized Photographic workshops throughout the country.

A winner of various of photographic accolades, he represented India at the FIAP-KODAK International Photo Contest in 1993 at Belgium and led an Indian photographers delegation to Pakistan for "Art for Peace" mission in March 2006. He was also placed amongst top 30 exhibitors of the world by National Geography for year 2008.

Jassim Al Awadhi is an Emirati photographer who holds a masters in Photography from Nottingham-Trent University in the United Kingdom. A forensic expert with the Dubai Police, he worked as the head of the photography department for forensics department there and as a deputy lecturer at the faculty of Arts in Sharjah University.

Al Awadhi also served as the Secretary General of the Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Photography Award as well as the president of the Abu Dhabi International association of photography. He has also judged and chaired several photography and art competitions in the United Arab Emirates.

Al Awadhi has hosted 8 personal galleries showcasing his photography in the UAE, and has taken part in over 27 exhibitions in the UAE and abroad. Throughout his career he has attained various accolades and recognitions, most prominently the Emirates appreciation award in fine arts (photography) in the year 2010.

Al Awadhi is also a regulator contributor to the photographic communities in the UAE and the Arab world through workshops and articles on photography published in various regional newspapers.

Maggie has over 25 years of experience working at a senior level across a range of sectors.

Her creative experience coupled with the ability to build strong relationships provided a great platform for her to create the first ever UK British Wildlife Photography Awards, which were established in 2009.

As founder and director she worked tirelessly to reach and enthuse as many people as possible, to create a solid partnership model based on synergies and trust. This initiative has reached tens of millions annually through phenomenal media coverage including most national newspapers, TV interviews, BBC news and traveling exhibitions.

In the early days of developing BWPA, Maggie drew on her experience from the National Trust where she worked in partnership with senior colleagues in communications, fundraising to generate public interest about the UK coast and issues relating to climate change.

As project manager and curator of two major touring exhibitions, the highly acclaimed ‘Coast Exposed’ and award winning ‘Climate Change in Britain’s Backyard’ she created corporate partnerships with the National Maritime Museum, The Lowry, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Magnum Photos.

Manolis Metzakis was born in Iraklion, Greece. He is a graduate of the University of Crete, with a degree in Mathematics.

In 1989 he joined the Hellenic Photographic Society of Crete and became President in January 2000.

In June 2008, Manolis was elected to be a member of the Governing Board of United Photographers International (UPI) and has been its president since February 2009

From 1990 onwards he has participated in various national and international photographic exhibitions with his fine art photographs. He has taken part in over 800 fine art photography exhibitions, showing 280 different fine art photographs which, in turn, have won 39 gold medals, 28 silver, 22 bronze, 15 awards and 165 merits.

In 1996, the Federation internationale de l'art Photographique, (F.I.A.P.), honored him with the artistic title A. FIAP (Artist FIAP), in recognition of his artistic achievements nationally and in international photography competitions. In December 1999 the F.I.A.P. awarded him the highest recognition, the title E.FIAP (Excellent F.I.A.P.). In January 2008 the F.I.A.P. awarded him the title E.FIAP/bronze. In May 2009 the F.I.A.P awarded him the title E.FIAP/silver, in 2010 the title EFIAP/gold and in 2011 the higher title EFIAP/platinum. In 2010 FIAP awarded him the administrative title ESFIAP.

He has also taken part in many national and international competitions of fine art photography as a judge since the year 2000.

Riccardo Busi has been the President of The International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) since 2012. A Travel and Nature photographer, he is also a Doctor in Political Sciences, and holds a master’s degree in Diplomatic and in International Organizations.

He has been a judge in over 200 national and international competitions since 1982 whilst also being on a number of international juries in 22 different countries.

Busi is presently a coordinator and trainer of photography courses and workshops and collaborator of “Panda Photo” Photographic Agency in Rome, Italy. He has actively participated in shows and competitions since 1980 and taken part in over 330 personal and collective exhibitions and projections.

He has gathered over 1000 admissions in international competitions and over 200 awards. A Five time FIAP World Champion in Nature, he is also a one-time FIAP World Champion in Projected Images (Belgium 2011) and a three times FIAP Gold Medal winner in Projected Images World Cups (Finland 1999, Belgium 2002 and Indonesia 2009). In 2007 he won the Second FIAP World Cup for Clubs and in 2011 the 60th Anniversary FIAP Cup “Children of the World” in Singapore.

Tom is a leading authority on digital photography, a photographer, author, educator, TV broadcaster, and traveller. He won the Thomas Cook award for Best Illustrated Travel Book for his photography of the Marco Polo Expedition which pioneered the modern Silk Road crossing from Europe to China.

He specialized in Central Asia (Former Soviet Union) for 10 years, leading academic projects and photographing extensively. He has worked widely in the photographic industry: as a magazine editor, picture editor, technical journalist, consultant and has juried leading international photo competitions.

He was a founding member of the World Photography Academy and created the Student Focus component of the Sony World Photography Awards. He was senior lecturer and course leader in photography and journalism for Masters courses at the University of Westminster for over twelve years.

Amongst his 23 books on photography is the best-selling ‘Digital Photographer’s Handbook’ which has sold over half a million copies and has been translated into twenty languages and the award-winning ‘Digital Photography Masterclass’.

He was presenter for two 6-part BBC series on digital photography and for an award-winning 8-part photography series for Channel News Asia, Singapore.

Born in 1951, Volker Frenzerl is a retired Captain who worked for Lufthansa German Airlines.

He began photography in his youth and in 1983 together with some friends founded the “Fotogruppe bickenbach” association and worked as a board member and chairman for the past 15 years.

Fotogruppe bickenbach would go on to become one of the most successful amateur associations in Germany and in 1998 it joined the DVF (Deutscher Verband für Fotografie) and soon Frenzel became head of the regional division.

In 2008, Frenzel founded the youth competition “Germanys best Youth Photographer” which has grown into the official German Youth Championship for photography.

As a photographer, Frenzel has reached master grades for various European and global photography organisations such as the FIAP, MFIAP, EFIPA, DVF and the MDVF.

Frenzel is addicted to a “good picture, regardless how it is done or created”, his motto is “a moment of reality, without an obligation to the truth”. He describes himself as “not being a composer, but an all-round photographer who frequently uses technology to enhance his work”.

 

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