Jury 2019

Photo section

PETR JOSEK, photographer, chairman of the jury, CZECH REPUBLIC

Born in Brno, Czech Republic. He arrived at the photographic profession through various jobs – camera, film and television production assistant, lab technician and photo reporter for the Czech Press Agency CTK. Reuters photographer since 1990 when he documented the dramatic events in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, the Baltic states, Albania, two coups in Russia and life in Iraq immediately before the fall of Saddam’s dictatorship. Recipient of several journalistic awards. The author of the best-known Photograph of the Year from the Czech Press Photo competition in 1997. He is a respected unofficial teacher of many young photographers. Member of the international jury Czech Press Photo from 2011.

LUCIA BENICKÁ, curator, writer, educator, SLOVAKIA

Lucia Benická was born in Zvolen, Czechoslovakia on September 4, 1963. She completed her studies in Art History and Aesthetics in 1987 at the University of Bratislava’s Faculty of Arts. From 1987 to 1992 she worked as the curator of the Spiš Artists’ Gallery in Spišská Nová Ves; she then worked as the curator of the Tatra Gallery from 1993 to 2002. In 1996 she founded the House of Photography. In 1993 she won the Martin Benka award for the best curation project. In 1996 through 1997 she made use of a Fulbright Scholarship to study art management and the history of photography at Columbia College and to explore contemporary photography in Chicago. Every year from 1995 to 2013, she organized “Summer Photo School at the House of Photography,” an international photography festival. In 2003 through 2008, meanwhile, she contributed to projects by the International Photographic Research Network. She later became a lecturer at the Technical University of Košice’s Faculty of Arts and at the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design. She regularly publishes in a number of Slovak magazines, including Kultúrny život, Romboid, Fotografie magazín, Fototip, and Výtvarný život. She is also the author of a number of professional publications and of scripts for art and film documentaries. She has been serving since 2012 as the director of the Spiša Artists’ Gallery in Spišská Nová Věs, where she has transformed both its overall conception and that of its exhibitions.

DAVID CAMPBELL, Director of Programsand Outreach at the World Press Photo Foundation, author, AUSTRALIA

David Campbell is a writer, professor and producer and the current Director of Programs and Outreach at the World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam. In that role, he is involved in the strategic coordination of the foundation's communications, contests, education, and outreach programs. David began his career as a press secretary for an Australian senator, before completing a Ph.D. in International Relations. For the past thirty years, he has taught visual culture, geography, politics, and multimedia journalism at universities in Australia, Britain, China, and the United States , and is currently an Honorary Professor in the University of Queensland’s School of Political Science and International Studies and Visiting Professor in the Northern Photography Centre, University of Sunderland (UK).David filmed "Home," a series of videos for the West End Refugee Service in Newcastle (UK) and produced “Laygate Stories” in collaboration with Peter Fryer. He has authored three academic monographs, more than 60 essays and three major research reports for the World Press Photo Foundation, co-hosted and produced the Multimedia Week podcast, and served as the secretary to the World Press Photo General Jury for the 2014 and 2015 contests.

ADRIAN EVANS, director of Panos Pictures, GREAT BRITAIN

Adrian Evans was born in Great Britain. He studied art history at the University of York. He worked for three years as a freelance graphic artist and then began working with photography at the archives of the Hutchison agency. In 1990 he became the director of Panos Pictures, and seven years later, he purchased a majority share in that agency. Under his leadership, Panos Pictures has become a major agency specialized in socially engaged photojournalism. Adrian Evans is the author of a number of major photo projects, with topics ranging from professional cycling in Belgium to modern-day slavery in Britain. He is also a jury member for many contests, including World Press Photo, China International Press Photo Contest, Russia’s Press Photo, and the Czech Republic’s Czech Press Photo. Meanwhile, he is a visual communication consultant for non-governmental organizations, and provides lectures on this same topic at the London College of Communication, University of Westminster, and London School of Economics.

COLIN JACOBSON, writer, picture editor, curator, GREAT BRITAIN

After graduating from university with a BA in Politics, Philosophy & Economics, Colin Jacobson worked as a sub-editor in publishing and as a researcher on academic and media projects. In 1971, he entered journalism as a picture researcher with the Sunday Times Magazine and went on to work as picture editor for several UK publications, including the Observer Magazine and the highly acclaimed Independent Magazine that he helped to launch in 1988. In 1995, he left full-time journalism, becoming a visiting lecturer at the School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies at Cardiff University and then Senior Lecturer in Photojournalism at the University of Westminster. He has been on the jury of the World Press Photo Contest four times, twice as chairman and has participated in numerous international workshops on photojournalism for the British Council, the Reuter Foundation and World Press Photo. In 1996 and 1997 he was a member of the international jury of Czech Press Photo. He researched & produced two major audio-visual presentations for the Arles Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in France. He was founder and editor of Reportage, a quarterly magazine of international photojournalism and edited the book Underexposed, highlighting censorship, propaganda and spin in photography. In 2008, he edited the book, Beyond the Moment: Irish Photojournalism in Our Time.

AMAK MAHMOODIAN, photographer, artist, IRAN

Amak Mahmoodian is an artist born in Shiraz and lives in Bristol, UK. In 2015, she completed a practice-based doctorate in photography at the University of South Wales, having previously studied at the Art University of Tehran. The artist’s work questions Western notions of identity, expressing personal stories that pertain to wider social issues which draws on her experiences in the Middle East, Asia and the West. Her previous project, Shenasnameh, has been widely exhibited internationally and the accompanying artist photobook won many awards and critical acclaim in publications as diverse as Time magazine, Photobook Archive and Foam magazine.


Daniela Mrázková has been a humanities graduate, a journalist, and the editor-in-chief of Revue fotografie and Fotografie-Magazín. She has also authored and co-authored (alongside her husband V. Remeš) 26 books on photography published domestically and internationally (including The Story of Photography, Josef Sudek, Jaromír Funke, Saudek, and Early Soviet Photography), and the curator of over 60 photographic exhibitions presented in a number of countries (including Another Russia, Photography as Memory, London Calling, and 1989 Through the Eyes of Photographers). She was also the curator of What Is Photography? – a breakthrough international exhibition in Prague. She is the author of numerous film and television documentaries on photography and photographers (including The Black and White World of Josef Sudek, The Story of Czech and Slovak Photography, and The Stories Behind the Photographs), a winner of the Kodak-Fotobuch-Preis award, and a member of multiple international juries (including World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year). She is the founder of Czech Press Photo – which she led for 20 years – and of the company that organizes it: Czech Photo. Over the last year, she has curated the retrospective exhibitions Fateful Moments of Czechoslovakia – A Century’s Story in Pictures and 1989 – The Fall of the Iron Curtain.


Pascal Philippe, consultant and trainer in photography for VU agency (Paris) is graduated in Litterature (Paris X - Nanterre University). After some jobs held in the local or professional press in France, wondering about whether to become an investigation journalist, he joined weekly Courrier international, leader on international news and affairs. Belonging to the very first team of the weekly’s staffers, Pascal Philippe wouldn’t have imagined that most of his professional life would be dedicated to this magazine. He first acted there as a copy editor, before creating the photo department that he would manage for years, with a team of six picture editors, getting the most accurate images from a close and confident network of international photographers, worldwide. Pascal Philippe spent six years acting as a lecturer and trainer in Ecole Supérieure d’Arts Graphiques (ESAG-Penninghen, Paris, Roman Cieslewicz, founder). He has also participated in several editions of the portfolios readings at the Rencontres internationales de la Photographie (RIP) in Arles, from which he contributed to the early detection of some today's recognized photographers. Pascal Philippe was born in 1958.


In 1989, Slavík photographed forbidden protest gatherings in Prague, East German citizens’ escape through the FRG’s embassy in Prague, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the founding of the Civic Forum, and the election of Václav Havel as the president of Czechoslovakia. He has been working for many years on a project that he has named Faces. In 2002 his work was awarded a grant from the mayor of Prague. In 2003 he presented his Faces project at exhibitions in Prague, Moscow, and Los Angeles. Since 2004, he has been engaged in a project named Czechs of the Year in cooperation with the leading Czech newspaper, MF DNES. In 2005 he won the grand prize in the Art category in Czech Press Photo for his series of photos from the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. Sports photographs are another significant part of his work. Since 1992 he has been involved with the Olympics, first as a photo reporter for MF DNES and later as a freelance photographer cooperating with the Czech Olympic Committee. He has won an esteemed national award for the best sports photo of the year thrice – in 1986, 1996, and 1997. His work is also on display in the permanent collections of, for example, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Museum of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague. In 2015 through 2016, he was a member of, and the chair of, the Board of Governors for Czech Photo o.p.s.

Video section

JOSEF HARVAN, director, screenwriter and producer - Chairman of the Jury

Josef Harvan was born on the 18th of May 1947 in Prague. In 1973 he earned a degree in film and television direction from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). From 1974 he worked as a director at Czechoslovak Army Film, in 1985 he started working for the Krátký film (Short Film) production company and in 1992 he founded his own production company called Video Golem which was transformed into Made by Golem s.r.o. in 2011. He is acclaimed for a documentary filmmaker's promptness, active interest in any matter and, most of all, an ability to find topics and articulate them. His filmography consists of around 320 titles - some are well under 10 minutes long, some almost an hour. He is also the author of several multi-part documentary series such as: the Story of Czech and Slovak Photography, Underground Bohemia I and II, and A Journey towards Victory. He has received several awards at international and domestic film festivals.

ALOIS FIŠÁREK, film editor and university teacher

Alois Fišárek was born in Opočno in 1943. His father was a Czech painter, professor of the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, Alois Fišárek st. Under the influence of the family environment, after graduating from high school he went to Prague, where he graduated from FAMU - Department of Editing. He graduated in 1968 in the past. In 1968–2002, he taught at FAMU, where he led the department's editing compositions, and currently teaches at the Miroslav Ondříček Film Academy in Písek. He is the holder of the Czech Lion for the films Accumulator 1, Kolja, Kanarek, Dark Blue World and Kuky Returns.

MARTINA HYNDRÁKOVÁ, managing partner at INNERIS, s.r.o.

Martina is a marketing consultant specializing in online media communication strategies in small and medium enterprises, and a presentation skills trainer. She spent twelve years working in different management roles in IT companies. She dedicated eight years of her successful career to fighting software piracy. She studied marketing and PR communication at the College of International and Public Relations in Prague. Since 2008 her main focus has been business and customer communication management through online tools. Together with her clients she has created dozens of visual corporate identities and internet projects based on photography and media.

OLGA SOMMEROVÁ, documentary director and lecturer

Olga Sommerová was born on the 2nd of August 1949 in Prague. In 1977 she earned a degree in documentary filmmaking from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). She worked at FAMU as a lecturer between 1991 - 2002 and in 1994 she was made Head of the Documentary Film Department, a post she held for eight years. In 1995, she was made associate professor after giving her habilitation lecture called Documentary Film - My Love. Between the years of 2005 and 2009, Olga was a guest lecturer at the Banská Bystrica Academy of Arts (Slovakia). She has made over a hundred documentary films and won more than forty awards at international and domestic film festivals. Her documentaries deal with social topics and interpersonal relationships. Her later work has also been devoted to important personalities and phenomena in the social and art environments, feminism, and the recent history of the Czech Republic. After releasing a very successful film What Women Dream About, she published three bestselling books with interviews with the same title and another bestseller called What Men Dream About. She is chairwoman of the Film and Television Union (FITES) and a Green Party representative in the local government of Prague 7.

MIRO ŠVOLÍK, photographer

Miro Švolík was born in 1960 in Zlaté Moravce in Slovakia. He spent four years studying photography at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Bratislava and six years at the Department of Photography at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Since 1988 he has worked as a freelance art photographer. He currently lives in Prague. Since 2009 he has worked as a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava where he also heads the Studio of Creative Photography. In 1990 he received the Young Photographer Award from the International Center of Photography at the Sixth Annual Infinity Awards in New York. Since 1984 he has held around sixty solo exhibitions and participated in around two hundred group exhibitions. He has exhibited his photographs in various European countries, and several times in the US. In 2005 he published a book of black and white analog photographs called The Way to the Centre. As a photographer, he is keen on the bird perspective and often creates his photographs using collage and montage techniques. In the last five years, he has also created photomontages with image-editing software. His latest digital photographs were published in 2010 in the Big Woman, Small Man catalogue.

JAN VANIŠ, cinematographer and photographer

Jan Vaniš was born in Prague in 1950. He has a degree in cinematography from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Arts in Prague (FAMU). Following graduation he worked for the Krátkým film Praha (Short Film) production company as a camera assistant and later as the Director of Photography. He has regularly collaborated with Czech Television since 1990. That same year he became one of the founding members of a photography collective called SIGNUM which has held exhibitions in Germany, France, Italy and Israel. In 1997 he filmed the series The Story of Czech and Slovak Photography (dir. Josef Harvan), and from 1996 – 1998 the 77-part documentary series on Czech history called Czech Chronicle (dir. Maxmilián Petřík).With director Josef Harvan, he also filmed a series called Underground Bohemia I and II. Between 2008 – 2010 he worked as the Director of Photography on the documentary series 72 Names of Czech History, which portrayed personalities whose names are inscribed on the outer walls of the National Museum in Prague. During his professional career, he has filmed over five hundred documentaries on art, architecture, nature, aviation, as well as several educational and scientific films. Some of the films he has been involved with have won top awards at several film festivals.