Jury 2020

JOE KLAMAR, photographer, chairman of the jury, SLOVAKIA

Joe Klamar is a contemporary photographer of Slovak background. He grew up in the Low Tatras sports resort of Jasná in the Zahrádky holiday cottage. As a youth, he was involved in competitive skiing as well as photography. At around 18 years of age, he moved to Bratislava where he worked as an assistant in television, amongst other things. In 1987 during a trip to Yugoslavia, he emigrated to Canada via Austria. For the first few years in Toronto and Medicine Hat in Alberta he undertook manual labour. In the early 1990s, he chose to study Photography and Art at Medicine Hat College. He began working with the local paper, Medicine Hat News, and the Canadian Press agency during his studies. He later worked for the Winnipeg Sun, a Slovak news agency and Reuters. In 1998 he decided to return to Slovakia. He is Agence France-Presse’s principal photographer for the Central Europe region. In 2009, he won the Czech Press Photo’s main prize for his photograph of Barack Obama in Prague.

CHRIS MCGRATH, photographer, AUSTRALIA

Chris McGrath started his photography career at a regional newspaper in Queensland, Australia. after completing his newspaper cadetship and a diploma in photography, he joined Getty Images as a staff photographer based in Sydney. He has been on staff with Getty Images for the past twenty years and has been based out of their New York, Singapore and Tokyo offices. Over the years he has covered major news stories and sports events including, the South East Asia Tsunami, the Tohoku Tsunami, The Battle for Mosul, the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, the election of Barack Obama, the fight against ISIS in Syria, five Summer Olympic games, the Superbowl and the FIFA World Cup. His work regularly appears in major newspaper, news magazines and websites around the world and he has received awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International, NPPA, and CHIPP amongst others. In 2015 he relocated to work out of the Getty Images Istanbul office, where he is currently based covering Turkey and the Middle East.

PETR MLCH, chiefeditor of Czech news agency's photobank, CZECH REPUBLIC

During his fifth-year studies at The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering CTU in Prague in 1999, he began working at the Czech News Agency’s pictorial-reporting editorial department. Until 2006 he worked at this agency as a pictorial-reporting editor at the news desk; later he worked as the deputy editor in chief, on a number of projects that increased the speed and quality of the Agency’s news photography, including the building of a new online portal for the Agency. In 2008 he took over the leadership of its Pictorial Reporting Editorial Department. Besides work caring for the Agency’s archive, he has negotiated cooperation with a number of foreign and domestic partners, including the exclusive partner Associated Press. Under his leadership, the photo bank has begun orienting itself towards such projects as exhibitions, book publications, photo preparation, and photography to order. He was present at the Agency’s first exhibition, in 2012, as one of the exhibitors. This exhibition, organized on the occasion of the death of president Václav Havel, was later displayed at Prague’s airport to celebrate its renaming from Ruzyně Airport to Václav Havel Airport Prague. Other significant exhibition projects by Mlch have included a retrospective exhibition of Jovan Dezort including a book publication, a traveling outdoor exhibition upon the tenth anniversary of the Czech Republic’s accession to the EU, and Pilsen Family Photo Album — a pair of exhibitions held as a part of Pilsen European Capital of Culture 2015.

HERBERT SLAVÍK, photographer, CZECH REPUBLIC

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. Since 2013, he has been helping to organize Czech Press Photo, and in recent years he has also been a member of its international committee and the curator of its exhibition organized at the Old Town Hall 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.

NICOLE TUNG, photographer, USA

Nicole Tung is a freelance photojournalist. She graduated from New York University, double majoring in history and journalism, and freelances for international publications and NGOs, working primarily in the Middle East and Asia. After covering the conflicts in Libya and Syria extensively from 2011, focusing on the plight of civilians, she spent 2014 documenting the lives of Native American war veterans in the US, as well as former child soldiers in the DR Congo, the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, and the refugee crisis in Europe. She is also a grantee of the IWMF Grant for Women’s Stories, and a fellow of the IWMF Great Lakes Reporting Initiative (D.R. Congo, Central African Republic). She has received multiple awards for her work from the International Photo Awards, Society of Professional Journalists, PX3, and was named PDN's 30 Under 30 Emerging Photographers (2013), among others. Nicole was given the honorable mention for the IWMF 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Awards, and awarded the 2018 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting from the Online News Association. Her work has been exhibited + screened at the Annenberg Space for Photography, Tropenmuseum Amsterdam, Visa Pour l'Image, and most recently at the Bayeux Calvados-Normandy award for war correspondents in France (2019), with Save the Children in Hong Kong (2019), and at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong (2020). Nicole has also given keynote speeches and contributed to panels on photojournalism and journalist safety, at events including the International Journalism Festival (Perugia, 2019), TEDx in Sweden, the Adobe Make It Conference in Sydney, and Creative Mornings at the National Geographic Auditorium in Washington D.C., among others. She served on the board of the Frontline Freelance Register (2015) and is has undergone HEFAT training with Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC) and Global Journalist Security.