Jury 2021

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.

SEAN GALLUP, photographer, GERMANY

Sean Gallup is chief news photographer in Germany for Getty Images. Based in Berlin, he photographs and assigns news and features coverage with a team of freelance photographers for Getty in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. His photographs appear regularly in news publications and outlets across the globe and have appeared on the front pages and covers of Time, Newsweek International, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Irish Times, Financial Times, Toronto Star, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Sueddeutsche Zeitung, among others. Sean photographed a series of portraits relating to right-wing extremism that was initially exhibited at the Bundeswehr Military History Museum in Dresden in 2013 and subsequently toured to 12 venues across Germany. More recently he has pursued a long-term project documenting the consequences of global warming in arctic and alpine regions. Sean is also author of “Journeys Into Czech-Moravian Texas” (1998). He has a bachelor of arts in political science from Williams College and a master of arts in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.


Alžběta Jungrová started photography in primary school, and graduated from the Secondary Technical School of Graphics in Hellichova Street. She then worked for the MF Dnes daily, and for the editorial offices of Hospodářské noviny [Economic Newspaper] and Lidové noviny [People’s Newspaper]. In the years 2000 to 2002, she lived in the USA and London. She considers the genres of documentaries and reportage to be the basis of her work, as she is interested in the lives and fates of contemporaries. For her subject matter, she travelled to all corners of the world, and often took photographs in extreme situations. Among others, she received honourable recognition from Czech Press Photo for a report on drugs at the Afghan-Pakistan border, and the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award for a series of photos of children working in a brickworks in Peshawar, Pakistan, and photographs from a Burmese refugee camp in Bangladesh. She currently works as a freelancer, and is represented by one of the most prestigious agencies in the field of commercial photography, 4D Photo. She’s working on several documentary projects, and creates documentary photographs, advertisements and portraits to order. In her freelance work, she’s now researching and visualising the theme of human emotions and the search for boundaries in oneself, whether in the form of classic photography, collages, or video projections. She’s one of the founding members of the 400ASA group.

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.


He was born in 1980 in Bratislava. While studying at the Secondary Technical School of Graphics in Prague and the Silesian University in Opava, he was already taking photographs for Lidové noviny [People’s Newspaper]. Since 2005, he has been employed as a photographer in MF Dnes. Previously, he devoted himself mainly to reportage. For example, he photographed Yasser Arafat’s funeral in Ramallah, the consequences of the destructive tsunami in Thailand, the revolution in Egypt, the war in Libya and refugee wave in Europe. At present, he is mainly creating portraits for magazines within the Mafra media group. He received a number of awards in the Czech Press Photo competition, including the main award in 2015 and the audience award in 2009.