Jury 2022

PETR MLCH, president of the jury, 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.

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.


Dana studied French and Russian at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague (1979). She worked at the Department of Languages of the Czech Technical University’s Faculty of Mechanical Engineering for ten years, then following the Velvet Revolution in November 1989 she moved to the Language Department at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She has been a freelance photographer since 1992. She lives in Prague. She began taking photographs at the age of eighteen, and has always focused on black and white humanist photography. She has organised a number of exhibitions at home and abroad, and has published eight books featuring her works: Nepolepšitelná víra v lepší budoucnost/An Incorrigible Faith in a Better Future (1998), Per musicam aequo (1998), Žena mezi vdechnutím a vydechnutím/Woman between Inhalation and Exhalation (2002), Odchod sovětských vojsk z Československa/Departure of the Soviet Troops from Czechoslovakia (2003), Podkarpatská Rus/Carpathian Ruthenia (2007), Algerie-Togo/Algeria-Togo (2009), together with her mother Libuše, Rituály normalizace / Československo 70. - 80. Let/Normalisation Rituals/Czechoslovakia 1970s-1980s (2011) and Rusové… jejich ikony a touhy/Russians… their Icons and Desires (2015). She has won a number of awards in photography contests: 1995-1999 Czech Press Photo (total of 7 awards), 1998 – main prize in the national round of the Fujifilm Euro Press Photo Awards (representing the Czech Republic in February 1999 at the European round in London), 2006 – Grant hlavního města Prahy/Prague Grant (for a series of photographs of a Russian Orthodox pilgrimage), in which she captured the lives of the Prague homeless community. As well as her own photography, in recent years she has also begun to focus on curation and organisation within photography. She is the author of the monograph Miloň Novotný (2000), and the publications 1945 Osvobození … 1968 Okupace / Sovětská vojska v Československu/1945 Liberation … 1968 Occupation / Soviet Troops in Czechoslovakia (2008) and Jan Palach 16.-25.1.1969 (2009). The Association of Professional Photographers of the Czech Republic awarded her the title of “2008 Personality of Czech Photography” for her work as curator.


is a Ukrainian freelance photojournalist based in Kiev, Ukraine. Maloletka started his career in 2009 as a staff photographer for local news agencies UNIAN and PHL. Maloletka was deeply involved in the coverage of the Ukrainian revolution since the beginning before moving to cover the conflicts in Crimea and eastern Ukraine for various international media. Beyond that, Maloletka is also working on his personal projects: the Hutsul project about the ethnic Hutsul community in western Ukraine, their traditions and daily life, and Donbass about the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine, which brought grief to the families of killed civilians and soldiers, destroyed the economy and wreaked havoc in the entire country. His work was published in numerous prominent media: TIME, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, The Independent, El Pais, The Guardian, The Telegraph and others. He spent most of his time in eastern Ukraine working on assignment for The Associated Press, also contributing video content. My footage was widely aired on the BBC, Euronews, NBC and other international TV stations.


Filip has been an official photographer for the international news agency, the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) for over 14 years. He currently works for the EPA in Berlin. He covers the main news and sports events in Germany and other countries in the world for the press agency. Filip was particularly focused on freelance documentary making in 1999 – 2009, when he turned his attention to remote areas of Siberia and former Soviet republics. He is interested in environments and changes which have impacted ordinary people from the former USSR. At the age of 23, we was chosen by the prestigious VII agency as one of the young talented photographers in Central and Eastern Europe. He has won nineteen awards in the Czech Press Photo contest, winning its main prize, Photograph of the Year, in 2014. He was nominated for the Rückblende, the German Prize for Political Photography and Caricature, in 2018.


Mstyslav Chernov is a Ukrainian photographer, photojournalist, filmmaker, war correspondent and novelist known for his coverage of the Revolution of Dignity (Euro-Maidan Revolution), War in Donbass, including the downing of flight MH17, Syrian Civil War, Battle of Mosul in Iraq as well as for his diverse photography exhibitions. Chernov is an Associated Press journalist and the Member of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers (UAPF). Chernov's materials have been published and aired by multiple news outlets worldwide, including CNN, BBC, The New York Times, Washington Post, and others. He has both won and been a finalist for prestigious awards, including the Livingston Award, Rory Peck Award and various Royal Television Society awards. Chernov has been wounded several times while working in conflict zones.

TAMÁS SZIGETI, photographer, president of the Association of Hungarian Press Photographers, HUNGARY

Tamás Szigeti was born in Budapest. In 1978–1992 he worked as a photographer for several Hungarian magazines and the political daily Magyar Hirlap, where he became the head of the photography department in 1993. In the early 2000s, he became the pictorial editor of Best Magazine, and then the pictorial editor of the political weekly168 Óra. Since 2005 he has been the pictorial editor of the prestigious economics weekly Figyelo. He became an official photographer of the Hungarian government in 2011. He serves in turns as the secretary and the president of the Association of Hungarian Press Photographers. He has also served several times as a jury member for Hungarian Press Photo.