Photo section

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

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.

AMI VITALE, photographer, USA

Ami Vitale has visited nearly a hundred countries as a photographer, author, and filmmaker. She has witnessed civil unrest and violence on the one hand, but also almost unbelievable beauty and the strength of the human spirit on the other. During her work in clay cottages and war zones, she has among other things caught malaria and worn a panda suit—and all of this in harmony with her life philosophy: “Live the story.” She is a Nikon ambassador. She photographs for National Geographic magazine. During her career she has won prestigious awards, including World Press Photo (she won in the Nature category in 2018), International Photographer of the Year, and the Daniel Pearl award for Outstanding Reporting, and, among other honors, she has been named Magazine Photographer of the Year by the National Press Photographer's Association. Her work depicts such topics as the dying out of wild game and global migration connected with climate change. Ami Vitale gives lectures and leads workshops all across America, Europe, and Asia. Her works are on display in museums, galleries, and private collections worldwide. She is a founding member of Ripple Effect Images, a collective of scientists, authors, photographers, and filmmakers whose mission is to create strong stories that illustrate specific problems of women in developing countries.

JOÃO SILVA, war photographer, SOUTH AFRICA

João Silva was born in Lisbon, Portugal. He began taking pictures in 1989; he launched his career as a freelance photographer for the Johannesburg Herald, and then started working a year later for the Alberton Record. In 1991, under the mentorship of Ulli Michel, Silva became an external agent of Reuters in Johannesburg. In the mid-nineties he worked at Associated Press. In 1996, he began working remotely for the New York Times, and two years later he became a full member of its board of editors. In 2005, Silva published a book on the Shiites in Iraq and the consequences of the US occupation. During his time in Iraq, Silva was heavily wounded after stepping on a land mine. He lost both of his lower extremities in the explosion. While Silva was recovering in America’s Walter Reed military hospital, the French government awarded him the status of a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. Meanwhile the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design in Washington awarded him an honorary doctorate in the arts. He has acquired various titles over his career; he became the South African Photographer of the Year in 1992, and was chosen for Joop Swart World Press Photo Master Class in 1995. His work has also received awards in the World Press Photo category and the Overseas Press Club Awards.

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

Tamas 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.

MONICA ALLENDE, art director of GetxoPhoto Photo Festival, GREAT BRITAIN

Monica Allende is an independent curator, creative producer, consultant and educator. She is the Artistic Director of GetxoPhoto Photo Festival, she is collaborating with WeTransfer as a Creative Producer and Consultant, she was the director of FORMAT17 International Photography Festival, she has collaborated with Screen Projects and is producing several multidisciplinary projects with artists and digital platforms worldwide. Previously Monica was the Photo Editor at the Sunday Times Magazine, where she launched Spectrum, the award-winning photography section. She has served on juries worldwide including the World Press Photo. She is the recipient of the Amnesty International Media Photojournalism Award, the Picture Editor’s Award, the Online Press Award and Magazine Design Award for Best Use of Photography.


Markéta Navrátilová was born in Kyjov. She did gymnastics as a young girl and later on played tennis. She graduated from the Studio of Design at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague in 1999. She has been taking photographs of professional cycling since 1992. She has worked for the Dutch press agency Cor Vos for over 15 years. Her photographs are published in cycling magazines, books, calendars and advertising projects around the world. She has organized over 15 independent exhibitions since 2001. In 2008, she published the book Re Cycling – a monograph from the world of professional road cycling. A year later, she published the book KOLOVE – a photography publication from “Wheels for Life” races. She is also a co-author of the photography book from the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. In addition to doing sports, she also makes portraits, writes reports and specializes in commercial photography.


Karel Cudlín was born in Prague. He attended the Art Photography department of the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He cooperates with book and magazine publishers and television and film producers in the Czech Republic and elsewhere. In 1997 through 2003, he was one of the official photographers for Czech President Václav Havel. His main interest is documentary photography, and his output is in the form of photographic cycles. In 2015–2016, he worked as the head of the documentary photography workshop at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he became an assistant professor. He is an eighteen-time recipient of the Czech Press Photo award, including a year-long Prague Grant creative stipend in 1998.

PETR MLCH, editor-in-chief of CPA 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.


Filip Láb graduated from the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, specifically from its photography department, where he gained the title of assistant professor in 2011. From 2001 to 2005, he cooperated externally with The Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, where he has been working since 2010 as its Vice Dean for Public Relations and as the representative of this faculty’s Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism. Since 2012, he has been the chairman of the Media Studies topic council, has been in charge of doctoral studies in the field of Media Studies, and has headed the Doctoral Studies Center. He is also a member of the administrative council of the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism. His lectures cover visual communication with a focus on photography, photojournalism, and the theory and practice of classical and digital photography. He studies the issues surrounding the transition of the photographic medium from analog to digital form and how it functions within new media.

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.

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.