We are very pleased to announce this year’s jury.
The members chosen reflect our dedication to the highest selection process and our desire to give photographers visibility among some of the best professionals in the field of photography.
Francis Kohn has been working at AFP most of his journalistic career, spending many assignments abroad. He became AFP photo director in January of 2012. Prior to that, he spent four years in Latin America as regional director.
After studying literature in French university, he enrolled at American University in Washington DC where he majored in journalism. He started working at AFP in 1979 and in 1982 returned to Washington, this time as an AFP correspondent. After a couple of years, he moved to New York as a general news correspondent and at the time began to work closely with photographers as AFP started his international photo service in 1985. He covered conflicts in central American and Mexico until 1995 when he became editor in chief for France for 5 years. In May 2000 to June 2006 he was back to Washington as editor in chief for North America. He was also posted in Stockholm as bureau chief.
Over the past 4 years, AFP has won two Pulitzer prizes in Photography and was finalist in 2015. It has received Visa d’Or and a number of World Press Photo awards among others.
Francis Kohn was chairman of the World Press Photo in 2016.
He is married to an American painter and they have two children.
Patrick Di Nola, Director, oversees the photographer and videographer rosters for the assignments division of Getty Images, with particular focus on the award-winning freelance photojournalists of Getty Images Reportage. Based in London, Patrick is involved in the recruitment and management of the individuals on these rosters, content production and distribution for Reportage, as well as developing and maintaining key client relationships in the editorial, corporate, and NGO/charity sectors.
Patrick started his career at Action Images, but soon joined Getty Images in 2004, initially working on the editorial picture desk, before taking a role as content coordinator in the international sales department, looking after Getty Images’ overseas agents and master delegates. In 2007, Patrick moved to working on features from freelance photojournalists, which later became Getty Images Reportage when it launched officially later that year.
He works editorially with European publications, such as The Sunday Times magazine, Paris Match, Le Figaro Magazine, Der Spiegel, Stern, GEO, L’Espresso and XL Semanal amongst others. He has also worked closely with UNICEF, Save The Children, and more recently the International Committee of the Red Cross based in Geneva on their above-the-line Health Care in Danger campaigns. In the corporate sector he works with global brands in industries that include telecommunications, technology, pharmaceuticals, energy, travel and sports.
Ruth Eichhorn has been the Director of Photography at the German GEO magazines for twenty years. GEO is one of the world’s most prestigious general interest magazines. It reports on scientific, sociological, and geographical subjects. GEO is particularly well known for its outstanding photography and exhaustive and unflinching reportage. Eichhorn has curated and organized numerous exhibitions and edited a range of photo books and was part of many international photo juries.
She is now PhotoEditor-at-Large for GEO and also curates books and exhibitions outside of GEO.
Alberto Prina, even though passionate about philosophy and with photography always on his mind, graduated in physics.
Yet, he could not postpone his longing anymore and now he fills his days with images.
He founded the photo association Gruppo Fotografico Progetto Immagine and has co-ordinated its annual Festival of Ethical Photography since he created it.
He currently works as a reportage photographer and photojournalist, developing projects in the field of photographic communication, multimedia and collaborative photography. He also organizes courses and workshops.
He has been following with great interest the political situation in the city of Belfast (Northern Ireland) and the irish society
Aldo Mendichi has been the President of the Gruppo Fotografico Progetto Immagine since 2013. His passion for photography started in 2004. Since the very beginning, his interest has focused on social reportage photography.
After having attended several photography courses in 2007 he started a documentary project about the Northern Ireland question, “The Troubles”. He collaborated with Alberto Prina in the organization of several themed workshops, dedicated to photography instruction in the field of social photoreportage.
Since 2010, he has been one of the coordinators of the Festival of Ethical Photography together with Alberto Prina. He has been a member of the jury for the World.Report Award (the festival prize) from 2011 to 2016. He recently participated as a member of the 2016 international jury for the Stenin Prize in Moscow.
He is also a member of the editorial staff of Ludesan Life (www.ludesanlife.it) an online magazine which tells stories related to the province of Lodi, created by the Gruppo Fotografico Progetto Immagine.