Judges

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Brandei Estes
Director, Head of Photography Department – Sotheby’s

Brandei Estes is the Head of Photographs at Sotheby’s London, and spent over ten years working in photography and contemporary art galleries in London and Paris before joining Sotheby’s in 2013.

Brandei is regularly a judge and nominator for numerous international photography awards including the Prix Pictet and the Deutsche Borse, and served for five years as the Chair for the advisory committee of The Photographers’ Gallery TPG Contemporaries.  Brandei also lectures throughout the year on collecting photographs and the photography market for public and private institutions, museums, galleries and fairs.

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Laura Roumanos
Co-Founder – United Photo Industries

Laura is currently the executive producer and co-founder of United Photo Industries and Photoville where she has produced over 300 photo exhibitions and public projects throughout the world including Hamburg, Tokyo, Lodz, Sydney and Shanghai, and has brokered partnerships with over 100 entities including National Geographic, Instagram, TIME Magazine, The Pulitzer Center, NYC Parks and NYC Department of Transport to name a few. UPI recently has been working with the United Nations and produced and curated 17 large scale exhibitions at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul and is working on a longterm global project on Migration to be completed in 2019.

While spearheading UPI, Laura also recently served as the Senior Producer for the Future of StoryTelling Festival in New York City and has in the last 6 years worked at various wonderful non-profit institutions such as Creative Time as their Senior Producer and has been Moonlighting as the Line Producer and Director of Operations for the World Science Festival on a freelance basis.

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Veronica Sanchis Bencomo
Founder – Foto Feminas

Verónica is a Venezuelan photographer, curator and writer based in Hong Kong. In 2014, she founded Foto Féminas, an online platform promoting Latin American and Caribbean women photographers. Verónica has organised and produced exhibitions, projections and talks for the Foto Féminas platform in Argentina, China, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

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Neo Ntsoma
Photographer & Educator

Neo Ntsoma is an award winning South African photographer, educator and consultant whose photos have appeared in major international newspapers, magazines and books as well as exhibitions worldwide. In 2004, Ntsoma became the first female recipient of the Mohamed Amin Award, the CNN African Journalist of the Year Photography Prize. With the understanding of the importance of mentorship, she lectures frequently, both within and outside of South Africa. She has served as a judge on numerous photographic competitions, ranging from regional, national, to international contests.

Furthermore, Ntsoma co-authored the book, Women by Women, which is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March. The largest demonstrations staged in South African history, 20 000 women of all races marched against legislation aimed at tightening the apartheid government’s control over the movement of black women in urban areas. In 2006, she was named one of the ‘100 Most Influential Women’ in a list published by Media24, Africa’s largest media group.

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Director – PHOTOINK

Devika Daulet-Singh is an editor, curator and publisher of photo books. She established PHOTOINK in 2001 as a photo agency and publication design studio based in New Delhi, India. In 2008, PHOTOINK expanded into a gallery, to exhibit the works of contemporary Indian and international photographers.

Daulet-Singh also manages the Umrao Singh Sher-Gil Grant for Photography in India for the Sher-Gil Sundaram Arts Foundation, and has juried for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography (2010) and RNG India Press Photo Awards (2004, 2006). 

Her curatorial projects include The Portrait: Contemporary Indian Photography at FotoFreo, Australia (2012), Photographing the Street: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Delhi Photo Festival, New Delhi (2011), The Self and The Other ¬– Portraiture in Contemporary Indian Photography at Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona, and Museo Artium in Vitoria, Spain (2009). She was the Associate Curator for the Indian presentations at the 2007 Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival and the 2007 Photoquai Biennale in France.

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Hannah Starkey
Photographer

Hannah Starkey is a Belfast-born, London-based photographer.

Her recent solo exhibitions have taken place across the globe, from Tanya Bonakdar Gallery in New York, US, to the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, France and Maureen Paley gallery in London, UK. She has also taken on curatorial projects at London’s Hayward Gallery, and in 2014 she selected works for Magnum: One Archive, Three Views | BPB14, as part of Brighton Photo Biennale 2014 at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea, UK.

For more than 20 years, Starkey has committed her practice to representing the experiences of women. Blurring the lines between portraiture, documentary and staging, Starkey carefully creates glimpses of her subjects’ interior lives by capturing them in moments of introspection amid ordinary urban spaces.

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Cécile Montigny
Co-Founder – APAR.TV

Cécile Montigny is a French producer and journalist. She is the co-founder of the cultural platform APAR.TV. She advises and assists brands, advertising agencies, and production companies to anticipate the future.

She is regularly consulted as a talent scout to recruit the talents of tomorrow. Cécile has published on APAR.TV more than 1000 profiles about women photographers between 2012 and 2019. She is also a co-founder of the French political party 99% YOUTH and will run as a candidate for Mayor of Arles in 2020.

Her message: “We are not the Left. We are not the right. We are tomorrow.” A key policy of 99% YOUTH is to teach and encourage women on how to attain greater autonomy in France. Education is a key component towards that objective. Cecile believes in and supports the new generation of women who will be able to strengthen democratic ideals.

She is developing a platform and a series of tools to educate them on how to gain greater individual and governmental control. Cecile is currently the director of communication at VOIES OFF, the international photography festival based in Arles.

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