The photographs are judged by an International Jury of experts. The Jury consider the journalistic value of the pictures (i.e. information value, promptness, topicality) together with their aesthetic quality. The photographs are presented anonymously to the Jury. While judging the pictures, the Jury has the right – in order to secure a prize for a specific photograph or a series - to decide by majority of votes on their possible transfer to a different category or to give a prize to only some of the pictures in a series or not to award some of the prizes at all. The right not to award a prize applies to all prizes of the competition.
MLADEN ANTONOV Editor-in-chief AFP Photo, USA - jury 2010, 2011
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria. Educated at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia. Between 1990 and 1991 he photographed the fall of the communist regime in Bulgaria for Reuters. 1991-2002, as a photojournalist for EPA, he covered the war in Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia, political changes in Moscow and Tbilisi, the crisis in Kosovo and was EPA’s chief reporter in Russia. 2002-2007 was AFPs chief reporter for Europe, Africa and countries of the former Soviet Union. In 2007-2010 he was chief editor at AFPs photo department in Paris and since 2011 editor-in-chief at AFP Photo in Washington.