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.
TSVETAN TOMCHEV photographer, pedagogue, director of the Bulgarian Press Photo competition, Bulgaria - jury 2010, 2011
Born in Bulgaria, graduated in photography from Sofia University. Editor and reporter for various Bulgarian daily and weekly newspapers; last time special correspondent of the daily Trud in Chechnya, Iraq and other war-torn territories. An author of TV documentaries, curator of photographic exhibitions and a recipient of many Bulgarian press awards. Since 2002 he has been Chairman of Bulgarian Press Photo and organiser of national competitions and Bulgarian Press Photo exhibitions and since 2009 lecturer in photojournalism at Sofia Art College.