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.
AMIR EL LITHY director Gezira Art Center Galleries, Egypt - jury 2012
Born in 1976 in Saudi Arabia. Studied fine art and sculpture at Cairo University School of Art and received a doctorate in art criticism from the Academy of Art in Cairo in 2000. Has participated in many group exhibitions of contemporary art in Egypt, France and South America. Exhibits in Egypt. Recipient of a number of national and international awards including Egyptian Ministry of Culture Award for fine art.
His work is included in museums and private collections in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, South America, Great Britain and Switzerland. Since 2007 Director of Gezira Art Center Galleries where he organises local and international exhibitions of contemporary art, including photography.