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.
ANNA ZEKRIJA director Saltimages agency, Russia - jury 2012
Born in Moscow. Since 2005 editor of Photographer.ru, agency representing major international agencies including Contact Press Images, Magnum Photos, Contrasto and Panos Pictures. Between 2008-2011, executive director Photographer.ru with a mission to develop Russian photographers’ personal projects focusing on life in Russia and to develop distribution to national and international media. Since 2010 director of Objective Reality trust which supports multimedia journalists and artists through educational programmes and cultural activities. She is a curator of many photographic exhibitions and multimedia programmes, including a travelling exhibition "Russian Northern Caucasus at the time of changes", a multimedia installation of contemporary Russian photography in Paris. Reviewer for Ojo de Pez in Barcelona. member of jury Belarus Press Photo (2011) and World Press Photo Multimedia Contest (2012). In 2011, together with picture editor Maria Zacharova, she founded Saltimages agency, whose main aim is to promote Russian documentary photography.