The works will be evaluated in terms of their journalistic value (information value, readiness, topicality) as well as their aesthetic value. All submitted works are evaluated anonymously. The panel is entitled by a majority of votes to decide to transfer work to a different category in order to award images or to award just some images within a series, or not to award certain prizes. The right not to award prizes applies to all contest prizes.
PETR JOSEK, photographer, Czech Republic – Chairman
Born in Brno, Czech Republic. He arrived at the photographic profession through various jobs – camera, film and television production assistant, lab technician and photo reporter for the Czech Press Agency CTK. Reuters photographer since 1990 when he documented the dramatic events in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, the Baltic states, Albania, two coups in Russia and life in Iraq immediately before the fall of Saddam’s dictatorship. Recipient of several journalistic awards. The author of the best-known Photograph of the Year from the Czech Press Photo competition in 1997. He is a respected unofficial teacher of many young photographers. Member of the international jury Czech Press Photo 2011.
RON HAVIV, photographer VII Photo Agency, USA
Award-winning photojournalist Ron Haviv, a co-founder of the photo agency VII, has produced images of conflict and humanitarian crises that have made headlines around the world. Numerous museums and galleries have featured his work, including the Louvre and the United Nations. He has published critically acclaimed collections of his photography with the books Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul and Haiti: 12 January 2010. Haviv has been a central character in six documentary films including National Geographic Explorer’s Freelance in a World of Risk that explores the hazards inherent in combat photography.
ED KASHI, photographer VII Photo Agency, USA
Ed Kashi was born in 1957. He is a photo journalist, filmmaker and educator. He has been a member of VII Photo Agency since 2010. He is dedicated to documenting the social and political issues defining our times. Kashi is well-recognised for convincing description of human lives. Since 1990 he has been co-operating with the National Geographic Society. His clients include The New York Times Magazine, Mediastorm, Ford Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, GEO, and Newsweek. In addition to editorial assignments and personal projects, Kashi is an educator to students of photography and lectures on photojournalism, documentary photography and multimedia. He has received many awards for his work.
In 2002, Kashi in partnership with his wife, writer and filmmaker Julie Winokur, founded TALKING EYES MEDIA. The non-profit company has produced numerous award-winning short films, exhibits, books and multimedia pieces exploring significant social issues.
EDA KAUBA, Creative Director, HAVAS agency, Czech Republic
Eda Kauba studied at Hellichova graphic design college, and Charles University’s Faculty of Journalism.
He has worked in a branch of British advertising agency, Saatchi and Saatchi, in the Euro RSCG advertising agency, and currently works for French multinational communications agency HAVAS, as Creative Director at all agencies.
He has been a panel member many times at international advertising festivals: Golden Drum, Eurobest, ADC of Europe and others. He was the panel chairman at the Art Directors Club of Europe festival in Barcelona, Zlatý Klinec in Bratislava, and Red Apple in Moscow.
He has received dozens of international awards for creativity – Cannes Lion, New York Festival, Shark, Eurobest, Epica, Golden Drum and others.
In 2010, he received an award for his personal contribution to Czech advertising from the Art Directors Club Czech Republic.
ANTONÍN KRATOCHVÍL, photographer VII Photo Agency, Czech Republic
Born in 1947 in Lovosice where his father owned a photographic studio. For political reasons he wasn’t allowed to study and so he emigrated in 1967 and studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Holland. In 1972 he went to live in the USA where he photographed for prestigious newspapers and magazines. He is a founding member of VII Photo Agency. In 1999 American Photo magazine placed him among the one hundred most important photographers in the world. He is an award-winning documentary photographer. He won four prizes in the World Press Photo contest and the Lucie Award for his life-long contribution to photojournalism. In 2014 he was selected by the Czech Association of Professional Photographers as the Personality of Czech Photography.
FILIP LÁB, educator, Czech Republic
In 2011, Filip Láb received his doctoral degree at the Department of Photography at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
Between 2001 and 2005, he co-operated with the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University as an external lecturer; from 2010, he has served as the Vice-Dean for Public Relations and deputy director of the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Since 2012, he has also chaired the Media Studies board, served as the guarantor of doctoral studies in the field of Media Studies and headed the MS Centre of Doctoral Studies. Since 2013, he has been a member of the board of the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism.
In his education work, he specialises in visual communication, focusing especially on photography, photojournalism, theory and practice of traditional and digital photography. He is interested in the issues of transition from analogue to digital photography and its role in emerging media.
HERBERT SLAVÍK, photographer, Czech Republic
Herbert Slavík was born in Prague. Between 1990 and 2002, he headed the photography department at the MF DNES daily and the MAFA photo agency. Since 2003, he has been a freelance photographer. Since 1990s, he has been making portraits of Czech personages as part of “Faces”, a long-term project that has been presented at independent exhibitions in the Czech Republic and abroad. In 2010, he supplemented the collection with portraits of Czech Army soldiers deployed abroad. Public figures are featured in the set of photographs called “Pilsen Icons”, which is being prepared within the Pilsen – European Capital of Culture 2015 project. Since 2004, he has been working on the “Czechs of the Year” project in co-operation with MF DNES, which captures group photographs of the most prominent persons in public life. In 2002, he received the Czech Press Photo Prague Grant for the series called “Prague Personages”. In 2004, he received the Czech Press Photo main award in the Art category. Sports photography makes a significant part of his work. He received awards for the best sports photography in the years 1986, 1996 and 1997. Since 1992, has been regularly making photographs at the Olympics. He authored and co-authored several media campaigns and twenty books.
TAMAS SZIGETI, photographer, president Association of Hungarian Press Photographers, Hungary
Born in Budapest. Between 1978-1992 worked as a photographer for several Hungarian magazines and a political daily newspaper Magyar Hirlap, where, in 1993, he became head of the photographic department. In 2002 picture editor Best Magazine, 2003 picture editor of political weekly 168 Óra, in 2005 picture editor of prestigious economic weekly Figyelo. Since 2011 official photographer of the Hungarian government. Since 2005 he has alternated between being the president or secretary of the Association of Hungarian Press Photographers. He’s been a jury member of Hungarian Press Photo contest many times.
Josef HARVAN, film director, scriptwriter and producer - Chairman
Born 18th May 1947 in Prague. In 1973 he graduated in film and television direction from FAMU. From 1974 he worked as a director for Czechoslovak Army Film, from 1985 for Kratky Film (Short Film), and in 1992 he founded his own production company, Video Golem, which was transformed to Made by Golem company in 2011. His work, distinguished by a documentarist’s promptness, lively interest in everything around him and primarily by his ability to find topics of interest and to formulate them, counts around 320 titles - films ranging from shorter than ten minutes to one hour long. He is a creator of a range of many-parts documentary series as, for example, The Story of Czech and Slovak Photography, Czechs Underground part I and II, and A Journey Towards Victory. He was awarded a number of prizes at international festivals and at home.
ALOIS FIŠÁREK, editor and university pedagogue in the field of editing
Born in Opočno in 1943. His father was Alois Fišárek, famous Czech painter and professor at the Academy of Arts in Prague. Under the influence of his family background, and having successfully completed his middle education, he moved to Prague where he graduated from FAMU’s department of film editing in 1968. Between 1965 and 1972 he worked as editor for the Czechoslovak Army Film and 1974-1996 for the Short Film company. Between 1968 and 2002 he taught at FAMU where he was head of the department of editing. Currently he teaches at the Miroslav Ondříček Academy in Písek. He was awarded the Czech Lion for his editing work on films such as Akumulátor 1, Kolja, Canary, Dark Blue World and Kuky’s Return.
MARTINA HYNDRÁKOVÁ, partner in STARLEM media agency
Martina is a marketing consultant specialising in online media communication strategies of small and medium-size companies. She is also a lecturer on presentation skills. She has, twelve years experience working, in a managerial capacity, for companies specialising in information technology. For eight years she had a successful career fighting software piracy. She studied marketing and PR communication at VSMVV. Since 2008 she has been specialising in the communication between companies and their clients through online communication. Together with her clients she has created dozens of brand identities and internet projects for companies where photographs and multimedia play a major part.
OLGA SOMMEROVÁ, documentary film director and pedagogue
Born 2nd August 1949 in Prague. Olga graduated from FAMU in documentary filmmaking. From 1991-2002 she taught at FAMU (Film and Television School of Academy of Performing Arts). In 1994 she was made Head of the Department of Documentary Film, which she held for eight years. She was confirmed a principle lecturer on the basis of her lecture Documentary Film - My Love. From 2005 to 2009 she lectured as associate professor at the Banska Bystrica Academy of Art in Slovakia. She’s made over one hundred documentary films and has been awarded more than forty prizes at international film festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad. Her films deal with social themes and interpersonal relationships, important personalities and social and artistic phenomena. She is currently the Chairwoman of the Film and Television Union (Fites) and a councillor at Prague 7 Town Hall for the Green Party.
MIRO ŠVOLÍK, photographer
Miro Svolik was born in Zlate Moravcie in Slovakia in 1960 and now lives in Prague. He studied photography for four years at the Middle Art School in Bratislava and six years at FAMU in Prague. He’s been a freelance art photographer since 1988, and since 2009 he’s been teaching at the School of Art in Bratislava, where he is the head of the Department of Creative Photography. In 1990 he was awarded the Young Photographer, Sixth Annual Infinity Awards at ICP in New York. Since 1984 he’s had around sixty solo exhibitions and participated in around 200 group exhibitions. His photographs have been shown in many European countries and in the USA. In 2005 he published a book of his black and white analogue photographs called A Journey into the Middle. He likes to photograph from a bird’s-eye perspective and makes collages and montages with his photographs. In the last five years he’s been making his photo-montages in the computer. His latest digital photographs were published in 2010 in a catalogue called Big Woman, Small Man. www.mirosvolik.cz
JAN VANIŠ, cameraman and photographer
Born in Prague in 1950. Graduated from FAMU in Prague. After finishing his studies, he worked in Kratky Film (Short Film) in Prague as a camera assistant and later as a cameraman. Since 1990 he has been freelancing for Czech Television. In 1990 he was one of the founding members of the photographic group SIGNUM. They have exhibited in Germany, France, Italy and Israel. In 1997 he made the series The Story of Czech and Slovak Photography (with director Josef Harvan); in 1996-1998 he made a seventy-seven part documentary series about Czech history, The Czech Chronicle, directed by Maxmilian Petrik. In 2000 and 2009 he made, with director Josef Harvan, a series called Underground Bohemia I-II. Between 2008 and 2010 he worked as a cameraman on the series 72 Names from Czech History – a documentary about the personalities whose names are on the fasade of the National Museum in Prague. So far, he has made over five hundred documentary films about painting, architecture, nature, aviation, education and science. A number of his films have been awarded the main prize at film festivals.