The Judges for TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER SOCIETY AWARDS 2018 are:
Andy is a Lisbon based professional landscape and travel photographer. For the last ten years he has travelled around the planet taking pictures and writing photography blogs, while his work has been featured in magazines and publications in all over the world.
He is a passionate teacher of photography and has been leading group and one-to-one workshops for over five years. In addition he’s authored and contributed to various books on photography.
He is a Fuji X Photographer and a brand ambassador for Fujifilm in Portugal, and when he isn’t out shooting he can be found with his wife in Lisbon planning his next trip.
Cheryl Nemazie is an award winning art director and photographer based in the United States. After working years managing large scale photo shoots for an International hotel chain, she shifted her focus to her passion of capturing the world’s cultures. Her current roles include: Creative Director for The NEO Fund, a global micro-lending and community development NGO; Photographer, specialising in documentary, architecture, and fine art; and Stylist for VRX Studios in Vancouver, Canada. She works on staff for Foundry Photojournalism Workshop. Whether reviewing photographers’ portfolios, mentoring new photographers, designing communication pieces centered around photography, crafting appealing spaces for the lens or shooting her own projects, the visual message is her passion.
Paul Atkins didn’t have much of a chance to avoid photography, growing up in a family business already two generations old.
When the family wasn’t working, they were often supporting the industry as John (Paul’s father) was the state president of what was then the Institute of Australian Photography (IAP), now the AIPP. Most of the family friends were industry royalty, and much of the travelling was to conferences and workshops. Before Paul had left school he had attended workshops by luminaries like David Bailey and John Sexton, met Elliot Erwitt, and modelled for Monte Zucker and Frank Cricchio.
Amean J [b Karachi (Pakistan), 1974] graduated with a BFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 1997. In 1998, he founded 18% grey [photography studio] in Karachi. In 2005, he completed his MA in Media, Culture & Technology from the University of Bedfordshire. He is a founding board member and presently President at the Citizens Archive of Pakistan.
Amean was also the program in-charge and an Assistant Professor for the Post Graduate Diploma in Photography at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture since its inception in 2010 till 2012. Based between Karachi and Dubai, he is presently working towards his fifth book.
Born in Delhi, India. Vineet did masters in fine arts from the college of arts, New Delhi. He a self-taught photographer and street photography is a passion that he lives like a discipline. Although he started shooting as a wild life photographer for two years. he later switched on to street in 2001 and it instantly became his passion and first nature. To Vineet, street photography is a journey that he travels everyday. He tries to synthesize between human elements and the environment & his main focus is on making ordinary moments look extraordinary. In 2011, Vineet formed APF (artphotofeature.com) along with his younger brother; APF was created from an education imperative and it’s an evolving magazine where fresh talent is recognized. The intent is to provide a platform for emerging photographers, artists and designers to showcase their work; work that is not necessarily commercial, to create opportunities and open new doors. The subjects explored are broad, in terms of concepts, styles and techniques. The magazine aims to explore the limits and possibilities.
Currently Vineet is doing workshops globally, including the prestigious San Fransisco street photography festival and Brussels street photography festival, London street photography festival, & various others, He is also on judging panel for these festivals. Vineet is a Leica Ambassador, first ever Indian in the history of Leica and conducting workshops as a Leica Mentor in Leica Akademie, with various publications on Leica blog.
Before Leica he was the official Fuji X photographer, member of APF collective & thestreetcollective. His work and stories have been published on various prestigious magazines, newspapers & blogs all over the world.
Drew Hopper is a travel, documentary and editorial photographer, when he isn’t travelling he calls Australia home. Captivated by the diversity of cultures, people and environment, Drew ventures far and wide to capture pictures that define his experiences with the vision that they will impact and inspire an audience in a way individual to each viewer.
Drew’s curiosity for different ways of living have influenced the desire to travel to new and unfamiliar territories. With a talented eye Drew captures stunning images and works with humility, respect and a light footprint. Drew is a regular contributor to Australian Geographic, covering assignments throughout Australia. He also regularly contributes to Australian Photography magazine writing photo articles and judges monthly contests, and has work featured in numerous travel, photography and lifestyle magazines worldwide.
Drew has won many photography awards including the the 2015 ANZANG (Nature Photographer of the Year) winning the botanical category. In 2016, Drew was also shortlisted again in ANZANG with his image ‘Mist Shower’.
Rohit Vohra is a street/ travel photographer, educator and Co-founder/ Editor in Chief of APF Magazine. In a search for methods to read the city, his photographs are often about contact with humans and basic living elements. He received his BFA from College of Arts, Delhi in the year 1997 and has been photographing for over 15 years.
He is one of Asia’s most prominent street photographers. His works have appeared in numerous Newspapers/ Magazines all over the world.
Among other commercial work, which includes product and fashion, he personally likes street photography because of the uncertainty, the challenge, the joy of capturing that perfect moment, perfect in terms of light, texture, and elements all perfectly in place.
For him street photography is one of the purest forms of photography. He says, “It is also one of the most difficult forms of photography. It’s difficult because we usually don’t have much control over the environment, well at least as much as we might like.”
He is a Leica Brand Ambassador and Mentor.
Dilla Djalil Daniel
Dilla’s first photography mentor was her late father, and since then she shot her objects intuitively, mainly using her feelings, sensitivity and a good eye. In 2010, some years after returning to Indonesia permanently, she decided to join a photojournalism workshop taught by a British photographer who is based in Bangkok. It was indeed an eye opener workshop for her. She finally found the genre that she likes the most, which is story telling using her camera. In essence, the photo-journalistic approach to photography.
One workshop inevitably lead to another, and more and more documentary and photojournalism workshops filled in her life. These overseas workshops also suited her well since she also loves adventurous travelling and the opportunities that offers for photography. In the course of these workshops she has been immensely fortunate to have an impressive list of various award-winning photojournalists as her mentors.
Dilla is an alumnus of the Foundry Photojournalism workshop, the Momenta Documentary workshop and the Obscura Workshop.
In 2016 – 2017 Dilla was a Leica Indonesia Ambassador.
In March 2017 she held her first solo exhibition “a Trunk and other Tails” and also published her first photo book to accompany the exhibition.
To her, photography is a tool to express her sensitivity and a medium to show what she sees and feels. In particular she has an affinity for documenting the relationship between humans and animals. She believes photography is a form of art and the camera is her brush and the light is her paint. Her wish is to tell stories that people can relate to. It is her wish to carry on telling stories through her pictures, the stories she feels like telling, for as long as she can.
Vignes Balasingam is the director of the OBSCURA Festival of Photography and the Monsoon Artist In-Residence programme. He has curated over 40 exhibitions featuring international and Malaysian photographers, including works multi-award winning photographers. Vignes produced and co-edited Ian Teh’s third monograph, Confluence and the artistic director for we will have been young, a book publication and travelling exhibition featuring 12 emerging artists fromSoutheast Asia. He juried the POPCAP Prize for African Contemporary Photography (2015) and curated the Travel Photographer Asia 2015 exhibition at MAP KL, Kuala Lumpur. He co-curated
PERSON(A), a contemporary photography exhibition featuring 20 Malaysian artists in 2015.
Vignes has been invited to speak at Yale-NUS in Singapore (2015), Stories From The Land, a lecture at the Nikon Centre in Kuala Lumpur (2015) and at Universiti Putra Malaysia (2015). He was jury for the POPCAP Prize for Contemporary African Photography 2016, the KL Photo Awards 2106 and Travel Photographer Asia 2016. Vignes also was a guest curator for the Chennai Photo Biennale 2016, Photo 17 Zürich 2017, Jeon-ju International Photo Festival 2017, in South Korea. He is presently a mentor for the Masters in Photography programme at the Photography Studies College, Melbourne, Australia.
Tony Allison is equally passionate about environmental issues as he is about social justice and the preservation of culture in a rapidly advancing technological world. His travel photography tends towards a documentary style, often sharing his images with organisations that have a story to tell, and raising awareness of people and cultures on the road less travelled. Sometimes the journeys are confronting, but experience has taught him that no matter where you live, we all share the same planet, with similar hopes, fears and aspirations.
As a once avid film shooter and classic camera collector he has recently set up a darkroom again to process film for the first time in more than 20 years! His love of mechanical objects, their care, repair and operation sees him delving into the inner workings when time permits.
He believes beauty exists everywhere and much like life, it depends on how you frame it and where your focus is. Towering high-rise buildings at night can be futuristically stunning while a simple texture or pattern on a leaf can speak volumes for the inherent magnificence of nature.
Projects he has developed or managed include festivals, theatre and performance based events and workshops in digital media, film production and events management. He is passionate about providing practical life skills and opportunities for young people in rural and remote areas through his work and using digital media in all its forms as a creative outlet for positive expression and the exploration of social justice and other issues. Through these mediums he hopes to encourage and assist young people to participate and contribute to wider community cultural development. And having some fun along the way is an important ingredient!
Frederik Wissink started his career as a professional photographer 11 years ago upon arriving in Saigon (HCMC).
Starting out as an editorial photographer the moving up to Photo Editor at that same magazine for 7 years, he has build an ever evolving photography business that covers not only editorial clients such as the Wall Street journal, and the New York Times, but moved to specialize in interior design and architectural photography with clients around South East Asia. Looking for interesting details and at times a grand overall picture for every client.
Frederik collects and shoots with old Minolta film cameras and has ridiculous amounts of fun doing his job.
Ahsan Qureshi is the founder of Travel Photographer Society. Hailing from Pakistan, Ahsan is currently settled in Adelaide, Australia.
Along with Travel Photographer Society, Ahsan works as a commercial photographer and also enjoys travel photography for leisure. His first solo exhibition in Malaysia was in year 2011, titled ‘Narrative images’. In 2013, he partnered with a Danish painter and exhibited his work in Westin Hotel, Kuala Lumpur called ‘Depth and Deception’. In 2014, he collaborated with a British painter to produce mix media art pieces that blended Ahsan’s photography with artistic strokes of the painter’s brush. He titled it ‘Blending Thoughts’. It was widely appreciated by a big global audience. Ahsan also conducts photography workshops for small groups, which is something he enjoyed immensely while teaching in universities and art schools in Pakistan. His love for travel photography inspired these social platforms where travel photographers can connect and grow together.
Tewfic El-Sawy is New York City- based freelance photographer specializing in documenting endangered cultures and traditional life ways of Asia, Latin America and Africa. His images, articles and photo features were published in various magazines, and his travel photographs were featured by some of the largest adventure travel companies in the United States and Great Britain, as well as in multinational corporations’ art collections ranging from the Standard Chartered’ Bank’s permanent art collection to Spike TV. He also organizes and leads photo expeditions/workshops for photographers who share his enthusiasm for unusual cultures, uncommon locations and lesser known religious festivals. He is the founder of The Travel Photographer blog, a faculty member at the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, and gives storytelling and street photography workshops at the Travel Photographer Society (Kuala Lumpur). He just completed publishing his third photo book “Hau Dong: The Spirit Mediums of Vietnam”, and is currently working on a new book on Chinese Opera as performed by the Chinese diaspora.
Zainal Abd Halim
Zainal Abd Halim is Chief Photographer at The Malaysian Insight. He worked as Photo Editor at The Malaysian Insider and Photo Consultant at The New Straits Times. From 1997 to 2009, Zainal Abd Halim worked as Reuter’s photojournalist. He handled daily news for Malaysia and Brunei specifically and Asia in general. He covered Afghan war during the Taliban occupation. He has covered many important events like fall of Indonesian president, civil war in East Timor, APEC meeting, major sport events, Asian games in Korea and Olympics held in Sydney, Athens and Beijing are a few to name. He also worked for The Sun Daily as chief photographer. He has conducted many photography workshops and has given talks to mass media and photography students. He was the judge for photography contest in Labuan by Canon Professional, Malaysian Chinese Press Association photo contest, PNB photo contest, Canon Photo Marathon 2009, 2012 & 2014.
Etienne Bossot is a self-taught Travel photographer based in Hoi An, Vietnam, and the founder of Pics of Asia, one of the biggest source of tutorials for travel photographers.
Over 10 years ago his first photography assignment has been teaching Travel photography, and this is what his has been doing ever since. He is now running photography tours through Asia and is always looking for new ways to share his photography passion to his students.
Etienne focuses his photography and teachings on People photography and emphases on creativity and originality while stressing the importance of Ethics in Travel Photography and the respect of people.
Last year Etienne ran a Travel photography workshop for the Travel Photographer Society in Kuala Lumpur and gave a talk about the ethics of Travel Photography.