The Judges for Travel Photographer Awards 2017 are:

Paula Bronstein


Paula Bronstein is a freelance photographer. She is based in Bangkok, Thailand. Her work reflects the eye of a dedicated humanitarian and conflict photojournalist. With over thirty years of experience in the news business, Paula worked as staff for a variety of US newspapers starting at The New Haven Register in New Haven, Ct. to The Hartford Courant followed by The Chicago Tribune before moving overseas.

She then went onto working for Getty Images as a staff photographer from 2002-2013 covering news stories in the Asian region. Paula’s images have been published in almost every globally recognized publication. She continues to photograph presidents and kings, natural disasters, political turmoil and conflict, and always the most impoverished and vulnerable people on this earth, from Mongolia to Afghanistan and Africa.

Paula Bronstein has published her first photobook , “Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear,” exposing some of the most harrowing and intimate truths of living in war-torn Afghanistan.


Calin Kruse


Calin Kruse studied Graphic-Design in Mannheim and Trier, Germany. He is the founder and maker of the photo magazine dienacht and of dienacht Publishing, and is a photographer by himself. Calin is also a curator, holds guest talks, lectures, makes workshops (Vienna/Austria, Berlin/Germany, Lagos/Nigeria, Georgetown/Malaysia, etc.) on photobook design and reviews portfolios.

dienacht and dienacht Publishing have received several awards for its publications: Best German Photobook Awards, Best Books of the Year, Shortlist at the Paris Photo – Aperture Award, a range of LeadAwards.


Tewfic El Sawy


Based in New York City, Tewfic El-Sawy is a freelance photographer who specializes 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. Known as The Travel Photographer, he plans, organizes and leads photo expeditions-workshops for other photographers, with emphasis on travel photography, multimedia storytelling and documentary photography…a hybrid style akin to “a photojournalist photographing travel.” He is also the founder of The Travel Photographer blog, and a faculty member in the Foundry Photojournalism Workshops. Interested in traditional and non-traditional religious manifestations, he recently published the 170 pages “The Spirit Mediums of Vietnam” photo book; resulting from his two years research in Vietnam.


Claudia Hinterseer


Claudia Hinterseer is a Senior Multimedia Producer at China Daily Hong Kong with over 16 years experience in the field of visual storytelling. Through founding and running her own international documentary photography agency NOOR, she developed a thorough understanding of the media and photography worlds, while she became experienced in photojournalism education and development through her career at the global World Press Photo foundation. Claudia regularly runs multimedia workshops and gets invited as jury member, lecturer and reviewer at video- and photojournalism events. She has an academic background in Visual Anthropology.



Shamshahrin Shamsudin


Based is Kuala lumpur, Shamshahrin offered to join a French newswire agency AgeFrance-Presse (AFP) as a second photographer in the Kuala Lumpur bureau early 1999.

Being served in the internationally- recognized agency, his works have been published in local and foreign newspapers and most of the well known magazines such as Life magazine’s website (photo of the day), IHT, Time, Asiaweek, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Star-Ledger (NY) and more.

He decided to switch from being news to travel photographer when he was offered to lead a web-based company photography team for assignments throughout the country in 2000. He gained experience and knowledge in web-business and digitally –related industry. Served as a Senior Photographer with the company until Oct 2002.

Apart from his busy schedule, he still finds time to be a judge for photography competitions, share his knowledge and experience by giving talks, conducting workshops and teaches Photojournalism in universities such as University Technology Malaysia (UTM – SPACE), International Islamic University (IIUM),  Open University (OUM) and University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF).

A member of Board of Assessors for Photography module for Ministry of Human Resource and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) under the Ministry of Education. A Panel member for Photography Accreditation for Malaysian Creative Content Industry Guild (CCIG)


Christina Malkoun


Christina Malkoun is a freelance Photojournalist and Documentary Photographer, currently living in Beirut, Lebanon. She is working as the Art Director of ELLE Arab World magazine since 2006.

Her personal work is focusing on human rights related issues, over the past 4 years she has been working with refugees across Lebanon. She has worked on many assignments for the United Nations, such as IRIN news, OHCHR, UNHCR. And other NGO’s such as Drosos.

In 2012, she got nominated for the UNICEF Germany photo of the year competition. In 2014, at the Lebanese Film Festival in Beirut, Christina screened her short documentary “Youth of Cairo. The Unscene”. She was also a part of worldwide project entitled “Spécial Réfugiés” with Arte reportage, a well-known French/German TV channel. In 2015, she did her own photography exhibition, entitled  “Déplacés”  at the French Institute in Beirut and at the Beirut Photo Fair.

Christina was recently awarded with an Honorable mention at the MIFA, the Moscow International Fotography Award 2015, and an Honorable Mention for the “untold Stories” competition of EyeEm and VII Photo Agency, for her latest work on Autistic children inside refugee camps.


Mike O’Connor


Before taking up the role of editor of Australian Photography magazine in 2016, Mike O’Connor worked as a photographer and writer for WWF, the World Wide Fund for Nature, in New Zealand. Starting his journalism career in India, he has since travelled and photographed around the world, with his travel writing and photography published in every major broadsheet newspaper in New Zealand. A writer for travel magazine Destinations, he also wrote a regular environment feature in the New Zealand Herald, New Zealand’s largest newspaper, and ran a weekly radio show in his hometown of Wellington.


Eman Helal


Eman Helal is an Egyptian documentary and news photographer based in Cairo. She won recently the Portenier Human Rights Bursary 2016, the first prize in 2014 and the third prize in 2011 from the Egypt Press Photo Awards. Eman’s work published internationally in AP / New York Times / Time / Stern Magazine / Washington Post / Guardian / Aljazeera English / Polka magazine

In 2015, she participated in Joop Swart Masterclass and in 2014 The Arab Documentary Photography Program organized by Magnum , Prince Clause Fund and World Press Photo Multimedia Course. In 2013 was named one of Magnum’s five Human Rights Fellows, later participating in the Noor-Nikon Masterclass in Conflict Photography, in Bayeux, France.

Helal’s photographs have been included in such exhibitions and festivals in Russia, Amsterdam, Barcelona, China, India, Ethiopia, South Korea, Germany and Egypt.



Ahsan Qureshi

Ahsan Qureshi is theahsan-profile founder and managing director of Travel Photographer Society. Hailing from Pakistan, Ahsan is currently settled in Malaysia since 2009. He is a photographer and also the founder of Travel Photographer Asia, which he started in 2014.

Along with these international festivals, Ahsan works as a commercial photographer and 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.


Che Ahmad Azhar


A lecturer at the Faculty of Creative Multimedia, Multimedia University, Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia, Che’ Ahmed taught in the field of Visual Communication and Photography for eighteen years. His work has been featured in the Invisible Photographer Asia (IPA) , LENS Blog & The New York Times.

He is currently working on a personal project entitled ‘Walk of Life’ – a visual documentation on the street life of Kuala lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.

Che’ Ahmad has been a juror for many international photography contest including Travel Photographer Asia 2016.


Jamshed Mahmood Raza


Jamshed Mahmood Raza popularly known as Jami, is a film director from Karachi Pakistan. He studied film at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in the United States. In 1998, he returned to his home, Karachi, and formed the production company Azadfilm. Jami’s directorial debut music video “Pal do Pal” in 2000 changed the landscape for music videos in Pakistan. Since then, he has done numerous award winning, critically acclaimed videos for pop bands and singers and many award winning Tv commercials. With his film, Moor, officially selected by Oscar committee of Pakistan, his vision is set for future of Pakistani cinema and beyond.