Judges

© David von Becker

Stephan Erfurt
Chair of the Board of Directors of the C/O Berlin Foundation

Stephan Erfurt is one of the three founding directors of the C/O Berlin, a charitable foundation that presents a cultural program with an international standing. Each year, the established venue shows group exhibitions of internationally distinguished photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Martin Parr, Nan Goldin, Anton Corbijn, Peter Lindbergh or Irving Penn.

In his early career as a photographer, Stephan began in New York City as the students Hans Namuth and Evelyn Hofer. He has since worked on projects and commissions for publications such as, Die Zeit, GEO, mare, Suhrkamp publishing house, The New York Times, Le Monde, and has collections in the Polaroid International Collection (Massachusetts), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), Museum of Modern Art (New York City), and the Art Collection of the German Bundestag (Berlin).

Fariba Farshad
Founding Director, Photo London

Fariba Farshad is co-Founder with Michael Benson of Candlestar, a company that specialises in the creation and development of major new international cultural initiatives including the Conde Nast College, Gulf Art Fair (now Art Dubai) and the Prix Pictet. In 2015 Candlestar inaugurated the first edition of Photo London and in four years established itself as a key event in the international art world calendar.

 In 1997 she spearheaded the development of the IT Research and Development Unit. As a curator and pioneer of creative education, she has been responsible for developing ground-breaking projects, which established the Unit as of centre of excellence for the innovative use of digital media. This brought her many awards, including a Bafta nomination.

She is renowned as a champion of the work of contemporary Iranian artists. Her ground-breaking exhibition Burnt Generation showcased life in Iran through the lens of eight major photographers, opened at Somerset House in 2014 and is still touring globally.

Gwen Lee
Co-founder of Singapore International Photography Festival and DECK

Gwen Lee co-founded the Singapore International Photography Festival in 2008 . In 2014 Lee co-founded DECK, an independent container art space in Singapore.

After 6 years of experience in the museum industry, Gwen Lee and her partners founded 2902 Gallery in 2008, a space in Singapore dedicated to photography. Under her directorship, 2902 Gallery is instrumental in showcasing contemporary Southeast Asian photography in Singapore and international art fairs. In 2010, she was nominated and awarded with the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Culture award for her contribution to the art scene in Singapore. Lee has also contributed her time as an arts assessor and grant reviewer with National Arts Council. She has curated various photography showcases in Asia, and has been invited as a jury member in Europe & Asia. In the past 2 years, she has been participating actively as a portfolio reviewer in UK, China, Korea, Japan and Singapore. In 2013, Lee attended a curatorial study trip in Germany organised by the Goethe Institut (Singapore) and organised a Singapore showcase at Lianzhou Photo Festival in China. Most recently she has curated a special photobook exhibition with Steidl publishing at DECK. On a regular basis, she gave talks on professional development for photographers, participated as a jury and portfolio reviewer in Asia and Europe.

Julia de Bierre
Gallery Director, Galerie Huit Arles

Author, curator and heritage-conservationist Julia de Bierre was born in Malaysia and was educated at Uplands School on Penang Hill and at Bristol University in the United Kingdom. For many years she has lived and worked in 2 UNESCO World Heritage sites – the ancient Provençal town of Arles in France and multi-ethnic George Town on the island of Penang, Malaysia. This privilege has made her doubly aware of how important it is to preserve not just our urban and natural environments, but also a slower, more reflective way of life.

Stefen Chow
Photographer, Filmmaker

“Stefen Chow (1980) is grateful to be a witness through his camera as a photographer and filmmaker. His work has garnered awards from the World Press Photo, Tokyo Type Director’s Club, D&AD Awards, National Geographic, Photographie de la Paris and more. He has also summitted Mount Everest at the age of 25.

Stefen is part of artist duo Chow and Lin. The crux of Chow and Lin’s practice lies in their methodology of statistical, mathematical and computational techniques to address global issues. Their work has been exhibited internationally in museums and biennales across 3 continents, including St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, Beijing’s CAFA Museum and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography.”

Simon Bainbridge
Editorial Director, British Journal of Photography

Simon Bainbridge has worked in arts journalism for 25 years. He has served as editor of British Journal of Photography since 2003, transforming the magazine from a weekly trade journal into an award-winning monthly, which showcases the best of contemporary photography. Bainbridge acts as a judge and nominator for numerous photography awards and festivals. He has curated two exhibitions around the medium and is currently undertaking picture research for an upcoming book exploring portraits of artists.