Jury – Balkan Photo Award 2016

Myles Little (Jury Chair)

myles_littleMyles Little (b. 1984, Ireland) is a photo editor based in New York City. The Huffington Post called him “a rising leader and visionary in the industry”. He studied photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design and has gone on to produce award-winning covers and features with many of the best photographers in the world. Outside of work, Myles has lectured on photography internationally and is curating a world-traveling photo exhibit and book about wealth inequality. Myles is a Senior Photo Editor at TIME.

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Ilvy Njiokiktjien

ilvy_njiokiktjienIlvy Njiokiktjien is an independent photographer and multimedia journalist based in the Netherlands. She has worked in many parts of the world, with a focus on Africa.

As a news and documentary photographer, she covers current affairs and contemporary social issues.

Her work has appeared in NRC Handelsblad, Der Spiegel, Telegraph Magazine, The New York Times, and l’Espresso, among others, and was exhibited at Visa pour l’Image in 2012. Accolades include a Canon AFJ Award, a World Press Photo Multimedia Award, and first prize in POYi’s Issue Reporting Multimedia Story.

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Srđan Živulović

srdjan_zivulovicMy father bought me my first camera as a Christmas present in 1970. At that time, I really liked motorbike racing, and I would take pictures of motorcycles wherever I saw them. It was later on, in secondary school when I was about 16, that I started to learn about photojournalism.

I started out by teaching myself how to photograph, and later I carried on learning through photography classes at secondary school. I was amazed by the work of Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado and he became a real inspiration. Much later, when I was about 30, I met him in Frankfurt. It was a wow moment.

I was working as a photographer for Delo, Slovenia’s biggest newspaper, when the country’s ten-day independence war broke out in 1991. As the story unfolded, I helped out some photographers from other news agencies by driving them through the barricades in my car, and among them was Reuters photographer Petar Kujundzic. After that, a professional dream came true for me: Petar suggested to the regional chief photographer that he should hire me, and ever since then, I’ve been working with Reuters. He was a part of Photography Staff of Reuters who have won The 2016 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Breaking News Photography.

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Petar Jurica

petar_juricaBefore becoming a wedding photographer, Petar worked as a photographer for 14 years in newspapers. He started as photojournalist in a small daily newspaper, photographing everything from 4th league football matches to reportage and portraits. Eventually  he was invited to join a leading regional magazine where he had the pleasure to travel around the world and photograph many celebrities such as Tina Turner, Steve Buscemi, Morgan Freeman and others.  Today he uses that broad experience in weddings. He was named one of the 30 Rising Stars of Wedding Photography 2015 by Rangefinder Magazine. Petar’s picture was selected by Junebug Weddings as one of the Best of The Best Destination photos in 2015. He lives in Zagreb, Croatia with his wife Ziva and their little boy Jan.

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Goran Lizdek

goran_lizdekGoran Lizdek was born in 1982, in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. He began his career as a freelance graphic designer, whilst studying graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, often collaborating with the advertising agency Fabrika in Sarajevo. In 2007 Goran becomes a member of the creative team in the advertising agency Communis, at the position of an Art Director which he fulfils until the year 2011. In this period, a series of prominent works were created, which local audience had a chance to see publicly displayed, including posters for the Jazz Fest Sarajevo, and other numerous posters for theatre events. In 2014, once again Goran joins the advertising agency Communis, this time in the role of an Associate Creative Director, a position which he fulfils until the year 2016. Since 2012 Goran is a regular member of the Association of Applied Artists and Designers of B&H (ULUPUBiH), and for his work he has been awarded numerous local and international awards and recognitions.

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Daniel Mihailescu

daniel_mihailescuI was born on 1970 and start photography in 1992, when I bought my first film camera, Smena, and some darkroom equipment. It was a passion, “a coup de foudre” as French people says. It begins with a slide which I view at my girlfriend (now, my wife) place. A slide of a red, white dotted mushroom. A beautiful, poisonous one. In a strange way this photo took me the place I am now. I was 21. I worked for several big (at that time) Romanian newspapers on the times when photography was decided not only on the field but also in laboratory, when I walk on streets with two rolls of films, 72 possible photos, no more.

I’m with AFP since 2003. During my experience, traveling for doing photos, meeting very different people help me better understand the humans. I still wonder what makes a picture, great. Sometimes is easy guess, sometimes is obvious, sometimes is a large emotion,but sometimes, to me, is a time consuming process. I need time to understand and time is a luxury product nowadays. Photography gives you plenty of time, as long as you watch it, enough time to understand, rational and emotional, the people to whom you look at. And that’s all about photography.

Srđan Ilić

Srdjan Ilic was born in Belgrade in 1966. From 1984, he worked for newspapers and magazines published by “Politika”, the largest printing house in the Balkans. In 1990 he joined the Associated Press’s Belgrade office, covering conflicts and news events in the Balkan countries and the Middle East. Wounded three times while covering armed conflicts. He held the position of AP regionla chief photographer between 1998 and 2010. In 2012, he was named CEO assistant for photography at Tanjug, the Serbian national news agency. Now, free lens photographer, working for Pixsell. Srdjan has received various national and international awards for his work, including two World Press Photo, two APME-Associated Press Managing Editors for photo journalism. Member of ULUPUDS (The Applied Artists and Designers Association of Serbia) founder and President of UFOS (Union of photoreporters of Serbia)

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Boryana Katsarova

boryana_katsarovaBoryana Katsarova, born in 1981, worked as a photographer for Agence France-Press /AFP/ in her native Bulgaria between 2007 and 2010. Since 2010 she is a freelance photographer specializing in documentary, editorial and portrait photography and is represented by the Paris based French Cosmos Photo Agency. During the years her work was published in major online and printed news publications around the world. Today she is a contributor to international publications such as the International New York Times, Le Monde, Aramco World Magazine, Foreign Policy, Der Spiegel, Welt am Sonntag, VQR, Causette, GEO France amongst others. She is based in the Balkan region.

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Majlinda Hoxha

majlinda_hohxaMajlinda Hoxha (born 1984 in Prishtina/Kosovo) lives in Prishtina/Kosovo.

She is currently the photo editor at Kosovo2.0 magazine.

She received a B.F.A. in photography at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design and her MFA from Elam School of Fine Art at Auckland University in 2008.

Her most recent exhibitions include The Whale That Was a Submarine at the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (2016), This is not a palm tree at Neurotitan Gallery, Berlin (2016), the XIV addition of the Gjon Mili photography exhibition National Gallery of Kosovo (2015), touring exhibition Aftermath: Changing Cultural Aftermath Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, Austria (2014) and City Gallery Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2014); The Mixing Room at Te Papa the New Zealand Museum, Auckland, New Zealand (permanent installation);Remont galerija, Belgrade, Serbia (2013); Galerija Klovićevi dvori, Zagreb, Croatia (2013) Duplex 100m, Sarajevo (2013); Artist of Tomorrow and Mulsim Mulliqi exhibition, Kosovo National Gallery, Prishtina, Kosovo (2012); Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina, Prishtina. Kosovo (2011); Laundromat Art Project Space, Tauranga, New Zealand (2010); The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand (2009).

In 2013 Hoxha was awarded the ISCP residency in New York, USA.

Ljiljana Karadžić

ljiljana_karadzicLjiljana Karadzic graduated Art history at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. She was art director at the Contemporary Art Centre of Montenegro 2011-2013. Currently she is senior curator in National museum of Monenegro. Since 2009 she is editor of the magazine for contemporary art “Artcentrala”. She was curator and coordinator of exhibitions where Montenegrin contemporary art was presented abroad (Sanct Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Brussels, Sofia, Ljubljana, Belgrade, Pristina, Sarajevo, Bari, Skoplje). She was a selector at the international 45th Winter salon “Interactions” (Herceg Novi, 2012), 35th November Salon (Cetinje, 2013) and international 49th Winter salon „Strangeness / Ammazingness“ (Herceg Novi, 2016). She is one of the curators regonal project “Recognition” (2007- 2016) and “Ex ordinary” (Belgrade, Sarajevo, Podgorica, 2013). She is author of numerous texts on Montenegrin contemporary art. She is member of the Fine Art board of Fine Arts Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Ana Frangovska

ana_frangovska_photo_by_igor_todorovskiCreative and dynamic art professional with fifteen years curatorial, educational and research experience in the contemporary visual arts. She works as curator at the Macedonian National Gallery for the past ten years. She has effective public relations and presentations skills, and ample experience in written communication, planning and conducting art marketing campaigns. Selected international curatorial projects: ‘In Search of a Common Ground 2’ (together with Bojana Janeva and Ars Acta), exhibition of ten contemporary Macedonian artists, Halle 50, Munich; ‘Essence of Existence’, exhibition of contemporary Macedonian art, Art Center Lauba, Zagreb, Croatia, 2015; ‘Utopia’, international conceptual exhibition, Multimedia center Mala Stanica, Skopje, Macedonia, 2015; ‘In Search of a Common Ground’ (together with Bojana Janeva and Ars Acta), exhibition of eleven contemporary Macedonian artists, Center for Contemporary Art, Baku, Azerbaijan; ‘Transfiguration’ – conceptual group exhibition of Macedonian contemporary art, Czech Center Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014; ‘Bread and salt’ – conceptual group exhibition of Macedonian contemporary art, Porcia Palace, Vienna, Austria, 2013; ‘Silentiopathologia’, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Pavilion of Republic of Macedonia at the 55th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2013; ‘Black and white or not’ group exhibition of Macedonian contemporary art, CAM Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Napoli, Italy, 2013; ‘Perception’, artists: Marko Manev, Mihaela Jovanovska, MC Gallery New York, USA, 2012; ‘Crucial in selection” Flemish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belgium, 2008; ‘Eastern neighbours’, Babylon Cultural Center, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2006; retrospective exhibition of Nove Frangovski in Taksim Sanat Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2006; ‘Art exchange’ 2004, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, Los Angeles, USA, 2004; 10 Macedonian artists at the Autumn Salon, Paris, France, 2002, etc. Since 2012, she is co- founder and member of the Institute for Arts and Culture “Ars Acta”.

Ferhat Uludaglar Zupčević

ferhat_uludaglarFerhat Zupčević is a Bosnian-Serbian-Turkish photographer and journalist currently based in Istanbul.He studied at Istanbul and worked as photographer assistance with Serdar Tanyeli Studio. Afterwards worked as staff photographer with Radikal, Sabah, Turkey’s largest national Newspapers. And He has been on assignments for Reuters, EPA, Time, Zuma Press, Stern, Bild, The New York Times, Le Monde, El Pais, Guardian, The Boston Globe and others.

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