Jury – Balkan Photo Award 2017

Bénédicte Kurzen (Jury Chair)

Bénédicte Kurzen (Jury Chair)Bénédicte Kurzen (France, 1980) photographic career began when she moved to Israel in 2003, covering hard news as a freelancer in the Gaza Strip, Iraq and Lebanon. For the past ten years, Bénédicte has been covering conflicts and socio-economical changes in Africa. Her body of work “Amaqabane”, on the life of former anti-apartheid combatants was produced for prestigious World Press Joop Swart Masterclass 2008.

In 2011, she received a grant from the Pulitzer Center, which allowed her to produce a body of work on Nigeria, “A Nation Lost to Gods”. Her work has been screened and exhibited at Visa pour l’Image and was nominated for the Visa d’Or in 2012. After becoming a NOOR full member in 2012, she decided to move to Lagos, from where she could pursue her coverage of Africa, with a focus on Nigeria. Alongside, she became an adjunct lecturer at the American University of Nigeria in journalism.

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Jim Casper (editor-in-chief at Lensculture)

Máximo Panés (editor-in-chief at Dodho Magazine)

Maral Deghati (Manager Education at the World Press Photo Foundation)

Maral Deghati (Manager Education at the World Press Photo Foundation)A photo-editor by trade, Maral Deghati has 15+ years of practical working experience in photojournalistic reporting, management and curating. With good field experience Deghati has worked in all aspects of the industry from reportage to sales, editorial and commercial. Producing photography and multimedia narratives in collaboration with photojournalists worldwide on issues concerning developing and conflict stricken contexts across Asia, Africa and Europe. Currently Manager Education at the World Press Photo Foundation.

Ana Frangovska (curator at National Gallery of Macedonia)

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”.

Damir Senčar (Picture Editor/Photographer at HINA, Croatian News Agency)

Marko Marinković (freelance photographer)

Marko Marinković (freelance photographer)Marko Marinkovic started his photography career covering fashion but quickly turned to documentary approach. Pursuing a corporative career in the past left him with a set of marketing and communication skills that he used as an advantage in growing his photography business to this date. Mainly covering travel and weddings today, his photography focuses mainly on aesthetics and honesty. His travel and wedding work was featured in international exhibitions and featured in various magazines.

His wedding work got him named as one of the rising stars of wedding photography in 2016 by Rangefinder magazine. His documentary work was recognised by Nikon who made him ambassador for the brand.


Imre Szabo (photojournalist)

Imre Szabo (photojournalist)Year and place of birth. Mokrin, in 1956. Completed high school at Kikinda. Studied German Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philology of the Belgrade University. Published photos since 1974. articipated at over 200 exhibitions within the country and abroad, with numerous awards. Independent exhibitions: Kikinda (1974, 1988 and 2011), Mokrin (1977 and 1982), Skopje (1983) and Belgrade 1987,2011), Banatski Brestovac 2010, Paraćin 2012, Istanbul (2015).

Professional photographer since 1980 as newspaper photographer, initially at the editorial office of “Ilustrovana Politika” (until 1989), after that briefly at the daily newspaper “Politika”, after that at the editorial office of “Intervju” (until autumn 1991) and “Nin” until 1995, when he has decided to independently work with applied photography. In the eantime, he has worked as photography editor at the daily newspaper Danas, after that at the weekly magazine Blic News, Novi magazin, Status monthly magazine and for the news agency Fonet. His photos were published in numerous significant international journals (Stern, Focus, Spiegel, Mond, Lexpress, Time, Newsweek, Herald Tribune, Le Nouvell Observateur…) and in most Yugoslav newspapers, also in numerous monographs, catalogues and publications.

He has been a member of ULUPUDS (Assotiation the Serbian Applied Artists) since 1985. He is currently a freelance in Belgrade, Serbia.

Burim Myftiu (photographer)

Senad Šahmanović (movie director)

Aleksandra Nina Knežević (designer)

Aleksandra Nina Knežević (designer)Aleksandra Nina Knezevic (Sarajevo 1973). Graduated from the Academy of Arts (Cetinje, Montenegro), graphic design department. Her work is fresh and contemporary, and easily communicates an international visual language through playful typography and graphics. Her projects have been awarded worldwide and published in magazines specialized for design and art (Communication Arts, Luerzer’s Archive, Print, Typo, Fontmagazine…).

In 2010, Aleksandra Nina Knezevic is listed among the 200 world’s best illustrators (Luerzer’s Archive: 200 Best Illustrators Worldwide 09-10). From 2006-2010, she was the President of the Bosnian Association of Applied Artist and Designers (ULUPUBiH). She work as a freelance designer and as a designer and illustrator of books for many publishing houses in Bosnia and Herzegovina and abroad.

For project Sarajevo Dingbats awarded the Grand Prix prize Colegium Aristicum 2014 by all three professional Associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ahmed Burić (journalist and writer)

Miro Majcen (photographer)