Documentary photographer
Publisher and co-founder of
FotoEvidence Press

Svetlana Bachevanova is a long time photojournalist and the publisher of FotoEvidence, a publishing house and activist organization that supports documentary photography focused on human rights and social justice.

Svetlana became a photojournalist during the transition from dictatorship to democracy in her native Bulgaria. Passionate about social justice she joined the first democratic newspaper “Democracy,” documenting the end of a long lasting Communist regime. For seven years she served as the chief photographer for the newspaper. In 1997 Svetlana moved on to become the first woman chief photographer for the Bulgarian News Agency.

Few years after moving to New York , in 2010, she and her partner David Stuart founded FotoEvidence in the tradition of using photography to draw attention to injustice, oppression and assaults on human dignity wherever they may occur. FotoEvidence is now internationally recognized as a premier publisher of documentary photography and an active partner with human rights organizations.

For nine years, the FotoEvidence Book Award recognized one photographer whose work demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of social justice and, in 2017, FotoEvidence partnered with World Press Photo. The book award was renamed the FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo. The selected project is published by FotoEvidence as part of a series of photo books dedicated to the work of photographers, whose commitment and courage deliver truths, creating awareness and intolerance towards violations of human dignity.

In three cases FotoEvidence has witnessed the photography we helped promote and published as books to directly influence governments and begin a process of social change.

In 2018 The W Award was established and a publication of a book is granted to engaged women photographers who want to tell their personal story in a form of a photo book.

Several FotoEvidence books have found their way on to best-photo-books-of-the-year lists at TIME, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Mother Jones, Vogue and Photo-eye.

Link: http://fotoevidence.com/

The Aftermath Project

Sara Terry is an award-winning documentary photographer and filmmaker, and a member of VII photo agency, best known for her work as a post-conflict storyteller. She won a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship for her long-term project, “Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa.” She is also the founder and director of The Aftermath Project, which supports photographers working on post-conflict stories and which is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a book published by Dewi Lewis.


Eileen Mignoni
Multimedia journalist
Communications Director, Alexia Foundation

Eileen Mignoni is the Communications Director and on the Photojournalism Advisory Council for The Alexia Foundation, a nearly 30-year-old non-profit organization that provides substantial production grants for professional and student photojournalists to produce stories that foster understanding and expose social injustice. She is also a multimedia journalist who has produced work for National Geographic, The New York Times, La Tercera, Yale Climate Connections and others. Her reporting has been honored by a number of leading organizations including World Press Photo, POYi, the National Press Photographer’s Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.

Andreas Trampe
senior photo editor at Stern Magazine Germany

After he graduated from high school Andreas Trampe (56) first started off as photo trainee and then was working for seven years as a freelance photojournalist for daily newspapers and several magazines (amongst others Bunte and Bild am Sonntag). From 1991 to 1996 he was head of the picture desk at Bild am Sonntag. In 1996 he started working at stern Magazine. He was first assigned deputy of the picture desk, from 2000 to 2019 he was the Director of Photography of stern. Since February 2019 he works as a senior picture editor for the magazine.


Documentary photographer and
Coordinator of Festival of Ethical Photography, Italy

Alberto Prina only started to work as a professional photographer recently, even if he
considers himself a photographer since ever.

Passionate about philosophy and with photography always on his mind, he graduated in physics. Yet, he could not postpone his longing anymore, so he founded the photo association Gruppo Fotografico Progetto Immagine in 1989 and has co-ordinated its annual Festival of Ethical Photography since he created it in 2009.

He collaborates with festivals, galleries, associations and schools in order to spread the
culture of photography. He organizes courses and workshops and he’s the artistic director of
an exhibit space close to Milan. He currently works as a reportage photographer and
photojournalist, developing projects in the field of photographic communication, multimedia
and collaborative photography.


Rachael Strecher
Director of Storytelling Grants and Fellows at the National Geographic Society

Rachael Strecher is Director of Storytelling Grants and Fellows at the National Geographic Society, where she leads grant making to support photographers, writers, film makers, data visualization experts, cartographers and other storytellers. Prior to her time at National Geographic, she launched and ran the Aspen Institute's New Voices Fellowship, a program designed to bring expert voices from the developing world into the global development discussion. Rachael began her career as a photojournalist in the Middle East, where she covered stories for the Associated Press and other outlets. She has a particular interest in innovative media and expanding the roster of who tells the world's stories.

Heidi levine
Middle East Chief photographer
SIpa Press

Heidi Levine is an American freelance photojournalist based in Jerusalem. She has worked as a professional photojournalist since 1983, starting as a staffer with the Associated Press in Israel and then with the French photo agency, Sipa Press, in 1993. Over the course of her photojournalism career, Levine has covered the most critical moments in the Middle East including the revolutions in Egypt and Libya, the crisis in Syria, the Israel Lebanon war, and the numerous conflicts in the Gaza Strip.
In 2015, Heidi was the honored as the inaugural winner of the AnjaNiederhaus Photojournalism Award for her coverage of the Gaza War, and the Bayeux-Calvados award for war correspondents by the International Women's Media Foundation. Heidi has brought frontline action and behind-the-scenes human stories to the world's consciousness publishing her images in every major news outlet including Time Magazine, Stern, Focus, Paris Match, L’Express, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Amnesty International, The Washington Post, Forbes Magazine, among others. Heidi has also been awarded a Unicef Picture of the Year, Days Japan International Photojournalism prize, the NPPA best in photojournalism, and nominated for an Emmy in New Approaches to News and Documentary.


Grace Aneiza Ali
Assistant Professor, Art & Public Policy, New York University
Founder/Editorial Director, OF NOTE Magazine

Grace Aneiza Ali is a Curator, Assistant Professor and Provost Faculty Fellow in the Department of Art & Public Policy at Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in New York. Ali’s curatorial research practice centers on socially engaged art practices, global contemporary art, and art of the Caribbean Diaspora, with a focus on her homeland Guyana. She is founder/curator of GuyanaModern.com featuring the contemporary arts and culture of Guyana and founder/editorial director of OF NOTE Magazine — an award-winning nonprofit publication on art and activism. She is a NYU Provost Faculty Fellow, Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellow, and Fulbright Scholar. She was named a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper’ and is a board member of Images and Voices of Hope, which uses journalism to create meaningful, positive change.


Maria Teresa Salvati
Founder and Editor-in-chief at Slideluck Editorial
Personal Branding Consultant and Teacher

Founder and editor-in-chief at Slideluck Editorial: an online platform for contemporary photography and multimedia. The platform launches biennial open calls and global tours on themes dealing with important social and cultural issues.
Maria Teresa Salvati is a personal branding consultant and teacher. She helps emerging and established photographers and visual artists to find their “spot of beauty” and vision, explore, define and communicate their identity via the most appropriate communication channels (i.e. social media).

The objective is to facilitate the identification and definition of the student’s inner voice and personal motivation that will inform their own uniqueness on which the identity is built.

Based in Bari (Puglia), she teaches in at F.Project School of Photography and Cinematography Bari; at IED Roma and Officine Fotografiche; she’s also guest lecturer at the London College of Communication (LCC) and UWE Bristol; and works as one-to-one consultant with photographers around the world.

Contributing writer at GUP Magazine.

Award Winning Documentary Photographer
Founding member of MAPS Images

Massimo Berruti (Italy 1979) is a visual story teller based in Rome. He approached photography for the very first time in 2003 while he was still at the University. A freelance photographer since 2004, he started to work in Eastern Europe and mostly Italy where he focused on marginalization. During his professional career he began working with the most important Italian and International magazines such as l'Espresso, Internazionale, Le Monde Magazine, TIME, NewsWeek, the Wall Street Journal and The Independent among others. Since 2008 he has travelled in central Asia, and began approaching the subject of social change. For about five years he covered several of the main headlines-grabbing events in Pakistan. This extensive coverage became his first Long Term Project lately titled "The Dusty Path", exploring the ordinary life of the pakistani people entrapped between the Terrorist threat and all the international interests around it. "It is very rare that one experiences so directly, before a photographic work, the feeling of what inspired it and of what from day to day was its purpose. It is especially so as this feeling is completely contrary to what we think – or believe – we know of war photography" Christian Caujolle in "Lashkars" Ed ActesSud 2011 Berruti won several Prices and Grants during his career like the Joop Swart Masterclass, 2 World Press Photo prices and 3 POYi awards, a Visa d'Or, The CarmignacGestion Grant for Fotojournalism, the W. Eugene Smith Fellowship, EPEA, MAGNUM Foundation EF among many others
His work have been widely exhibited in Europe and USA and it's permanent part of The CarmignacFundation, the MAXXI Museum collection and the FOTOEVIDENCE Gallery in New York.

Artistic Director of Photolux Festival

Enrico Stefanel li is a photographer, journalist, curator and teaches photography in
workshops. He is the founder and artistic director of Photolux Festival the biennial of
photography in Lucca. He has curated several exhibitions and the exhibition “Cadets” of
Paolo Verzone for “Les Rencontres de la Photographie” in Arles.

He has been appointed as an expert for portfolio reviews for Les Rencontresd'Arles, Santa Fe
Photo Festival, Kaunas Festival, Eyes in Progress, Fotofestiwal, 16e China International
Photographic Art Festival, FotografiaEuopea, Backlight Photo Festival, FotoFest – Houston,
Auckland Festival of Photography, Festival de la Luz – Buenos Aires, Center – Santa Fe, FestFoto
– Porto Alegre - Brazil.

He has been appointed as member of the Jury for Kaunas Festival, Lens Culture, The Manuel
Rivera-Ortiz Foundation Grant, Lugano Photo Days, FOTODOC Center for Documentary
Photography at Sakharov center, Photolucida – Critical Mass and Gomma Grant, ArteLaguna
Prize – Venezia, HeadOn Festival – Sydney, Leica Oskar Barnack Award – Germany, Kuala
Lumpur International Photoaward - Malaysia.

He was member of the Nominating committee of Joop Swart Masterclass at the World Press Photo
Foundation until 2018.Is member of the Nominating committee for the “6 x 6” at World Press Photo Foundation.

Luca Venturi
Art Director

Luca Venturi, based in Siena (Italy), has been awarded and recognized in some of the major international photography awards including “Sony World Photography Awards“ (United Kingdom), “Travel Photographer of the Year” (United Kingdom, “International Photo Awards” (USA), "Terry O'Neill Awards” (United Kingdom), “ND Awards” - Neutral Density Photography (United Kingdom), “Trierenberg” (Austria), “Urban Photographer of the Year” (United Kingdom), “Oasis” (Italy), “MIFA” (Russia) and others more.

The passion for new and continuous travel experiences led him to a constant search for different destinations and fascinating adventures; adventures experienced visiting dozens of countries around the world: Polynesia, Namibia, Bolivia, Norway, Botswana, Tanzania, Morocco, South Africa, The United States, Burkina Faso, Iceland and many others.

His works have been showcased in several international exhibitions in the USA, China, United Kingdom, South Corea, Poland, Italy and Hungary and featured in some of the most important blog and magazines including National Geographic Magazine, The Guardian, Street Photography, Focus Wild, EOS Magazine, Apogee, Tutto Digitale and Foto Cult.

He is the Founder and Art Director of the Siena International Photo Awards.


Photo Editor at P3
Multimedia Journalist

Ana Maia is a multimedia specialist from Porto, Portugal. She is the photo editor of P3 since 2015, where she publishes, mostly, documentary photography. She graduated in Audiovisual Arts in 2007 and works as writer, photographer and videographer for Público, a portuguese national newspaper. She has also worked at the International Photography Festival Encontros da Imagem, in Braga, in 2014. Looking for new talent and great new stories is what drives her in this field.

Writer and Scholar
Publisher of Photojournalism Now

Alison Stieven-Taylor is an international photography commentator, journalist and educator. Her writing has appeared in publications including the Australian and Australian Financial Review, World Press Photo Witness, the French journal The Eye of Photography and Pro Photo magazine. She is also the publisher of the internationally read weekly blog Photojournalism Now. Alison is currently writing her PhD on photography as social change, and is a lecturer in journalism at Monash University (Australia). Additionally, Alison has been a judge in the FotoEvidence Book Award New York (2016), Head On Photo Festival (2015) and the Australia & New Zealand PhotoBook Awards (2015). She has also been on the selection panel for the Indian Photography Festival open call (2017). For the past four years she has been a guest speaker in the Head On seminar program (2016-2019). In 2016 she was invited to speak on the future of photojournalism at the Auckland Festival of Photography, New Zealand. In 2018 she was guest speaker at the International Women’s Day event in Melbourne hosted by FujiFilm. Alison has also been a portfolio reviewer for the Ballarat International Foto Biennale (2015). In 2019 the exhibition The Female Eye, curated by Alison will make its debut at the Pingyao International Photo Festival, China. In 2019 (and 2014) Alison was the guest curator of a 30-artist collection for Your Daily Photograph (sponsored by the Duncan Miller Gallery, Los Angeles).

Link: https://photojournalismnow43738385.wordpress.com

Rossiya Segodnya and Sputnik
The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest

Born in Nevinnomyssk, Valery Melnikov studied journalism in Stavropol, Russia. His photographic career began when he started to work for The North Caucasus newspaper. For ten years he was a staff photographer for Kommersant publishing house and since 2009 for international news agency Rossiya Segodnya.

He has dedicated himself to documenting the political and social life of societies in conflict. Valery’s professional biography includes coverage of Chechen war, conflict between Georgia and South Ossetia, Lebanese war in 2006, uprising of Mali Republic, Syrian civil war. In 2014, Valery began documenting war in Eastern Ukraine. This work continues in his current ongoing project, Black days of Ukraine, about ordinary civil people who became the participants of the military confrontation against their will.

Valery has received many awards for his work, including World Press Photo, Magnum Photography Awards, Pictures of the Year International, Sony World Photography awards, LensCulture Visual Storytelling Awards. His work has been exhibited in France, Austria, Italy, USA, Germany, UK, Russia and other countries.

Valery currently lives in Moscow.

Link: https://stenincontest.com/

Michael Itkoff
Cofounder, Daylight Books

Michael Itkoff, artist and Cofounder of Fabl and Daylight Books, has been deeply involved in the publishing industry in both print and digital media for over 15 years. Michael has written for the NYTimes Lens blog, Art Asia Pacific, Nueva Luz, Conscientious and the Forward. Michael's monograph, ‘Street Portraits’, was published by Charta Editions in 2009.


Laura BeltránVillamizar
Editor and Educator

Laura BeltránVillamizar is a photography editor and educator born in Bogotá, Colombia.

She is Creative Director and Projects Picture Editor for NPR, working with the organization’s growing efforts to shape their enterprise visual journalism and creative storytelling. She is also the founder of Native Agency – a non-profit, platform dedicated to the promotion and development of female and visual journalists from under-represented regions and communities. Laura currently leads workshops on intersectionality, racial imagery and non-western storytelling. She has also written extensively on localised, non-western visual journalism and photography for Nieman Reports at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University.

Before founding Native, she worked at the World Press Photo Foundation, where she led educational programs in Latin America and co-produced the yearly Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam.

Prior to joining World Press Photo, she was Associate Photo Editor for Revolve Magazine where she oversaw long-term features, international commissions for print and online, and curated the magazine’s emphasis on visual storytelling.

Laura has served on the jury for New Orleans Photo Alliance -- The Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography, the Catchlight Fellowship 2018, the FENCE at Photoville in 2018. She won first prize for NPPA’s quarterly picture editing prize in Q3 of and second place in Q2 of 2018.

She was also selected for Alexia’s Foundation Seminar: “Latin America: Stories That Drive Change” (Miami, 2017). Laura currently lives and works in Washington, D.C.