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2013 Sony World Photography Awards judges announced

Press release   •   Sep 12, 2012 10:00 CEST

The World Photography Organisation is proud to announce the judging panels for the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards.

The Honorary Jury will judge the Professional competition for all serious photographers submitting a body of work. Made up of prestigious photography professionals from the World Photographic Academy, the Honorary Jury each year includes some of the world’s leading industry members, such as photo editors, photographers, agency directors, critics, curators and publishers. Each expert judge is selected to uncover outstanding new work to award from amongst the 15 Professional categories and ultimately grant one photographer the L’Iris d’Or, the Sony World Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year, and $25,000 (USD).

Catherine Chermayeff will chair the judges and comments: "I am honoured to be chairing this year's Sony World Photography Awards. We are living in such a transitional and dramatically evolving moment in visual culture. The opportunity to recognize new and emerging talent in photography is more important than ever. I look forward to working with my fellow jurors to recognize and better understand photography in this unique landscape.”

Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the World Photography Organisation, adds: “Selecting the honorary jury each year is a central task to our organisation and one that must be carefully approached. The jury must be well balanced to represent a wide range of expertise within technical, aesthetic, subject and cultural trends. These members face the challenge to choose excellent work amongst thousands of submitted images, and must do so fairly and collectively. It is a difficult but very rewarding process.”

The 2013 Honorary Jury includes:

Architecture / Conceptual / Portraiture / Still Life

  • Juana de Aizpuru - Gallery Director, Galeria Juana de Aizpuru (Spain)
  • Olga Sviblova - Director, Moscow House of Photography Museum (Russia)

Lifestyle / Fashion & Beauty / Campaign / Sport

  • Catherine Chermayeff (Chair) - Director, i2i photo agency (USA)
  • Tim Paton - Managing Director, Balcony Jump (UK)

Current Affairs / Contemporary Issues / People / Arts & Culture

  • Fiona Shields - Picture Editor, The Guardian (UK)
  • Francesca Sears - Director, Panos Profile at Panos Pictures (UK)
  • Chien-Chi Chang - Magnum Photographer (Taiwan)

Travel / Landscape / Nature & Wildlife

  • Caroline Metcalfe - Director of Photography, Conde Nast Traveller (UK)
  • Monica Suder - Photographic Consultant and Coach (Germany)
  • Macduff Everton - Photographer (USA)

The Student Focus judging panel has also been selected from the World Photographic Academy. Led by photographic consultant W.M Hunt (US), the panel is completed with British photographers Leonie Hampton and Jonathan Worth. Student Focus is the world's largest student photography programme and competition. The judges will select ten finalists who will be flown to London in April 2013 to compete for the Student Focus winner title. The prize for the winning university consists of €45,000 worth of Sony photography equipment and out of this amazing prize collection each of the 10 finalist students will be given a professional camera.

The Open Competition, for amateurs and enthusiasts, will be firstly judged by WPO's pre-selection committee. A shortlist and winners will then be decided by a special judging panel including the Chair of the Honorary Jury and representatives from Sony and the WPO.

The Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s leading photography programme. A record number of over 112,000 images from 171 countries were entered into the 2012 competition.

Further details about the World Photography Organisation and the Sony World Photography Awards can be found at

For press enquiries, interviews and images please contact:
Jill Cotton at World Photography Organisation
+44 (0) 20 7886 3146/ + 44 (0)7557 261 537 /