International Photographic Art Awards, IPAA have collected an exceptional panel of judges, each an expert in their respective fields. It is a pleasure and an honour for the IPAA 2021 to present to you our panel of judges.
Artist born in Martinique, Élise Fitte-Duval lives and works in Senegal since many years. She is graduated from the Ecole d’Arts Plastiques of Martinique (DNAP) and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Arts Décoratifs of Paris in photography 1996. She was awarded best female African photographer of the year 2011 by Casa Africa at Bamako’s photography Biennale, with her serie «Vivre les pieds dans l’eau» about floods in Dakar. Elise Fitte-Duval was photo editor at Panapress Panafrican press agency until 2018. One of her first series « Portraits Nus » created in Paris, where she lived then, was exhibited by Revue Noire at the first Bamako’s photography Biennale in 1994, at Nantes’ Trois Continents festival in 1998 and was published in « The Black Female Body » by Deborah Willis. Wanting to tell stories, she became interested by the world of the African contemporary dancers, the daily urban struggles and by the citizen movements.
Vladimír Čech Jr
Vladimir is very proud of his long-term projects, which closely connect the world of photography with nature conservation. In the field, he uses both the “classic” technique and the so-called DSLR camera trap which is a home-made set consisting of a SLR(or mirrorless) camera, external lights and a motion sensor – Vladimir built a photo studio in the middle of the forest, literally.
His work has been repeatedly awarded in national and international photography competitions, including the International Photographer Of The Year, Wildlife Photo Contest, Asferico, Nature’s Best Photography Asia or the Siena International Photo Awards. Some pictures of his were part of the largest thematic exhibition of tiger photographs at the famous Royal Albert Hall in London, while the images of Indian rhinos adorn the prestigious charitable book publication Remembering Rhinos.
Zay Yar Lin
Zay Yar Lin was born in Taungdwingyi, Myanmar, a country where a lot of beautiful places exist. He has been into photography since 2014.
His passion is to document people, landscapes, culture and relation between them with a strong focus on daily life, portraits and culture; images that tell stories of people and sense of the places. He seeks the moment and light in capturing travel images and tries to use his photographic instinct to turn ordinary in to extraordinary. His objective is to witness the moment and record human stories.
He believes photography can capture powerful story telling images and inspire us to make a positive change in our world. As a lifetime member of Myanmar Photographic Society he has won two times Best Photographer of the Year in Myanmar. As well as numerous National and International Photography Awards including major awards from Nikon and Sony throughout the years. His photos have been published in National Geographic Magazine, Digital Camera Magazine and other international photography books and magazines. He also showcased works at many exhibitions across the world. Currently Zay is leading photo tours in Myanmar and abroad too.
Nathan Horton has been a professional photographer for over 30 years since graduating with a BA Hons in Film, Photography and Video Arts in 1989 in central London. He has sold work as an artist, worked as an advertising photographer for some of the worlds biggest brands (including Nokia, Lux, Sony Ericson) and also as an editorial photographer (for some of London’s premier magazine titles including Elle, The Times Travel section and Food and Travel magazine).
Living in Asia running tours: Nathan has travelled regularly and extensively in Asia since 1990 and lived in Cambodia for over 14 years. He now lives with his wife and children in Vietnam.
After many years of experience in this field, Nathan has managed to fine-tune many very successful workshops and itineraries that deliver in-depth photography tours throughout South East Asia. He currently works in 8 different countries; India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Indonesia. His tours are consistently highly praised in Trip Advisor and made special mention of in National Geographic Traveler and the Weekend Guardian for exploring local cultures in more profound and ethical ways than most. Many people are already ‘returnees’ and have booked 3rd, 4th, 5th, and even 6th trips with him – We guess they were happy with the teaching, experience, and personal portfolio of images.
Wison Tungthunya, an architect turned architectural photographer my graduation from the Faculty of Architecture, Chulalongkorn University, Wison began working for Skyline Studio shooting primarily for art4d magazine. After that he started to explore other fields – graphic design, product design, advertising, branding – parallel with photography along the way around Asia. Wison now runs his own architectural photography and brand communication design company, W Workspace.
Saiyna Bashir is a Pakistani photojournalist currently based in the capital, Islamabad. After studying journalism at the Columbia College, Chicago, Bashir worked as a staff photographer for Cap Times in the U.S for two years.
Most recently in 2020, she was awarded the National Geographic Emergency Fund for Journalists for an in-depth photo-essay that depicts the socio-economic impact of covid-19 on Pakistanis living in Urban Slum communities. The story covers the struggles to survive as well as innovative ways of continuing their livelihoods.
The over-arching theme of most of Saiyna’s long-term project publications involves human rights, healthcare, migration, climate change and gender.
Saiyna’s photos have been published alongside news stories in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Al-Jazeera, The Telegraph among others. Alongside these projects, she has also worked for international non-profit organizations such as Unicef, Sightsavers, Medicin du Monde and the WHO.
Gavin Gough is a freelance photojournalist who has travelled to more than 100 countries during a 20-year career. Gavin documents humanitarian stories, development projects, civil unrest and everyday chronicles of the human condition.
Gavin’s award-winning work has been published and exhibited around the world. He has produced many stories from Asia, India and the sub-continent, including the immediate aftermath of the 2015 Nepal earthquake, mass protests and military coups in South-East Asia, NGO development projects in China, India, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar and beyond. Gavin’s work has been praised as “bringing a compassionate eye and conjuring a hopeful narrative to stories which reveal the essence of the human spirit.”
Gavin founded the Bangkok Photo School in 2008 and the Seedlight Project in 2012, which brings creative opportunities to children in disadvantaged communities.
Gavin lives in Bangkok, Thailand and Vienna, Austria and continues to work on assignment for NGOs and international news organisations.
Rathika is arguably one of India’s foremost wildlife photographers. She is passionate about birds and specializes in bird photography. In documenting birds through her photographs, she has developed a style of technical excellence combined with a captivating story. She has travelled to most of the National parks in India, and national parks in Africa to document indigenous species and wildlife. Her work has been appreciated and featured in several national and international publications as well as exhibitions. She is a member of Nikon’s Professional Services(NPS). She is founder member of Wildlife Conservation of India(WCI).
She regularly conducts wildlife photography workshops and holds talks all over India. She has served on the jury panel of many national and international photography awards and contests, including the National Awards for photography instituted by the Govemment of India, years 2017 and 2018. Rathika was cited to be the best known woman photographer across the world on the intemet. Rathika has been mentioned in the 10th Standard Science text book this year 2019 edition of Tamil Nadu Government state syllabus. For her wildlife photography is not only for her a passion, but a powerful medium to connect and conserve nature. She is a founder member of Wildlife Conservation of India, and loves to shoot the Indian forest, as she believes India has one of the best Fauna Flora.
She clicks her pictures with the motto: Every time I press the shutter, it’s one step closer to Mother Nature.
Charit Pusiri is a Thai photographer best known for his highly staged cinematic photographs that often relate to everyday occurrences and social issues. Graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Master of Art in Digital Photography, Pusiri sees photography not as a tool to capture moments or to create “beautiful” images but more of a storytelling media, a medium to express his ideas, imagination, and beliefs.
Most of Pusiri’s photographs have a sense of storytelling, cinematic mood lightning, hidden meaningful little details, and also humour in some of them. Visually, Pusiri’s photographs are often described as stills from a film set with a painting-like aesthetics as they are mostly created from meticulously choreographed scenes, set design, and elaborate lighting.
Pusiri works were exhibited in many national and international galleries and art spaces and they also won multiple Gold Awards from international photography awards such as Px3, Graphis, One Eyeland, and Trierenberg Super Circuit.
Azim Khan Ronnie
Azim Khan Ronnie was born in Dhaka and brought up in Bogura, Bangladesh. He has an utter passion for photography and photography has been his passion. As a photographer, his essential aim is to capture the moments of life and give them significance by making them static in time. He loves to travel and be in different places, meet new people, and enjoy the experience that photography offers, which is to capture Earth’s beautiful and awe-inspiring moments. He also loves to experiment with his photography.
He has taken part in many International Photography contests and till now he has won more than 400 international photography awards, including Grand prize winner from American Photography Open 2020, HIPA Merit Medal Award 2018, Andrei Stenin Press Photo Contest Winner 2019, Won Grand prize winner and Travel category winner in Better Photography Magazine Photo of the Year Award 2020, Photographer of the year from Shatto Gallery International Photography Awards, USA, and many many more.
Website: Underwater Landscape
Website: Deep Blue Exploration
Born June 2nd 1983, Gabriel Barathieu spends his childhood alongside the Atlantic Ocean in the family house located in the Landes, steps away from the ocean. It,s in 1999, on the Reunion Island, that he discovers the wonderful underwater world. 10 years later he decides to make it home. Once back, he rediscovers the beauty of scuba diving getting his level 1 and 2 certifications along the way. Very quickly he feels the indescribable needs to share those hidden treasures hiding under the water through his lens.
He first invested in basic material: a small Canon compact camera with a housing. Still not very at ease with the photography part, he senses quickly that underwater photography his becoming a second passion. Perfect sequel to discovering the underwater world.
A year later, Gabriel invests in professional material: Several hundred dives and a few thousand pictures later he became a rebreather certified diver and discover bubble free diving in 2013. He then gets his Trimix Normoxique certification that allows him to dive up to 70m.
Sadly, he suspends his deep diving activities in 2015 after the death of a friend and instructor in an accident.
Following the tragic accident, Gabriel quit his job in the public work sector and totally focus on photography. He then participates in prestigious photography competition and gets recognition very quickly. He is also published in various specialized magazines like: Plongez. Tauchen. EZdive. Practical Photography. Science et Vie. GEO. National Geography. Forced to resume his former job afer 2 years. Gabriel decides to set camp on the island of Mayotte and its magnificent lagoon.
In 2017 he won the Underwater Photographer of the Year. This very coveted title by all the underwater photographer of the world motivates him like never to live his passion: Underwater photography.
More than ever he follows his dream to make a living through his passion and starts deep diving again. Since June 2017, Gabriel spends most of his dives in the Twilight zone more commonly known as the TWILIGHT ZONE. This is a very little diving area because of its difficulty of access. Not to mention the technical aspect of these dives, a few minutes to 120 meters deep cost several hours of decompression.
In 2019, he and his friend Olivier created the DEEP BLUE EXPLORATION association, whose main objective is the exploration and study of the deep reefs of Mayotte.
The photography artist, Leyla EMEKTAR was born in 1972 in Adana. After completing her primary, secondary and high education in this city, she gradu-ated from Çukurova University, Art Department of Faculty of Fine Arts. She started her career as Visual Arts Teacher and she is still pursuing her job. She taught part time at Kocaeli University Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Pho-tography.
The photographer who gives lectures as workshops to photography societies and groups, was rewarded the degree of AFIAP in 2012 and EFIAP by “Federation ınternationale de L’art Photographique (FIAP)”.
She was given the degree of GPUCR2 by Global Photographic Union in 2014.
In both national and international contests, her works won over 250 prizes.
In 2013, by the Digital Arts Museum in California, her artworks were given Stellar Art Awards.
In 2015, in the documentary portfolio competition organized by China HPA and Unesco –the official partner-, by achieving a great success she was invited to China.
Winning “The Alfred Fried Photography Award” which is held in Austria, she was in-vited to the Ceremony of Peace Photography and she became one of five photogra-phers who deserved to get Peace Photography Prize in 2016. Her artwork was perenially taken to the Parliament Museum in Austria.
In the International Photography Festival that is held in Siena, 2016, among 127 countries and 45000 photographs, she deserved to get the first prize, she was invited to Italy and brought Pangea Prize to her country.
In the years 2010, 2012, 2014, she got the Success Prize for three times in the Gov-ernment Photography Contest in the section of Creative Works.
Together with Professor Güler Ertan, she has compiled and published Turkish anthol-ogy of photography in a 374-page book since 1960.
Her personal interviews were published in the leading International Photography Magazines.
In 2017, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum international photograpy award (HIPA) received award in the category of digital manipulation.
In 2017, Xposure Sharjah İnternational phtography award received award in the cate-gory of photojournalism.
In 2018, Xposure Sharjah İnternational phtography award received award in the cate-gory of digital manipulation.
2018 yılında has won many awards including Şinasi Barutçu Cup, which is a prestige Cup of Turkey.
In 2018, she became one of the ten photographers invited to China, ranking in the documentary photography contest organized in China with the motto of the world’s 10 best photographers.
In 2018, she won the grand prize at the global photography competition in Japan and was invited to Japan.
He was invited to the DongGang International Photo Festival held in Seoul in 2019 and his photographs were exhibited in Seoul during the festival.
She took part in many national and international photography festivals with her per-sonal and group exhibitions.
She takes part as a member of jury in many national and international photography competitions.
She keeps working on Creative Photography.
She is married and has two children.
Allison Joyce is an American photojournalist with over a decade of experience working in the United States and internationally. She covers news and human rights stories throughout the region with a special focus on gender issues.
In 2019 she was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass, and her work has been honored with multiple awards, including from POYI (Pictures of the Year International), South Asian Journalists Association, and the NYPPA (New York Press Photographers Association).
Karim Iliya is an underwater photographer, drone pilot, and filmmaker based in Maui, Hawaii. He grew up in the Middle East and Asia and developed a curiosity for the natural world which has taken him into the midst of battling whales, exploding volcanoes, ice worlds of the Arctic, and many of the fascinating places that humans and animals make their home.
Karim aims to use photography and video to show a unique perspective and uncover new worlds underwater that few have the opportunity to see, and to tell stories about people, places, and animals in order to better our world. His passion is in documenting whales, big cats, and other threatened animals in an effort to protect our delicate ecosystems on Earth.
Karim has been published in National Geographic Magazine for his humpback whale photography.
Donell Gumiran is known for his evocative portraits, social documentary and travel photography. His strongest photographic skill is in capturing the emotions of people in everyday life situations.
His passion for preserving memories of human life has led him to win various international photography competitions. He connects us to the deep humanity of his characters. Donell Gumiran is also a contributing photographer for Asian Geographic Magazine. His work has also been published in both local and international publications.