Entries to the Syngenta Photography Award were judged by an international panel comprising:



  Chair: William A. Ewing (Canada)
  Curator, author, museum director


  William A. Ewing is a curator, author, and museum

  director. For many years he was also a professor at the

  University of Geneva/Switzerland, where he taught the

  history of photography.
He was Director of Exhibitions at the International Center of photography in New York from 1977 to 1984, and Director of the Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne/Switzerland, from 1996 through to 2010. His many publications include monographs on Ray Metzker, Leonard Freed, Erwin Blumenfeld, Edward Steichen, and Ernst Haas; and thematic publications on the human body, the portrait, colour photography, and photography and dance, among other subjects.
His exhibitions have been shown in leading museums and galleries throughout the world  including MoMA and ICP, New York; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Jeu de Paume and the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Serpentine Gallery, the Hayward Gallery,and the Barbican Art Gallery, London; the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Musee de l'Elysee, Lausanne; the Kunsthaus, Zurich.


William A. Ewing has written many articles on the subject of photography. Recent publications include  “William Hunt: Site Unseen” for Thames & Hudson; Out of Focus for the Saatchi Gallery; and Color Correction for Steidl. His most recent major monograph is Arnold Newman: Masterclass, published by Thames & Hudson. His latest exhibitions are Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour, Somerset House, London; and Arnold Newman: Masterclass at the Fotomuseum/Gemeentemuseum, The Hague.
He is currently a curator with the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography; Director of Curatorial Projects for Thames & Hudson; and Director of The Todi Circle, a brainstorming center in Umbria, Italy. In 2010 he was named an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters.




Irina Chmyreva (Russia)
Curator and researcher of photography


Irina Chmyreva is currently senior researcher of photography at the State Research Institute of Art History of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts. Previously, she worked as head researcher at the Photography and Multimedia Department at the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA).


In 2012, she was one of three Russian curators of the Contemporary Russian Photography program at Biennial FotoFest in Houston, USA. She was also co-curator of Russian Pictorial Photography 1890-1990 for FotoFest 2002, and for a number of Russian exhibitions for other editions of photography festivals around the world.


Irina Chmyreva was guest editor of the Russian issue (#11) of OjoDePez magazine, and co-founder and art director of the 1st edition of PANDUS contemporary art festival in Moscow (2007). She has served as art director for PHOTOVISA International Festival of Photography in Krasnodar, Russia, since 2008.


Stephen Dunbar-Johnson (UK)


Stephen Dunbar-Johnson is the publisher of the International Herald Tribune, and has held this position since 2008. He is responsible for both the journalistic and business operations of the newspaper across the globe. Previously he served as executive vice president of the IHT since September 2006. He had served as senior vice president and commercial director for the IHT since September 2000. Before that he was advertising director, a position he held since joining the IHT in 1998.


Prior to joining the IHT, Stephen Dunbar-Johnson was the UK Advertisement Director of the Financial Times. During his twelve years at the Financial Times, he held various positions in the paper’s advertising department, including advertising manager in France and vice president of advertising in the Americas, based in New York.





Milton Guran (Brazil)

Curator and photographer


Milton Guran is a curator, photographer and anthropologist. He is also currently the director and general coordinator of FotoRio, the International Photography Meeting in Rio de Janeiro. He is the author of Encounter in Bahia (1979), Brazilians of Benin (2000) and Language and Photographic Information (2002).
Milton Guran is also one of the founders of AGIL Photojournalism (1980). He is the recipient of VITAE (1990), the X Prize Marc Ferrez of FUNARTE (1998), the Pierre Verger Award of the Brazilian Association of Anthropology (2002), Ori Award (2007) and the Award Orilaxé Grupo Cultural Afro Reggae (2009). He is an associate researcher at LABHOI – Laboratory of Oral History and Image of the Universidade Federal Fluminense.


He is also a member of the International Scientific Committee of the Slave Route Project of UNESCO and member of the executive board of RPCFB – Producers Network Cultural Photography in Brazil.



Malu Halasa (Jordan/Philippines)
Writer and editor


Malu Halasa is a renowned editor and journalist covering the culture and politics of the Middle East. She has co-edited Creating Spaces of Freedom: Culture in Defiance (2002), Kaveh Golestan: Recording the Truth in Iran (2007), and The Secret Life of Syrian Lingerie: Intimacy (2008).


She is also an editor of Transit, a book series showcasing new writing and images from the Middle East, with Transit Beirut (2004) and Transit Tehran: Young Iran and Its Inspirations (2008); and co-curator of Culture in Defiance: Continuing Traditions of Satire, Art and the Struggle for Freedom in Syria at the Prince Claus Fund Gallery.


She is editor-at-large for Portal 9: Stories and Critical Writing about the City, a new architectural and arts journal from Beirut. Malu Halasa lives in London and writes for the British press.


Marcus Lyon (UK)


Marcus Lyon is a British artist. He founded the Glassworks in 1990, an award-winning multi-disciplinary studio that acts as gallery, exhibition venue and center for commissioned and original artwork. Previously, he worked with Amnesty International in Latin America, which inspired him to explore issues surrounding development, urbanization and the interface between man and nature.

Marcus Lyon's work has received numerous awards including the B&H Gold, Agfa Photographer of the Year, Prix Pictet nomination, D&AD Silver, and 5 AOP awards. His works and publications are held in both private and international collections. Over the last two decades his photographs have featured in over 90 exhibitions across 90 countries.


He is former chairman of the International Children's Trust, an ambassador for Photovoice and Home-Start UK, as well as chairman of the global think tank The Consortium for Street Children.


Michael Mack (U.S.)
Syngenta Chief Executive Officer


Michael Mack has been the Chief Executive Officer of Syngenta since 2008. 


He is actively involved in a number of key forums and international initiatives on food security, sustainable agriculture and rural development. He co-chaired the Vision 2050 project run by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, was also the co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture symposium at Davos, Switzerland in 2012. In 2011 and 2012, he was a member of the Food Security Task Force for the G20 Business Summit and attended the 2012 G8 Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security.







Liu Heung Shing (China)
Photographer and photo editor


Liu Heung Shing is one of China's leading photo editors. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News and an Overseas Press Club Award for his coverage of the collapse of the Soviet Union. In 1989, his image of Tiananmen was awarded Picture of the Year by the School of Journalism at University of Missouri, and he was named Best Photographer by the Associated Press Managing Editors.


He has served as a member of the jury of the World Press Photo in 1995. His books include China after Mao, China: Portrait of a Country, Shanghai: A History in Photographs, 1842 to Today, and China in Revolution: The Road to 1911.



Open Competition Judging Advisors



Emma Morris
Publisher, UK


Emma Morris has over 20 years experience in artistic programming, strategic planning, business development, fundraising and change management. She is the Director of Photoworks, the leading agency for photography in the UK. Photoworks commissions new work, curates exhibitions and events, publishes books and the influential magazine, Photoworks.

Every second year in October, Photoworks delivers the Brighton Photo Biennial, which has rapidly established itself as the leading photography festival in the UK. Previously, Emma was Deputy Director at The Photographers' Gallery, London, and Deputy Director at the De La Warr Pavilion, a major player on the national and international arts scene.







Mark Power
Photographer, UK


Mark's photographs have been exhibited in prestigious museums and galleries across the world and are held in numerous public and private collections. He has published 5 monographs: The Shipping Forecast (1996); Superstructure (2000); The Treasury Project (2002); 26 Different Endings (2007); and The Sound of Two Songs (2010). Much of this work considers the interplay between man and nature, the urban environments and landscapes which define us, and the weather.

In 2007 Mark curated Theatres of War, a group show of photography about contemporary conflict and surveillance. It opened at the Oskar Schindler factory in Krakow, Poland, the keynote exhibition of the Krakow Photomonth festival.

Mark joined Magnum Photos in 2002, becoming a full member in 2007. Meanwhile, in his other life, he is the Professor of Photography at the University of Brighton.