2016/17 Jury chair:

 

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, where he taught the history of photography.

 
Ewing 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, from 1996 through 2010. His many publications include monographs on Ray Metzker, Leonard Freed, Erwin Blumenfeld, Edward Steichen, and Arnold Newman; and thematic publications on the human body, the portrait, landscape photography, and photography and dance, among other subjects.

 

Ewing’s exhibitions have been shown in leading museums and galleries throughout the world museums 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, etc.

 


 

He has written many articles on the subject of photography. Recent texts include  “William Hunt: Site Unseen” for Thames & Hudson; “Out of Focus” for the Saatchi Gallery; and "Color Correction: Ernst Haas" for Steidl. Recent books include “Arnold Newman: Masterclass”, and “Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour”. His most recent book, “Landmark: the Fields of Landscape photography” will be published in Autumn 2014.


Ewing 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. In 2010 he was named an Officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters.

 


 

 

2016/17 Jury – Professional Commission

 

Touria El Glaoui (Morocco)
Curator and founder – 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, London and New York

 

Touria was born and raised in Morocco, Touria El Glaoui completed her education in New York before beginning a career in the banking industry as a wealth management consultant. After ten years she relocated to London where she has since occupied various business development positions in the Telecom/IT industry in the Middle East and Africa. Parallel to her career, Touria has organised and co-curated exhibitions of her father’s work, Moroccan artist Hassan El Glaoui.

 

In October 2013, Touria founded 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, which takes place annually in London and New York. In 2016, the second edition of 1:54 New York will be held across the 5-8 May at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, while the fourth edition of 1:54 London will be held across the 5-9 October at Somerset House.

     
   
Ekaterina Inozemtseva (Russia)
Curator of international exhibitions at GARAGE Museum of contemporary art

 

Ekaterina Inozemtseva has been the Chief curator and deputy director of Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow (MAMM) since 2011. She studied at Moscow State Lomonossov University and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.

  Her professional experience started at the National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) where she worked for the experimental programs department and acted as exhibition coordinator. She also worked at Gary Tatintsian Gallery, PROUN Gallery, and co-curated the exhibition Italian ZERO and the avant-garde of the 60s.  Ekaterina is an art critic and writer. 
     

   

Karen Irvine (U.S.)
Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago

 

Karen Irvine is Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. She has organized over forty five exhibitions of contemporary photography, at the MoCP and other venues including the Hyde Park Art Center;  Rockford Art Museum; Lishui International Photography Festival, China; Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea, and the New York Photo Festival.

  Irvine has contributed texts to many publications including FOAM, Art on Paper and Contemporary magazines and monographs including Ann Lislegaard: Eyes Wide Open (The Royal Museum of Photography, Copenhagen); Paula McCartney: Non-flights of Fancy (Princeton Architectural Press); Barbara Probst: Exposures (Steidl); Redheaded Peckerwood by Christian Patterson (MACK), and Stefan Heyne Speak to Me (Hatje Cantz), amongst others. She has a BA in French and International Relations from Tufts University, Medford, MA, an MFA in photography from FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic, and an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
     

   

Marcus Lyon (UK)
Photographer 

 

Marcus Lyon (b. 1965) is a British artist. His works and publications are held in both private and international collections including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Arts Council of Great Britain. He has been commissioned and exhibited globally. His early working life with Amnesty International in Latin America was the inspiration for his twenty-five year exploration of the issues at the heart of globalisation. n the early 90′s he founded the Glassworks, an award-winning multidisciplinary art studio that acts as a gallery, exhibition venue and centre of excellence for commissioned and original art.

 

 

His images have won numerous awards and nominations including the B&H Gold, Agfa Photographer of the Year, Prix Pictet 2012 & 2013, a D&AD Silver and five AOP’s. He has created extensive bodies of work around the subjects of development and sport, with particular focus on the built environment. Outside of the art world Lyon is a determined social entrepreneur and an active public speaker on both photography and development. In the wider photography community he is an ambassador for The Photographer’s Gallery and Photovoice and the Chairman of the Syngenta Open Photography Award. In the not for profit sector he serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Somerset House Trust, Founder Ambassador for both Home-Start UK and the global think-tank The Consortium for Street Children.

 

Weiwei Wang (China)
Curator – Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China

 

Weiwei Wang, born in 1983, studied archaeology and art history in Seoul National University. She worked as a coordinator for the Bund 18 Creative Centre in Shanghai as well as for the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards. She has been an in-house curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai since 2010. 

 

Most recently, she curated the exhibition Animamix Biennale 20152016, a cooperation project between six partner institutions. She was also responsible for communications with the curators of the participating institutes. She is currently preparing the next Animamix Biennale for 2017-2018. She also launched and curated the art project space "MoCA Pavilion" which supported the young artists domestic and overseas since 2015.  

Maria Wills Londoño (Colombia)
Researcher, curator and specialist in contemporary art

 

Maria Wills Londoño (Bogota, Colombia) is a researcher, curator and specialist in contemporary art with a keen interest in the evolution of the photographic medium through the twentieth century. She is currently Research Director at Instituto de Visión an independent space where she leads the Visionarios Program. From 2009-2014 she was in charge of exhibitions and did various curatorial projects such as Oscar Muñoz, Protografías (adjunct curator), Urbes Mutantes among others in the Central Bank of Colombia's art Museum.

She also worked in the new installation of the permanent collection. She has curated many projects internationally and been included as part of Photoespaña, Madrid’s acclaimed photography festival.  She recently co-curated the Fernell Franco Retrospective at Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain in Paris. Wills Londoño has also written multiple publications and done research projects with the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies of Harvard University.

 

 

 

Jury – Open competition

 

   

Emily Graham (UK)
Photographer

 

Emily Graham is the Cultural & Education Manager at Magnum Photos, where she manages Magnum’s UK exhibitions, cultural commissions, and creative projects. She also leads and produces an international program of education and outreach activities.

 

 

 

 

Emily studied photography at the University of Brighton, and worked previously as an editor and producer, working with a variety of individual artists and institutions on creative projects, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the international NGO WaterAid, and artists Corinne Day and Maurice Broomfield.

 

She is co-founder and director of Night Contact, a multimedia and photography festival. Supporting and promoting contemporary image making, Night Contact aims to bring together innovative photographic works that provoke or engage in conversations with other media, such as film, music and literature.

     
   

Marcus Lyon (UK)
Photographer

  

Marcus Lyon is a British artist. His works and publications are held in both private and international collections including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Arts Council of Great Britain. He has been commissioned and exhibited globally. His early working life with Amnesty International in Latin America was the inspiration for his twenty-five year exploration of the issues at the heart of globalisation. n the early 90′s he founded the Glassworks, an award-winning multidisciplinary art studio that acts as a gallery, exhibition venue and centre of excellence for commissioned and original art.

 

 

   

His images have won numerous awards and nominations including the B&H Gold, Agfa Photographer of the Year, Prix Pictet 2012 & 2013, a D&AD Silver and five AOP’s. He has created extensive bodies of work around the subjects of development and sport, with particular focus on the built environment. Outside of the art world Lyon is a determined social entrepreneur and an active public speaker on both photography and development. In the wider photography community he is an ambassador for The Photographer’s Gallery and Photovoice and the Chairman of the Syngenta Open Photography Award. In the not for profit sector he serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Somerset House Trust, Founder Ambassador for both Home-Start UK and the global think-tank The Consortium for Street Children.

     
   

Mimi Mollica (Italy)
Photographer

  

Mimi Mollica is an award winning photographer, from  Palermo - Sicily. His photo essays deal with social issues and topics related to identity, environment, migration and macroscopic human transitions. Mimi chooses to work on long term projects which allow him to research explore and develop a subject in depth.

 

 

 

   

As a result Mimi has travelled and photographed across the continents working on assignment and on his personal projects. Since 2011 Mimi runs his innovative series of online and physical workshops on visual story-telling, focusing on developing the photographers ability to conceive, produce and package a photo essay of their choice.

 

In early 2015 Mimi founded the Photo Meet, an organization aimed at celebrating photography through a series of events, which includes portfolio reviews, lectures, networking, presentations and much more.

     

 

 

Jury Scarcity-Waste

Entries to the second edition of the Syngenta Photography Award, “Scarcity-Waste”, were judged by and international panel comprising:


Chair: William A. Ewing - Curator, author, museum director, Canada
Iatä Cannabrava – Photographer and Curator, Brazil
Stephen Dunbar-Johnson, President International New York Times, UK
Ekaterina Inozemtseva, Curator, Russia
Karen Irvine, Curator, USA
Marcus Lyon, Photographer, UK
Michael Mack, former Syngenta CEO, Switzerland
Liu Heung Shina, Photographer and Editor, China


Open Competition Judging Advisors
Malu Halasa
, Writer and Editor, Jordan/Philippines
Simon Roberts, Photographer, UK

 

 

Jury Rural-Urban
Entries to the first edition of the Syngenta Photography Award, “Rural-Urban”, were judged by an international panel comprising:

 


Chair: William A. Ewing - Curator, author, museum director, Canada
Irina Chmyreva - Curator and researcher of photography, Russia
Stephen Dunbar-Johnson - Publisher, UK
Milton Guran - Curator and photographer, Brazil
Malu Halasa - Writer and editor, Jordan/Philipines
Marcus Lyon - Photographer, UK
Michael Mack - former Syngenta CEO, USA
Liu Heung Shing - Photographer and photo editor, China

 

Open Competition Judging Advisors
Emma Morris
- Publisher, UK
Mark Power - Photographer, UK