To promote and foster collaboration and understanding in the international arts community, our contest has 9 jury members representing diverse backgrounds. We value diversity and the various perspectives that an international jury provides our photography contest.
President, International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP)
MFIAP, EFIAP/p, HonEFIAP, QPSA, Studies and work experience Born in 1958 in Florence, a doctor in Political Sciences, master in Diplomatic Career and in International Organizations. Photographic charges FIAP (Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique) President since August 2012 General Secretary from April 2002 to August 2012 Member of FIAP Nature Commission , from 2000 to 2006 ISF (Image Sans Frontière European International Organization) Founder and Vice-President from 1996 to 2002 Director for the South Europe Area from 1996 to 2002 Both charges were left in March 2002 when the FIAP Directory Board called him to cover the role of \"FIAP General Secretary \". FIAF (Italian Federation of Photographic Arts) Foreign Department Director from September 1998 to August 2012 Founder and Director of the Nature Committee, from 1990 to 2001 Photographic skills He approached photography in 1974 working both in B/W and Color. Travel and Nature photographer, he is presently coordinator and trainer of photography courses and workshops (advanced and beginner course of nature and travel) and collaborator of “Panda Photo” Photographic Agency - Rome. Exhibitions and awards For the Italian Federation he has organized from 1994 until now, about 150 International Expositions with Foreign Federations, Clubs and authors. He has actively participated in shows and competitions realizing from 1980 to today 406 personal and collective exhibitions and slide and digital projections in 33 different countries (Macao, Malta, Great Britain, Croazia, Nederland, San Marino, Hong Kong, China, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Serbia, Cyprus, Belgium, Greece, Bosnia, Romania, India, Taiwan, Portugal, Singapore, Ukraine, Turkey, Oman, Japan, Bulgaria, Slovenia, France, Emirates, Iran, Andorra, Australia, Kazakhstan and Italy. He has gathered more than 1000 admissions in international competitions and over 300 awards. Five times FIAP World Champion in Nature: Finland 1999 (CLP), South Africa 2001 (CLP), Australia 2003 (CLP), Croatia 2006 (CLP and Slides). Once FIAP World Champion in Projected Images (Belgium 2011) and three times FIAP Gold Medal in Projected Images World Cups (Finland 2000, Belgium 2002 and Indonesia 2009). In 2007 he won the Second FIAP World Cup for Clubs, with his Club “Il Gruppo Fotografico Il Cupolone” of Florence In 2011 he won with the FIAF team the 60th Anniversary FIAP Cup “Children of the World” in Singapore. Judge in more than 303 national and international competitions since 1982, in 32 different countries: Belgium, France, Malta, Ireland, Great Britain, Croatia, Nederland, San Marino, Hong Kong, China, Portugal, Serbia, Russia, Greece, Austria, Spain, Italy, Iran, Luxembourg, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Andorra, Czech Republic, Kuwait, Cuba, Ukraine, India, Turkey, Bulgaria, Austria, Emirates, Oman and South Africa. Photographic titles/Distinctions - (64) Thanks to the results obtained he received: from the Fédération Internationale de l’Art Photographique (FIAP) ; (9) the title of AFIAP, EFIAP, EFIAP/b, EFIAP/s, EFIAP/g, EFIAP/p, MFIAP, and ESFIAP and Hon.EFIAP from Image Sans Frontière (ISF) ; (4) the titles of “Exposant Distngué ISF”, \"Constellation Dauphin ISF” (D.ISF), Actif ISF (AISF) and Fondateur ISF (FISF); from the Photographic Society of America (PSA) ; (8) 3 stars in Nature, 3 stars in Slides and 1 star in Color Print ; QPSA from the Federazione Italiana Associazioni Fotografiche (FIAF) ; (4) 2 stars in Projected Images, the title of Benemerito della Fotografia Italiana (Outstanding photographer of the Italian Federation) - (BFI) and the title of EFI (Commendable of Italian Photography) from some Federations, clubs, Municipalities the titles: (39) “Guest Professor of Shandong University of Art and Design” - Jinan - China “ Shandong tourism culture Imaging Ambassador” - China “ Libo County tourism Imaging Ambassador” – China “ Honorary Cityzen of Tengzhou City” - Tengzhou - China “Honorary President of Silk Road Photographic International Alliance” (SRPOIA) - China “Honorary Chairman of the Photographic Society of Confucius Hometown” - Jinan - China “Artistic Consultant of Beijing International Photography Week – Photo Beijing” (ACBPW) - Beijing – China “Artistic Consultant of Huaguang College Qiantu Photo Map” (ACHCQPM) – Quanzhou – China “Honorary President of International Photographer Association” (IPA) - Beijing - China “Artistic Consultant of International Photography – (IPA) - Beijing - China “Senior adviser of Art of Lishui Photographers Association” - Lishui - China “Honorary Member of China International Marine Photography Association” (HonCIMPA) - Shenzhen - China “Honorary Fellowship of Saudi Photographers\' House” (Hon.FSPH) - Jedda - Saudi Arabia “Honorary Master of World of Photography Group” (Hon.MWPG) - Riad - Saudi Arabia “Honorary Fellowship of Bangladesh Photographic Society” (Hon.FBPS) – Bangladesh “Fellow of Asian Photographers Union” (FAPU) - Singapore “Membro de Honor Federaciòn Argentina de Fotografia” (MH.FAF) - Argentina “Membro de Honor de Foto Club Buenos Aires” (MHFCBA) - Buenos Aires - Argentina “Membro de Honor de la Peña Fotografica Rosarina” (MHPFR) - Rosario - Argentina “Membro de Honor de Foto Club Argentino” (MHFCA) – Buenos Aires - Argentina “Honorary Fellow ICS - Image Colleague Society International, USA” (HON.FICS) - USA “Honorary Member of Photographic Club Pascal” (HONPESGSPC) - Cyprus “Honorary Member of TAMA Photographic Club” (HonTAMAPC) - Cyprus “Socio Onorario” of the “Associazione Sammarinese Fotoamatori”- San Marino “Honorary Member of “Sille Sanat Sarayi” Association (Hon.SSS) . Sille Sanat - Turkey “Honorary Membership of “Gaziantep Ipekyolu Fotograf Sanati Dernegi” (Hon.GIFSAD) - Turkey “Altın Oran Düşünce ve Sanat Derneği -Adana“ ( Golden Range Idea and Art Association)-(Hon.AOS) Turkey “Honorary Excellence of Persona – International” (Hon.EPI) - Kolkata - India “Honorary Lifetime Membership Persona International” – The Home of Image Maker - Kolkata – India “Lifetime Achievement Award” National Academy of Photography - Persona International” Kolkata – India “Honorary Fellowship of Image Colleague Society” (HonFICS) – USA “Membro Onorario” of the “Gruppo Fotografico il Cupolone” Florence - Italy “Socio Onorario” of the “Associazione Cinefotografica Civitavecchia” - Italy “Socio Onorario” of the “Gruppo Fotografico Chiavari” - Chiavari - Italy “Socio Onorario” of the “Associazione Fotografi naturalisti Toscani”- Italy “Socio Onorario” of the “Circolo Fotografico San Giorgio” - Italy “Socio Onorario” of the “Club Fotografico Apuano” - Italy “Socio Onorario” of the “Aternum Fotoamatori Abruzzesi” - Italy “Honorary Member of the Sulmonese Academy of Photography” - Italy
President, Photographic Alliance of America
USA HonPSA, MPSA,EFIAP, ESFIAP, Joanne Stolte earned the “Proficiency” distinction (PPSA) in 2002, the PSA Early Achievement Award in 2003, and the Joseph P. Fallon, Jr. Memorial Award in 2004. In 2007 she was recognized for her photographic “Excellence” (EPSA) and was elected an Associate (APSA). She received the “Master” distinction (MPSA) in 2011 and was elected a Fellow (FPSA) in 2012. Joanne has earned a Gold PSA Editorial Star and the Diamond PSA Membership Star. She was President of the Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C) from 2002 to 2009, and was General Chair of the S4C International Exhibition from 2001 to 2017. For her extensive service to S4C, she was awarded an Honorable S4C in 2008. Joanne received the Artist distinction (AFIAP) in 2008 and the Excellence distinction (EFIAP) in 2013 from the International Federation of Photographic Art. She is a respected international judge, judging for example, the Welsh, the Great British Small Print Circuit, Fotoferia, PSA China, Polish, the Holland Circuit, Gia Dinh (Vietnam), AC-FOTO German Mega Circuit, and Maitland (Australia). Joanne served as Chair of the PSA Photojournalism Division (PJD). She served on the PSA Board of Directors as Membership Vice President from 2005 to 2010 and as Information Systems Vice President from 2010 to 2011. She served as PSA Webmaster from 2010 to 2012. She served on the 2010-2012 PSA Strategic Planning Committee. Joanne is Chair of the Southern California Roundup Chapter of PSA. She is the PSA Journal PID News Editor. She Chairs the PSA Nominating and International Understanding Through Photography (IUTP) Award Committees. For her exceptional service to PSA she received the President\'s Award in 2009 and was elected Honorary PSA (HonPSA) in 2018. Joanne is President of the Photographic Alliance of America (PAA) which is an Operational Member of of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP). She is the FIAP Liaison Officer for the USA.
EFIAP , Serbia
Đorđević (Kragujevac, Serbia, 1959). Graduated from the Faculty of Law of the University of Kragujevac and from the Press Photography Department of the Yugoslav Institute for Journalism in Belgrade. Member of FIPRESCI, the International Federation of Film Critics. One of the establishers of BELDOCS, the International Festival of Documentary Film in Belgrade. Zoran Dordevic started his career of art photographer in the mid-eighties as a contributor to the magazines Omladinske novine, Mladina (Slovenia), Feral, Oko, Polet (Croatia) and Pogledi (Serbia), for the latter of which he also worked as a photo editor. Until 2015, he worked as editor of the film and documentary programme at Kragujevac Television and as film lecturer at the Student Cultural Centre in Kragujevac. He is presently head of the Lumière’s Beam Photographic Agency. Between 1985 and 1995, Đorđević worked as film, photography and video editor of advertising campaigns at Zastava-Yugo Automobiles. He cooperated with the design and marketing departments of BMW, Fiat, YugoCars America and domestic advertising agencies. Đorđević won prestigious photography awards in former Yugoslavia, among them the Diploma of Anastas Jovanovic, as well as awards at over one hundred international and domestic art photography salons. He holds the title of Master of Photography from the Photo Association of Serbia and EFIAP (Excellence FIAP). He is a member of ULUPUDS, the Association of Applied Arts Artists and Designers of Serbia, and an honorary member of the “Cadre 36” Association for the Promotion of Analogue Photography in Zagreb, Croatia. Solo Exhibitions (selection): In the Backlight, FIAP Gallery, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2016; Classic, Brestovac, Serbia, 2016; In the Split of Time, Art Gallery Kumanovo, Kumanovo, Serbia, 2015; Elba and the Seagulls, Faculty of Medicine Gallery, Kragujevac, Serbia, 2013; Lines, City Museum Gallery, Kragujevac, Serbia, 2012 and Parish Hall Hottingen, Zurich, Switzerland, 2011; Life is My TV, Modern Art Gallery, Smederevo, Serbia, 2011 and Gallery 93, Belgrade, Serbia, 2011; Ordinary People, Gallery of the Photo and Film Society of Vojvodina, Novi Sad, Serbia, 2009 and Student Cultural Centre Gallery, Kragujevac, Serbia, 2008; Heroes, Parish Hall Hottingen, Zurich, Switzerland, 2008 and Hrastnik Cultural Centre Gallery, Slovenia, 2008; Israel at First Sight, Student Cultural Centre Gallery, Kragujevac, Serbia, 1999; Photography, Youth Centre Gallery, Kragujevac, Serbia, 1998; Guardian of Your Dreams, Student Cultural Centre Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia, 1998 and Priština Library Gallery, Priština, 1995; Destinies, Photo Club Gallery, Kragujevac, Serbia, 1985; Dreaming, Photo Club Gallery, Kragujevac, Serbia, 1983; Photography, Faculty of Philology Gallery, Belgrade, Serbia, 1981. Books: The Guardian of Your Dreams, (poetry by Radmila Obradović and photography by Zoran Đorđević), “Slovo”, Kraljevo, 1992; Zoran Đorđević – Monograph, 2012; Classic, 2016. Included in: Serbian Photography 1839 – 1989, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts / Museum of Modern Art, Belgrade, Serbia, 1991; Annals of Serbian Photography 1839 – 2008, Fotogram, Belgrade, Serbia, 2009; Almanac of the Photo Association of Serbia, Belgrade, 2015. Fifth-time jury president at the photo contests organized by NYC Exhibition.
EFIAP/Silver, MPSA, BPSA, Hon, FBPS
Rowshan Akhter studied at the Department of Law, University of Dhaka, and Graduated in 1983. She inspired photography from her husband Mohammad Ali Salim and become a member of PSA since 2010. She received her PPSA in 2014, EPSA 2016, and BPSA in 2015. In addition to her EPSA, BPSA Rowshan has gained the other distinctions “AFIAP” from the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), France in 2015, and EFIAP in 2016. She won more than 80 awards and currently has close to 700 acceptances. She has been invited to serve as a juror for several FIAP/PSA recognized International photographic exhibition. She is a member of the PSA Metropolitan Chapter (PSA MET) since June 2015.
MFIAP, EFIAP/Diamond1, GMPSA, GPSA, ARPS
Mohammad Ali Salim
Mohammad Ali Salim’s interest in photography began at age 13. But did not start to really develop until he learned to process black & white images in the “Basic Course” at The Begart Institute of Photography in Bangladesh in 1974. Salim was awarded AFIAP (Artist FIAP)- distinction from FIAP (The International Federation of Photographic Art) France, in 1987. He was the first recipient of AFIAP in Bangladesh in 1987. He received his diploma in Professional Photography from the New York Institute of Photography in 1995. He served as the Secretary General of The Bangladesh Photographic Society (BPS) for three terms (1988-1990). Salim has been a member of PSA since 2009 and Member of PSA Metropolitan Chapter since 2015. He received his GMPSA in 2016 and Portfolio Distinction SPSA in 2017.He was listed in PSA Who\'s Who in 2010, 2011 and 2012 as a Top North American Exhibitor. In addition to his GMPSA, SPSA, he gained the following distinctions: MFIAP - In Paris, France, the International Federation of Photographic Art, FIAP, awarded Mohammad Ali Salim the highest distinction, \'Master Photography\' (MFIAP) in April 2013. He is the 2nd and only living recipient of the MFIAP in the United States. (the first was awarded to Mr. Bela Kalman in 1984). Mr. Salim is also the only Bangladeshi born MFIAP to date. EFIAP/Platinum - (Excellence FIAP Level platinum) from FIAP in 2014. Hon. FBPS (Honorary Fellow from Bangladesh photographic Society) in 2016. Hon. FBSPA (Hon. Fellow from Bangladesh Society of photographic Art) in 2014. ARPS (Associateship from Royal Photographic Society) in the UK in 2013. AIIPC (Associateship from India International Photographic council) in 1990. ABPS (Associateship from Bangladesh Photographic Society) in 1987.
He has completed a Bachelor\'s Degree in Engineering with Computer Science and had developed a passion for photography during his college days. He started participating in photography salons/exhibitions and gained a huge number of Acceptances and Some Awards within a short span. Was bestowed with the coveted EFIAP distinction at the age of 25 only. Initially had started with pictorial photography but later took up other genres like nature and photo travel gradually. Has been awarded many international distinctions from different countries. Has served as a jury in over 40 exhibitions. Presently serving as a Director at Photographic Society of America (PID Image of the Year), Distinction Incharge at Federation of Indian Photography and also is a Member of International Relations & Publicity Committee in Federation of Indian Photography. He is also chairing the EDAS Review Committee for the Photographic Society of America at present.