The 2019 jury

The 2019 jury, from left to right: Anna Zekria, Tanner Curtis, John Fleetwood (sitting), Chris Rijksen (standing) and Sujong Song by Carla van de Puttelaar

Anna Zekria is a photography producer, consultant and agent. She is a co-founder of Moscow-based Salt Images agency and has been promoting visual storytellers for the last 8 years bringing numerous projects to worldwide recognition. From 2008-2011 she was the director of agency representing photojournalists worldwide and international agencies including Magnum Photos. Zekria has collaborated with Screen Projects (USA), developing visual projects across platforms (2013-2016). She has curated a number of exhibitions and projects including ‘Stories of Life: the best of multimedia journalism’ (Moscow, 2014), ‘Come and See, Russian Contemporary photography showcase’ (Dali, China, 2013). Since 2017 Zekria has collaborated with Schilt Publishing and gallery (Amsterdam) on various book projects and exhibitions. She served as a nominator and jury member for numerous international competitions.

Chris Rijksen is an artist who works with stories. His collective of the Transketeers works on projects about positive visibility and representation. With both documentary and fiction he contributes to the public conversation around gender, identity and emancipation. In his approach he tries to highlight resilience, humor and authenticity. In 2012, he was the winner of the Pride Photo Award with a photo from his series ‘Gender as a Performance‘.

Jury chair John Fleetwood is a photography curator, educator and the director of Photo: in Johannesburg, South Africa, a multi-operation platform for the development and promotion of image making and critical visual culture. From 2002-2015 Fleetwood was the director of the Market Photo Workshop. Fleetwood has curated numerous exhibitions including recently ‘Five Photographers: A tribute to David Goldblatt’ (Johannesburg, Maputo, Durban et al; 2018-2019). As educator and strategist he has facilitated, organised and supported a range of education activities across the African continent and beyond. He was previously on the Pride Photo Award jury in 2016.

Sujong Song has been active in all aspects of photography, ranging from publication to exhibition and writing. She has curated exhibitions: Mario Giacomelli at the Museum of Photography, Seoul in 2012; Five Views from Korean Peninsula at the Noorderlicht Gallery in 2014; and Hybrid/Metamophorsis of Dak’Art Biennale in 2016 to name a few. Sujong has been also on juries, panels, nominator, reviewer for World Press Photo, POYi, and Houston FotoFest among numerous awards and photographic events. She was Editor in Chief of the Korean edition of GEO magazine and co-founder of Seoul Lunar Photo. Currently she is head of Research and Publication at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea. She was a Pride Photo Award jury member in 2014.

Tanner Curtis is a photo editor at The New York Times focusing on politics and the 2020 Presidential election. He joined The Times in 2014 and worked on the National desk, coordinating coverage of major news events like the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and the Supreme Court’s historic decision legalizing gay marriage. Before joining The Times, he was an Associate Photo Editor at focusing on U.S. news, politics and sports. He studied photojournalism at Western Kentucky University.

Photos by Carla van de Puttelaar

Pride Photo Award is an annual international contest for photos about sexual and gender diversity.


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