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Dennis Hissink : December 13th 2009 - 12:30 CET
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SonySony WPA 2010 judges announced : Leading figures from the international photographic community are announced today, 3 December 2009, as the jury members of three separate award programmes of the Sony World Photography Awards 2010 (WPA). The Honorary Jury for the main annual competition comprises 12 specially selected World Photography Organisation Academy members. For the professional awards selection, these 12 members will initially judge within their respective photographic genres of expertise. Later they will come together as one collective group to select the overall winners in both the amateur and professional programmes, and the overall winner, the I’Iris D’Or. The Sony WPA 2010 ceremony will be held on April 22, 2010.

iStockphoto is used for Sony WPA 2010 pre-selection
The official pre-selection committee of the amateur competition is iStockphoto, the internet’s original member-generated image and design community. iStockphoto is the world’s busiest online image market which has helped thousands of amateur photographers increase their skills and go on to sell their work professionally. A WPA 2010 jury for the Student Focus Programme is also selected from the Academy members.

The WPA 2010 honorary jury
Judging the Commercial categories are: Chair, Mark Sealy (UK), Director of Autograph (The Association of Black Photographers); Nadav Kander (UK), photographer; Scott Thode (US), Deputy Picture Editor of Fortune Magazine and Chloe Limpkin (UK), Picture Director of Harper’s Bazaar. Judging the Photojournalism and Documentary categories are: Chair, Aidan Sullivan (UK), Vice President Getty Images; Pablo Bartholomew (India), photographer and educator; Roberto Koch (Italy), Publisher, Contrasto and Founder of FORMA (the international Centre of Photography in Milan) and Monica Allende (UK), Picture Editor of the Sunday Times Magazine. Judging the Fine Art categories are: Chair, Bill Hunt (US), Co-founder of Hasted Hunt Gallery in New York; Trisha Ziff (Mexico), curator, scholar, film-maker; Michelle Dunn Marsh (USA), Co-publisher of Aperture Magazine and Editor-at-large at Chronicle Books and Bohnchang Koo (Korea), photographer.

WPA 2010

WPA 2010 Student Focus Programme
The judges for the Student Focus, a competition which involves over 120 photographic institutions around the world, are: Adrian Evans (UK), Director of Panos pictures agency; Adrian Boot (UK), music photographer and co-founder of; Jonathon Torgovnik (US), widely exhibited documentary photographer and co-founder of NGO, Foundation Rwanda; Idris Khan (UK), artist and Sue Steward (UK), photography critic, writer, radio broadcaster, photo-editor and journalist.

WPA jury for Sony World Photography Awards
Astrid Merget, Creative Director of the Sony World Photography Awards, comments: ‘It is a great honour to announce the judges of the 2010 Awards. We are privileged to have such an extraordinarily influential jury - from photographers to photo editors, gallery owners and film-makers. The quality of submissions this year has been impressively high, and we look forward to working closely with the jury to discover the winners for the 2010 awards”.

Key dates for the Sony World Photography Awards 2010
• 4 January: Closing date for professional and amateur categories
• 12 January: Lifetime Achievement Award announcement
• 19-29 January: Global Tour exhibition, Art Work Space, London
• 23 February: Shortlist announcement
• 23 March: Category winners’ announcement

Sony WPA in Cannes, France
• 19 - 25 April: World Photography Festival
• 21 - 23 April: The Photographers’ Programme
• 22 April: Sony World Photography Awards ceremony
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