Recognizing first-movers, new emerging talent and current trends across the industry WPA is supported by our members and by the generosity of our corporate, media and association partners. World class Juries are selected by exclusive invitation to participate in our leading award programs annually. Only by having the greatest talent from both sides of the lens do we produce the intoxicating and diverse photography collections and award shows WPA is renowned for showcasing.


Marie Perennes, Curator

Marie Perennes is Curator at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, a contemporary art museum in the 14th arrondissement of the French capital of Paris. A creative space for artists and a place where art and the general public can meet, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is dedicated to promoting and raising public awareness of contemporary art. Each year, the Fondation Cartier organizes a program of exhibitions based on either individual artists or themes, and commissions work from artists, thus enriching an important collection. It also organizes the Nomadic Nights, a rendezvous that focuses on the performing arts, where artists explore links between the visual arts and other forms of contemporary artistic expression. Exhibitions and the collection itself are frequently sent to institutions abroad, enhancing the Fondation Cartier’s international profile.


Diane Rice, Director of Photography

Diane Rice is Newsweek’s award-winning director of photography. She began her journalism career in newspapers in 2001 after a graphic design and photography degree from Long Island University. Ms. Rice has led visual teams at Ritz Carlton, JW Marriott, Washingtonian, Spa, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Parenting, Caribbean Travel + Life, and Florida Travel + Life magazines. In her current role at Newsweek, she is responsible for the production, direction and editing of images for its flagship magazine. She has been a judge and portfolio reviewer for PhotoPlus Expo, the Society of Professional Designers, the New York Press Association (NYPA), PDN, Rangefinder, American Photo, Woman Photojournalists of Washington (WPOW) and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC.


Christopher Till, Director

Christopher Till is the founding and current Director of the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg and has organised exhibitions on Nelson Mandela, Steve Biko, Oliver Tambo, George Bizos and the Women’s March among many others. He began his career at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in 1977, becoming Director in 1980 before serving as Director of the Johannesburg Art Gallery from 1983 to 1991. During his tenure he was responsible for several ground breaking exhibitions, including The Neglected Tradition: Towards a New History of South African Art, secured the Brenthurst Collection of African Art, and commissioned several major sculptures for the collection. As Director of Culture for the City of Johannesburg from 1991 to 2001, he established the city’s first cultural office and directed the formation of arts and culture policy. He was responsible for establishing the Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival in 1992, and the Johannesburg Biennales in 1995/1997 and the re-building of the Civic Theatre (now Joburg Theatre). He is a founding board member of the International Council of Museums Fine Art Committee (ICOM) and a member of the International Committee for Exhibitions and Exchange and Chairman of the Cape Town Triennial Organising Committee. He is currently the principal driver in the development of the Mandela Capture Site in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal with its new museum and renowned sculpture of Mr Mandela by Marco Cianfanelli. In 2018, Christopher received the USIBA (Creative and Cultural Industries) Award in in the Heritage & Museum category awarded by Minister Nathi Mthethwa: Department Arts & Culture South Africa.

NETFLIX – Los Angeles

Tomasz Opasinski, Creative Lead/Imagery Innovation

Entertainment Advertising Creative Director, author and independent consultant in over 560 campaigns for Hollywood Entertainment Advertising Agencies and Movie Studios. Participant, winner and juror of numerous national and international competitions.


Gabriel Mueller, Head of Photography

Gabriel Mueller is founder and head of the photography department at Koller Auctions Ltd. He studied art history, theory and history of photography and film sciences at University of Zurich and completed his master’s degree magna cum laude in art history and visual theory at University of Basel. He wrote his master’s thesis on Rene Burris photobook “Die Deutschen”, a social historical image of a postwar society. During his studies he started to work at Koller Auctions Ltd – Switzerland’s leading auction house for art and antiques. Starting as surveillance during the preview of the auctions, working as a logistic employee and doing inventories for the company, he knows the business from the bottom to the top. After assisting several years in the Books & Autographs department, he founded the department of photography and became head of the department. With over 12 years experience in the art market and a regular visitor at all important fairs and events around photography, he is your partner in selling your collection. He is member of Spectrum – Photography in Switzerland, an association committed to the importance of photography in Swiss culture.


Joshua White, Founder

Joshua White is a presenter and producer on The Art Channel which films and reviews exhibitions of contemporary art. He teaches at Christie’s Education in London where he runs The London Art Course, a modern and contemporary art programme. Elsewhere, he has lectured for The Tate Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, The Design Museum and Sotheby’s Institute. Joshua is also a writer who has been published by the BBC, The FT, Christie’s and Flash Art.


Caroline Gentsch, Specialist Contemporary Art

Founded in 1973 by major proponent of French contemporary art Pierre Cornette de Saint Cyr and his two sons Bertrand and Arnaud, the bijou Paris auction house expanded to Brussels in 2012 and excels across categories, from Ancient Art and Old Masters, Contemporary Art, Fashion and Photography. Caroline Gentsch is a Specialist of Contemporary Art at the Brussels auction house and an independent expert for the European Commission and for the French Community of Belgium. Assessing the possibilities and benefits to consolidate their position in the field of contemporary art on a national, European and an international level, studying the practical possibilities for art professionals.


Franki Goodwin, Creative Director

Franki Goodwin is a Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi London and Executive Producer at Western Edge Pictures – her Feature Film Production Company. After graduating from Glasgow School of Art, she started Franki&Jonny – a design and digital agency for entertainment brands. For ten years, they developed integrated, award-winning movie campaigns. In 2011, she joined WEP as a partner and started to develop her own films and the marketing strategies around them. Credits include “Prevenge”, which opened Venice Critics Week 2016. She joined Saatchi in 2013 where she now leads Direct Line, Kerry Foods and Deutsche Telekom. Franki has won 100s of international advertising awards and has been a judge for the Cannes Lions, Campaign and D&AD Newblood Awards.


Hege Oulie, Curator

Hege Oulie is Curator at Preus Museum, Norway’s national museum of photography. Hege has a major in photography and a master’s in creative curating from the university in Bergen. She has been the editor of the book “Elisabeth Meyer – reports from the world 1920-1950” (2013) and “A photo story” (2015) about Norwegian photo history and Preus museum’s collection together with Hanne Holm-Johnsen. She has also published several articles on historical- and contemporary photography. Since 2018, she has been working on a research project about the introduction of colour photography among Norwegian portrait photographers.


Laurie Ann Farrell, Senior Curator – Dallas

Prior to being Senior Curator at Dallas Contemporary, Laurie Ann Farrell was Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) curator of contemporary art and the head of its modern and contemporary art department. Farrell was executive director of exhibitions at the Savannah College of Art and Design from 2007 to 2016, where she curated exhibitions by a diverse group of contemporary artists, including Marina Abramovic, Doug Aitken, Carrie Mae Weems, Yinka Shonibare, Alfredo Jaar, Michael Joo, Sigalit Landau, Stephen Antonakos, Cao Fei, Kader Attia, and Yeondoo Jung. Additionally, Farrell curated the Mercedes-Benz Stadium Art Collection in Atlanta and was the curator of the first Rolls-Royce art program in North America featuring artist Jos? Parl? whose work has been shown in Dallas at The Goss-Michael Foundation. Dallas Contemporary engages its audience by presenting regional, national, and international artists through learning programs and exhibiting the art of our time.

KOLLE REBBE | Part of Accenture Interactive – Hamburg

Savina Mokreva, Creative Director Art

Kolle Rebbe is simple: we believe in common sense. We work globally. We’re one of Germany’s most creative agencies. We don’t differentiate between conventional and digital communication but between brand building and product innovation. We call this Creative Business Intelligence. As creative entrepreneurs we also support start-ups. We invest in good ideas to help business founders and to help ourselves.


Ab Sier, Owner

As Chairman and Executive Director of BFN, the professional photographers association of the Netherlands, Ab Sier was responsible for directing the organization to a new digital platform and expansion of partnerships, donors and sponsors from 2006 to 2012. Founder of Sierbeeld Imagemakers, a commercial photography and image advisory service, Ab Sier brings thirty years of professional experience in creative photographic arts to International Color Awards Jury.


Phil Bates, Art Director

Phil Bates adeptly conceptualizes creative elements of design projects involving print, digital and multimedia components for advertising and promotions of programming and events at a major broadcast television network. Facilitates production of design concepts; directs photographers, illustrators, copywriters, and designers to produce print, digital and multimedia materials. Creates robust, focused design concepts applying knowledge of emerging trends in the creative and entertainment industries. Tactfully represents the value and capabilities of creative services to cross-functional teams in developing art campaigns.


Kaori Sohma, Creative Director

Kaori Sohma is an award-winning graphic designer, director and a founder with more than 15+ years of leadership and design experience in the advertising, branding and broadcast industries. She characterizes her work with intersecting the working souls of Muller Brockmann, Saul Bass and William Eggleston. Her focus lies especially in expressing complex emotional states with playful humor, reduced to the simple geometric form, light and movement. The work is also a subtle homage to her Japanese heritage, philosophy and aesthetic, playfully intertwined with american pop-culture. Kaori is an imperfect perfectionist who cherishes and expresses momentary simplicity in all its zen like wonder. – Travis Spangler. Kaori currently works as a creative director at Oxygen Media, NBC Universal.

CALVIN KLEIN – Netherlands

Katarina Pepichova, Creative Producer & Art Buyer

Katarina is an advocate of excellence through simplicity and creativity. In her role of a global creative producer and art buyer, she has won several acclaimed awards by Cannes Lions, LIA awards, AICP, SHOT awards, WPP, Fast Company and many more. Before joining Calvin Klein, she was part of an adidas family, Philips and Ogilvy&Mather. She obtained a master degree in Design Thinking at School of Design and Craft in Goteborg, Sweden. And did a one-year course in filmmaking specialising at documentary at University of Amsterdam. As side projects, she’s actively participating in changing the gender bias in the advertising industry through organisations such as Girls in Films, Femme Palette and Free The Bid.

FILA – New York

John Lin, Executive Creative Director, VP of Basketball

When the Fila brothers launched their eponymous company in 1911, their goal was to provide the town of Biella, Italy with the finest knitwear available. Today, that small business has grown into a global sportswear brand celebrated for its innovative designs, performance-focused fabrics, and high-profile collaborations. The vibrantly colored jackets, sweatshirts, sneakers and more are crafted to work with the wearer’s movements, pairing comfort with style for athletes and trendsetters alike.


Emma Chiu, Global Director

Emma Chiu leads Wunderman Thompson Intelligence, the agency’s in-house futures and innovation think-tank. She curates all content, leads creative consultancy and provides strategic insight and trend consultancy for many Fortune 500 clients. Emma served on the board of advisers for Digital Hollywood’s Influencer Awards 2018. She was also a member of the Color Awards 2017 judging panel and regularly speaks at international conferences, including SXSW Interactive, Pause Fest and Adobe Max. Emma is the former art director of Monocle and led the art direction and design for the international Monocle brand. She also headed up Monocle’s project collaborations with brands including, ANA, InterContinental, Mandarin Oriental, Turkish Airlines and UBS.


Holden Luntz, Founder/Director

Holden Luntz Gallery was founded in 1999 in Palm Beach, Florida. As one of the first galleries specializing in photography in the Southeastern U.S, the gallery’s mission of acquiring and presenting the work of significant photographers whose work has either defined or is expanding the parameters of photography. The gallery presents a varied aesthetic range from portraiture to alternative photography to wet collodion process to sublimated aluminum prints. Exhibitions range from classical photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Andre Kertesz, Berenice Abbott, Horst P. Horst, and Edward Weston to contemporary photographers like Harry Benson, Massimo Listri, David Yarrow, Stephen Wilkes, Karen Knorr and Garry Fabian Miller. Holden Luntz Gallery is a member of both the ADAA (Art Dealers Association of America) and AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers.) Holden Luntz has curated, exhibited, acquired and sold vintage and contemporary photography. Holden Luntz has written, contributed to books, films, and published articles about photography, been involved as a benefactor in fine art organizations and has helped build photography collections for museums, corporations and private individuals.


Will Newell, Creative Director

More than 15 years of creative experience for brands and broadcasters in the US, UK, EMEA and APAC. Sometimes I lead teams, sometimes I’m on the team, sometimes I am the team. I build relationships with top-tier clients to tell their stories across print, digital and video – designing and delivering 360 marketing campaigns, film concepts, live event branding, motion design packages and title sequences. An individual thinker, director, editor and hands-on designer with an enthusiasm for collaboration. Credits/clients include: FOX, Sky, CBS, VICE, Tesla, Wimbledon, Lincoln, Super Bowl, Formula One, Red Bull, BBC, ESPN, Major League Soccer, UEFA, Olympics, Samsung, Revel, Victoria’s Secret, US Open Tennis, Disney, Nat Geo, Animal Planet, HSBC, Harman Kardon, Bleacher Report, Cadillac, Toyota, Discovery, Nickelodeon, ATP Media.


Edward Mitterrand, Founder/Director

With over 25 years experience in the art world, offices in Geneva, Paris and London, a constantly growing worldwide network of galleries, dealers and auctioneers, Edward Mitterrand covers the needs of a handful of private, corporate and institutional clients who believe in quality relationships, contemporary art expertise, absolute transparency and confidentiality. One of three co-founders of the “Quartier des Bains” gallery and institutions association in 2001 which he ran as President (2008-2014) now counts 15 members, Edward has a global experience and education on contemporary art. Edward Mitterrand is a founding member of Cramer Mitterrand Art Advisory, a Swiss art advisory firm based in Geneva.


Pierre Andre Podbielski, Founder/Director

Gallerist Pierre Andre Podbielski is founder of Podbielski Contemporary. A citizen of the world of Polish and German descent (father was Prussian raised in Berlin, mother Polish raised in Vienna), born in Geneva and bearing an Australian passport, he is fluent in French, German and Italian. A passionate collector, he was an art dealer and active partner of Galleria Rubin from 2001 to 2009 where his main area of expertise was abstract painting, photography and site specific commissions. He participates in numerous art fairs (Art Cologne, Artefiera Bologna, Miart, Preview Berlin, Scope Miami and more) which has allowed him to establish a qualified network of contacts among artists, galleries, curators and collectors. He launched Podbielski Contemporary in Summer 2011 in Berlin.


Dr. Thomas Elsen, Director of H2 / Contemporary Art

In 1996, a year after joining the Kunstsammlungen und Museen, Augsburg, as a curator of art and photography, Thomas Elsen founded the Neue Galerie im Hohmannhaus, a new experimental art space. He also founded the H2 – Center for Contemporary Art in the Glasspalace in 2006. Recent exhibitions include Behind Landscape (with Jaakko Heikkila, Anastasia Khoroshilova, Trevor Paglen, among others, 2012); Portraits d’artistes: Edward Steichen – Jean Noel Schramm (2014); A Process – ‘Der Greif’ photography magazine (2014); Faces of Disappearance(with Sophie Calle, Larry Sultan, Olaf Unverzart, among others, 2015/16); Not Here Yet, together with Celina Lunsford (with Alberto Garcia Alix, Maurizio Cattelan, Hamish Fulton, Ferit Kuyas, among others, 2016/17). In addition, he curated exhibitions within the European Month of Photography (EMOP), Berlin (2012); Dusseldorf Photo Weekend (2013); Tashkent Photo-Biennale (2014). He has been a member of the Deutsche Fotografische Akademie DFA, German Photographic Academy since 2012.

DUDA – Warsaw

Tiago Pinto, Art Director

Tiago Pinto is an advertising creative from Lisbon, Portugal devoted to create brand experiences that place brands on people’s sweet spot. His work as an art director includes campaigns for cars to pharmaceuticals, cigarettes to liquor brands and retail, on agencies such as McCann Portugal, StrawberryFrog Amsterdam, G2 Amsterdam (Grey Group) and Duda Portugal. Tiago’s work has been awarded and recognized at Caples International Awards (NY), Golden Award of Montreux (CH) and the Portuguese Creative Club, amongst others. He’s proud to have seen his personal work hanging on the walls of galleries from Belgium to the UK and USA.

BONHAMS – New York

Laura Paterson, Head of Photographs

Laura Paterson is Head of the Bonhams Photography Department, based in New York. Laura has built up a wealth of industry experience, with 20 years in Christie’s Photography Department, time spent as US Print Sales Director at Magnum Photographs, New York and as Co-Head of Department at Paddle8. She joined Bonhams in 2018.

RCHD – Amsterdam

Rachid Naas, Creative & Executive Director

In fashion and photography industry since 1999, Rachid Naas has worked as a producer, art buyer, curator, connector, casting director and visual consultant. After studying Design and Communication in The Hague, Rachid spent 3 years working at Cirque Du Soleil before starting work at Wolf Produkties where he began to produce photoshoots for Bij (Bijenkorf Magazine) and other fashion clients. A freelance career took off in 2004 and since then he has been working for international advertising agencies, brands, fashion designers, photographers, magazines and cultural events, including Calvin Klein, Tweka, Ten Cate, Nike, de Bijenkorf, WE, Vlisco, Dutch Fashion Foundation, Arnhem Mode Biennale, Onitsuka Tiger, Wallpaper, Amsterdam Worldwide, Wieden + Kennedy, And beyond Studio, ArtEZ, Studio Piet Paris, Turnover, Anthropologie, Esprit, Amsterdam Fashion Week and many more. He participates on the advisory board of Amsterdam Fashion Week; is the co-founder of the Dutch Fashion Council, the platform that connects the emerging and existing Dutch fashion industry; and is the co-founder of the Forza Fashion House in Maastricht.


James A. Ganz, Senior Curator of Photographs


Susie Babchick, Global Head of Photography & Art


Stefanie Feldbusch, Director


Angie Davey, Art Consulting and Advisory