International Color Awards™| The Jury

Markku Lahdesmaki, USA


For twelve years International Color Awards has been committed to bringing you world-class Juries selected from the most influential names in the industry. Annually a new jury pool is created to ensure the program's reputation for recognizing first-movers, new emerging talent and current trends across the industry. Jury members are selected by exclusive invitation to join the international panel and sent ballots to log on, review the entries and make their nomination selections. Only by having the greatest talent from both sides of the lens do we produce the intoxicating and diverse collections of color photography the program is renowned around the globe for showcasing.


12TH ANNUAL JURY - to be announced



Elodie Morel, Head of Department Photographs

Elodie Morel joined Christie's Photographs department in 2005. She worked daily with London and New York teams and was directly involved in the discovery of unique Man Ray's rayographs which fetched remarkable results in 2007 and were the second best price for a work of art by the artist (€300,000). As a specialist, Elodie was involved in the opening of the Photographs department in Paris in 2010 followed by the sale of the Richard Avedon Foundation's collection which was the most important sale ever held in France at the time. In 2011, she took part in the success of the sale of the collection of Henri-Cartier Bresson (€2,100,000), achieving a record for the artist with Derriere la Gare Saint-Lazare (€433,000). She also held a sale of photographs by Irving Penn from a private collection (€2,100,000) while in 2012, she took part in the sale of a Japanese collection where Primat de la matiere sur la pensee by Man Ray fetched a record for a portrait realised by the artist (€660,000). While Head of the Sales from May 2014, she oversaw the launch of the successful Icons & Style sales in 2014 and 2015 setting numerous top prices for Irving Penn, Helmut Newton and Robert Mapplethorpe. More recently she was involved in the discovery of unreavelled daguerreotypes from Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey sold in Paris in November 2015. She was appointed Head of the department in September 2015


Susie Babchick, Head of Photography

Susie Babchick is a London-based photography consultant working with photographers and visual artists along with commercial, editorial and art-based clients. Susie made her start in the visual arts as a media consultant at Laguna Gloria - The Contemporary Austin and then in London at Institute Of Contemporary Arts. Moving into management, Susie represented and produced all aspects of Corinne Day's photographic work from 1999-2010. Susie later co-curated exhibitions and co-edited books along with the Corinne Day Estate and Gimpel Fils gallery. Currently with Ridley Scott Associates/RSA Films, Susie represents artists in the photographic division. RSA Photographic represents and produces some of the world's most exciting photographers and filmmakers.


Hanne Holm-Johnsen, Senior Curator

Senior curator at Preus Museum, the national museum of Photography in Norway and one of Europe's finest international historic collections of images, technical equipment and books. Hanne's background is the History of Art from the universities of Munich and Oslo; Director of the Oslo Art Society between 1988-92; Artistic Director at the Photographers Gallery in Oslo 1992-96; and Preus Museum since 1997. She has curated exhibitions, both contemporary and historic. The latest #Me. From Self-portrait to Selfie (2.10 2016 - 12.3 2017) at Preus Museum. Her specialty is International Pictorialism and Norwegian history of photography with emphasis on photography as art after WWII. She has written several articles on photography for catalogues and books.


Frederic Royer, Creative Director/Head of Art

Publicis Conseil, the agency of Full Brand Experience. Born of the merger with Nurun Paris, Publicis Conseil belongs to the Publicis Worldwide network with offices on all the continents in 84 countries. Its philosophy, Lead the Change, is to identify and analyze changes in order to give the brands they work with around the world a step ahead. Its clients include: L'Oreal, BNP Paribas, AccorHotels, Carrefour, AXA, Engie, Nestle, Orange and Renault.


Angie Davey Booker, Creative Director

Eyestorm is a leading online retailer and publisher of limited edition contemporary art, offering work by both established and emerging artists. Angie Davey has been with Eyestorm since 2003. After completing a BA (hons) degree in Visual Arts where she specialised in photography, she volunteered at public galleries Fabrica (Brighton) and Chisenhale (London) and commercial dealership IAP Fine Art (London). Following this she joined online gallery Britart as they were launching and became the first member of the artist liaison team where she helped build a growing stable of artists. Angie joined the creative team at Eyestorm when the two companies merged and has been creative director since 2007. She says of her time at Eyestorm "I feel privileged to have met and worked with so many fantastic artists and photographers over the years, many of whom I studied at college and have huge respect for. I love seeing what's coming out of the art schools every summer and having the opportunity to work in the print studio with such talented individuals to create our publications.


Andreas Laeufer, Executive Creative Director

Andreas Laeufer is considered one of the most influential art directors in magazine publishing. For his contribution to design and publishing, ESQUIRE voted him to be one of the 50 sharpest men in the UK, with competition including Ewan McGregor, Jude Law and John Galliano and more. Born in Germany, Andreas co-founded London based TANK Magazine as a beautiful, permanent object filled with timeless ideas, shockingly original images and hitherto untold stories. Today, it is considered a bible and benchmark for the creative industry. In 2005 he moved from London to Berlin, to open a new agency, specializing in the development, design and production of communication strategies for the fashion industry. Working across a range of media from custom publishing to packaging design and communication in print and pixel for brands such as Prada, Armani, Swarovski, Levis, L'Oreal, Issey Miyake and Jean-Paul Gaultier. In 2009 he became Executive Creative Director of Leo Burnett-Laeufer an advertising and design boutique, based in the heart of Berlin. It boosts the creative volume of Leo Burnett and its clients, particularly in the areas of design and communication for products and brands, targeting the life-style segment. In 2015 Leo Burnett-Laeufer was awarded 'RED DOT agency of the year' after winning 16 RED DOT awards in a row. Capturing awards in nearly every major design competition, the agency was one of the highest decorated design agencies in the world in 2016.

BBH - Singapore

Aste Gutiérrez, Creative Director

Aste Gutiérrez is Regional Creative Director for Nike at BBH Singapore. Prior to this, he was co-head of creative at FF, helping lead it to a 2016 AdAge 'International Agency of the Year' win. He is responsible for some of the world's most awarded work in mobile, digital, and social. His strategic rigor, tech know-how, and '100 boxes' ideation discipline allow him to create interdisciplinary solutions that are inventive, devastatingly simple, and fiercely human.


Brandon Goldberg, Art Director

I'm a seasoned creative possessing a broad range of skills and experiences across direct response, general, and pharmaceutical advertising, along with PR and marketing communications. I've been tasked with creating advertisements, in addition to a variety of integrated marketing deliverables, for a diverse list of clientele. Some of these clients include large, established global brands, as well as small, embryonic start-ups within the areas of financial, food, luxury, lifestyle, medical, real estate, and telecommunications.


Marc Davila, Art Director

Marc Davila is the Art Director for Departures Magazine, Time Inc., Departures Home+Design, and Centurion. His work focuses on print and digital for publications, as well as freelance projects for branding, marketing and advertising.

VCCP - London

Adam Thompson, Creative Director

Adam Thompson creative works span 14 years, serving advertising in London, New York and Auckland. His advertising life began at Watford College where he graduated as team of the year 2003 to Publicis London. Here he spent his early years learning to write ads and fill bins with paper balls. After somehow winning Publicis London's first ever D&AD yellow pencil, his next stop was BBH London where he was fortunate enough to have ideas killed by Sir John of Advertising. His next move was to help set up a Dentsu London helping win new business and run the placement scheme. He then went freelance for the likes of Glue Isobar and Saint@RKCR Y&R (UK Digital Agency of the Year 2011). Eager to explore some new markets, he travelled first to New Zealand to be Group Head at Saatchi & Saatchi in Auckland. Then across town to DDB NZ, helping them to win NZ Creative Agency of the Year in 2015. His quest for new then took him to New York to be Creative Director across Dr Pepper, Chase Bank and Maserati. Now back home in London, as a Creative Director and Director for clients such as R/GA London and BBC Creative. Adam has won both metal and plastic at many of the major shows, including gold at Kinsale; 1 silver Clio; 2 golds, 9 silvers and 3 bronzes at Spikes Asia; 1 gold, 8 silvers and 9 bronzes at AWARD; 2 Grand Prix and 6 golds at Axis NZ; 2 Mashiesfor best international digital campaign; 1 silver, 5 bronzes and 8 finalists at the Cannes Lions; and 1 in-book, 2 nominations, and 1 yellow pencil at D&AD. Adam is currently Creative Director at VCCP.

NETFLIX - Los Angeles

Tomasz Opasinski, Creative Lead

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.


Lizzy Oppenheimer, Editor in Chief & Creative Director

Lizzy Oppenheimer is currently the Editor in Chief & Creative Director of NicOtiNe magazine and the Senior Photo Editor at InStyle. She was previously the Senior Photo Editor at Refinery29 and the Photo & Bookings Editor at Marie Claire.


Lucy Johnston, Photo Editor

Picture editor for sponsored and advertorial content across GNM print publications and digital platforms. Photo commissioning, shoot production and art direction for consumer branded content over GNM platforms. Picture research and illustration commissioning for our education and professional networks' online content and print supplements for The Guardian. Clients include Airbnb, Spotify and eBay.


William Budge, VFX Art Director

William Budge is a art director working in cinema and currently the VFX art director on Star Trek: Discovery. Prior he art directed the new Netflix show Thirteen Reasons Why, based on the bestselling novel of the same name. He recently completed art direction on the HBO show Quarry as well as the Paramount feature film Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, and the Fox television show Rake, directed by Sam Raimi, Jon Avnet, and Amy Heckerling. Among others he worked with director Joel Schumacher on Trespass, collaborated with Michael Jackson on his last tour This Is It, and art directed for multiple award winning director Wim Wenders on the films Land of Plenty and Don't Come Knocking. Accomplished in many disciplines, William created designs and artwork for Apple iPad billboard campaigns, film posters, and numerous commercials and feature films. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design and an International Design Excellence Award (IDEA), as well as an MFA in Production Design from the prestigious American Film Institute in Los Angeles. He is a member of the Art Directors Guild.


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.


Richard Yiu, Director

Art Beatus Gallery was established in Hong Kong in 1992 to promote modern and contemporary art. In 1996, we set up a second gallery space in Vancouver, Canada while re-balancing our focus mainly on contemporary art and showcasing artists of Chinese origin from around the world in China and internationally. It was at a juncture of time when the world art scene paid little attention to this group of talented artists. Our efforts was subsequently well acknowledged. In recent years, our attention has been broadened to include aspiring art practitioners from other Asian countries.


Sara Sandström Nilsson, Director

Sara Sandström Nilsson is one of the directors and owners of Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Sweden's largest gallery with locations in Umeå and in Stockholm. The gallery focuses on international and Scandinavian contemporary art and represents artists such as Tony Cragg, Maria Friberg, Antony Gormley, Eva Hild, Jaume Plensa, Ian McKeever, and Enrique Martinez Celaya. The gallery has a special interest in outdoor sculpture and public commissions and has participated at art fairs in Berlin, Brussels, Copenhagen, Hong Kong, Istanbul and Miami. Andersson and Sandström are the founders and part owners of the art fair MARKET in Stockholm, a fair which has been arranged since 2005. Since 1994, the gallery has been curator and organizer of the sculpture park Umedalen Skulptur, together with real estate company Balticgruppen, who owns and finances the project. Sara Sandström Nilsson has been the president of the Swedish Gallery Association, a member of the board of the State Arts Council, the Swedish Arts and Business Association, and is currently a board member of the Bildmuseet in Umeå and the Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation.

OPIOM GALLERY - Alpes-Maritimes

Eve Janprasert, Director

Situated in the vicinity of Cannes, OPIOM Gallery brings to our scrutiny a curated selection of artists articulated through two mediums only: Photography and Sculpture. The gallery's program oscillates between emerging and established artists, all of whom demonstrate a willingness to unravel and push forward their medium of choice. From traditional photography to digital art, from bronze mesh to forged steel, all of them have passion and authenticity for common grounds. Alongside temporary exhibitions, a dedicated floor features a display of significant new works by each represented artist, on a year-round basis.


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.


Christopher Aldgate, Head of Exhibition Design and Production

Whitechapel Gallery's history is a history of firsts: in 1939 Picasso's masterpiece, Guernica was displayed at the Whitechapel Gallery on its first and only visit to Britain; in 1958 the Gallery presented the first major show in Britain of American abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock; and in 1970 and 1971 the first shows of David Hockney, Gilbert & George and Richard Long were staged to great acclaim. Exhibitions in the 1980s and 90s included Donald Judd, Cy Twombly. Cindy Sherman and Lucian Freud. From 2000, the Gallery has shown Liam Gillick, Nan Goldin, Cristina Iglesias, Paul McCarthy, Mark Wallinger and Franz West.

LINTAS - Lisbon

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.


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.


Mat Gill, Deputy Art Director


Rachel Peart, Specialist Photographs

OGILVY & MATHER - Amsterdam

Martijn van Marle, Chief Creative Officer

V&A MUSEUM - London

Catherine Troiano, Assistant Curator Photographs