International Color Awards™| The Jury

Christine Donnier-Valentine, UK

THE JURY

For sixteen 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.

 

16TH ANNUAL JURY - To Be Announced

15TH ANNUAL JURY

THE ARMORY SHOW - New York

Reece Mealy Rahilly, Director of Production

In 1994, four New York art dealers had the ambitious goal of creating a new art fair to support their artists and attract global attention. They succeeded. The result was a groundbreaking cultural moment that has become vital to the New York art market and beyond. While much has changed over the years, ingenuity and ambition have not. The Armory Show is a galvanizing force in the art world and essential to New York's cultural landscape. A gateway to New York's art scene, hosting the world's best galleries and linking collectors and galleries with museums and institutions across the city. And an updated timing coupled with the proximity to Chelsea and the High Line creates increased access to the city's vibrant culture. At its core, The Armory Show is dedicated to ensuring galleries and New York's art community continue to thrive. We pave the way for its success and strive to be a platform in which it is easier to buy, sell and discover art.

THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM - Los Angeles

James A. Ganz, Senior Curator of Photographs, Head of Department

James A. Ganz is the Senior Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Previously he was Curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, and Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Ganz has a PhD in art history from Yale University.

V&A MUSEUM - London

Lisa Springer, Curator of Touring Photography Exhibitions

Lisa Springer is a photography curator with a wide expertise, ranging from the history of photographic exhibitions to international contemporary fine art practice. She has worked in several major European museums over the past eight years and since 2019 she has been Curator of Touring Photography Exhibitions at the V&A, London where she leads the programme of special exhibitions touring to China. Before joining the V&A, Lisa was Manager of the prestigious Prix Pictet Photography Award where she ran the ambitious global touring exhibitions programme for four years, collaborating with 50 leading photographers and 31 venues, from New York to Tokyo. Lisa acts as an invited juror and portfolio reviewer at international events and has written essays for a number of exhibition catalogues, books and magazines.

MILWAUKEE ART MUSEUM

Lisa Sutcliffe, Herzfeld Curator of Photography

Lisa Sutcliffe came to the Milwaukee Art Museum in January 2013 from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where she served as assistant curator in the photography department. Before working at SFMOMA, Sutcliffe was the Koch Curatorial Fellow at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Sutcliffe has organized several exhibitions since joining the Museum, including Postcards from America: Milwaukee (2014), for which she partnered with Magnum photographers; Rineke Dijkstra: Rehearsals (2016); Penelope Umbrico: Future Perfect (2016); and Paul Druecke: A Social Event Archive, 1997-2007 (2017). She has also brought in the film and video work of Charles Atlas, Anthony McCall, James Nares, and Ryan Trecartin. Sutcliffe oversaw the development of the Museum's Herzfeld Center for Photography and Media Arts, in conjunction with the reinstallation of the photography and media arts collections. Among the exhibitions Sutcliffe organized at SFMOMA are Naoya Hatakeyama: Natural Stories (2012), developed in association with the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and The Provoke Era: Postwar Japanese Photography (2009), the first survey of SFMOMA's internationally renowned collection of Japanese photography. Sutcliffe has worked with internationally acclaimed artists for film screenings, lectures, and panels and has written for contemporary art and photography publications and artists books. She holds an MA in the history of art from Boston University, where she specialized in the history of photography, and a BA in art history from Wellesley College.

KOLLER AUCTIONS - Zurich

Gabriel Mueller, Head of Department, 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.

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.

APARTHEID MUSEUM - Johannesburg

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.

MARUANI MERCIER GALLERY - Brussels

Serge Maruani, Co-Founder

Founded in 1995, MARUANI MERCIER now represents twenty contemporary artists alongside it's programme of museum quality historical exhibitions whilst continuing to build on the legacy of a number of renowned estates. Showing established artists alongside young and emerging new talent, the gallery promotes an artistic dialogue between different generations. It also contributes to new scholarship across its programmes by inviting prominent art historians and curators to collaborate on its exhibition catalogues and artist texts. Many of the gallery's artists participate in international exhibitions and are today placed in some of the most important museums and private collections around the world. Over the years, the gallery looked to a new generation of artists who, working within different media, also addressed topical subjects relating to history, politics, the environment, and questions of identity and authorship. Amongst these, Radcliffe Bailey, Esiri Erheriene-Essi and Hank Willis Thomas examine topics surrounding Black history and culture whilst Lyle Ahston Harris looks at societal constructs of sexuality and race. Jaclyn Conley's beautiful and nostalgic paintings present a poignant rumination on the social and political concerns of American life, whilst Tony Matelli confronts issues of isolation and impermanence with humour and irony. In 2001, MARUANI MERCIER expanded to include an additional gallery in the historic art town Knokke followed in 2018 by a 15,000 sq ft exhibition space in Zaventem called THE WAREHOUSE. In addition to the celebrated exhibitions held there, in 2021 THE WAREHOUSE hosted Kwesi Botchway and Cornelius Annor at its artist residency. MARUANI MERCIER will remain committed to exhibiting the artist that it hosts there across its galleries. Since 2018, MARUANI MERCIER has been calculating its CO2 footprint and offsetting it through projects in Malawi, Brazil and Guatemala. We are proud to be one of the first carbon neutral galleries in the world.

CORNETTE DE SAINT CYR - Brussels

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.

PREUS MUSEUM - Norway

Hege Oulie, Curator

Hege Oulie is Curator at Preus Museum, Norway's national museum of photography. Hege has a major in photography and a masters 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.

PUBLICIS - Warsaw

Alexandra Prata, Head of Design

Publicis Worldwide Polska is one of the largest and most successful advertising agencies in Poland. Its structures include the following branches: Publicis Poland, Publicis Lion, Publicis Health and Publicis Consultants. A world marketing communication group, present in 108 countries and employing over 80,000 people. The agency's clients in Poland include: Procter & Gamble / PGT, Sanofi, Nestle Polska, Michelin, BNP Paribas Bank Polska, Gallo Vineyards, Coca-Cola Poland Services, Animex, Renault Polska, PKN ORLEN, Prudential and L'Oreal Polska.

WUNDERMAN THOMPSON INTELLIGENCE - New York

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.

NANCY LITTLEJOHN FINE ART - Houston

Nancy Littlejohn, Founder & Owner

NLFA gives the Houston arts community well deserved recognition in the National and International art world. Bringing 30 years of experience as a patron, collector, art advisor and gallerist, Littlejohn delivers an experience unlike anything you've seen. In 1998 she opened what has been noted as the most avant-garde gallery in Texas, bravely showcasing emerging talent through exhibitions, performances and thoughtfully curated multi-disciplinary events. Today, NLFA represents the very best nationally and internationally recognized established and emerging contemporary artists. Nestled in the exclusive River Oaks neighborhood in Houston, Texas, Nancy Littlejohn thoughtfully renovated the 5,000 square foot modernist masterpiece originally designed and occupied by world renowned architect S.I. Morris in the early 1970's. "Seth Irvin Morris and his architectural firm left a timeless imprint on the Houston skyline, from the first-of-its-kind Astrodome to downtown's trapezoidal Pennzoil Place skyscraper to the Williams Tower that looms high over the Galleria". NLFA is a destination surrounded by the city's best boutique design firms, antique emporiums, flower shops and restaurants. Ms. Littlejohn's civic work includes service as a board member of the Houston Symphony and past board president of the Houston Symphony League, board member of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Blaffer Art Museum University of Houston, the Moores School of Music University of Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Guild, Lawndale Art Center, the advisory board of the Houston Arts Alliance and the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance. Littlejohn has also been recognized for her work with the AIDS Foundation Houston, Escape Family Resource Center, FotoFest International, Houston Art League, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens of the MFAH, and the Rothko Chapel. Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art is a member of the Houston Art Gallery Association (HAGA).

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.

TILTON GALLERY - New York

Jesse Penridge, Director

Since 1983, the Tilton Gallery has been well known for discovering and promoting cutting edge, emerging artists from around the world. For more than three decades, Tilton has exhibited hundreds of contemporary artists, many of whom, like David Hammons, Marlene Dumas, Fred Tomaselli, Huang Yong Ping and Francis Alys, to name but a few, have become prominent figures on the international stage. Now housed in a historic landmark Upper East side townhouse, the gallery's current exhibition program continues to support our established gallery artists, and remains committed to discovering and cultivating new talent from around the globe. The 2,400 square foot exhibition space is located on two floors at 8 East 76th Street, at 5th Avenue, New York. Within New York's 'museum mile,' the gallery is in walking distance of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum and the Frick Museum, as well as many other Upper East side galleries.

THE ART CHANNEL - London

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.

CHUNG | NAMONT - San Francisco

Emmanuelle Namont & Diane Chung, Founders

Chung | Namont's mission is to offer art lovers and collectors the opportunity to meet artists from diverse backgrounds and practices. The gallery's program seeks to nurture emerging talent, showcase new works by established artists and investigate photography-based art practices. As a curator and an educator in art for the last 13 years, Emmanuelle has met many artists from the Bay Area and elsewhere whose practices are very compelling but whose work are not represented. Our gallery's aim is not only showcasing work but also creating a physical space for an encounter between the artists and their future collectors. Our goal is to engage the public in conversations about the pieces and in discovering the unique processes and methods of these talented artists. Chung | Namont's is founded by two people from different cultures and traditions united by a common goal: We want to make art accessible by introducing patrons to artists with innovative visions and differing voices who are at various stages of their careers. It is about the love of art, the passion and joy one feels when one finds that perfect piece and the yearning for more.

DUDA PROPAGANDA - Warsaw

Tiago Pinto, Creative 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.

WILL NEWELL CREATIVE - Los Angeles

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.

REDKITE NFT - London

Angie Davey, Art Consultant & Advisory

Angie Davey is an art industry professional with 20 years experience of working in contemporary art. Former creative director and artist liaison at pioneering London-based online gallery and print publishers Eyestorm, her background is working with artists to initiate and create high-end limited editions and promoting art in online settings. Key curatorial projects have been with Wallpaper Magazine, Sir Terence Conran and Selfridges.

PODBIELSKI CONTEMPORARY - Milan

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.

KUNSTSAMMLUNGEN & MUSEEN AUGSBURG - Germany

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.

PORTLAND ART MUSEUM - Portland

Julia Dolan, Curator of Photography

Julia Dolan has curated, co-curated, or hosted over 40 photography exhibitions since joining the Portland Art Museum in 2010. She also oversees research of and acquisitions for the permanent collection which currently holds more than 10,000 photographs. She is a member of the Museum's Equity Team, and was a co-founder of the FOCUS group, a North American network of emerging photography curators, historians, and nonprofit professionals. Dr. Dolan's exhibitions at the Museum include Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal... (with Sara Krajewski, 2019-20), Toughened to Wind and Sun: Women Photographing the Landscape (2019-20), In the Beginning: Minor White's Oregon Photographs (2017-2018), Representing: Vernacular Photographs of, by, and for African Americans (2017), Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy: Zig Jackson, Wendy Red Star, Will Wilson (with Dr. Deana Dartt, 2016), and Blue Sky: The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40 (2014). She has published essays in multiple publications including Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal... (2018), Sun, Shadows, Stone: The Photography of Terry Toedtemeier (2018), Geolocation: Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman (2015), Blue Sky: The Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts at 40 (2014), and The Question of Hope: Robert Adams in Western Oregon (2013). Dr. Dolan received a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MA in Art History from the Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD in Art History from Boston University. She has worked with the photography collections at institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University.

WIEDEN+KENNEDY - Netherlands

Katarina Pepichova, Creative Producer

Katarina Pepichova is an advocate of excellence through simplicity and creativity. In her role of a global creative producer, she has won several acclaimed awards by Cannes Lions, LIA awards, AICP, SHOT awards, WPP, Fast Company, The Webby Awards and many more. Before joining Wieden+Kennedy, she was part of the Calvin Klein, adidas family, Philips and Ogilvy&Mather. She obtained a masters degree in Design Thinking at Valand Academy of Art and Design in Goteborg, Sweden. As side projects, she's actively participating in changing the gender bias in the advertising industry through organisations such as Girls in Film, Femme Palette and Free The Work.