Photo by Sarah Isaacs
Photographer and Filmmaker
Ami is an Ambassador for Nikon and a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine. Her journey as a photographer, writer and filmmaker have taken her to over 100 countries where she has witnessed civil unrest and violence, but also surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit. She has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit-all in keeping with her philosophy of "living the story".
Photo by Alize Le Maoult
Director of Photography at Polka Magazine
Dimitri is a founding member of Polka Magazine which was established in 2008. From 2004 to 2006, he ran the Aina photo agency in Kabul and trained Afghan photographers. He was also editor-in-chief of the bilingual French-English magazine "Les Nouvelles de Kaboul / New Afghanistan". Dimitri began his career as a freelance journalist in 1998 and has worked frequently in Central Asia and the Caucasus region. He regularly speaks at conferences on photojournalism and teaches at the Journalism Department of Sciences Po Institute in Paris.
Photo by Olivier Morin.
AFP Photographer in charge of Magazine/Lifestyle
Joël Saget has been working for AFP for over 25 years. For the past four years, he has specialised in portrait photography of public figures. He was the pioneer behind the agency's studio portraits initiative, which has since been replicated in several bureaux across AFP's global network.
Saget was born in 1963, in Caen, Normandy. He began training as a metal worker but soon realised that was not his calling. After serving five years in the French army, he discovered photography while celebrating his 24th birthday with members of Ecuador's indigenous community. He went on to work for the three main France-based photo agencies (Sygma, Sipa, Gamma) and then began working as a stringer for AFP from Rouen, Normandy. H e became a staff journalist based at AFP's Paris HQ in the late 1990s and has since covered Kosovo, Chechnya, Iraq, Gaza and Afghanistan. He has also covered several Tour de France competitions and the Olympic games.
Photo by Sam Taylor Johnson
Lynsey is an award-winning international photojournalist whose work appears in The New York Times, National Geographic and Time Magazine. She has photographed conflict and humanitarian crisis across the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, including two decades of work in Afghanistan, where Addario focused on the ongoing war and the toll of the conflict on Afghan civilians. Among Lynsey's numerous awards is a MacArthur Fellowship, a shared Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, and the Overseas Press Club's Olivier Rebbot Award. In January, 2015, American Photo Magazine named her one of the top five photographers of the last 25 years who have influenced the way we see the world.
Paula Bronstein's many nominations and awards span decades and represent only a small space in what is simply a lifetime of phenomenal frontline news and documentary photography across the globe. She sits alongside the most important female photographers of our time, as a multiple nominee and award winner of contests including The Pulitzer, Pictures of The Year International, The National Press Photographer's Association and most recently Days Japan. She has judged for The World Press Photo Award, exhibited extensively, and given interviews herself for the media in the US, Australia, and across Asia. Paula worked as staff for major US newspapers including The Hartford Courant and The Chicago Tribune before moving overseas to Bangkok. She then went onto working for Getty Images as a staff photographer for over a decade. Paula's images have been published in almost every globally recognized publication. Her work reflects a dedicated humanitarian and visual war correspondent finding moments nobody else would dare look for. She continues to photograph presidents and kings, natural disasters, political turmoil and conflict, and always the most impoverished and vulnerable people on this earth, from Mongolia to Afghanistan and Africa. Paula is currently freelance, represented by Reportage / Getty Images.
Photo by Diego Moreno.
Independent photography curator
Yumi Goto is an independent photography curator, editor, researcher, consultant, educator and publisher who focuses on the development of cultural exchanges that transcend borders.
She collaborates with local and international artists who live and work in areas affected by conflict, natural disasters, current social problems, human rights abuses and women's issues. She often works with human rights advocates, international and local NGOs, humanitarian organizations and as well as being involved as a nominator and juror for the international photographic organizations, festivals and events.
She is now based in Tokyo and also a co-founder and curator for the Reminders Photography Stronghold which is curated membership gallery space in Tokyo enabling a wide range of photographic activities.