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Our international panel of judges

Lekgetho Makola by Gabi Ngcobo
CREDIT: Gabi Ngcobo
Lekgetho Makola
CEO Javett Art Centre

Lekgetho Makola is CEO of Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria – South Africa, Lekgetho Makola is the former Head of Market Photo Workshop in Johannesburg for over 5 years, he has been part of a number of diverse visual storytelling platforms and curatorial committees that included the Rencontres de Bamako in Mali, New York Times portfolio reviews, CatchLight, Thami Mnyele Arts Awards and chairing the World Press Photo Contest General Jury 2020.

His artistic philosophy is embedded in social justice and advocacy as an International Ford Foundation Fellow on Social Justice. He accumulated extensive strategic experience in arts administration and artistic programming from institutions he worked for in over two decades. These are the Durban Art Museum, Robben Island Museum, including Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. As an MFA Film student of Howard University in Washington DC, he co-founded Kali TV - 2012 an online media organization communicating experiences of Africans in the diaspora.

On his return to South African, Lekgetho founded Kgethi Images for production of moving and still Images with focus on advocacy issues and heritage memories of South Africans. Lekgetho was born in GaSekhukhune – Limpopo and is a founding member of Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa. He is a proponent of diverse and inclusive visual storytelling practice and representation globally. He led the Market Photo Workshop to winning the Principal Prince Claus Award in 2018.

Roy Mehta
Roy Mehta
Photographer and Senior Lecturer
Since he became a photographer, Mehta's work has regularly engaged in different ways with cultural identity, through images presented in REVIVAL, LONDON 1989-1993 and his other books and projects such as 'DISTANT RELATIONS' and ‘COASTLINE'.
He is drawn to seeing how photography can offer us an opportunity to reflect on our common histories and celebrate our respective identities. His work explores how different cultures and identities touch, engage and interweave around each other. As part of this process he has recently been making new work in Mumbai, India exploring a city that he could have gown up in had his family not moved to the UK. This new work examines second-generation immigration and the resulting cross-cultural fluidity.
In a similar way his work also explores what we consider to be ‘nature’, as in his recent series LOCKDOWN where he uses image and text to interpret the current Pandemic.
His work is in private collections and the permanent collections of Autograph, Historic England, The Library of Birmingham, The Harris Museum and Art Gallery and IKS Collection, Germany.
He is also a senior lecturer on the BA Photojournalism and Documentary course at LCC, London
Tanvi Mishra
CREDIT: Aditya Kapoor
Tanvi Mishra
Photo Editor, Writer and Creative Director, The Caravan

Tanvi Mishra is a Delhi-based photo editor, curator, and writer. Among her interests are South Asian histories and activisms, peoples’ movements and as well as the notion of fiction in photography, particularly in the current political landscape. 

She currently works as the Creative Director of The Caravan, a journal of politics and culture published out of Delhi. She is part of the photo-editorial team of PIX, a South Asian publication and display practice. In 2013 and 2015, she was part of the Delhi Photo Festival team in India and was a guest curator at the second edition of Photo Kathmandu, held in Nepal in 2016. She occasionally writes on photography and her work has been published in FOAM Magazine, Transformations—Exploring Changes in an Around Photography, The Caravan, amongst others. She has served on various juries, including World Press Photo 2020 and the Hindu Photojournalism Awards 2019. She is a nominator and was on the jury panel of World Press Photo's Joop Swart Masterclass. She was a curatorial collaborator for the Greenpeace Photo Award 2018 and is a mentor for the 2019-20 Women Photograph program.

Mimi Mollica
CREDIT: Mimi Mollica
Mimi Mollica
Photographer and Director of Offspring PhotoMeet
Mimi Mollica (Palermo, Italy 1975) is an award winning documentary photographer and multimedia artist whose work examines themes relating to identity, culture, environment, migration, and the impacts of social and political change upon communities. Mollica’s long-term projects are characterised by an immersive engagement with the themes he focuses on and reveal a distinctive dedication that goes beyond the professional aspect of being a photographer. In his words, photography flirts with immediate truths and feeds itself of visual deceptions and is ultimately an intelligent discrimination of reality.
Mollica’s multi-awarded work has been widely featured in various prestigious publications ranging from The Guardian Weekend Magazine, Financial Times Weekend Magazine, The New York Times Lens, Newsweek Japan, Sunday Times Magazine, Internazionale, C Photo, Granta Magazine, among many others. Exhibition highlights include Somerset House, London 2013, The Rencontres D’Arles 2011, London Street Photography 2011, Contributed Gallery, Berlin 2010, Jerwood Space, London 2010, Milk Gallery, New York City and Third Floor Gallery, Cardiff 2010 and European Parliament, Strasbourg 2009 plus more.
In 2015 Mimi founded the Offspring Photo Meet, a yearly event that champions artistic talent and celebrates photography through a series of portfolio reviews and a cultural programming of talks, panel discussions, projections and more. (
Mimi published two books Terra Nostra (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2017) and East London Up Close (Hoxton Mini Press 2021)

Mimi runs his innovative series of online and physical workshops on visual story-telling, focussing on developing the photographers ability to conceive, produce and package a photo essay of their choice.

Mimi founded the Photo Meet, an organisation aimed at celebrating photography through a series of events such as the Offspring Photo Meet which include portfolio reviews, lectures, networking, presentations and much more.


Rosy Santella Resized
Rosy Santella

Photo Editor Internazionale, Rome

Rosy Santella is photo editor at Internazionale. She joined the weekly magazine in 2010, and since 2014 she has been working on the Portfolio section, where she selects and publishes reportages from all over the world.

She also works on the website where she has been assigning photographers for several years. Since 2016 she has been teaching photo editing. She works as curator and consultant for editorial projects and international awards and grants.

Marie Sumalla
Marie Sumalla
International Photo Editor Le Monde

Marie Sumalla is the photo editor for the international and news pages of the French national daily, Le Monde. Major stories she has followed include the last chapter of the conflict in Libya, until the fall of Gaddafi, and the conflict in Syria. From 2008 to 2011, Sumalla was in charge of the editorial department responsible for press assignment, resale in Europe and editorial projects, at Magnum Photos in Paris. Prior to that, she was the PR in charge of events related to photography at the 2e Bureau press office.

Marie is interested in all sorts of documentary work, in a concerned way, from artistic to journalistic perspective. She prefers not to review commercial photography.


Bindi Vora (Photograph By Laura Hensser For
CREDIT: Laura Hensser
Bindi Vora
Curatorial Projects Manager at Autograph, London

Bindi Vora is the Curatorial Projects Manager at Autograph, London. Her recent curatorial project Poulomi Basu: Centralia was jointly awarded the Rencontres d’Arles - Louis Roederer Discovery Award jury prize 2020. Since joining Autograph Vora has co-curated solo exhibitions including Lola Flash: [sur]passing and Maxine Walker: Untitled. Her writing has appeared in Foam Magazine, Loose Associations and Lee Bul: Crashing; most recently initiating a new series of artist-in-conversations which have featured Monica Alcazar Duarte, Maryam Wahid and Tobi Falade Alexandra amongst others. Vora has contributed to public programmes at London Art Fair, GRAIN Photography Hub and The Photographers’ Gallery. She previously held positions at the Hayward Gallery and The Photographers’ Gallery.

Instagram: @Bindi_Vora