Foundation Advisory Board & Award Judges

Foundation Advisors

Our foundation advisory panel is comprised of renowned photography experts,film makers and critics from around the world. As authorities from the full spectrum documentary reportage, they provide guidance and help define goals on foundation projects and initiatives. As well, they are often called upon to serve as judges on foundation grant and award juries.

Irène Attinger — Library Director of La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
Lucien Clergue — Founder of the Rencontres d'Arles and President of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts, Arles 
Dr. Anthony Bannon
  — Executive Director, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY. Director Emeritus, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
Michael Benson — Director of the Prix Pictet, Founder of Candlestar Ltd — specialising in innovative art and education projects, London
Tom Callinan — Non-profit advocate and activist, founder of CharitableWords.com and The Charitable Words Scholars Fund, Cincinnati, OH 
Armelle Canitrot — Photography Critic for La Croix, Paris
Diane DufourDirector of Le BAL-Paris. Former Director Magnum Photos, Paris
Christian Caujolle — Founder of Agency and Gallery VU, Founder and Arts Director of Photo Phnom Penh festival, Cambodia
Stanley Greene — American Photographer, Conflict Photojournalist, NOOR Images, Paris
W.M. Hunt — Collector, curator and consultant: a champion of photography and the author of "The Unseen Eye", New York City
Françoise HuguierFrench Photographer and Founder of the Rencontres de Bamako Festival of Photography, Paris
Gustavo Jononovich
 — 2012 MRO Foundation grant recipient. Hyères, Funded project: "Richland," Buenos Aires
Gwen Lee — Director and founder of Singapore International Photography Festival and owner of 2902 Gallery, Singapore
Claudine Maugendre — Art Director of La Nuit de l’Année Festival d'Arles, Arles
Stéphane Maurel — European Market Development Manager, Blurb, London
Mads Nissen — 2011 Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation grant recipient. Funded project: "No Shelter From Fear", Copenhagen
REZA — Iranian-French Photojournalist, National Geographic Magazine, Paris
Irena Choi Stern — Assistant Dean, Alumni Relations, Columbia University Joseph Pulitzer Graduate School of Journalism, New York City
Echo Duan Yuting — Art Director of Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China 

2014 Documentary Photography Grant Jury

Judging for the 2014 Photography Grant will take the week July 7 in Arles. The photography experts and critics on the panel includes:

Michael Benson — Director of the Prix Pictet, Founder of Photo London, London
Anne Biroleau — Curator of Photography at Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
Claude Hudelot — Collector, Director Emeritus of Les Rencontres d'Arles, Attaché Culturel Emeritus of France in China
W.M. Hunt — Collector, curator and consultant: a champion of photography and the author of "The Unseen Eye: Photographs From The Unconscious", New York City
Azu Nwagbogu Founder and Director of Lagos Photo Festival, Founder and Director of African Artists' Foundation, Lagos 
Laura Sérani  Artistic Director of Les Rencontres de Bamako, Paris
Marco Zappone  Director of Éditions Photosynthèses, Arles 

2013 Documentary Photography Grant Jury

Judging for the 2013 Photography Grant took place in Arles. The photography experts and critics on the panel included:

Michael Benson — Director of the Prix Pictet, London
Christian Caujolle — Founder of Agency and Gallery VU, Founder and Arts Director of Photo Phnom Penh festival, Cambodia
Lucien Clergue — Founder of the Rencontres d'Arles and President of the French Académie des Beaux-Arts, Arles
W.M. Hunt — Collector, curator and consultant: a champion of photography and the author of "The Unseen Eye", New York City
Gwen Lee  Director and founder of Singapore International Photography Festival and owner of 2902 Gallery, Singapore

2012 Documentary Photography Grant Jury

Judging for the 2012 Documentary Photography Grant took place at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in the historic heart of Paris. Joining Foundation Director, Didier de Faÿs and Foundation President, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, in the selection process were an esteemed panel of photography experts and critics including:

Daphné Anglès — European Picture Coordinator, The New York Times, Paris
Irène Attinger — Library Director of La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris
Armelle Canitrot — Photography Critic for La Croix, Paris
Stanley Greene — American Photographer, Conflict Photojournalist, NOOR Images
Michel Mallard — Art Director of the International Festival of Fashion and Photography, Hyères, France
Claudine Maugendre — Art Director of La Nuit de l’Année Festival d'Arles, France
REZA — Iranian-French Photojournalist, National Geographic Magazine
Echo Duan Yuting — Art Director of Lianzhou International Photo Festival, China

2011 Documentary Photography Grant Jury

Judging for the inaugural 2011 Documentary Photography Grant took place in the Gherkin at Swiss RE in London with the selection panel of experts including:
 

Jon Levy  Founder and director of Foto8, London
Marc Prüst  Photography consultant, curator and teacher, Paris
Manuel Rivera-Ortiz  President and founder of The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film, New York City & Zurich