The Nominators

Over one hundred respected photography experts from 43 countries, including curators, gallery managers, art directors and numerous photographers, will select the participants for LOBA 2021:

Adnan Abidi (India), Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist

Terje Abusdal (Norway), Photographer and LOBA winner 2017

Monica Allende (Spain), Artistic Director of GetxoPhoto Photo Festival

Isabel Amado (Brazil), Curator

Peggy Sue Amison (Qatar/Germany), Artistic Director East Wing Gallery, Doha

José Luis Amores (Spain), Director of EFTI, Centro Internacional De Fotografía y Cine

Tuan Anh Le (Vietnam), Photographer

Evgenia Arbugaeva (Russia), Photographer and LOBA winner 2013

Roger Ballen (South Africa), Photographer

Ofir Barak (Israel), Photographer

Ray Barbee (USA), Skater, musician and photographer

Pablo Bartholomew (India), Photographer

Fernando Belzunce (Spain), Editorial Director of Vocento Group

Michael Benson (United Kingdom), Director of Prix Pictet and founder of Photo London

Pauline Benthede (Sweden), Global Director of Exhibitions, Fotografiska

Julio Bittencourt (Brazil), Photographer and LOBA winner 2007

Laura Bravo López (Puerto Rico), Professor in the Art History Program at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus

Rid Burman (India), Photographer

Manila Camarini (Italy), Chief Photo Editor, La Repubblica

Xavier Canonne (Belgium), Director at Musée de la Photographie de la Communauté française à Charleroi

Claudio Carreras (Spain), Photo editor

Alejandro Cegarra (Venezuela), Photographer and LOBA Newcomer winner 2014 

Centro de la Imagen (Mexico), Photography Museum, Mexico City

Gintaras Česonis (Lithuania), Curator at Kaunas Photography Gallery

Virunan Chiddaycha (Thailand), Lecturer, Photographer and Artist

Claudio Composti (Italy), Gallery owner and curator

Rodolphe de Spoelberch (Belgium), Director and founder at Arthus Gallery and Hangar H18 art center

Simindokht Dehghani (Iran), Director of Ag Galerie, Teheran

Benedetta Donato (Italy), Curator

Diane Dufour (France), Director of Le Bal, Paris

Yasemin Elçi (Luxembourg/Turkey), Curator and Journalist 

Federico Estol (Uruguay), Director of San José Foto Festival

Gonçalo Fonseca (Portugal), Photographer and LOBA Newcomer winner 2020

Alice Gabriner (USA), Photo Editor

Alessia Glaviano (Italy), Brand Visual Director, Vogue Italia

Jan Grarup (Denmark), Photojournalist and LOBA Winner 2011

David Hagger (Australia), Consultant and Co-Director of Blackartprojects

Misan Harriman (United Kingdom), Photographer and Founder of @Whatweseee

Markus Hartmann (Germany), Founder of Hartmann Books and Hartmann Projects

Wolfgang Heinen (Germany), Publisher and General Manager IMH Imaging Media House

Mathias Heng (Singapore), Photojournalist and instructor

Magdalena Herrera (France), Director of Photography, Geo France

Rebecca Hicks (United Kingdom), Director at Purdy Hicks Gallery

Todd Hido (USA), Photographer and Artist

Tul Hirunyalawaan (Thailand), Photoartist and Founder of @sungkrohsang (School of Photographic Arts Bangkok)

Michael Horbach (Germany), Gallery owner, collector and photographer, founder of the Michael Horbach Foundation

Ciril Jazbec (Slovenia), Photographer and LOBA Newcomer winner 2013

JR (France), Photographer and street artist

Paulo Kassab Jr. (Brazil), Curator and Gallery owner (Galeria Lume)

Andrew Katz (USA), Deputy Director of Photography, Time magazine

Gisela Kayser (Germany), Managing Director and Artistic Director of the Freundeskreis Willy-Brandt-Haus

Tarun Khiwal (India), Photographer

Matjaz Krivic (Slovenia), Photographer

Lois Lammerhuber (Austria), Founder of Festival La Gacilly-Baden Photo and owner of Edition Lammerhuber

Olivier Laurent (USA), Director of Photography International Edition at Washington Post

Steven Lee (Malaysia), Photographer and founder director of Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards

Sarah Leen (USA), Founder and Editor of the Visual Thinking Collective

Luca Locatelli (Italy), Photographer, film-maker and LOBA winner 2020

Mark Lubell (USA), Executive Director ICP, International Center of Photography, New York City

Adam Mazur (Poland), Curator, author and editor in chief Blok magazine

Sebastian Gil Miranda (Argentina), Documentary photographer, filmmaker, visual artist and founder member of Photographers for Change

Igor Mukhin (Russia), Photographer and teacher at Rodchenko Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia

Tomás Munita (Chile), Photographer and LOBA winner 2006

Dominic Nahr (Switzerland) Photographer and LOBA Newcomer winner 2009

Laura Noble (United Kingdom), Director at L A Noble Gallery

Naoko Ohta (Japan), Founder of NPO Tokyo-GA

Silvia Omedes (Spain), Curator, photo editor and director of Photographic Social Vision Foundation Barcelona

Søren Pagter (Denmark), Head of photojournalism education, Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX)

Jens Pepper (Poland/Germany), Writer, curator and photographer

Max Pinckers (Belgium), Photographer and LOBA winner 2018

Christian Popkes (Germany), Photographer and artistic director at PHOTOPIA Hamburg, founder and curator at Oberstdorfer Fotogipfel

Isidro Ramirez (Singapore), Lecturer, School of Design Communication at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore

Manuel Rivera-Ortiz (Puerto Rico/USA), Photographer and founder of the Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation For Documentary Photography & Film

Masako Sato (Japan), Curator, consultant and founder of Contact Tokyo

Malin Schulz (Germany), Art Director and member of the editorial board of Die Zeit 

Seal (United Kingdom), Singer, Grammy Award winner and photographer

Laura Serani (France), Curator, author. Director of the Festival Planches Contact, Deauville and president of the jury for the Fondation Les Treilles

Johan Sjöström (Sweden), Curator of Exhibitions, Gothenburg Museum of Art

Kristian Skylstad (Norway), Artist and guest curator for the Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival

Karen Smith (United Kingdom/China), Art critic, curator, Artistic Director of the Shanghai Center of Photography and Liu Heung Shing (China), Founder and director of the Shanghai Center of Photography

Sujong Song (Korea), Curator and photo editor

Maggie Steber (USA), Photographer and judge for Women Photographers Grant

Enrico Stefanelli (Italy), Artistic director, Photolux Festival

Olga Sviblova (Russia), Founding director Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Taras Taraporvala (India), Photographer

Guy Tillim (South Africa), Photographer and LOBA winner 2005

Andreas Trampe (Germany), Senior picture editor Gruner + Jahr

Gaia Tripoli (Italy), Photo editor, The New York Times

István Virágvölgyi (Hungary), Photo editor, curator and secretary of the Robert Capa Photography Grand Prize Hungary

Vineet Vohra (India), Photographer

James Wellford (USA), Senior photo editor for global issues at National Geographic

Christoph Wiesner (France), Director of Les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles

Andrew S. T. Wong (China), Photographer

Rony Zakaria (Indonesia), Photographer

Alexander Zemlianichenko (Russia), Chief photographer for the Moscow bureau of The Associated Press and Pulitzer Prize winner

Ilmārs Znotiņš (Latvia), Photographer of the President of Latvia, organizer of photo contests and exhibitions