Your work submitted to Photographer of the Year 2017 photo contest will be judged by international panel of high profile photographers.

Marie Sordat was born in France, lives and works in Belgium. Her images are part of the national french and belgian collections. Since 2004, her work has been published, projected and exhibited in museums, galeries and festivals: Espace Contretype, Botanique, Museum Dr Guislain, Palais Royal, Bozar, 44 Gallery, International Biennal of Photography and Visual Arts of Liège, Hotel de Sauroy, Rencontres d’Arles, Itinéraires des photographes Voyageurs, Boutographies, Tbilisi Photo Festival, Angkor Photo Festival. She althought teaches photography at Insas, for who she curated the exhibition « Le Regard Exercé » at Iselp, Brussels. Her work is represented by Box Galerie.

Tariq Dajani was born in England and spent his formative years growing up in both the Middle East and Europe, where he gained an understanding and appreciation of different cultures and traditions. A passion for art and music lead him to explore various outlets for creative expression, until he eventually chose a career in photography.

During periods of working in London, Stockholm and Dubai, he established a distinctive style which resonates with truth and emotion. His art work is widely exhibited and collected. Tariq Dajani resides with his wife, and their Arabian horses and Saluki dogs on a farm in the green countryside of Galicia, northwestern Spain, where he focuses on photographic projects and runs photogravure print-making and other creative workshops.

Fabrice Fouillet is a French professional photographer based in Paris. He first studied sociology and ethnology, then photography at the Gobelins school in Paris, and specialized in still lifes. He currently lives in Paris and regularly works with many magazines, such as Vogue, Wallpaper, Numero, L’Express, Le Monde, The New York Times.

His out-of-studio approach fluctuates between art and documentary and aims to explore the close relationship of men with their environment. His work favours a thorough architectural approach and stems from a particular outlook and idea, serving uncluttered aesthetics.

Marta Azevedo was born and raised in Rio Janeiro, Brazil, the daughter of a military father and stay-at-home mother. When she turned 18, her parents gave her a camera as a gift. She then decided to take some basic photography courses. Years later, she began to take photography more seriously. In 2003 she started the project Black Faces, influenced by her experience in the neighborhoods of Rio.

In 2004, she married an american painter and moved to the United States, In 2005 set up a studio at home and continued the project on the african descendants. Once a year she goes to Rio de Janeiro to visit her family and friends and photograph the black Brazilians.

Vincent Fournier was born in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) in 1970 and grew up in France on the coast of Brittany. After undergraduate studies in Sociology and a Masters in Visual Arts (Montpellier 1994) he obtained the Diploma of the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles in 1997.

His work is represented by a number of galleries and is regularly shown at international art fairs. Three books have been published on Fournier’s work: ‘Past Forward’, ‘Space Project’, and ‘Brasilia’. His work also features in international magazines including Wired and Wallpaper. Vincent Fournier currently lives and works in Paris.

Eleonora Pecorella is a photographer and art historian born in Rome in 1973. She received her BA and Master in Art History from Rome La Sapienza University. She worked few years in this field in Italy, before moving to London in 2008, where she exclusively focused on photography as her main interest and activity, studying photography at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

As soon as she started learning it, she felt that photography was the tool to satisfy her need to expression. Her first practice focused on macro photography to undertake a visual investigation of plants and flowers, in order to emphasize the hidden artistry in the world of plants which silently surrounds human life. She had her first solo exhibition “Botanical Beauty” at the Imperial College of London in May-June 2010.She then opened to other subjects. She travelled around the world in 2012 for 4 months keeping a photoblogging, published on an Italian online magazine (TheTripMag).

Pelle Cass is represented by Gallery Kayafas in Boston. He has presented solo shows at Gallery Kayafas, Boston; Stux Gallery, Boston; Frank Marino Gallery, NYC; the Griffin Museum of Photography; the Photographic Resource Center, Boston, and the Fogg Art Museum print room. A solo show “Selected People” will appear in the main gallery of the Houston Center of Photography, Houston, in fall 2011. His work is owned by the Fogg Art Museum, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Polaroid Collection, the DeCordova Museum, Lehigh University Art Galleries, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

He was Winner: Top 50, Critical Mass, Photolucida, Portland, OR, in 2008 and 2009, and was awarded a Yaddo Fellowship in 2010. He was born in Brooklyn, NY, and lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. He aspires to be a conformist, but has not yet succeeded.

Peter Braunholz (b. 1963) studied Music in Los Angeles as well as German and Film Studies in Frankfurt. 2010-14 he was curator and jury member at the Abisag-Tüllmann-Foundation in Frankfurt. He also received a scholarship by Huantie Museum in Beijing including lecture and portfolio review at Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang.

His award-winning work has been on show worldwide including Arsenal of Venice, Musée du Louvre Paris and numerous international art fairs. Works of his have been acquired by major collections and have been published by a number of magazines. In April 2017 Kehrer Publishing House will release the monographic book "Photographic Realities" about his work including an essay by former Art Cologne Director Gérard A. Goodrow.

Naomi Harris is a photographer. Naomi is from Toronto, Canada, and studied at the International Center of Photography in New York. Naomi has lived and photographed at a Miami Beach senior citizens hotel and attended thirty-eight swingers’ parties for the book America Swings (published by TASCHEN and presented by Richard Prince). Naomi has driven across Canada and photographed the oldest citizen, the world’s largest coffee pot, albino twins and rescued a pregnant Shih Tzu. Naomi lived in her car traveling across the United States for nine months while becoming an American citizen. Naomi has visited more American-themed amusement parks in Europe and European themed towns in America than any other person for her project EUSA, coming 2017. Naomi currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Toronto.

Julia Gunther (born in Berlin in 1979) graduated from the University of the Arts, London, UK, in 2003, with a BA in Film & Video Studies. First based in Berlin, London and now Amsterdam, she worked as a spark on feature films, tv shows and commercials. After a year in Cape Town working for a production company in 2008 she started shifting gears to concentrate solely on photography.

From 2008, and aside from her commercial work, Julia has essentially devoted her time to her personal project Proud Women of Africa – a documentation of the lives of women that work and/or live in Africa. In 2012/2013 Julia gained international recognition through her Proud Women of Africa projects.

Biography. Erik Hijweege (1963) worked as an advertising agency strategist for twelve years before deciding in 1998 to follow his heart and become a photographer. Since then he has been working on commissions and producing personal work. In 2004 he published Noir, a book of photographs offering a penetrating insight into the lives of the African SAN and albinos.

In 2012 the Netherlands photographed as a miniature took center stage in his book Holland. Since 2013 Hijweege has been using 19th century wet plate collodion process for his personal work.

Tiina is Finnish landscape photographer, who’s built up a reputation off of hard work and a keen eye. Compromising of shots with a delicate touch, one of finding a scene in her often harsh surroundings, she’s definitely not afraid to battle a little cold to get a great photo, in effect capturing moments with mesmerizing prowess that others dream to see.

Christoph Morlinghaus is a German photographer now based in New York. He studied at Fachhochschule Dortmund, School of Photography & Design. In 1994 he received the Reinhard Wolf award and his work was included at the same exhibition in the Museum of Art & Commerce, Hamburg. Since then Christoph has gone on to work on prestigious international advertising campaigns, his clients including Lufthansa, British Airways, IBM, Lexus, Mercedes Benz, Microsoft, Sony Playstation, Audi, Volkswagon and Nike.

Morlinghaus had his first solo exhibition at Roebling Hall Gallery, Brooklyn, in 2004, which he returned to with his solo show Form/Faith in 2007. Group exhibitions he has participated in include An Index For Indoctrination, FIFI Projects, Monterrey, Mexico, (2009) and Crown of the Lost New York, USA, (2009), while awards he has received include a bronze at the Eurobest awards in France (1996), a silver at the German Art Directors Club (1998), and merit awards from both the Association of photographers in London (2002) and from the Art Directors Club (2006). His personal images are beautifully crafted photographs that couple a calculated formality with a stunning monumentality, often characteristic of the new school of German & American photography.

Jessica Auer is a photographer and visual artist from Montreal. Her work is broadly concerned with the study of cultural sites, focusing on themes that connect place, journey and cultural experience.

Jessica received her MFA in Studio Arts from Concordia University in 2007 and has since exhibited across Canada and abroad. An avid wanderer, she has participated in numerous international artist residencies including The Leighton Artist’s Colony at the Banff Centre in Alberta, The Brucebo Travel Residency based in Gotland, Sweden, The Chilkoot Trail AIR in Alaska and the Yukon Territory and the Skaftfell Centre for Visual Art in Seydisfjördur, Iceland.

Her work is held in various private and public collections, including the Musée des Beaux Arts du Québec, the Canada Council Art Bank and the Cirque du Soleil. Her first book, Unmarked Sites, was noted by Photo-Eye and the Indie Photobook Library as one of the top ten photography books published in 2011. Jessica currently teaches photography at Concordia University.
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