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Third UNCCD Photo Contest Panel

Of the photographs submitted by 26 July 2013, the judges will select a winner from a shortlist of 20 photographs. An international panel of experts in photography and the Convention's subject matters will prepare the shortlist. Leading photographers are also among the, and include:

Chetan Soni

Born and raised in Dhar,Chetan Soni discovered his passion for photography at a very young age. Over the last 15 years he accumulated education, knowledge and experience in order to capture the perfect moment in a creative and professional manner. Chetan is a freelance photojournalist and works for various Newspapers and Magazineswith now more than 15 years experience in Photography. He is interested in all kind of photography,especially in news and people photography. For Chetan photographyis a spiritual act. He loves to play around with light to create different images and moods of peoples and catching their problems and solution with his camera.  His images have been recognized and awarded on numerous occassions such as1st Prize Madhya Pradesh state Literacy Photo Contest in 2008, 1st and 2nd award in Madhya Pradesh state Art Academy, Bhopal in 2009, 1st Prize in Florida Literacy Photo contest in 2010, Category Winner of INDIA Future of Change Photography Contest  in 2011 and National Award(honor) from the Government of India New Delhi in 2012.

Catherine Karnow

Born and raised in Hong Kong, the daughter of an American journalist, San Francisco-based photographer Catherine Karnow’s shoots for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, French and German GEO and other international publications. She has also participated in several Day in the Life series, Passage to Vietnam, and Women in the Material World. Catherine has covered Australian Aborigines; Bombay film stars; victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam; Russian “Old Believers” in Alaska; Greenwich, Connecticut high society; and an Albanian farm family. In 1994, she was the only non-Vietnamese photo-journalist to accompany General Giap on his historic first return to the forest encampment in the northern Vietnam highlands from which he plotted the battle of Dien Bien Phu. She also gained unprecedented access to Prince Charles for her 2006 National Geographic feature, “Not Your Typical Radical.”

Ash Appleton

Ash Appleton is a Kenyan, freelance travel/documentary and portrait photographer, based in London, UK. Ash only took up photography at the beginning of 2010, after enrolling in a series of Saturday morning workshops. Her motivation was just to learn how to use all the buttons on her Sony cybershot, camera so that she could take “acceptable” photos. At that point, she was frustrated because although work assignments were taking her all over the world and providing her with a fascinating insight to peoples, places and cultures, she was not able to capture what she had seen and experienced in a meaningful way. Ash’s passion was ignited and her photographic vision and skills quickly developed after the initial classes: her images have been recognized and exhibited in the UK. Ash’s image was one of 123 images selected by the Royal Photographic Society, from 2800 images, submitted from 747 photographers worldwide, for their 155th International Print Exhibition in 2012. She was also a finalist in the Eden TV Human Planet Photography competition in the same year. Her documentary image graces the front cover of Interstate Liability for Climate Change-related Damage published in 2013 by eleven international publishing.  As well as being a photographer, Ash is also a published sustainable development writer with extensive experience in: environmental law and policy; climate change; biodiversity; agriculture and food security; energy; and governance. Development issues are a major influence on Ash’s photography, particularly the environment, gender, health and education. Ash is committed to telling other people’s stories. She strives to create timeless, compelling and emotive images and is happiest capturing the spirit, beauty, resilience and grace of the subjects she shoots. Her background provides her with a vital perspective when shooting documentary and travel images, where she aims to raise questions but not necessarily provide all the answers. Additionally, she also brings her love of fashion, styling, modern art and design to her editorial-style portraits.

Maria Morina

Maria Morina is a Russian documentary photographer and filmmaker.Ms. Morina is one of the authors of a joint project by three female photographers Grozny: Nine Cities, exploring specific aspects of the aftermath of two Chechen wars, which has won several international awards - Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, Grand Prize in the Multimedia Category, finalist of The Aftermath Project Grant, Anthropographia Human Rights Through Visual Storytelling Awards among others.  Ms. Morina’s 5.5 minutes documentary films on Nizhny Tagil youngsters lifestyle was selected for The Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid and won a honorable mention from the International Photography Awards in 2012. Selected exhibitions include Berlin Photo Festival Tbilisi Photofestival, Georgia, Athens Photo Festival, Ojo de Pez Photomeeting Barcelona, International Festival of Photography in Lodz, Polland.

Pedro Matallo

Been an autodidact almost all his carreer, Pedro Matallo works with image production since he was 14 years old – passing through video and movie companies, design and propaganda agencies and publishing companies. He lived and worked in a few different cities; Brasília, João Pessoa and São Paulo, where he lives today. Nowadays, his work is more personal, using photography, painting, and cenography and making everything since book covers, magazine art-direction and cenaries for music. As a photographer, was finalist of the 2009 Guilherme Hortêncio Photography Award; participated at the collective exhibition in São Paulo’s Pinacoteca, in 2010; and in the solo exhibition at Sala Cristantempo, 2010 and in the Centro Cultural Rio Verde, 2011, also in São Paulo. It’s a member of the photographic collective Luzia, that realizes contemporary photography works since 2012, with exhibitions in the Mostra São Paulo de Fotografia (2013).
As a speaker, did workshops about photography and art direction in João Pessoa, Brasília and São Paulo. As an student, was part of the Eder Chiodetto’s study group (one of brazilian most important photography curators), between 2011 and 2012. Also did courses with the photographer Gustavo Moura, in João Pessoa, in 2008.

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