James Estrin is a senior staff photographer for The New York Times and an editor of its photography blog, Lens. He started at the Times in 1987 and was part of a team that won a 2001 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. He has also written for The Times and produced multimedia projects for its Web site. This year, he has been photographing a series of stories on Islam. In 2004 and 2005, he wrote and photographed several articles on assisted suicide and dying. Estrin was a staff photographer for the Jackson Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. from 1981 to 1983 and then freelanced in Washington D.C. and New York before joining the Times.
Ruth Eichhorn has been the director of photography of the Geo magazines, headquartered in Hamburg, since 1994. She oversees a department that shapes the photographic direction of the different magazines and most of the foreign editions, working directly with contributing photographers from around the globe. From 1988 to 1994, Eichhorn worked out of the New York office for German Geo, as their bureau chief. Before that she worked for a number of different German magazines as a photo editor.
Eichhorn has curated and organized numerous exhibitions and edited a range of photo books. She heads the German nominating committee for the Joop Swart Masterclass, and was a member of the 2004 and 2006 World Press Photo juries.
Eliseo Barbàra is the founder and director of MoST Artists, a photographers and creative storytellers agency. During his post-graduate university years, Eliseo started to work at Grazia Neri, leading photo agency in Italy, as international editor and then he was appointed as project manager at new media development. In 2010-2011, Eliseo worked as photo editor and photographers agent in Milan, London and Rome. He moved to Bangkok in 2012 where he launched MoST Artists representing photographers, illustrators and film directors for advertising, art and editorial industries. Eliseo is also involved in several exhibitions, publications, consultancy and teaching projects.
Rishi Singhal was born (1975) in New Delhi, and is now based out of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He received his education at the Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology, Ahmedabad (1993-98), Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY (2002-03), and Syracuse University's College of Visual & Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY (2003-05). Rishi has exhibited and published his work extensively, and has received several grants and honors for it. He is the coordinator of Photography Design at National Institute of Design's P.G. campus, Gandhinagar.
Paolo Patrizi is a documentary photographer, whose recent stories explore the underlying themes and contradictions between traditions and modernity and cultural disconnections produced from rapid economic growth. Paolo's subjects range from portraiture and feature projects to social issues and politics. His focus is always on the human and social aspects of a story. His photos have won several awards with the Association of Photographers of London, The John Kobal Portrait Award, The Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, The World Press Photo, The Sony World Photography Awards, The Anthropographia Award for Human Rights, The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, POY international.
His photographs are part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Philip Blenkinsop (UK/Australia, 1965) - Since arriving in Asia in 1989, Philip’s name has become synonymous with forgotten conflicts. From weeks spent traversing the mountains of East Timor with Falintil guerrillas, to tribal war and cannibalism in Borneo, to the tragic plight of Hmong Veterans and their families lost deep in the heart of Laos’ forbidden zone. Philip’s most recent reports have been in China covering the banks of the Yellow River and the earthquake. When not in the field, Philip resides in Bangkok.
Rebecca Simons (1981) was born in Vaasa, Finland and is currently situated in Rotterdam, Holland. In 2004, she got her MFA in photography at Post-St. Joost, Avans University, Breda and in 2012, her MA at Film and Photographic Studies, Leiden University.
Since 2009, Rebecca is working at World Press Photo. Currently, she is a Senior Producer and Project Manager. Among other projects, she coordinates the annual Joop Swart Masterclass. She also coordinates international art projects, and has initiated projects like ‘El-Art’, with the goal of integrating entrepreneurial learning in European art schools. In the past, next to freelancing as a photographer, she has worked five years as an educator of photography and new media. For one year, she has also previously coordinated the art and media department YA! - Vocational College of Ostrobothnia in Finland.