Activist Awards Judges

We are honored to have the following 2013 Activist Awards Master of Ceremonies:

Ed Kashi is a photojournalist who has been creating personal projects and working in the editorial realm to explore the social and political issues that define our times. In addition to editorial assignments, filmmaking, and personal projects, he is an educator who instructs and mentors students of photography, participates in forums, and lectures on photojournalism, documentary photography, and multimedia storytelling. A sensitive eye and an intimate relationship to his subjects are the signatures of his work and his complex imagery has been recognized for its compelling rendering of the human condition. Reflective of the convulsive changes in the field, Ed Kashi has been working in multimedia, short films and now mobile photography in his advocacy work as a visual storyteller.

We are honored to have the following Judges for our 2013 Activist Awards:

Richard Koci Hernandez is a national Emmy award winning video and multimedia producer and worked as a photojournalist at the San Jose Mercury News for 15 years. His work has appeared in Time, Wired, The New York Times, a National Geographic book and international magazines. In 2008, Richard was awarded a national Emmy award for the New Approaches to Documentary category for his executive producer work on the Mercury News video entitled Uprooted. In 2008, Richard was invited to join the Faculty at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism as a visiting Fellow supported by a Ford Foundation grant to produce digital news sites for San Francisco Bay Area communities. In 2011, he was named an Assistant Professor for New Media at the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

James Wellford is a photo editor and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. For 12 years James Wellford was the Senior International Photo Editor at Newsweek Magazine where he collaborated on a number of projects that received top honors at the Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo, POYi, American Photo, Visa Pour L’images, PX 3, and NPPA. He also curates photography and multimedia shows that address topical issues in the world including most recently; Newsweek: An Autopsy. Cortona, Italy. 2013. Iraq 10 Years. Fanco Pagetti. VII Gallery. Brooklyn, NY. 2012 “Dispatch from Tohoku: Documenting the Aftermath in Japan” New York, NY. 2012 “Generation 9/11, Ten Years of War Photography after 9/11” The Hague, Netherlands. 2011 “Unknown Spring. Disaster in Japan.” New York, NY. 2010 “Projections of Reality: Encounters with the (Un)Familiar” Moscow, Russia. 2010 “A Darkness Visible; Afghanistan” by Seamus Murphy at the VII Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 2009 “The Last Gorillas of the Congo” by Brent Stirton at the Fovea Gallery, Beacon, NY. James has served as a jury member for the Tim Hetherington Award, Visa Pour L’image, POYi, and the Overseas Press Club and was a member of the 2012 World Press Masterclass in Amsterdam. He is the co- founder of two groups SeenUnseen and Screen that are working on ways to create, support, and deliver powerful visual and narrative stories around the world. He teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York City and is currently a Knight Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan.

Amy Yenkin is the director of the Open Society Documentary Photography Project, based in New York City. She joined the Open Society Foundations in 1994 as the deputy director of scholarships and later held the positions of associate director of the Open Media Research Institute (a related organization based in Prague) and associate director of the Open Society U.S. Programs.Yenkin helped establish the Moving Walls exhibition in 1998, and in 2004 developed and launched the Documentary Photography Project. Prior to the Foundations, she worked in Washington, D.C., as the director of government relations for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, where she represented U.S. colleges and universities in lobbying the U.S. Congress and government agencies on immigration policies affecting foreign students and the hiring of foreign faculty and researchers. She received her BA in history from the University of Michigan.

Carroll Bogert, Deputy Executive Director for External Relations, has worked at Human Rights Watch since 1998. She oversees the organization’s external relations and works with the executive director on advocacy and fundraising. Bogert previously served as Human Rights Watch’s communications director, publicizing the organization’s work and drawing attention to human rights issues in more than 90 countries worldwide. Before joining Human Rights Watch, she spent more than a decade in international news reporting for Newsweek magazine, beginning as a stringer in China, then moving to the Southeast Asia bureau as correspondent, becoming bureau chief in Moscow, and finally working as an editor and international correspondent in the magazine’s New York office. Bogert holds a master’s degree in East Asian Studies and a bachelor’s magna cum laude from Harvard University. She speaks Russian, French, and Mandarin.

Oren Ziv is a documentary and news photographer working in Israel and Palestine focusing on political and social issues. He is a co-founder of the ActiveStills, a collective composed by Israeli, Palestinian, and international photographers sharing the conviction that photography is a vehicle for political and social change. Activestills raises awareness on issues that are generally absent from public discourse and conveys messages that challenge oppression. The collective works on various topics in Israel/Palestine, including the Palestinian popular struggle against the Israeli occupation, women’s rights, immigration, asylum-seekers, social justice struggles, the siege on Gaza, housing rights, animal rights and more. Ziv is a staff photographer of 972 magazine and a freelancer for Haaretz newspaper, Getty Images, and AFP.


 We were honored to have the following Judges for our 2012 Activist Awards:


Margaret Aguirre is Director of Global Communications for International Medical Corps, a Santa Monica-based humanitarian organization that has delivered more than $1.3 billion in medical relief and health care training in 70 countries. She travels extensively to field programs around the world – including to Syria, Lebanon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and South Sudan – to photograph, write, and speak publicly about humanitarian crises and the people being impacted. Her photos have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times and The Guardian, and on the websites of most major news outlets including CNN, ABCNews and NPR.Prior to joining International Medical Corps in 2005, Aguirre spent 17 years in print and broadcast journalism. From 2000 to 2004, she was an Executive Producer at CNN, overseeing show coverage of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the September 11 terrorist attacks, and the 2000 presidential election.


Phil Borges has been visiting and documenting indigenous and tribal cultures around the world for over 25 years, and his photographs are collected and exhibited by museums and galleries worldwide. In December 2003, Phil was honored with a Lucie Humanitarian Award at the Annual International Photography Awards in Los Angeles. Phil teaches and lectures internationally and is Co-Founder of Blue Earth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that sponsors photographic projects focusing on endangered cultures and threatened environments. In his most recent book,Tibet: Culture on the Edge, Phil focuses on the effect of climate change and technology on the Tibetan culture. Phil is Founder and President of Bridges to Understanding, an online classroom program connecting children from indigenous and tribal cultures with their contemporaries in North America through digital storytelling. Phil’s current project, Stirring the Fire, focuses on the empowerment and changing role of women in cultures around the world.


Alexa Dilworth is the Publishing Director and Senior Editor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS), and she also runs the Awards program, which includes the CDS/Honickman First Book Prize in Photography, the CDS Documentary Essay Prize for Writing and Photography, and the Lange-Taylor Prize. Alexa began her career at CDS in 1995 working as an editor for DoubleTake magazine. She was also hired as editor of the CDS books program at that time and has coordinated the editorial, design, and production work for every CDS book since 1996. CDS Books at the Center for Documentary Studies are works of creative exploration by writers and photographers who convey new ways of seeing and understanding human experience in all its diversity—books that tell stories, challenge our assumptions, awaken our social conscience, and connect life, learning, and art. Alex was born in Japan; raised in Springfield, Virginia, and Jacksonville, Florida; and has now lived in Durham, North Carolina, for 21 years.


John Isaac is an award-winning photojournalist and author. From 1969 to 1998, Isaac worked for the United Nations and had a distinguished photography career in the Department of Public Information. In 1998 he left the UN as Chief of the Photo Unit. Isaac has received numerous national and international awards for his work including “Photographer of the Year” from Photographic Marketing Association (PMA), 1985 “Picture of the Year,” and in 2000 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Photographic Council. Isaac has authored many books including a series called Children in Crisis. He is the co-author of Endangered Peoples and Coorg, Land of the Kodavas. His latest book, The Vale of Kashmir, was published by W.W. Norton in October 2008. After his career at the UN, Isaac turned his attention away from war and famine to the beauty of the natural world. For over 10 years now he has been photographing the last of the remaining Bengal tigers in his native India.


Denise Wolff is a photo book editor at Aperture, and is known for her work with both contemporary and historic photography. Prior to Aperture, she was the commissioning editor for photography at Phaidon Press. Throughout her career, Denise has had the opportunity to work on many beautiful books, including monographs with such established photographers as Roger Ballen, Mary Ellen Mark, Martin Parr, and Stephen Shore, as well as first books, retrospectives, and large survey anthologies on a variety of subjects—from portraiture to photographic albums.


We were honored to have the following Judges for our 2011 Activist Awards:


Keith Jenkins came to NPR in July 2008 as the Supervising Senior Producer for Multimedia. In this role he oversees the multimedia unit of, responsible for the photography and videography throughout the site. Keith and his staff work with NPR shows, reporters and editors on reporting projects providing compelling visuals to match the rich audio storytelling of NPR.
Among the daily photography and editing duties, Keith and his team work to create the visual components for NPR special series, such as: One Hundred Days: On the Road in Troubled Times, ’America’s Battalion’ in Afghanistan, The York Project: Race & The ’08 Vote, Traveling Down the Amazon Road andAlong the Grand Trunk Road: Coming of Age in India and Pakistan. Keith spent 13 years at The Washington Post working in a variety of capacities. He served as a staff photographer and photography director of, photography editor of The Washington Post Magazine and deputy assistant managing editor for photography at the newspaper.From 1997 to 1999, Keith worked as AOL’s first director of photography. He began his photography career working for the graphic designer Dietmar R. Winkler and then spent five years as a staff photographer for The Boston Globe. Acclaim for Keith’s work as a photographer and editor has come from the National Press Photographers Association; White House News Photographers Association; Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association; University of Missouri; Society of News Design; the Society of Publication Designers; and the Art Director’s Clubs of New York, Boston, and Washington. In 2007, Keith was the photo editor on The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning series on Walter Reed Army Medical Center.Throughout his career, Keith has given lectures and presentations on photography and multimedia at schools and organizations including the New England School of Photography, Rhode Island School of Design, The Poynter Institute, University of Miami and American Press Institute. He currently teaches multimedia as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Keith is a graduate of Brandeis University and the Boston University School of Law.


Ami Vitale‘s journey as a photojournalist has taken her to more than 75 countries. She has witnessed civil unrest, poverty, destruction of life, and unspeakable violence. But she has also experienced surreal beauty and the enduring power of the human spirit, and she is committed to highlighting the surprising and subtle similarities between cultures. Her photographs have been exhibited around the world in museums and galleries and published in international magazines including National Geographic, Adventure, GeoNewsweek, TIME, and Smithsonian. Ami’s work has garnered multiple awards from prestigious organizations including World Press Photos, the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism, Lucie Awards, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting, and the Magazine Photographer of the Year award,  among many others.Now based in Montana, Ami is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. She is also making a documentary film on migration in Bangladesh and writing a book about the stories behind the images.


Barbara Kinney is an award-winning photojournalist whose photographs have been published on the covers of TIME, Newsweek and People magazines. She was a staff photographer at the White House during the administration of President William J. Clinton. Her photograph of President Clinton and the leaders of the Middle East straightening their ties before an event won her a prestigious First Place for “People in the News” in the World Press Photo competition.Barbara spent five months traveling with Hillary Clinton during her bid for President in 2008. She was given unprecedented access as Clinton’s personal campaign photographer, documenting the historical race for the Democratic presidential nomination.  As a result of her continuing work and relationship with the Clinton family, they selected her as a wedding photographer for daughter Chelsea Clinton’s marriage to Marc Mezvinsky in July 2010. Barbara has traveled with various foundations and nonprofit groups documenting their work around the world. She has photographed the Mobility Project distributing wheelchairs in Afghanistan, Operation Smile during a trip to Nairobi, Kenya, maternal health care in Tanzania with CARE, a Congressional delegation traveling to West Africa with former President Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, and to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Ben Affleck and his newly created Eastern Congo Initiative. She has traveled on various trips with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation photographing their leadership team and grantees in Mozambique, South Africa, Malawi, India and Mexico.Her work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines around the world and she was among a select group of photographers who worked on A Day in the Life of the American Woman and A Day in the Life of the U.S. Armed Forces book projects. Additionally, Barbara has worked as a photo editor on staff at USA Today, Reuters, The Seattle Times and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Barbara was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana and attended Harrison High School. She graduated with a degree in photojournalism from the University of Kansas.  She is currently based in Seattle, Washington.


Chris Rainier is a National Geographic Society Fellow who has spent his career documenting endangered cultures and traditional language loss. He received the Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorers Club for his efforts on cultural preservation in 2002, and has been recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society of London. At National Geographic Society, Chris has been the Co-Founder and present Co-Director of both the Enduring Voices Language Preservation Project and the All Roads Photography Program (which supports Indigenous groups desiring to document their own traditional language and culture). He has completed projects for The United Nations, UNESCO, Amnesty International, Conservation International, Smithsonian Institution, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, and the National Geographic Society.  Chris lectures throughout the world on ancient stories and traditional culture.


Valenda Campbell is the director of photography and manager of the brand and creative productions teams for CARE, a leading global humanitarian organization. Working with photographers around the world, she conceives and directs photo commissions that put a human face on global poverty, while connecting donors and the public to CARE’s work. Valenda also serves as the global organization’s in-house expert on the most compelling and ethical use of images to represent their work and engage supporters.

As a photographer, Valenda has documented CARE’s poverty fighting projects in Burundi, Cambodia, Guatemala, India, Malawi, Mali, Peru, Sierra Leone, and Thailand. In 2004, she created CARE’s partnership with award-winning portrait photographer and humanitarian Phil Borges to develop the “Women Empowered Project.” The documentary project, five years in the making, examines the pernicious effects of gender discrimination and offers inspiring, practical stories about women who have overcome discrimination to help themselves, their families and communities. Working closely with Borges, Valenda directed CARE’s resources to help Borges produce the book Women Empowered: Inspiring Change in the Emerging World, a traveling fine art exhibit and four short documentary films.

Before joining CARE in 2001, Valenda was a photojournalist for 15 years. She was the chief photographer for the Southeast’s largest alternative newsweekly, Atlanta-based Creative Loafing, and a staff photographer for The Daily Press in Newport News, VA.


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