About Jury of 2016

In our second year, members of Istanbul Photo Awards 2016 met in Istanbul. You can find their biographies below.


Daniel Berehulak is the winner of the Photo of the Year 2015. He is a native of Sydney, Australia. He has visited over 50 countries covering historic events, including the Iraq war, the trial of Saddam Hussein, child labor issues in India, Afghanistan elections, the return of Benazir Bhutto to Pakistan, the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami in Japan and the Chernobyl disaster.

Born to immigrant parents, he grew up on a farm outside of Sydney. At an early age, he worked on a farm and at his father’s refrigeration company. After graduating from university, his career as a photographer started humbly: he shot sports matches for a man who ran his business from his garage. In 2002, he started freelancing with Getty Images in Sydney, shooting mainly sports-related pictures.

From 2005 to 2009, he was based in London as a staff news photographer with Getty Images. He then shifted to New Delhi to advance Getty’s coverage of the subcontinent with a focus on the social and political instability of Pakistan and its neighbors.

In July 2013, he joined Reportage by Getty Images as a key represented photographer, to focus on a combination of long-term personal projects, breaking news and client assignments.

He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, TIME Magazine and Der Spiegel in particular and his work appears internationally in newspapers and magazines worldwide.


Laurent Van der Stockt, photojournalist, is a French national, born in Belgium in 1964. He bases himself in Paris.

Having previously exposed the living conditions of the Romanian people; Laurent returned to document the country after Ceausescu's fall in 1989.

He has concentrated on photographing areas of conflict throughout his career including; former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Chechnya, the Gulf of Kuwait and Iraq.

Laurent Van Der Stockt has often found himself in the line of fire during the course of his work, often finding himself injured as a result. Having been injured by a shell in Vukovar in 1991, he was again hit in Ramallah in 2001 and had his arm seriously damaged in Fallujah in 2005.

Laurent has been awarded several prizes for his work, including the Award of Excellence - Journalism Prize from the Columbia University in 1991, the Paris Match Prize in 1996, the Bayeux Prize for war correspondents in 1995 and the Festival Prize for the Scoop d’Angers, which he won four times between 1991 and 1996. The Visa d’or in Perpignan, France, 2013, when the report he made in Syria for Le Monde with Jean-Phillippe Rémy established the proof of the use of the chemical weapons by the Bachar Al-Assad regime.

His work has been published in magazines all over the world including: The New York Times, Newsweek, The Independent, Stern, El Paìs, Paris-Match and many others, has been presented in many exhibitions.


Nicolas Jimenez is the director of photography of the French daily newspaper Le Monde. From 1999 to 2004 he worked, during his European studies at the University, with Jean-François Leroy for the photojournalism festival Visa pour l'Image.

In 2005, when Le Monde decided to become an image producer, he became national photo editor. In 2008, he became the head of the photo department. Le Monde is now one of the three biggest photojournalism producer in French speaking press.


James Wellford is a photography editor, producer, curator, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. He is currently the Editorial Director of Visura. (Visura.co) His collaborative work with photographers has received top honors at the Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo, POYi, American Photo, Visa Pour L’image, PX 3, and NPPA. He curates photography and multimedia shows that address topical issues in the world including most recently; “American Photography” for the Photographic Museum of Humanity. Winter 2015, “Remembering Liberia”. Photoville 2013. Brooklyn, NY. “Iraq 10 Years”. by Franco Pagetti. VII Gallery. Brooklyn, NY. 2013. “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. “Projections of Reality: Encounters with the (Un)Familiar” Moscow, Russia. 2010.

James has served as a jury member for the Magnum Emergency Fund, the Tim Hetherington Trust Award, the PhotoPhilanthropy Awards, Visa Pour L’image, POYi, the Aperture Paris PhotoBook Award, and the Overseas Press Club and was a member of the 2012 World Press Masterclass in Amsterdam. He is also on the advisory board of the Photobook Museum and the organization Social Documentary Network (SocialDocumentary.net) and is the co-founder of two groups ScreenProjects (http://www.screenprojects.org) and SeenUnseen that are working on ways