Wiki Loves Earth 2017 international jury
The international jury is composed of seven people this year representing different parts of the world and having different backgrounds. What they have in common is their passion for photography and enthusiasm to select the best photos of natural monuments. Meet our jurors:
Dietmar Bartz, Germany (user:Aalfons)
Aalfons is an active Wikipedian since 2007, with 25.000 edits and 2900+ pages edited so far. He contributed 82 articles to the German Wikipedia, with some featured ones. Aalfons hosted the jury meeting for Germany’s 2012 Wiki Loves Monuments contest, and he was member of the 2014 national jury for Wiki Loves Earth. Since 2015, he serves in the WLE international juries.
Outside Wikipedia, Dietmar Bartz is a professional archivist, journalist and editor. He has more than 25 years of experience working for newspapers and magazines, for instance for the German editions of “Le Monde Diplomatique”, “Vanity Fair” and “Interview”. He is used to collaborate intensely with photographers and photo editors. As a correspondent and consultant, Dietmar worked in Eastern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East, and he is travelling extensively in Asia. His professional focus now is the development and design of global political atlases for use as teaching materials.
In WLE’s international jury, his main fields of interest is the balance of photographic excellence and encyclopaedic information, and also the discussion of non-western visuality and pictoriality habits.
Milan Živković, Serbia
Born in Bavanište, Banat in 1960. Since 1984 Milan started working at the Natural History Museum in Belgrade as a photographer and designer. From 2002 to 2005 he worked as editor of the Photo Gallery of the Center for Culture in Kovin. Since 2005 editor of Refoto, regional photo magazine. He is currently working as a lecturer at the Refoto studio and photography school.
He also made 12 photographic projects related to nature, which had more than 100 settings in over 20 cities in Serbia and abroad; held a large number of photography schools, about twenty ecological schools where the primary teaching tool was photographs and slides, as well as a dozen lectures and discussions on digital and analogue photography: shooting, processing and printing.
So far he has done six photo monographs (Banat, Second Dream, Terra recognita, End of navigation, Montenegro trophy – Jeep Rally and Ivanovo). His photographs are part of museum collections: Museum of Photography in Barcelona; Museum of Vojvodina, Novi Sad; Museum of Applied Arts, Belgrade; Natural History Museum, Belgrade and in about ten similar institutions (museums and art collections) in Serbia.
Milan Zivkovic is Nikon ambassador and you can find his photo “Coot in the cane” at Nikon sites all around the world – in 100 Nikon stories. He is also Profoto ambassador and (as one who loves finished – photographs made on paper) Epson promoter in Serbia – one of the first photographers to use Epson Digigraphie certificate. Member of ULUPUDS (Association of Fine Artists of Applied Art and Designers of Serbia).
Nataliia Shevchenko, Ukraine
Nataliia Shevchenko is a naturalist, ecologist, photographer. She has worked for National Georgaphic Ukraine and National Geographic Russia. Nataliia was a member of the jury of Wiki Loves Monuments in Ukraine in 2015. She joined wikiprojects in 2015 by taking part in a Wikiexpedition to Dzharylhach, an island in Skadovsk Raion, Kherson Oblast near Crimea in Ukraine.
Hansa Tangmanpoowadol, Thailand
Born in Bangkok in 1971, Hansa is an artist living and working in Bangkok. From a very young age, he was very attracted in painting as means of expression. After graduating Photography and Cinematography Technology from Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthep in 1992, he starts working in advertising photography. Hansa joined plenty photography competitions, have participated in local and international exhibitions. He won many prizes in the local and international photo contests. In 2012 he was then selected as Thai Artist in Photography. Now he spends life for fine art photo and painting.
Nabin Baral, Nepal
Nabin Baral is a documentary photographer based in Kathmandu, Nepal. His photographic work focuses on the environment, mountains, people, and social issues. He worked at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) as a Consultant Photographer from 2009 to 2013. He received Gender Champion Award in 2013 in ICIMOD.
Nabin is visiting faculties of photojournalism for different colleges in Kathmandu. He graduated in Journalism and Mass Communication from Tribhuvan University, completed a Diploma in Photojournalism from the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines in 2013. His photo works are exhibited in Japan, USA and Nepal.
Alexander Savin (User:A.Savin), Russia
Born in Moscow, currently living in Berlin and Moscow. Hobbyist photographer and traveller. Active on Wikimedia Commons as uploader, with more than 7,000 photos submitted so far, as well as an administrator. During the last five years, he participated in several national Russian WLE and WLM contests either as uploader or as jury member. In 2016, two of his photos reached the Top 10 of the winners of WLM Russia.
Beatrice Murch, Argentina (User:blmurch)
Beatrice Murch is an immigrant living in Buenos Aires, Argentina with both North American and British roots. Murch is a documentary and portrait photographer and her photos have been published in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Latino Fox News, The Telegraph, BBC, The Argentina Independent, and Womenkind Magazine, among other publications. Murch was the Photo Editor of The Argentina Independent for four years.
Not only is Murch is a professional photographer, but also a lover of free culture and knowledge. She started collaborating with Wikimedia Commons when she moved to Buenos Aires in 2006. Murch is a founding member of Wikimedia Argentina from 2008 and a member of the board of directors since 2012. She was responsible for the photography team of Wikimania 2009 in Buenos Aires and a member of the jury of Wiki Loves Monuments in Argentina in 2012. Personally, she loves taking photos of the beautiful nature that can be found in the city and of things with historical interest: buildings, monuments, and trains.